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Expert in Forest Industry: Supply Chain Operation and Manufacturing

Expert ID: 738191 Tennessee, USA

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30 years in the Forest Products Industry. Experience in the forest management, in lumber and sawmill management and sales, in flooring and furniture manufacturing, in supply chain management, in the land development business, and in government policy. Owned and operated logging company, worked for small independent mills, and worked for Fortune 100 corporations. Broad focus of the entire forest products industry and currently working for a Chinese corporation to export wood chips to china for pulp and paper manufacturing. Extensive real estate experience in timberlands and land development.

Operational Experience:
- Degreed and Certified Forester
- Extensive field forestry background
- Six Sigma Black Belt; with woodchip projects
- International supply chain operations
- Wood product sales, purchasing, trading
- Registered Affiliate Broker in TN
- Decades of land acquisition work
- Hardwood lumber grading graduate

Managerial Experience:
- Business owner/manager
- Harvesting operations
- Multinational supply chain team leader
- International woodchip production planning
- Land development site work
- Assistant plant manager
- Forest operations crew leader roles
- Chair for national Forestry convention

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: BS Subject: Forest Resource Management Institution: Univ of Tennessee; Knoxville
Year: 2016 Degree: Black Belt Subject: Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing Institution: Dow Corning

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2021 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Manager - Eastern Region Department: none
Responsibilities:
Develop supply chain and procure pine woodchips for export to China.
Manage woodchip supply chain including: port facility contract, supplier contracts, fumigation and inspection contracts, management of inventory, scheduling of contractors for loading vessels, and handling government paperwork for exports.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: none
Responsibilities:
Specialty logging operation created to service landowners in the middle TN region who have cedar and pine tracts that conventional loggers wont' service. Develop the client base, purchase the timber, manage the logging crew and operation, etc. Sold the logging equipment in late 2021 but has contract crews logging timber.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2018 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Acquisitions and Development Department:
Responsibilities:
Develop land contacts and find properties that suit the needs of company, particularly for Tiny Home subdivision development. Manage the entire land purchase through Due Diligence and into the buildout before handing off to site engineers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2017 to 2017 Employer: Twin Creeks Properties, LLC Title: VP of Acquisitions Department:
Responsibilities:
Develop land contacts and find properties that suit the needs of Twin Creeks Properties, LLC, particularly for subdivision development. Manage the entire land purchase through Due Diligence and into the buildout before handing off to site engineers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to 2016 Employer: Dow Corning Corporation, INC. Title: Global Forestry Program Leader Department: Silicon Metal
Responsibilities:
Manage global Forestry supply chain for Dow Corning. Due to concentrations of facilities, North and South America were my primary focus areas. The silicon metal industry requires heavy amounts of carbon, mostly sourced from coal, charcoal, and wood chips. Operations in Brasil required the majority of my time, with long periods in country to manage various projects in eucalyptus forest management and operational development of the forest harvesting operations. DC trained me in their operational techniques and I earned my Black Belt in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: Waterfront Group, LLC Title: Land Acquisitions Manager Department: Acquisitions
Responsibilities:
Develop land contacts and find properties that suit the needs of Waterfront Group, particularly for secondary home subdivision development. Manage the entire land purchase through Due Diligence and into the buildout. Manage multiple construction contractors through completion.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: none
Responsibilities:
A Forest Management and Forest Products Consulting Firm. Raw Land, developed land, or messed up and don't know what to do with it land; put vision and expertise to work to place your property at the top of the market or create a sustainable forest management plan.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2010 to 2016 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: During Expert's time with Dow Corning, he spent extensive time in Brazil working with the Silicon Metal facilities. Role was to create the overall forestry supply chain plan and direct the implementation of the necessary projects to complete this plan. He learned a functional level of Portuguese and worked closely with locals in multiple locations in rural Brazil.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Society of American Foresters - multiple leadership positions and National Convention Chair
Tennessee Forestry association - 2001 through current
Licenses / Certifications
Certified Forester - Society of American Foresters
Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing - Black Belt
Hardwood Lumber Grading Certificate - National Hardwood Lumber Association
Awards / Recognition
National Convention Chair - Society of American Foresters

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Multiple Timber Theft cases - various levels of involvement, most were settled out of court.
Training / Seminars
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / CONTINUING EDUCATION
• Kentucky / Tennessee SAF Summer & Winter Meetings
• Tennessee Forestry Association Annual and Regional Meetings
• SAF National Convention; Louisville, KY - Meeting Chair
• SAF National Convention; Portland, OR
• Tennessee Forestry Association Legislative Affairs Day; Nashville, TN
• PEFC Chain of Custody Online Auditor Training; Nightly Online Webinars
• UGA Timberland Investment Conference; Growing Value – Amelia Island, GA
• SAF National Convention; Madison, WI
• Southern Forest Products Export Conference; Charleston, SC
• Certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma – Dow Corning Corp.; Midland, MI
• Mill Operations Technical Advancement Group - TAPPI; Atlanta, GA
• Mill Operations Technical Advancement Group - TAPPI; Atlanta, GA
• Eucalyptus Forest Productivity Cooperative Meeting; Waycross, GA
• Mill Operations Technical Advancement Group - TAPPI; Atlanta, GA
• Appalachian SAF Winter Meeting; Wytheville, VA
• Forisk Timber Market Analysis Course; Atlanta, GA
• International Timberland Ownership Conference; Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Economic Evaluation of Projects; Dow Corning Training; Midland, MI
• Who will Own the Forest; World Forestry Center; Portland, OR
• United Country Real Estate National Convention; New Orleans, LA
• Realtors Land Institute – 1031 Tax Free Exchange course; New Orleans, LA
• Level 1 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Certification
• Tennessee Real Estate Commission; Affiliate Broker ID
• Timberland Investors Forum; Atlanta, GA
• Mine Safety and Hazard Reduction Training; Gordonsville, TN
• National Hardwood Lumber Association National Convention
• LandMark/ESRI GPS training; Charlotte, NC
• Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting
• LandMark/ESRI ArcView training; Starkville, MS
• Waterfront Group University sales training; Jacksonville, FL
• Florida Forestry Association Annual Meeting
• Waterfront Group University sales training; Charlotte, NC
• Weinig Moulder/Grinder Training; Mooresville, NC
• Virginia Forestry Association Annual Meeting
• Virginia Forest Products Association Annual Meeting
• Virginia Sharp Logger (Master Logger) Certified
• Florida Prescribed Burn License
• Florida Commercial Restricted Use Applicators License
• SAF National Convention - Student Member; Richmond, VA
• SAF National Convention - Student Member; San Francisco, CA
Vendor Selection
Extensive experience vetting and selecting vendors for projects.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Portuguese Functional level for travel and an advanced vocabulary for forestry and industrial operations

Fields of Expertise

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