Speaker Bios — 2013 Small Log Conference

Todd Beyreuther

PE, Interim Director of the Integrated Design Lab-Inland Northwest and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Construction Management, Washington State University

Todd Beyreuther, PE, Interim Director of the Integrated Design Lab-Inland Northwest and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Construction Management, teaches interdisciplinary design studios on the Washington State University Pullman and Spokane campuses. Beyreuther conducts research at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute (IDI) at WSU Spokane and the Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) at WSU Pullman in areas of interdisciplinary and open-source design methodologies, integrated building and infrastructure systems design, and interactive and flexible architectural environments. Since 2009, he has been a significant contributor and instructor for the Integrated Design Experience (IDeX) studio within the ISD that teaches collaboration around large-scale, complex real-world projects to undergraduate and graduate students of architecture, engineering, construction management, and agriculture.

Prior to joining Washington State University in 2008, Beyreuther practiced as a structural engineer in Seattle, WA. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington and has also taught at the University of Washington in the College of Built Environments. Beyreuther received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in 2008.

Brigid Burke

Deputy Director, Kootenai River Development Council, Inc.

Brigid Burke serves as Deputy Director of Kootenai River Development Council, Inc, which is the economic development organization for South Lincoln County, Montana. In addition to providing economic development services, Kootenai River Development Council also manages Lincoln County Port Authority’s Kootenai Business Park, which is an industrial park in Libby, Montana at the previous Stimson mill site. Brigid secured a grant for Lincoln County Port Authority from the State of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to develop a plan for the reclamation of timber and restoration of the forest in areas where previous vermiculite mining activities have contaminated the trees’ bark with asbestos fibers. In addition to serving as the grant administrator for this project, Brigid is constantly evaluating the implications of the logging industry on Lincoln County, Montana’s economics.

Brigid received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Accounting, and her Master’s in Accounting from the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and worked at Ernst & Young previous to joining Kootenai River Development Council.

Vincent P. Corrao

President, Northwest Management, Inc.

Vincent is President of Northwest Management, Inc. (NMI) a natural resource consulting firm with offices in Idaho, Washington and Montana. Vincent is an SAF Certified Forester, a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, and a certified Environmental Management System auditor.

NMI has been providing consulting services in the Northwest for over 29 years and has been involved in every facet of forest land management. Recently Vincent has been a team member on the National Indian Forest Management Assessment Team in evaluating the sustainability of forestry practices on tribal lands throughout the US and the team will provide its 10 year review to Congress this spring.

NMI is also involved in the implementation of the new Anchor Forest concept where a cooperation of multiple landowners in a geographic area are identified to provide a long-term sustainable wood supply to maintain existing infrastructure and provide stability to the local communities. The Anchor Forest concept is strongly supported by the US Forest Service and is applicable to private lands as well.

Vincent lives in Moscow Idaho where NMI’s main office is located and enjoys bird hunting, fishing, and hiking the backcountry of Idaho.

Rusty Dramm

Acting Program Manager, Technology Marketing Unit, Forest Products Laboratory

Rusty is the Acting Program Manager, Technology Marketing Unit, at the Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin. He manages the Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization Grant program. Rusty’s current work focuses on improving the viability of forestland restoration and fuels reduction activities through forest products and woody biomass utilization. His technical expertise is sawmill conversion efficiency, lumber size quality control, lumber recovery and gradeyield; and sawmill feasibility. Rusty began his wood products career at Webster Lumber Company in Bangor, Wisconsin as a Tree Farm Forester and later supervised the Webster Wood Preserving railroad tie treating plant. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point forestry program (1978) and received his Master of Forestry Degree in forest products from Oregon State University (1983) working under Professor Terry Brown.

Xu Fang

Director, American Softwoods China

Mr. Xu Fang has served as the Director of American Softwoods China Office since 2009. American Softwoods is the consortium representing APA‐The Engineered Wood Association, the Softwood Export Council (SEC), and the Southern Forest Product Association (SFPA). From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Xu represented the American Forest & Paper Association (AF & PA) in China and was heavily involved with development of the commercial and residential building codes for wood products in China. Mr. Xu is the official representative of the U.S. softwood industry and an official member of timber structure codes and standards committees in China and has worked with the Chinese code committee on drafting of chapters relating to design and inspection requirements on various types of wood construction. Mr. Xu holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering from Tong Ji University in Shanghai and has accumulated over 13-years of experience on building design and consulting services.

