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Doug Schoenrock elected president of Ducks Unlimited

Alabama resident becomes DU’s 45th president

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 28, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) elected Doug Schoenrock to serve as the conservation organization’s 45th president. Schoenrock, an Alabama resident, succeeds Rogers Hoyt Jr., who now serves as chairman of the board.

Rogers Hoyt, Jr.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to serve as president of the greatest wetlands conservation organization in the world,” Schoenrock said. “I’m looking forward to working with the thousands of volunteers and staff to help further the mission of Ducks Unlimited in conserving wetlands that benefit not only waterfowl, but other wildlife and people. I firmly believe in DU’s conservation mission, as well as the passion and dedication of our members and volunteers, and I am eager to face the many challenges of my new role.”

A native Tennessean, Schoenrock is an avid outdoorsman, waterfowler and wildlife advocate. A member of the Ducks Unlimited board of directors since 2002, Schoenrock previously served as first vice president, an at-large member, senior vice president for corporate relations, senior vice president for marketing and communications and senior vice president for youth and education.

Schoenrock speaking after being voted as president.

“My primary goal is to help lead DU through these challenging times and ensure our fundraising events, volunteers and our conservation delivery team have everything they need to continue their success as one of the most efficient nonprofit organizations in North America,” Schoenrock said. “Ducks Unlimited delivers wetlands conservation and I do not intend to waiver from that mission.”

Schoenrock spent 22 years with the Sara Lee Corporation. For the past 14 years he has worked with former Sara Lee colleagues operating Savannah Food Company, a leading manufacturer and marketer of homestyle hushpuppies and authentic southern side dishes. Doug attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned bachelor and master of science degrees.

Schoenrock is a member of the Huntsville, Ala., Chapter, but he started his DU career in the Wolf River Chapter in Memphis.

“What drew me to Ducks Unlimited was the fact that I was a conservationist before I was in DU. As a member of the Boy Scouts, I loved the conservation work. My father raised me to always give back. Ducks Unlimited gives back.”

Schoenrock and his wife, Linda, reside in Huntsville, Ala., and have two daughters, Lauren and Eve. They are Ducks Unlimited Diamond Heritage Sponsors.

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About Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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