Chris Mathis, J.D.
Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer
Oversees TIR’s asset monetization efforts
Key role in the land acquisition analysis
Experience in timberland finance, law and operations in the forest products industry
Chris is a member of both TIR’s Executive Team and Investment Committee. In the role of CIO, Chris provides oversight of TIR’s transactional management functions. He also directs its portfolio-level efforts to create enhanced investment value by conceptualizing and executing value-added initiatives. These include strategic wholesale as well as retail land sales and alternative land-use strategies, including recreational transactions to individuals and the development of solar and mineral resources and environmental mitigation banks. Chris also provides oversight for Mission Forest Products, TIR’s sawmill business, which is located at Corinth, Mississippi.
Chris has a broad range of experience in timberland finance, law and operations in the forest products industry. He previously held a variety of senior leadership positions at Temple-Inland, including: vice president of treasury and investor relations; vice president of strategic resource planning; and, senior corporate attorney. During his tenure at Temple-Inland, Chris led the tax-deferred sale of 1.55 million acres of the company’s high-quality timberland assets for $2.4 billion. He also managed Temple-Inland’s treasury and investor relations departments through the financial crisis and the $4.3 billion sale of the company to International Paper in February 2012. In addition, he served on the company’s pension investment committee, which managed its $1.3 billion- defined benefit plan. Just prior to joining TIR, Chris headed the Mathis Property Group, where he consulted with a family-office to evaluate investment opportunities in timberland and other real estate asset classes. Chris is a native of Texas and holds BBA, MBA and JD degrees from Texas Tech University. He also completed the Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.