Andrew Goodison

Manager, Business Analysis, FPInnovations

Andrew Goodison is currently the Manager of Business Analysis at FPInnovations which is focused on understanding markets, economics and business issues for all sectors of the forest based economy. He is the project lead on the Bio Pathways project and the new Value Pathways project for FPInnovations. He has been heavily involved in strategy work within the Forest and Paper Industry for the past 15 years and has experience in corporate and operations strategy, valuation, merger integration, acquisitions, and financial modeling and has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe and New Zealand. His current focus is on the financial implications of the emerging Bio-economy in the forest sector. Prior to joining FPInnovations, he held positions in PwC’s Global Forest and Paper Group and IBM as a senior strategy consultant.

Heath Heikkila

Government Affairs Advisor, Ball Janik LLP

Heath Heikkila joined Ball Janik LLP in 2004 as a Government Affairs Advisor and helps his private and non-profit clients navigate and effect changes in natural resource, environmental and energy policies at the federal and state levels. He has worked on some of the West’s most challenging natural resource issues, including federal forest management, endangered species, Pacific Northwest salmon recovery and renewable energy development. He works closely with members and staff of the U.S. House and Senate, state elected and agency officials, and key personnel at federal agencies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr.Heikkila served in Washington, D.C. as a policy advisor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he focused on Western environmental and fisheries issues. He also served as an aide to a Washington State Senator and has been active in political and issue-based campaigns in several Western states.

Carey Hester

Director, Montana U.S. Export Assistance Center

Carey Hester serves as the Director of the Montana U.S. Export Assistance Center. His primary objective is to help Montana companies market their products abroad through the provision of export services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service and technical assistance on subjects ranging from export licensing, shipping, documentation, payment methods, export financing, to intellectual property rights protection.

Carey was born in Helena and was educated at Carroll College. He graduated from Carroll in 1986 with a degree in International Relations. Carey has worked in the field of international trade since 1988, first with Keun Jin Group in Korea, then with Sumitrans Corporation in Los Angeles and most recently as the Senior International Trade Officer with the Montana Department of Commerce before joining the U.S. Commercial Service in 2008.

Jack P. Jordan

Executive Vice President, Jordan Lumber and Supply, Inc.

Born and raised in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina. Graduated North Carolina State College in 1963 with a BS in Wood Science and Technology. Married to Sue Ingram Jordan. Two sons, Jack, Jr. and Jeff. Served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army. In 1965 returned to Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc, Mt Gilead. The company was started by his parents in 1939.

Civic service: Served on the Board of Trustees of North Carolina State University for eight years, two years as chair. Served on the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system for five years. Member of the Mt Gilead Lions Club. Member of the First United Methodist Church. Member of Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, and a Past Chairman. Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission that developed the softwood lumber check-off. Chairman of the Softwood Lumber Board, the 19 member board of senior industry leaders that oversees the softwood lumber check-off. Operates Jordan Lumber with his brother Bob, two sons, and a nephew.

Melissa Kinch

Partner/SVP, Ketchum

Melissa manages the corporate reputation practice for Ketchum in the West where she has built a team that specializes in helping brands and organizations diffuse issues through storytelling. She has spent 16 years at Ketchum specializing in corporate responsibility, issues management and reputation management.

In the agriculture and food industry, she has worked on many reputation and issues programs, including creating strategies to combat attacks on agriculture groups related to animal rights and environmental standards, California Proposition 65 attacks on brands, water reclamation farming disputes and product recalls for a variety of agriculture products and food brands. Her broader reputation work has focused on creating content to reach key influencers and audiences. Specifically, she co-produced “Into the Fire,” a documentary that aired on the History Channel and was sponsored by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to highlight funding needs and challenges of firefighters. She has led all public relations efforts for Liberty Mutual’s Responsibility Project, including promoting celebrity films to create an emotional connection with consumers. Through this work, Melissa has spearheaded outreach through social media channels as well as conversations with bloggers and online media to manage Liberty Mutual’s reputation.

