In 2018, two DU staff members went above and beyond, connecting donors with conservation projects.

Terry Kostinec, who oversees South Dakota and Nebraska, received the annual Director of Development award for raising over $1.2 million dollars for ducks. This is the third year Kostinec has received the Director of Development of the year award and this year he also received a Trifecta award for exceeding his new commitment goals in three consecutive years.

Kirk Davidson, who oversees Colorado and Kansas, also received recognition for a $1 million dollar club. He was personally selected by the national director of development for one of the coveted Director's Choice awards because of exemplary performance and special merit.