Barry Banks

Executive Director Emeritus

A native son of east central Indiana, Barry was born in Henry County Memorial Hospital, graduated from Markleville High School and Ball State University. Barry attended Pepperdine University School of Law and completed all but the final semester there. He’s an Honorably Discharged Veteran, serving four years, three at sea on nuclear powered, fast-attack submarines.

Barry resides in south Delaware County with his wife, Jamie. They have two children, Chelsea and Hunter. Chelsea along with her husband Brian Watters are raising Barry and Jamie’s first grandchild, Avery Ferne. Hunter is serving his country in the Security Forces of the US Air Force and is married to Kalah (Hughes) Banks.

Barry was Red-tail’s first Executive Director and became Executive Director Emeritus of Red-tail Land Conservancy upon his retirement in 2018. He is a member of Council on the Environment at Ball State University, a former member and president of Delaware County Drainage Board, and a member of Indiana Land Protection Alliance.

He has received numerous conservation awards, some of which are from Daughters of the American Revolution, Robert Cooper Audubon Society, Ball State University, Randolph County Soil and Water Conservation District, Ball State University, City of Anderson, State of Indiana, and Field & Stream Magazine.