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.
- W. Laird Hamberlin, CEO
W. Laird Hamberlin has been a member of Safari Club International since 1987 and has held numerous positions in SCI at both the Chapter and national levels. Hamberlin has served on a number of committees within the organization, most recently on the Record Book Committee and the Publications Committee.
As a senior business executive with a proven track record of growing sales and increasing EBITA in complex multi-level organizations, Hamberlin has the knowledge and ability needed to implement a forward leadership style for SCI.
Hamberlin is keenly aware of the attacks of the Anti-Hunters and the Animal Rights organizations that have SCI squarely in their sights. A more efficient and responsive SCI is necessary to continue the fight against those who would end all hunting and strip the world of its hunting heritage.
A Six Sigma Black Belt, Hamberlin previously served as SVP of PODS from 2017 to 2019.
He was with ServiceMaster as VP Sales for American Home Shield; VP Sales and Commercial for Terminix from 2013 to 2017; and President, Building Automation and Access Controls at UTC from 2010 to 2013.
Hamberlin knows the lay of the land, both inside SCI and around the world at large. He knows how best to focus the passion of the SCI members for the club and for hunting, thus garnering the best results for Safari Club International.
Also, Hamberlin has been President of Onity; President Southeast Asia/VP Global Accounts Asia for Tyco from 2006 to 2008 and VP Global Accounts ADT Worldwide for Tyco 2008 to 2010.
He holds a BBA in Marketing from Delta State University and was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America
Hamberlin has been married for 32 years to the former Katie Giardini and they have three sons; Will 28, Hunter 25 and Walker 21.
Laird is an avid hunter and golfer and is ten animals away from earning a WHA ring.
- 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.
- 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.
501 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
- Tucson, 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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