At PotlatchDeltic we understand our success is dependent on our most important asset – our employees. We have formal and informal development programs that encourage professional growth and advancement. We place a premium on developing our employees and promoting from within.
I grew up in Stamps, Arkansas and graduated high school in 1987. At that time, I had to decide what path in life to take. After spending 12 years going to school, I decided that it was time to start looking for work. I applied for a position that fall in the Waldo sawmill and took an entry level position as a chipper tender. My starting pay was a whopping $6.40 an hour at that time! About five months into work, the mill took a turn and made the decision to scale back from a two-shift operation to just one. Since I was the newest hire on the plant site, I was the first person to be laid off. Luckily, after about a month, I got a call saying there was a job opening if I was willing to come back and work as a cleanup helper. I wanted a job, so I agreed to come back and worked picking up trash and generally doing anything the mill needed me to do.
Regardless of my position, I have always worked hard and been motivated to be the best I can be in whatever task I take on. After about a year of hard work, I was finally able to move into the sawmill running the debarker. I enjoyed running the equipment but wanted to learn more and continue working my way up. I saw an opportunity and started working with the millwrights when they would come help with my machine. I knew I needed to keep working my way up if I wanted to continue to grow.
I tried to take every opportunity possible to learn as much as I could from them. After a brief time, an opening came up in the maintenance department and I applied. I joined the maintenance group as a millwright helper and over the years, worked my way up through the maintenance department until finally becoming the head millwright during my 12 years in the department. I enjoyed working as an hourly employee, but knew I needed to keep working my way up if I wanted to continue to grow.
I was asked by management to take on a salaried role, supervising the Sawmill on day shift. At this point in time I was ready for my next career move, so I happily agreed and worked for eight years managing the crew. I learned all of the sawmill equipment inside and out, worked together alongside my employees and always made sure that my sawmill workers knew I would never ask them to do something I wouldn’t do myself. Almost 11 years ago, in April of 2008, I was asked by upper management if I would be willing to step into the plant manager role. When I started work in 1987, I never planned to become the mill manager, I just knew that I was going to work my hardest to go as far as my hard work would take me. Over my 31 years at the Waldo facility, I have come to learn a lot about the lumber industry and love the way my career has grown with PotlatchDeltic. I want everyone to realize that there are constantly new and exciting challenges and opportunities for new people willing to dedicate themselves to this industry. I am proud to have dedicated my life and career to this great facility, and I am excited to see where the future will take us.
I grew up in Bonners Ferry, Idaho a community heavily involved in the timber industry. My dad, a lifelong forester, still works in the timber industry for F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company in Columbia Falls, Montana. With this background I steered my career path towards the forest and went into the Forest Products program at the University of Idaho. While attending the University of Idaho I spent my summers working for the U.S. Forest Service as well as completing an internship with Forest Capital Partners. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Forest Products - Harvest Operations in 2008.
In 2010 I was hired by Potlatch as a Resource Forester I in St. Maries, Idaho. I began my career appraising and laying out harvest units and managing logging operations. In 2012 I was promoted to a Resource Forester II then in 2013 I was promoted again to a Sr. Resource Forester. As a Sr. Resource Forester I lead a team of two Resource Foresters in the management of 80,000 acres. During my time as Sr. Resource Forester I worked on two different Resource Management Units both located within the St. Joe District. In early 2018 I was promoted to the District Forest Manager of the St. Joe District based out of St. Maries, Idaho. In this position I lead a team of nine to manage all aspects of the 170,000 acres located within the St. Joe District.
I received my Log Scaler’s License in 2014 from the Idaho Board of Scaling Practices. By having gone through this training and receiving the license I am better suited to give log merchandising advice to loggers working on PotlatchDeltic lands. Also, in 2014 I was selected and attended the Potlatch Leadership Development Program. This program allowed me to meet other leaders throughout the company and grow my leadership skills. Most recently in 2017 I was nominated to the Board of Directors for the Intermountain Logging Conference. As part of the Board of Directors I have been able to meet and work with many different people throughout the timber industry in the Inland Northwest.
In my personal life I have been married to my beautiful wife Amber since 2008. We have two children, a daughter, Claire and, a son, Weston. I enjoy managing our personal timberlands, hunting and sharing my love of the outdoors with my family. We reside in Harrison, Idaho which allows us lots of opportunity to recreate.