Who Will Own the Forest? 2022 Speakers

David Brand
Chief Executive Officer
New Forests

David Brand founded New Forests in 2005 and leads the company’s investment programs. He is a member of New Forests’ Board of Directors and is the Chair of the company’s Investment Committees. David has over 40 years’ experience in forestry investment, forest management, science, and public policy. David is dedicated to innovative, responsible investment strategies in the forest sector and associated assets, including infrastructure, wood processing, and environmental markets. Previously, David was responsible for investment programs that integrated forest management with emerging environmental market opportunities at Hancock Natural Resources Group (HNRG). Prior to joining HNRG, David was the Executive General Manager of State Forests of NSW where he led pioneering transactions in the commercial development of environmental markets. From 1985-1995, David worked with the Canadian Forest Service as a scientist, director of scientific programs, and ultimately as national Director-General of Science and Sustainable Development. He serves on the Advisory Board of The World BioEconomy Forum, the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC-based non-governmental organisation Forest Trends, the Board of Trustees of Bangkok-based Intergovernmental Organisation The Centre for People and Forests, the Board of International NGO the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, the Australian Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Forestry and is Chair of wood processing business, Timberlink Australia. David has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada.

Angie Davis
Campbell Global

Angie’s responsibilities include implementing comprehensive client service plans for existing and future clients and the execution of Campbell Global’s growth strategy. She serves on the Allocation and Investment Committees. She also is a member of the Board of Directors for OneFortyOne Plantations and chair of the OneFortyOne Audit Committee.

Prior to joining Campbell Global, Angie was Vice President, Consultant for State Street Bank in the Performance and Analytics Division. She also served as the Assistant Director of Investments with the Oregon State Treasury. As the Assistant Director of Investments, Angie was responsible for the productive and prudent investment of all State of Oregon funds, including Oregon PERS. She began her career with KPMG Peat Marwick in the audit group.

Angie holds a B.A. in accounting from Linfield College.

Hakan Ekstrom
Director, International Forest Products Sector

Mr. Håkan Ekström is the principal of Wood Resources International LLC (WRI), an internationally recognized consulting firm providing forest market analysis and wood price reporting for the forest industry worldwide. WRI publishes the Wood Resource Quarterly, a market report that has tracked prices, trade, and market developments of wood raw-material and forest products worldwide since 1988.

In April 2022, ResourceWise acquired WRI, and Mr. Ekstrom joined the company as Director of the International Forest Products Sector. ResourceWise was founded in 2021 to unify three companies – Forest2Market, Fisher International, and Tecnon OrbiChem. ResourceWise focuses on natural-resource-based industries, including wood products, pulp & paper, and chemicals. The mission is to provide current, reliable, and accurate data and analytics of forest products markets worldwide.

Matt Elhardt
Vice President, Global Sales

Matt Elhardt is the Vice President, Global Sales for ResourceWise. As a Strategic Planning professional with nearly 20 years of pulp and paper industry experience in sales, marketing, product development and operations, Matt helps clients identify growth potential and achieve performance end-goals through strategic management, pricing and margin optimization, and marketplace dynamics anticipation.

At ResourceWise, Matt helps clients leverage our resources to achieve their company’s objectives, particularly in assessing disruption and predicting price cycles and turning points in pulp, packaging, and OCC markets.

Prior to joining ResourceWise, Matt held management positions in marketing and operations at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging in which he was responsible for corporate strategy and marketing during the period Longview underwent “the best turnaround in the past 25 years,” according to Mark Wilde, a well-known paper industry stock analyst.

Matt earned his MBA from the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.

Ryan Flom
Chief Marketing Officer
Softwood Lumber Board

Ryan Flom is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Softwood Lumber Board, an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction. Flom may not have been a “wood guy” when he joined the SLB in 2018, but he certainly is now. He has expanded his knowledge by building strong relationships with industry leaders, understanding primary business drivers, and blending the two into powerful marketing strategies for the SLB. His 25+ years of experience in media, marketing, sales, and business development, combined with a proven ability to manage complex programs, have elevated the SLB’s funded programs. Flom’s commitment to the SLB has ensured that the organization’s investments are used effectively and efficiently to drive new demand for softwood lumber.

Barbara Harrison
Vice President, Offsets & Emerging
Chevron New Energies

Barbara Harrison is the Vice President, Offsets & Emerging, Chevron New Energies. In this role she is responsible for growing Chevron’s Offsets and Emerging businesses, turning strategy into action to deliver on Chevron’s higher returns and lower carbon ambitions.

