JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

CoverTimber Processing 2020 Person Of The Year

Deep thinking, passionate – adjectives that might not come first to mind when describing a lumberman. Yet, after 10 minutes with Fritz Mason, the President and General Manager of Georgia-Pacific Lumber, it’s obvious they do.

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

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The Issues: Family Matters To Fritz Mason

The Timber Processing Person of the Year is a chance to look beyond the shiny new steel and see the man (or woman!) who is driving the whole thing forward. Seeing what makes them tick. There’s something incredibly humanizing about looking at an industry leader we’ve all known from afar in a photo that shows what his real pride and joy is – his family. It brings a seemingly larger-than-life person down to Earth. Read More

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Going With Fritz

Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Associate Editor, Timber Processing

Deep thinking, passionate— adjectives that might not come first to mind when describing a lumberman. Yet, after 10 minutes with Fritz Mason, the President and General Manager of Georgia-Pacific Lumber, it’s obvious they do. Mason is an industry titan, with an impressive resume spanning into five decades of experience traversing the country, producing lumber and impacting communities along the way. When looking at the Timber Processing Person of the Year roster it is only fitting that his name appears next on the list. As such, Timber Processing has named Fritz Mason as the 2020 Person of the Year. He is the 32nd annual recipient of the honor and there is no better candidate in the industry who fits the double criteria for this award of leadership within their own company and leadership within the industry at large.

A bit of a legacy lumberman, Mason’s grandfather was the manager of Sugar Creek Pine Co. in the 1940s near Etna, Calif. As a boy, growing up in a family that had long been associated with agriculture in northern California— farming, ranching, logging and sawmilling—in the Yreka area, Mason knew he wanted to work the land. “As I was getting to the point of getting out of high school I really thought I wanted to be a logger, and my mom being wiser convinced me that maybe I should consider more education before I went down that path,” Mason recalls.

Following his mother’s advice, Mason attended Humboldt State University (where he was a classmate with another industry notable, Brian Luoma, President and CEO of The Westervelt Co.) and received a degree in forestry. It was at Humboldt where he first realized the impact of the forest products industry on the country as a whole.

In its simplest terms, why does Mason like being a softwood lumberman:

I like the nexus that you’re working with a natural resource in a very sustainable way, in a process that although seems simple, a 2×4 seems simple, there’s a lot of complexity around it, it requires a lot of human interaction every day to make it work and it’s fun to work with people.

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