Mission Statement 

The mission of SCI is to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide while its purposes are as follows: 

  • To advocate, preserve and protect the rights of all hunters. 
  • To promote safe, legal and ethical hunting and related activities. 
  • Engage in advocacy within the limits imposed by law and regulation, to monitor, support, educate or otherwise take positions on local, national and international legislative, executive, judicial or organizational endeavors that foster and support these purposes and objectives. 
  • To inform and educate the public concerning hunting and related activities. 
  • To conduct those purposes set forth in SCI’s Articles of Incorporation.

Leadership

Rick Parsons, CEO
 

Richard M. Parsons joined SCI in 1985 and has held various positions in the organization. Parsons is a lawyer by profession with a degree in International Law. He has worked in the conservation field since 1967, first with the U.S. government and then with SCI in various capacities.  

In the government, Parsons was an attorney advisor in three Departments, worked on the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Pittman-Robertson Act and CITES, among other things. He was a wildlife law enforcement officer for four years, heading the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s unit on International Investigations.  

Parsons helped draft the CITES treaty, was the first chief of the U.S. CITES office, was head of the CITES executive body for several years and is the only person in the world still active in CITES who has participated in every meeting of that treaty from its negotiation in 1973. 

In SCI, Parsons has served since 1985 as Government Affairs Counsel, as chief CITES advisor and as Parliamentarian.  He has been counsel to the Ethics and Code of Conduct Committee and the Bylaws Committee.  

Parsons’ work with SCI has put him in contact with many outfitters, particularly in Alaska and Africa, and he is familiar with their issues and concerns. He is also knowledgeable on many hunting and firearms issues, having worked extensively with the National Rifle Association in Washington, D.C. and in coalitions, including the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club, Wild Sheep Foundation and many others.  

Parsons learned his hunting skills from his adopted son, Tom Parsons, who he calls the most ethical hunter and true naturalist who he knows.  

Paul Babaz, President

Paul Babaz is an SCI Life Member and has served on the SCI Executive Committee as a Vice President, Corporate Treasurer, Deputy President-Elect, President-Elect and currently SCI President.  

Mr. Babaz first became involved in SCI through the chapter system where he served as President of the SCI Greater Atlanta Chapter and Regional 27 Representative. He is a three-time recipient of the President’s Award and a recipient of the Iron Man Award.  

Mr. Babaz has continued to serve SCI through committee involvement and has chaired the Membership and Chapter Development Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Compensation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Convention Committee. Additionally, his committee memberships include Finance, Veterans, International Affairs and Development, and National and International Fundraising.  

Growing up in Southwestern Louisiana, hunting has been a lifelong passion for Mr. Babaz. During the past two decades, he has taken an active role with organizations whose mission is to protect our freedom to hunt and to promote sustainable use conservation for the next generation of hunters. Mr. Babaz is privileged to serve on the boards of other likeminded organizations where his passion for hunting and wildlife can be shared with others. 

Locations

Washington, DC

Safari Club International is the leading voice in the fight to protect our freedom to hunt, both in the United States and internationally. The SCI Headquarters and Hunter Advocacy department is headquartered in Washington, DC, where it advocates on behalf of SCI members and non-members alike. From staff dedicated to legislation and policy, to a team of litigators, SCI is at the forefront of protecting our hunting heritage.

SCI Headquarters
501 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-8733

Tuscon, AZ

SCI’s Membership and Business Operations Center is based in Tucson, Arizona. From this building, SCI plans its award-winning annual convention, publishes its award-winning multi-media publications and directs all of its membership recruitment and retention efforts. Also located in the Tucson facility are the Record Book and World Hunting Awards programs, as well as SCI accounting and IT functions. The center is located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Road, Tucson, AZ 85745. Phone (520) 620-1220.

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Leadership

Rick Parsons, CEO
Rick Parsons, CEO

 

Paul Babaz, President
Paul Babaz, President

 

Convention