In her prior role Barbara was the General Manager of Value Chain Optimization (VCO), International Fuels and Lubricants (IF&L) in Asia. She was responsible for strategic planning for IF&L and optimizing crude supply and products placements within Chevron’s refining and marketing systems across Asia and Australia. Prior to this she was General Manager, Planning and Change Management Office, in Corporate Strategic Planning, responsible for Chevron’s business planning process, secretary of the Management Committee and managed the Change Management Office which supports the deployment of the Strategic Imperatives across the corporation. Barbara previously held several positions of increasing responsibility across Chevron’s Downstream and Chemicals business including, Manufacturing, Strategy, VCO and Retail.

Barbara started her career at the Richmond Refinery in California as a Process Engineer in 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin in Ireland.

Tim Hartigan
Managing Director,
Portfolio Management and Marketing
Timberland Investment Resources

Tim leads TIR’s Eastern Timberland Opportunities commingled-fund platform and is responsible for both its fundraising and portfolio management functions.  Previously, he led the Portfolio Management team at TIR.  He is also a member of TIR’s Investment, Information Systems Steering, and Human Resources committees and serves as an advisor to its ESG Committee.Tim joined TIR in 2010 after spending most of his career in the commercial real estate sector.  He held several high-profile senior management roles with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, a Sydney-based investment manager with more than $50 billion in assets under management.  During his tenure with the firm, he was Senior Vice President of mergers and new business initiatives, leading the development of a new global investment product and the acquisition of a firm to bolster Lend Lease’s multifamily capabilities, as well as serving on the integration team after Lend Lease’s merger with Equitable Real Estate.  He also led a 40-person team on a software-enabled business process redesign project.  Just prior to joining TIR, he was president of Hartigan Ventures, which financed and developed residential properties in and around Atlanta.  He previously was a senior vice president with The Cannon Company, one of the premier multi-family development firms in the region.  Tim held positions earlier in finance and asset management with Prentiss Properties of Atlanta and Cambridge Development of Herndon, Virginia.

Deb Hawkinson
Forest Resources Association

Since joining FRA in July, 2012, Deb has led the organization’s alignment of business and public policy goals and increased members’ political involvement in priority issues at the federal level. While advancing advocacy within the association, she continues to ensure FRA’s strength in addressing forest operations challenges and enhancing supply chain relations.

Deb’s career representing the forest products industry in Washington, D.C. spans more than 20 years as: Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation; director of Operations and Issues Management at the American Forest & Paper Association; and, in Weyerhaeuser Company’s Federal and International Affairs.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Regent University, and studied Association Management at George Mason University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Jim Hourdequin
Managing Director and CEO
The Lyme Timber Company

Jim joined Lyme in 2005 and leads the Company’s investment and business strategies. Over the past 17 years, he has managed the acquisition of over 1.8 million acres of timberland throughout the US and Canada. With a background that combines forest ecology and business operations, Jim has led Lyme’s strategic focus on timberland opportunities that combine conservation transactions, climate strategies, and supply chain investments, including sawmills and logging operations. Prior to Lyme, Jim co-founded Long View Forest Inc., a logging and forestry services business based in Vermont, where he remains involved as an owner and member of the management team. He serves on the Board of the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the Finance Committee for the Montshire Museum of Science. Jim earned an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. cum laude in Biology from Dartmouth College.

Paul Jannke
Principal, Lumber
Forest Economic Advisors

Paul Jannke is a Principal of Forest Economic Advisors LLC, with a main area of expertise in North American lumber markets. Having spent more than 25 years’ analyzing lumber markets and providing reliable, insightful forecasts, Paul is the industry’s top economic analyst.  Beyond North American lumber, Paul has co-authored numerous studies on the international and engineered lumber, timber, bioenergy, and panel industries.  Paul holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and German from the University of Connecticut.  Prior to starting his career in the forest products industry, Paul was a research economist at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, specializing in econometric modeling.

Amanda Lang
COO and Vice President of Client Services
Forisk Consulting

Amanda Lang is a Partner and, as COO and VP of Client Services, leads all of Forisk’s operating, project management and Forisk Subscriber Support activities. She leads Forisk’s mill capital investment research program, and she teaches workshops and delivers presentations related to tracking and evaluating wood markets and forest industry capacity. In 2016, she was named one of the UGA Alumni Association “Forty Under Forty” and was named the Warnell “Young Alumni of the Year.”  She serves on the Georgia Forestry Association Board of Directors and is a past chair of the Southeastern Society of American Foresters.  She also serves on the Georgia Forester’s Hall of Fame Committee. Ms. Lang received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia.