Rick Larson

Director of Sustainable Ventures, The Conservation Fund, Chapel Hill, NC

Rick works with the green business lending arms of The Conservation Fund (TCF), a national land and water conservation organization committed to conservation solutions that make economic sense (www.conservationfund.org).

He directs the North Carolina operations of the Natural Capital Investment Fund (www.ncifund.org), a subsidiary of TCF that provides patient capital to triple-bottom-line natural-resource based businesses in the Southeast US. He also directs ShadeFund (www.shadefund.org), a joint project of TCF and the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities that uses a blend of philanthropic, corporate, and individual contributions to fund small businesses in forest- and farm-dependent communities nationwide.

Rick’s prior experience includes: Managing Director of SJF Ventures, a $45 M mission-driven venture capital fund; National Director of REAL Enterprises, a nationwide entrepreneurship education program for rural youth and adults; and financial and shop floor supervisory positions with the Cummins Engine Company. He earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA in History and French from Amherst College.

Stephen M. Lovett

CEO, Softwood Lumber Board

Steve serves as the CEO of the newly formed Softwood Lumber Board which oversees the softwood lumber check-off. He has a thirty-five year background in international trade policy, overseas market development, sustainable forest management and certification, international forestry, risk management related to corporate environmental responsibility, and sustainability issues. He was EVP and COO of the American Forest & Paper Association for many years with responsibility for paper, recycling, wood products, forestry, economics, and statistics. Steve serves on the board of a multinational forest products company, and has served on several non-profit boards. He holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford, and served in the US Navy.

Gevan R. Marrs


Catchlight Energy’s Gevan R. Marrs contributes 36 years of experience in value chain analysis and improvement for biomass feedstocks to conversion, principally pulp and paper operations, to the feedstock logistics component of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project. He has led organizational and project teams examining issues from genetically improved trees for fiber operations, through wood yard operations and processing, testing, and feedstocks quality improvement, to final product properties and value lift opportunities identification and implementation. Marrs works as feedstocks sourcing and value leader at Catchlight Energy, a joint venture of Weyerhaeuser and Chevron to produce liquid transportation biofuels from cellulosic forest-based feedstocks.

Before joining Catchlight Energy, Marrs served in various research and development capacities for Weyerhaeuser in Federal Way, Washington, including unit manager for cellulose fibers new product development, team leader for raw materials, and senior scientist.

In 1974, Marrs received his B.S. in Wood Science from Colorado State University.

Natalie Martinkus

Doctoral graduate student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University

Natalie Martinkus is a doctoral graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University. Her research interests include stream and floodplain modeling and restoration, ecosystem valuations, GIS applications and stormwater treatment.

Her work for the NARA project involves using GIS to map physical and social assets within each of the four Pacific Northwest states. This information will help identify potential communities that may be receptive to having biofuel facilities built in their jurisdictions.

Natalie received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program at the University of Texas. She is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Lloyd McGee

Eastern Washington Forests Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Lloyd is a graduate of the University of Idaho in Forest Resource Management and Forest Products Business Management. He is also a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation Leadership Program. His past employment was with the Idaho State Department of Lands for 10 years as a Forest Resource Manager, with Vaagen Bros. Lumber Company for 18 years in log and land procurement in Northeast Washington and for the last two years with The Nature Conservancy as their Eastern Washington Forests Program Manager. He served as the Northeast Washington Forest Coalition President for 9 years while with Vaagen Bros. Lumber Company. In 2010 he was awarded “Forester of the Year” by the Inland Empire Region Society of American Foresters and served as Chair of the Inland Empire SAF in 2011 during the preparation of the National SAF Convention in Spokane. Lloyd has raised three children and has three grandchildren that he says keeps him very busy.

Rod Nelson

President, Nelson Bros. Engineering

Rod Nelson has a masters in electrical engineering from Washington State University. He spent the first three years of his career with Boeing and then six years with Westinghouse. He followed those stints with 10 years developing optimization systems for various sawmill equipment vendors, all of which are now owned by USNR. Rod started Nelson Bros Engineering in 1992. He has developed scanners for railroad grinders and for lineally scanned lumber, and has developed optimizers for nearly every type of sawmill machine center.

