David Allen's professional career spans 40 years of marketing and business administration from managing special event marketing for Wrangler Jeans to representing Dale Earnhardt and his race teams until Earnhardt's death in 2001. Allen recently completed 11 years as the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) where he led RMEF out of serious financial debt and a shrinking membership in 2007 to a debt free RMEF today with over 225,000 members the largest membership in RMEF history.

Allen was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He attended public schools in Deadwood and attended the University of Wyoming. Allen and his wife Toni, have two sons who attend Montana State University. Today, the Allen's make their home in Laurel, Montana about 10 miles west of Billings. His hunting passions are archery elk, mule deer, and late season pheasants in Eastern Montana.

Allen said, "I am honored to be taking on a role within the Hunter Education community alongside the 50 state administrators, the thousands of volunteer instructors and all of the related state and federal wildlife agencies. We all have a vested interest in advancing the culture of hunting forward and I am excited to have this opportunity. I think there is a significant amount of opportunity before us."

Allen has served on the Boards of RMEF, Congressional Sportsman Foundation, and the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports.

Allen begins his new role starting Monday, June 18th. Please welcome him aboard. He will be joining us at the Alaska Conference and Business Meeting.