Dale Lemmons
Owner and President
Interstate Wood Products

Dale Lemmons has worked in the trucking industry for 43 years. Starting as a driver in the family business, he soon worked into dispatching, then safety and personnel. For the past 20 years, he has been Owner/President of Interstate Wood Products. In 2007, he purchased Signature Transport in Kelso, Washington. Together his companies have approximately 125 employees and 75 trucks.

He is currently the Chairman of the Washington Trucking Associations, a Vice Chairman of the National FRA, and is on the Executive Committee. He is past Chairman of the FRA Western Region, the Oregon Trucking Associations, the Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce, and the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council.

Dale has been married for 41 years and has three grown children and 6 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys a round of golf and riding his Harley.

Todd Payne
President, Lumber
Sierra Pacific Industries

Todd Payne is President of Lumber at Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) which is headquartered near Redding, California.  SPI is an industry leader in technology and innovation in its production facilities as well as being the largest private landowner in the US with over 2.3 million acres.  This makes SPI one of the largest lumber manufacturers in North America.  The value-added philosophy of SPI allows for the best use of wood fiber in a variety of products including lumber, millwork, windows, landscape materials, and renewable energy.

Todd began his career with Seneca, an Oregon based forest products company, in 1990 after graduating from Oregon State University with a business degree and minor in forest products.  Throughout his 32-year career, Todd has held a number of leadership positions including Vice President – Timberlands, Vice President & GM, and President & CEO, all with Seneca.  Upon SPI’s acquisition of Seneca at the end of September 2021, Todd accepted the President of Lumber role overseeing SPI’s 18-sawmills, 8-renewable energy facilities, 3-millwork/reman plants, and sales & marketing functions. 

Thomas Sarno
Global Head of Timberland Investments
Manulife Investment Management

Tom leads Manulife Investment Management’s institutional timberland investment program, overseeing investment underwriting and portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, resource planning and analysis, client account management, economic research, and property management. He’s a member of the senior management team for the firm’s timberland and agriculture businesses and serves on the executive committee. He also leads the timberland management team and serves on the timberland investment committee. Previously, Tom served as global head of timberland and farmland operations, where he developed and led large-scale, integrated, investor-owned, and third-party agriculture and forestry property management platforms. Prior to that, he served as director of global timber operations. Tom has also served as senior portfolio manager, where he was responsible for account management and portfolio development for individually managed timber accounts, as well as pooled investment vehicles; and general manager, Southern Division and Mid-Atlantic region manager. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Tom was a procurement manager for International Paper’s Pensacola paper mill and McDavid sawmill enterprise. Among other roles, he served as forest operations manager as well as forest analyst for Champion International Corporation.

Pete Stewart

Pete Stewart is a 27-year veteran of the forest products industry. In 2000, he founded Forest2Market, the only transaction-based wood fiber pricing service in the industry. Twenty years later, Forest2Market is a provider of wood raw material pricing data and supply chain expertise to the forest products industry worldwide.

In 2019, when Battery Ventures partnered with Forest2Market and Fisher International, Stewart – a long-time trusted advisor to the executive management of major pulp and paper and other forest products companies globally – became President and CEO of both firms. Upon the acquisition of Tecnon OrbiChem in 2020, Stewart became the CEO of all three companies, which were subsequently rebranded into ResourceWise.

As the CEO of ResourceWise, Stewart identifies acquisition opportunities and works tirelessly to integrate new price-reporting companies and their employees into the ResourceWise family and culture. A Texas native, Stewart has a BS in Forestry from Texas A&M and an MS in Economics from the University of Georgia.

Cade Warner
Chief Sustainability Officer
The Westervelt Company

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Cade received a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in forest resources with a specialization in forest business from the University of Georgia. In addition, Cade is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®), and Financial and Modeling Valuation Analyst (FMVA®) professional designations.   

His experience includes his most recent position as Chief Sustainability Officer, where he is responsible for leading Sustainability efforts across the organization, as well as responsibility for Westervelt Ecological Services and Westervelt New Zealand businesses. Before assuming his current role, Cade was Director of Business Development and Improvement where he was responsible for the company’s strategic planning, business development and business improvement functions. Prior to joining The Westervelt Company in 2017, Cade held multiple positions with Conservation Forestry, a leading conservation themed timberland investment management organization. Cade has gained a breadth of experience in other sectors of the forestry and investment industries through intern positions with Hancock Natural Resource Group, the United States Senate Banking Committee, the Alabama Forestry Association and The Westervelt Company.