Chuck Smith Elected First VP of DU

Chuck Smith, of Memphis, Tenn., was elected First Vice President of Ducks Unlimited.

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – May 29, 2020 – Chuck Smith, of Memphis, Tenn., was recently elected first vice president of Ducks Unlimited (DU), the nation’s largest nonprofit waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

“Chuck Smith’s dedication to Ducks Unlimited and its wetlands conservation mission is exemplary,” said newly elected DU Board Chairman Rogers Hoyt. “His service on the DU Board, the Wetlands America Trust Board and to the organization has been outstanding. I look forward to working with Chuck for many years to come.”

As first vice president, Smith will advise and represent DU’s new president, Doug Schoenrock. He will work directly for Schoenrock on special assignments and represent the president at functions Schoenrock is unable to attend. 

“I’m truly honored and grateful to serve as Ducks Unlimited’s first vice president,” Smith said. “This organization has meant a lot to me and my family. I’m proud to be a part of it and relish the opportunity to lead at this level. Thanks to the volunteers and staff of DU and I’m eager to work for all of them again in my new role.”

Smith is the chairman of National Guard Products, one of the nation’s largest architectural door hardware manufacturers. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Smith is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has held several positions in Ducks Unlimited, including state chairman, at-large director and for the past few years has served as secretary of Ducks Unlimited’s Board of Directors. He played a key role in bringing DU’s headquarters to Memphis.

Chuck and his wife Susan live in Memphis.

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit

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