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.

The Waldo facility, which was built in 1973, employs 170 individuals from Magnolia and the surrounding areas. At the site, Tommy has fostered a culture that prides itself on being leaders in safety, quality and productivity.

For this group, safety is always prioritized and employees see it as a critical piece of their manufacturing success. Tommy spends most days out of his office and in the mill ensuring his employees are working safely and efficiently to create quality products.

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.

A stand boundary is laid for forest management purposes.

We measure the diameter of the tree to help estimate the volume of the stand. This is also known as cruising the stand.

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.