Bismarck, ND -(AmmoLand.com)- Brian McCoy, 42, is Delta Waterfowl’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year. He topped a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.
“Brian is a hugely valuable volunteer because he tries to do something every day to better Delta Waterfowl, his chapter and the opportunities for North Carolina duck hunters,” said Chris Williams, the Delta Waterfowl senior regional director who nominated McCoy. “He’s driven to succeed and constantly finding new ways to be of service.”
McCoy’s interest in Delta arose when a ban on duck hunting loomed for North Carolina’s Lake Norman. A friend of McCoy’s contacted Delta, which stepped in to dissolve the anti-hunting proposal — it’s since been defeated a second time. Recognizing Delta’s steadfast commitment to duck hunters, McCoy promptly became a founding member of the Lake Norman Chapter. He’s been a loyal, dedicated volunteer ever since.
His more recent efforts as co-chairman of the Lake Norman Chapter are numerous, but his four years of consistent, statewide volunteerism are what truly set him apart. Among other services to Delta Waterfowl, he’s twice made possible a “Faces of Freedom” veterans hunt that required an 11-hour round-trip. More locally, he leads youth day activities, strongly attended banquets and local conservation initiatives.
Given McCoy’s tireless volunteerism, Williams recently named him North Carolina’s first-ever state committee chairman.
“Brian is a determined, likable guy who understands the vision of Delta Waterfowl and does a great job communicating it,” Williams said. “He’s earned the respect of his peers, and he’s assisted so many chapter chairmen that you probably won’t find one in the Carolinas who hasn't met him.”
An avid waterfowl hunter, McCoy is an information technology manager for Wells Fargo & Company, a role he’s held for 18 years. He lives in Mooresville, North Carolina, with his wife, Chanda, two children and two black Labs.
“It’s an honor to volunteer for an organization that produces ducks and protects our waterfowling heritage for future hunters,” McCoy said. “The Volunteer of the Year contest is about more than just me, though. It highlights the dedication of volunteers throughout the Delta chapter and events system. It means so much to be counted among them, and it feels surreal to have won.”
Thanks to Lowe Boats, this year’s sponsoring partner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, McCoy will receive a Roughneck 1756 — a 17-foot, camouflaged, all-welded, all-aluminum jon boat — complete with a trailer.
In annually naming a Volunteer of the Year, Delta Waterfowl celebrates the hundreds of selfless, devoted individuals across the United States and Canada who make its work possible.
“The contributions of our passionate volunteers to Delta’s mission cannot be overstated,” said Jason Tharpe, chief operating officer of Delta Waterfowl. “Their behind-the-scenes efforts fuel our ability to produce more ducks and secure the future of duck hunting. We thank every one of them for their incredible work.”
2015 Volunteer of the Year Nominees:
- Patrick Lambakis, Oklahoma Chapter, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Jamie Floyd, SNB Chapter, Sussex, New Brunswick
- *Chris Daniels, Jim River Marsh Masters Chapter, Aberdeen, South Dakota
- *Chad Beggs, West Dakota Waterfowlers Chapter, Minot, North Dakota
- Dennis Blevins, Greater Longview Chapter, Longview, Texas
- Tim Seguin, Rogue Waterfowl Chapter, Canton, Texas
- *Bart Koen, Atchafalaya Chapter, Atchafalaya, Louisiana
- *Rick Valent, Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
- *Eric Johnson, Packerland Chapter, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- *Dennis Anderson, 1,000 Lakes Chapter, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
- Scott Snow, Central Missouri Chapter, Columbia, Missouri
- *Brian McCoy, Lake Norman Chapter, Mooresville, North Carolina
- Karl Bourgois, Garrison Greenheads Chapter, Edmonton, Alberta
- Steve Nienhaus, Three Rivers Chapter, Muscatine, Iowa (*finalist)
For more information, contact Jason Tharpe at (888) 987-3695 or [email protected]
About Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Delta Waterfowl Foundation is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group working to produce ducks and ensure the tradition of duck hunting in North America.
For more information, visit: www.DeltaWaterfowl.org.