Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch

Board of Directors

Dale RollinsExecutive Director – Dale Rollins, Ph.D.

Dale Rollins is a native of Hollis, Oklahoma; he earned his BS from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his MS Degree from Oklahoma State University (studying bobwhite and scaled quail in his home county), and his PhD from Texas Tech University. Dr. Rollins served as Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension in San Angelo from 1987-2013. He also held a 25% research appointment with AgriLife Research and the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. Ale Retired from Texas Agrilife Extension Service in August 2013, but then returned (half-time) as the Program Coordinator for Texas A&M’s “Reversing the Quail Decline” initiative. Dale has received numerous awards including being named a ‘Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream Magazine, a “Quail Crusader” by Outdoor Life, and the National Quail Calling Champion from Quail Unlimited in 2002. He has served as the executive director of RPQRR since its inception in 2007.

Phil LambDirector of Development – Phil Lamb

The legal profession’s loss is conservation’s gain. Dallas attorney Phil Lamb is making a career move from litigation to quail conservation. After 14 years as a successful lawyer in Dallas, Lamb is joining the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation as director of development. Lamb cites his involvement with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s Stewards of the Wild program as a catalyst for the career change. Lamb co-chairs the Dallas chapter of the Steward of the Wild, a young professionals program that supports the mission of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“Getting involved with Stewards of the Wild has really been life changing for me,” said Lamb. “I’ve always been interested in hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and getting involved in Stewards of the Wild has galvanized that interest into direct action to support conservation.”

The Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch is located in Roby, northwest of Abilene. Lamb will work out of a Dallas office.

“We’re excited to have Phil join our growing team,” said Rick Snipes, president of Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our goal is to be the preeminent quail research and conservation organization in the world, and to do that we need the financial support of the quail hunting community. Phil is the perfect person to lead this effort. He is a passionate sportsman and conservationist with a proven track record as a volunteer with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s Stewards of the Wild program.”

There are Stewards of the Wild chapters in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Midland. The member-led chapters engage 21 to 45-year-old outdoor enthusiasts by hosting exclusive events to raise awareness of conservation issues facing future generations.

“We’re pleased to see the Stewards of the Wild program successfully engaging the next generation of conservation leaders in Texas,” said Kelly R. Thompson, chair of TPWF’s board of trustees. “We wish Phil the very best as he embarks on the next phase of his career in conservation. We hope more young people will follow his lead in turning a passion for conservation into action.”

Rick SnipesPresident – Rick Snipes, Rancher

Rick is the retired chairman and CEO of Barry, Evans, Joseph and Snipes, Inc., a Charlotte, N.C. insurance and executive compensation firm. Rick has a lifelong interest in quail, bird dogs and the management of quail habitat. He has owned and managed his ranch in Stonewall County since 1993 and he and his wife, Lana, have lived there full time since 2001. Prior to moving to Texas, Rick leased, managed and hunted properties in South Carolina where he witnessed firsthand the decline of the bobwhite. The ranch is home to some of the country’s finest Pointers—started and trained on wild birds. The ranch was a participant in the Texas Quail Index from 2002-2006 and recorded covey finds of almost 5 coveys per hour from 2001-2008. Snipes Ranch has received several awards for quail conservation, including the Lone Star Land Stewardship award from Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Quail Steward Award (North Region) from Texas Wildlife Association, and the bronze Purdey Cup award for the conservation of the Northern Bobwhite.

Secretry/Treasurer – Justin Trail
Justin Trail lives in Albany, Texas with his wife and 3 young daughters, whom he enjoys the outdoors with every chance he gets. He is the founder and president of Commercial Insurance Solutions Group, LLC, a national retail insurance brokerage company specializing in the risk management of real estate investment portfolios, founder and CEO of C1 Insurance Group and cofounder and director of Spicewood Funding Group, a specialty finance company. Mr. Trail serves as a director at Triumph Bancorp, and several of their subsidiary holdings. He also serves as a director at the NMHC and numerous non-profit organizations and is currently president-elect of The Feed Store. Mr. Trail graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science in Wildlife Biology in 1994 and a Master’s degree in 1996.

Justin grew up bird hunting in the small farming towns east of Dallas in the early 80’s. He carried that passion for quail hunting behind good dogs to West Texas upon graduation from college and is still an avid quail hunter.

Director – A.V. Jones Jr.
A.V. Jones
A.V. Jones, Jr. was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. After graduating fro O.U., A.V. formed a partnership with his brother and father known as Jones Company, Ltd., in Albany of which he as the chairman. The partnership was active throughout the United States and Canada in oil and gas exploration. Currently A.V. is active in Quantum Energy Partners, L.P. an investment partnership seeking opportunities in the petroleum industry.

Director – Joe Crafton

Joe Crafton is the Chief Executive Officer of CROSSMARK, Inc., a leading sales and marketing services company in the fast moving consumer goods industry. CROSSMARK employs over 35,000 associates who perform field marketing for over 1,000 clients in 5 countries.

Joe grew up bird hunting near Memphis, Tennessee with his father and brothers. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his three sons: James 21, David 18, Reeves 6, an English Setter, a French Brittany and a Boykin Spaniel.

Joe is co-founder of several wildlife conservation groups including Park Cities Quail, Quail Coalition and the Bobwhite Foundation. He is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving on the National Executive Board. His commitment to conservation education led to his underwriting the Joe Crafton Sportsman’s Complex at the BSA Summit Bechtel Reserve. More information at

Dan CraineDirector – Dan Craine

Dan Craine grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon graduation from high school, Dan attended Texas Christian University. While at TCU, Dan met his wife Sallee Turner. The pair wed in January of 1970, Dan and Sallee have three children: Jeff, Matt, and Elizabeth. The children are all married and live in the DFW metrolex.

In 1980, Dan and his two brothers bought the Miller Beer Distributor business in Ft. Worth, Texas. For 30 years the three were very involved in the business. There is a time to buy and a time to sell, and to that end, Dan and his brothers sold the beer distributorship in 2008. From 2008 to the present, Dan has been semi-retired.

Dan has served on many boards and civic organizations. Dan and Sallee are members of River Crest Country Club, Steeplechase Club and the Exchange Club. Dan and Sallee attend Christ Chaple Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

steve and merle2Director – Steve Snell

Steve Snell lives in Starkville, MS, with his wife, 3 sons, and 18 hunting dogs. He and his brother, Rob, own and operate Gun Dog Supply, a hunting dog training supply business founded in 1972 by their parents, Anne & Warner Snell.

Steve grew up in Mississippi surrounded by bird dogs and quail hunting. He saw first-hand, how the loss of habitat decimated wild bird populations across the Southeast in the 1970s and 80s. While his father was very active in the attempts to rebuild habitat on public land, they eventually started quail hunting out in Texas in the 1990s. This is where Steve became interested in habitat management of Texas ranches for the mutual benefit of both cattle and wild birds.

Steve hunts as much as he can during quail season, and travels the country with his 14 pointers.

Steve is a graduate of the 2015 Quail Masters program. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1992 with a degree in General Business Administration.

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