Jay O’Laughlin

Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences, University of Idaho; Director of the College of Natural Resources Policy Analysis Group

Jay is Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences at the University of Idaho, and since 1989, full-time Director of the College of Natural Resources Policy Analysis Group. This group was created and funded by the Idaho Legislature to provide objective analysis of natural resource issues important to Idaho citizens as suggested by an advisory committee of natural resource leaders. Recent publications feature policy analyses for wildfire, wood bioenergy, and sustainable forest management for wood products and carbon sequestration. He also works on these issues for the Western Governors’ Association Forest Health Advisory Committee and for the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, chairing the Forestry/Biomass Task Force and writing its report in 2009 on opportunities and challenges of wood bioenergy in Idaho. He was elected Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in 2000; in 2010 he received the SAF’s Award in Forest Science for distinguished research in managerial sciences leading to the advancement of forestry.

Ryan Palma

Owner, Sustainable Lumber Company

Ryan Palma is the owner of Sustainable Lumber Company in Missoula, MT. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in domestic and international sales and product development for forest products companies in Oregon and Montana. He founded Sustainable Lumber Company in 2011 and specializes in handcrafted flooring, doors, cabinets, trim and molding. The company serves high end homes and resort communities, using 100% Montana timber sourced from SFI Certified forests and dead standing timber. Ryan is a native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Montana, where he was the starting free safety on the school’s National Championship football team in 1995.

Dr. Ed Pepke

Senior Timber Trade and Policy Analyst for the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Facility, European Forest Institute

Dr. Ed Pepke is the Senior Timber Trade and Policy Analyst for the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Facility of the European Forest Institute. He began this new position in 2011. He is primarily responsible for the Facility’s analytical studies concerning the European Union and global timber markets and wider FLEGT questions. He develops links within EFI and with EFI network members and other collaborators for the studies. In addition he assists in policy analysis in preparing policy briefs and other information material relevant to communicating FLEGT messages.

Prior to his position with the EU FLEGT Facility, for 20 years Dr. Pepke was the Forest Products Marketing Specialist for the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was responsible for the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Marketing Program. His work involved analyzing forest products markets in the 56-country UNECE’s region of North America, Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Dr. Pepke’s most noteworthy accomplishment at the UN was producing the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Reviews. He wrote additional publications on the forest products markets, organized seminars on special topics and conducted the annual Market Discussions at the UNECE Timber Committee meeting. He was the secretariat for the Timber Committee’s and the FAO European Forestry Commission’s teams of specialists on: 1. Forest Products Marketing; 2. Forest Communicators Network; 3. Certification of Forest Products; and 4 others.

Prior to working for the United Nations, Dr. Pepke was a marketing specialist for 15 years with the United States Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.

Don R. Peterson

President, Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC

Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, from Michigan Technological University in 1979. He spent 17 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in a variety of forestry positions with the last five of those 17 years as a Forest Products Specialist. He was Executive Director of the Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance for the next five years. Since 2001 he has been president of his own company, Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC (RRS), whose client base ranges from the federal government to private landowners. Projects include: business plans, feasibility studies, resource analysis, grant writing, wood energy assessments and a variety of other projects. In addition Don has served as executive director of the Sustainable Resources Institute since 2005 and as administrator of the Wisconsin and Michigan Master Logger Certification programs for the past five and eight years respectively.

Christina Progess

Project Manager, Libby Asbestos Superfund Site, EPA Region 8

Christina Progess has managed remediation of hazardous waste sites for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Program for the past 9 years, specializing in the remediation of abandoned hard rock mining sites throughout the western US. Her current project management responsibilities include remediation of the Vermiculite Mountain mine within the larger Libby Asbestos Superfund Site, in Libby, Montana. Christina’s work on the Libby Superfund Site also entails developing a remediation strategy for approximately 33,000 acres of forest land, adjacent to the Vermiculite Mountain mine, which was contaminated with asbestos during mining activities. Christina holds a B.S. in Soil Science from Utah State University and a M.S. in Geochemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

