IHEA-USA announced today that Alex Baer has joined the staff as a Chief Operating Officer. Baer will assume multiple roles of day-to-day operations, will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations which include budget development and growth, technology management, business and investment planning, administrative policy, strategic and other organization-wide planning, communications and memberships. This position additionally provides programmatic direction and support to all 50 state hunter education administrators and over 55,000 volunteer hunter education instructors and as such will work with the IHEA-USA board, and committees. The COO will work with the CPA, auditor and others to ensure accuracy of financial entries/records. “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Alex’s caliber join IHEA-USA as we enter new dimensions of R3, online Hunter Education and providing more new hunter outreach services for all the state agencies,” said David Allen, IHEA-USA’s Executive Director.
Baer most recently operated as an outdoor industry consultant with the Baer Outdoor Group where he contributed to projects for private industry as well as NGO partners such as the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. Prior to that, Alex was the Sales Director at onXmaps, Inc. for five years during their rapid expansion in the outdoor technology market where he led several teams including Business Development, Government Relations, and Logistics. While leading their national hardlines business, Alex was also the R3 Coordinator for onX and built partner relationships with conservation NGOs, industry associations, and state wildlife agencies. He also held a position on the National R3 Implementation Workgroup with CAHSS.
Alex’s passion for the outdoors, wildlife, and his lifelong search for new ways to accomplish meaningful work has led him to a new position as COO with IHEA-USA. He is looking forward to contributing more directly to the growth and development of hunter education while continuing to further R3 initiatives for the industry.
Alex feels very fortunate to live in Western Montana with his wife and their two boys and two dogs. His interest in education and learning have found an outlet in coaching youth and adult teams in soccer and rugby, and he is looking forward to his oldest son’s second season joining the hunt this Fall, and his youngest son catching his first fish this Spring.
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