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DU Director of Public Policy Joe Satrom (third from L) presents Des Moines firm Brown Winick with innovation award. (shown from L)Dr. Dave Haggard, IA DU State Chairman, Jim Thomas, former IA DU State Chairman, Satrom, Bob Shimanek, DU CPC Member, Chris Sackett, Managing Member, Brown Winick, Marc Beltrame, Attorney, Brown Winick, Adam Freed, Associate Attorney, Brown Winick, Nancy Boyd, Brown Winick (retired), Mike Treinen, BrownWinick (retired)

Ducks Unlimited staff recently had the chance to present a national DU award to the Des Moines legal and public affairs firm Brown Winick to honor their pro-bono work for conservation. Brown Winick, along with Ducks Unlimited volunteers and staff, won one of only four Wings of Innovation awards for government relations work in support of Iowa's initiative for sustainable natural resources funding.

Brown Winick's Nancy Boyd, Michael Treinen and Marc Beltrame provided tactical recommendations and lobbying support on the measure, all pro-bono.

Team Iowa DU has adopted a "no excuses" attitude about helping Ducks Unlimited achieve its vision of "wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever." The results of this commitment became apparent as Team Iowa DU was recognized recently at DU's national convention for performance and innovation.

"This recognition was accomplished during a time that will be marked as economically challenging on many levels," said Dave Haggard, DU Iowa state chairman. "Iowa persevered because we have a passion for our mission. We don't let challenges become excuses, and we have a commitment to our team."

Brown Winick "has proved to be critical in the continued success of the sustainable funding measure," said Joe Satrom, a DU director of public policy. "The firm did an excellent job of monitoring legislative activity and advising DU staff and key volunteers on the status of proposed measure."

Also honored with the award were Iowa volunteer and national conservation programs committee member Bob Shimanek, former state chairman Jim Thomas, current chairman Haggard, DU representatives on the sustainable funding committee Tammy Kircher and Jon Kruse, DU Director of Conservation Programs Ryan Heiniger and DU Director of Public Policy Satrom.

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