In addition to his analytical expertise, Chris has extensive experience managing timberland investments in both the U.S. Southeast and U.S. West. Prior to his current assignment, he directed all forest management operations for TIR on 270,000 acres in the Appalachian Region. Chris joined the firm as an investment forester in 2004 after serving as a business analyst and technical forester with MeadWestvaco, a leading paper and packaging company. Earlier in his career, he developed the forestry program for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a regional economic development non-profit. In that role, he was responsible for fostering forest conservation in the Appalachian region and for promoting its forest products industry with a particular emphasis on emerging opportunities in the “green” building sector. Chris is a graduate of the University of the South, where he earned a BS in natural resources. He also holds a MS in forestry from Yale University and a MBA from Kennesaw State University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Tree Farm System, in which he has enrolled his family woodlots. During his career, Chris has contributed well-reviewed articles to several prominent forestry publications.