Arnold E. Sherman

Executive Director, Montana World Trade Center

Arnold E. Sherman was appointed as the Executive Director of the Montana World Trade Center and Adjunct Professor of the School of Business Administration at The University of Montana in March of 1997. He is an internationally recognized expert in new market strategies and has worked and traveled in more than 70 countries. Since 1990, Sherman has served as president of Global Development Services, Inc., an international representational and advisory firm. Sherman is the founder and former chairman of the American Center for International Leadership, the premier organization for introducing emerging leaders of the world to their counterparts, particularly in developing democracies. He is the former founder and president of Sherman, Goelz & Bergfalk public affairs firm. Sherman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree from Xavier University. He is a frequent lecturer and author of professional articles on business development and public affairs.

Evan Smith

Vice President of Conservation Ventures, The Conservation Fund

As Vice President of Conservation Ventures at the Fund, Evan Smith adds an entrepreneurial twist to classic conservation. Smith oversees programs that invest in green business and working forests to generate both economic and environmental return. Since joining the Fund in 1995, Smith, a trained forester, has worked to demonstrate that nonprofits can successfully acquire and sustainably manage large tracts of forestland, most recently through the New Forest Fund. He spends his off hours with his two young daughters, taking pride in their fondness for hiking, “big horned owls”, and ice cream. He has a B.S. in Geology and Master of Forestry from Yale University.

Thomas J. Spink

President, Thomas Spink Inc. (TSI)

Thomas J. Spink (Tom) serves as the team leader for NARA’s conversion/co- products team. Currently, he is president of Thomas Spink Inc. (TSI), a consulting firm specializing in biomass chemical engineering.

From 1971 to 2002, Tom created a successful a career with the Georgia Pacific Corporation in Bellingham Washington. There he began as a process engineer followed by numerous management roles. From 1995-2002, Thomas was the business manager for the pulp and chemicals operations. His responsibilities included management of sales, marketing, production, logistics, and research for chlorine, caustic, ethanol and lignin. In addition he was also responsible for sulfite pulp sales. Sales revenue for these operations exceeded $120,000,000 per year with in excess of 120 employees and 500 customers in the Pacific and Americas.

Tom is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is past President of the Pacific Section of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) and the Lignin Institute in Atlanta Georgia.

Tom holds a master’s degree in science and chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in science and chemical engineering from the University of Washington.

David Stallcop

Global Marketing Manager, Vanport International, Inc.

David received his BA from Washington State University in International Business in 1993. During and after David received his undergraduate degree from WSU, he lived and worked in Japan for three years learning the language and culture. After returning to the US, he received his MBA from Oregon State University in 1996.

In January of 1997 David started working for Vanport International, Inc. (www.vanport-intl.com) which is an Oregon based international forest products company. Vanport’s specialty is importing and exporting high quality wood products as well as activities in sawmill manufacturing and consulting. Vanport’s international office locations include the United States, Canada and Russia and the company has personnel located in China, Germany and Japan.

Vanport started operations in 1967 as a log exporter to Japan and starting in the early 1970’s through the 1980’s acquired three sawmills in Boring, Oregon. Vanport was forced to close these sawmills in 1999 due to the lack of timber sales from the Mt Hood National Forest losing an employee base of approximately 250 people.

Vanport entered into a consulting and management agreement with the Yakama Nation to help them start Yakama Forest Products (www.yakama-forest.com) in 1995. The first phase of the three phase startup was a log sort yard, the second phase was a small log mill startup and the third phase was a large log mill startup. David was transferred to Washington State in June of 1998 to work with the Tribe on phase 2 and phase 3 of the Yakama Forest Products project. During the next 5-1/2 years he helped develop the mills sales and marketing plan, trained five Tribal Members in Sales and Marketing and by the time Vanport turned over the everyday management to the mill, Yakama Forest Products was producing and shipping close to 20 million board feet of lumber per month.

After returning to Oregon in November 2003, David started up Vanport’s China Division working on bringing Chinese Cedar products from China to the US and also developing non-Japan export markets for softwood lumber out of the United States. Over the past 9 years David has found himself traveling, developing markets and doing business in Europe, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and the Philippines.

