MEMPHIS, Tenn. July 11, 2017 Joe Stough, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors during the organization's 80th annual national convention held recently in San Antonio.

"The leadership provided by Ducks Unlimited's board of directors ensures we are fulfilling our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Our board members are not paid for their work; rather they volunteer their time and resources because they feel so strongly about conservation. I welcome each new board member and look forward to working with them in the years to come."

Stough is an entrepreneur and founder of Syntex software company and now the Chief Strategy Officer for WAITR, the new food delivery app taking off across the Gulf Coast. Stough and his wife, Jena, are owners of SWLA Sportsman LLC, an outfitting service with prime hunting and fishing property in the heart of Thornwell, Louisiana. The Stoughs are Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) Benefactor Sponsors, Grand Slam Life Sponsors and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC) Heritage Sponsors. They are also members of DUI's President's Council and DUMAC's John E. Walker III Society. Joe is a volunteer with his local chapter, Southwest Louisiana, and a member of the Conservation Programs Committee. He was elected as an at large board member.

In addition to new board member elections, this year's convention featured opportunities for conservation-related education, special tours, entertainment and presentations by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith, ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance and Axalta Coating Systems Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver, who delivered the keynote address.

In a videotaped message to the audience, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue expressed his gratitude to Ducks Unlimited for their long-time partnership with USDA putting conservation on working ag lands and said he is looking forward to working together on the upcoming farm bill.

Special thanks to First National Bank of Omaha, provider of the official Ducks Unlimited Visa card, Purina Pro Plan, Argo, ConocoPhillips, Sweet Water Brewing Company, Holland &Knight and United Country Real Estate for sponsoring this year's convention.

Next year's Ducks Unlimited National Convention will be held May 30 June 2 in Indianapolis.