Founder/President of OACF is a 40-plus year veteran of the outdoor industry whose work has focused on communications, partnership building and marketing. He spent 20 years in wildlife management with both Utah and Idaho state fish & game departments, was the director of Public Relations and Conservation Partnerships for the National Shoooting Sports Foundation and Vice President of Public Relations at The Outdoor Channel before opening Chaffin Communications, Inc. in 2007. His work with injured and wounded veterans began in 1996 and has continued in every position he's held since that time. "Throughout my career, I have been blessed to work towards conserving wildlife, wildlife habitat and opportunties for people to connect with the outdoors. Our efforts at OACF are a continuation of that blessing."
Brent Manning is a life-long conservationist and active outdoorsman, with more than 40 years of experience in natural-resource management and administration in both the public and private sectors.
After earning a master’s degree in zoology and bachelor of science degrees in environmental biology and zoology from Eastern Illinois University, Manning went on to work as an environmental chemist with I.C. Industries, director of field operations for Ducks Unlimited, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as well as the IDNR’s predecessor the Illinois Department of Conservation (1991-2003,) and director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department before becoming executive director of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, retiring in 2014.
Manning has served as President of The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and is enshrined in the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Boca Raton, FL
Mark Sosin’s career has spanned all phases of outdoor communications. He is an award-winning writer, photographer and television producer, and is an authority on both freshwater and saltwater angling. He has been involved in broadcasting since 1967 when he began a five-year stint covering the outdoors for CBS Radio in New York. He produced and hosted the popular television show Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal for 27 years, the first fishing show of its kind and the longest-running marine fishing show on TV.
Sosin is a fisherman, not just a fishing writer and has spent countless hours fishing the waters of all 50 states and some 45 countries. He does everything he can to help people catch fish, and over the past 40 years he has shared his expertise – and a huge amount of useful information -- with the angling public in more than 3,000 magazine articles, 32 books (number 33 is in the works), and at lectures, seminars and clinics. Sosin has written more than 2,000 radio and television scripts. He has produced videos for the U. S. Government and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as being a consultant and advisor to government agencies, conservation groups and corporations.
Sosin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and past president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has been enshrined in the Freshwater and Saltwater (IGFA,) Legends of the Outdoors and the International Fishing Halls of Fame and has received three Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Lt. Col. Lew Deal (USMC, ret.)
Special Military and Veterans Advisor
Following a 24-year career as a Marine Corps Cobra helicopter pilot, Lt. Col. Lew Deal (USMC, ret.) set his singular focus on helping improve the lives of military veterans, especially those injured and wounded heroes that have given so much to the nation.
To that end, he was the principal force behind the “Disabled Sportsman's Access Act” that established access to hunting and fishing opportunities on military bases for all military personnel. He has helped build awareness of the need for and expanded opportunities and accessibility for challenged veterans and others as he worked for/with Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hope for the Warriors and Team Red, White and Blue, among others. During this time he initiated a nationwide adaptive outdoor equipment program, that expanded hunting and other outdoor activities for mobility impaired Americans, working to bridge the gap between access and accessibility.
Deal was selected in 2009 as one of Outdoor Life Magazine’s “25 Men and Women Who Have Changed the Face of Hunting and Fishing.” He is a member of the Mossy Oak National Pro Staff and hunts “…just as much as I can.”
Contact us at:
Outdoor Adventure Conservation Fund
PO Box 511118
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
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