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.
- Steve Skold, President
In 1977 as a High School Junior STEVE SKOLD was selected by the Minnesota Chapter of SCI to attend SCI’s American Wilderness Leadership
School in Wyoming. Although having only hunted upland game to that point, the impression left by two of the volunteers of the Safari Club
International Conservation Foundation started Skold down a path that has shaped his life as an SCI volunteer and big game hunter.
Steve first became an SCI member in 1980 and is now an SCI Hunter Advocacy Life Member.
He has been involved with two chapters as a board member and officer, served as a Regional Representative, and as a Vice President for three years
before being elected to the position of Deputy and current President-Elect in 2016. The Skold Companies, a family business of specialty contracting
companies, were started in 1992. The same year Steve started the Iowa SCI Chapter.
These companies now operate across the nine-state upper Midwest area. Steve is still involved in these four companies but day to day operations
are handled by others freeing up Steve to spend the majority of his time on SCI and SCIF activities.
Since being on the SCI Board in 1992 Steve has held various committee positions, some of which have been Convention Committee Chair, two three-year terms on the Audit Committee, two additional years Audit Committee Chair, fifteen years Education Sables Committee, eleven years Convention Exhibit Floor Team, C.J.McElroy Award, National & International Fundraising, SCI-PAC and Nominating Committee. Within the Education Sables Committee positions have been AWLS Program Sub-Chair, Scholarship Sub-Chair and Sables Treasurer on the Governing Board and Steering Committee. The past five years he has been a member of the SCI Foundation Board working on the Museum Committee and with the Real Estate Task Force.
While serving as the Guides and Outfitters Sub-Committee Chair Steve learned the importance of industry relations and he would like to see us improve in this area.
These past years of involvement with SCI/SCIF activities have shown that hunting is under attack around the world and that if our abundance of hunting opportunities are to continue SCI will need to be the leaders in educating the non-hunting public about proper game management and conservation practices around the world
- 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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