Jack has more than 20 years of professional forestry experience and is responsible for oversight of all operations in the Pacific Northwest out of FIA’s Vancouver, Washington office. He joined FIA in 2013 and is a member of the Portfolio Management Team. Jack’s role bridges across many groups within FIA to facilitate business transactions in the Western region of the U.S.
Prior to joining FIA, Jack had extensive experience in management roles spanning over 600,000 acres in the Pacific Northwest for companies, including Longview Timber Corporation, Sierra Pacific Industries, the Campbell Group, International Paper and Champion International Corporation.
His career has included operational roles in many aspects of forest management including harvesting, engineering, inventory, silviculture, GIS, safety, wildlife management, land use and client relations. His primary focus areas have been in large scale planning and leadership projects that increase efficiency and communication of the workforce where he is involved.
What is your business philosophy?
Be decisive but treat every business decision as if you were personally invested in it. That way, you are likely to make smart choices that produce value. This will almost always create “better and more business.”
Why did you choose this field / career path?
I started with a deep interest in the outdoors that led me towards wildlife. I moved to forestry late in college and soon discovered that spending time in the forest allowed me the chance to both have a professional career and be rewarded by all aspects of the outdoors.
What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned during your career?
Never turn down an opportunity or challenge. You may not win every time, but you will win a lot more than you lose, and you will learn a great deal in between.