With more than 20 years of experience in forestland management, Chad Lincoln manages Forest Investment Associates (FIA) client’s timberland investments in multiple states across the U.S. south. Chad arrived at FIA in 2006, and he currently resides and works out of Atlanta, GA. Before that, Chad spent several years working out of FIA’s Jackson, MS office.
Before beginning his career with FIA, Chad worked with Rayonier, Mead Coated Board and Red River Specialties. As a Rayonier silvicultural operations forester, Chad organized and supervised the operational fertilization and weed control programs in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. At Mead, Chad spearheaded the accelerated growth program and supervised quality control of site preparation operations, and at Red River Specialties he supervised aerial site preparation and herbaceous weed control spray operations.
What is your business philosophy?
Growing up, I spent many weekends and summers working with my grandad. He would often tell me to do something, even if it turned out to be the wrong choice. My philosophy comes from that saying: calculated action as opposed to inaction. I take the best information available to me to make educated decisions and then act on those decisions.
Why did you choose this field / career path?
I spent many years hunting on former Union Camp land in southeast Georgia. Most of that land was covered in plantation loblolly pine. I was and still am fascinated by silvicultural operations and their effects on tree growth. That fascination made my career choice easy.
What is one of the best lessons you’ve learned during your career?
Taking shortcuts will lead to poor results. I always try to be methodical in my actions.