Chief Executive Officer, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
On April 1, 2019, Adam Putnam became Ducks Unlimited’s Chief Executive Officer – only the 6th executive staff leader in the organization’s 82-year history.
A lifelong hunter, angler and conservationist, he attended his first DU event at age 16 and has long believed in and supported DU’s mission. He most recently served as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture where he worked to protect and promote the state’s $120 billion agriculture industry, managed 1.3 million acres of state forest and spearheaded the protection of 50,000 acres of working lands.
Prior to serving as Commissioner, Adam was elected to five terms in the US House of Representatives. During his tenure on the Hill, he was Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, a member of the Agriculture, Financial Services and Rules Committees, Republican Policy Chairman and Republican Conference Chairman.
A native of Bartow, Florida, Adam is a graduate of the University of Florida and a fifth generation Floridian who grew up among the citrus groves and cattle on his family’s ranch in the central part of the state. Adam and his wife of 20 years, Melissa, have four children.