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Roy Grimes
Roy A. Grimes CEO/President NASP®

Roy was the Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources when he was assigned the task of creating what became NASP® by then KDFWR Commissioner, Tom Bennett. Roy has been the world-wide lead for NASP® from the planning phase in late 2001 through the present.

Roy was born in London, Kentucky but moved to Indiana before mastering the southern accent at 9 months of age. He attended Richmond Senior High School where competed in Cross Country and Track. He attended Purdue University from 1973-1977 graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Forestry and a Bachelor's of Arts in Wildlife Science -- the first and last Purdue student to earn both of these majors in just four years.

He started his career as a Forester as assistant manager of Clark State Forest in Southern Indiana. By 1979 he moved to Northern Indiana where he served 8 counties as the DNR's private lands biologist in the NW part of the state. He moved to become the manager of the DNR's Patoka Lake near French Lick, IN from 1985-1989 he planned and directed the building of the archery range which is still used for 3D tournaments by the Patoka Lake Bowhunters. Roy moved to Kansas in 1989 to be the first Wichita-area Parks and Public Lands Manger for the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks. He moved on to Missouri to serve a similar role in the St. Louis region of that state for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation.

Roy's last move as a wildlife biologist was to become the Wildlife Director and eventually Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Dept. of Wildlife Resources. As the Deputy Commissioner he oversaw personnel and activities of more than 400 employees in the Wildlife, Fisheries, Outreach, and Law Enforcement Divisions. NASP® came into being on March 3, 2002 and Roy's efforts became increasingly directed towards oversight of the program in Kentucky and expansion across the United States, Canada and a few other countries. He retired from KDFWR in 2007 and continues as CEO/President of NASP®.

Roy will be married 36 years this summer to Patty Jo. They have an adult son (Kris) and daughter (Brittany). They also have 4 grandsons and a grand daughter on the way.

After God and Family archery has been the driving force in Roy's life since his first bowhunt for deer in Nashville, IN during October, 1970. Most of his bowhunting takes place in Kentucky and Indiana with occasional trips west or north with his son and best friend as time and resources allow.

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