In July 2008, Vanport entered into a management agreement with Warm Springs Forest Products (www.wsfpi.com) to essentially lease the sawmill and convert it from a 100% domestic lumber producing sawmill to what is now a sawmill that exports over 80% of its lumber to Japan and other Asian countries. David is currently spending some of his time working with his colleagues at Vanport and Warm Springs on the marketing strategies of this venture.

Vanport continues to work with sawmills in Idaho, Washington and Oregon to produce high quality export lumber for the Japanese and other Southeast Asian markets. David is actively involved in the procurement, sales and marketing for these sawmills.

Vanport’s Russian operation is a model of success providing high quality metric sized lumber from the Far East into Japan. David works closely with the thirteen employees and 5 offices in Russia to maintain its current customer base in Japan as well as new customers throughout Southeast Asia.

Sharon Stanton

Natural Resources Specialist, Forest Inventory and Analysis, USFS – PNW Research Station

Sharon started working as a Natural Resources Specialist and Analyst with the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in 2011, and is currently leading the national FIA strategic assessment and redesign of forest health and ecosystem indicators. Prior to joining FIA, Sharon completed a PhD in Biology at Portland State University and worked for several years as a post-doctoral researcher at The University of Leuven in Belgium. Her primary research interests are long-term forest dynamics, forest pathology, and land-use change in the Pacific Northwest.

Dwayne Walker

Managing partner, Future Forest, LLC; Vice President, W.B. Contracting

Dwayne Walker is the managing partner for Future Forest, LLC, located in Pinetop Arizona and is also the Vice President of W.B. Contracting; a fourth generation, family owned Forest Restoration Company and the primary contractor for the White Mountain Stewardship project (WMSP). Dwayne has received and administrated 4 grants. W.B. Contracting is owned and operated by Dale Walker, Ricky Walker and Dwayne Walker.

Dwayne continues to work hard in bringing the communities of the White Mountains together to insure success of the WMSP and has been very successful bringing in new markets for the small diameter wood products. He is very active in the community and is a member of several forest associations, Arizona Sustainable Forestry Partnership, Northern Arizona Wood Products Association and the Northern Arizona Loggers Association.

Jeff Webber

Vice President, Manufacturing, Stimson Lumber Company

Jeff Webber is the Vice President of Manufacturing for Stimson Lumber Company with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Stimson Lumber Company is a private, family-owned company founded in the 1850’s and has eight manufacturing plants, 500,000+ acres of Fee Timberlands and employs 600+ people in Oregon and Idaho. The manufacturing plants produce a range of lumber products from Short Dimension Studs to Large timbers. The plants can process logs from 4” to 60”+ in diameter.

Jeff knew from the time he was 12 years old that he wanted to work in a lumber mill when he saw his first breakdown of a log into lumber. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Technology from Colorado State University in 1980, Jeff joined Champion International Corporation in Missoula, Montana. Jeff then joined Stimson Lumber Company in 1993. He has worked in over 20 different sawmills and panel plants in the last 33 years. During that time he has been involved in numerous capital projects, acquisitions and divestitures.

Jeff is also involved in several industry associations and non-profit organizations including leadership positions in the Western Wood Products Association, American Lumber Standards Committee and The Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Susie reside on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.

Hugh Whaley

Managing Director, AMR Management Services; General Manager, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Hugh serves as the full-time General Manager for the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, a growing group of farmer- and rancher-led organizations and industry partners whose vision is to enhance public confidence and trust in, and understanding of, today’s agriculture.

In his career, Hugh has served as director, Industry & Association Relations for Broadhead + Co, and president, Association Business for Osborn & Barr, both marketing communications companies. In those roles, he directed communications programs for organizations such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, United Soybean Board, National Pork Board, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Propane Education & Research Council, U.S. Grains Council, American Lamb Board, USDA Rural Development and USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service. He has also served as a senior staff director of education and corporate relations for the American Soybean Association.

He has held numerous board and committee leadership positions with a wide variety of organizations including the American Society of Association Executives, the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the NAFB Foundation, the National Farm-City Council, Meeting Professionals International and the Center for Women in Transition.

Through his work with those organizations, Hugh has become an experienced leader and trusted advisor to those he serves. Hugh received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Purdue University, and is a U.S. Navy veteran.