Gregg Snyder, Kenny Odom, Jimmy Russell

ATLANTA — Kenny Odom, of Waynesboro, Miss., puts wild turkeys and conservation at the top of his list of priorities. He’s done it for more than 15 years, which is why representatives from Wild Turkey Bourbon presented this Mississippi conservationist the 2008 Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Award.

Odom received the award at the 2008 NWTF National Convention and Sport
Show in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 21 to Feb. 24.

“I’m very humble and appreciative,” Odom said after accepting the award. “From the bottom to the top, the NWTF is made up of great people who are doing great things for the wild turkey. I’m just proud to be a part of it.”

Odom has been a member of the NWTF for 15 years, and was one of the founders of his local chapter. He has served as local chapter president, state chapter president and state chapter secretary. He is a relentless volunteer for the NWTF, and with a positive outlook, ensures he is behind the NWTF in every way. Along with his volunteer work with the NWTF, he’s a Deacon at his local church, serves on the Board of Trustees at his local hospital and provides radio color commentary for his local high school football team.

“Kenny has a great respect for the military and in his own way, without a desire for recognition, has honored every fallen Iraq War veteran from the state of Mississippi,” said Dick Rosenlieb, NWTF’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “He is a natural-born leader and commands respect from those around him.”

Wild Turkey Bourbon has partnered with the NWTF for many years as the primary sponsor of the Wild Turkey Bourbon/NWTF Grand National Turkey Calling Championship, also helping create this award to recgonize dedicated NWTF volunteers.

“Kenny is very deserving of the Wild Turkey Bourbon Rare Breed Award,” said Gregg Snyder, Wild Turkey Bourbon Distillery managing director. “His history of volunteerism for the NWTF is everything the award represents. Wild Turkey Bourbon could not be more proud of Kenny. He has an enormous amount of pride and passion for the NWTF, as shown through all of his accomplishments.”