Steve has more than 20 years of experience in investment-driven forestry ‒ having spent his entire career at Plum Creek Timber, a timber-REIT. Prior to joining TIR, he was Plum Creek’s senior resource manager in Greensboro, Georgia. In that role he had overall forest and land management and timber marketing responsibilities for 775,000 acres valued at $1.4 billion. These lands were spread across Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. His efforts focused on directing all forest management activities, including silviculture, and managing the company’s regional budgeting, strategic planning, environmental compliance and timber merchandising processes. Steve and his team also worked closely with other Plum Creek business units, including the company’s real estate, energy and natural resource divisions. In addition, he supported and collaborated with the company’s executive team, its environmental science team, and its operations and finance teams, on a broad range of business issues and initiatives. Among others, these included the integration of three, large timberland acquisitions involving assets previously owned and managed by MeadWestvaco, Forestar and Campbell Global. Earlier in his career, Steve worked as marketing manager and senior marketing analyst in Plum Creek’s Athens, Georgia office. He also worked for the company in Montana as a senior resource forester and forest technician. Steve was educated at Utah State University where he earned both a BS degree in forest management and BS degree in business administration. He serves on the boards of both the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Foundation.