U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announces that Fritz Mason, Paul Hossain and Anna Torma were elected as new directors at the organization’s fall board meeting.
“Drawing upon diverse backgrounds, they each bring a distinctive perspective and unique vision. We look forward to collaborating with them to further the mission of the Endowment,” comments Pete Madden, President and CEO of the Endowment.
Mason is President of Lumber for Georgia-Pacific, where he manages the lumber manufacturing portfolio including 12 sawmills across the U.S. Mason brings more than 35 years of experience in various roles across the industry, including leading the lumber team at Georgia-Pacific for the last 16 years. Timber Processing magazine named Mason “Person of the Year” in 2020, and he holds an MBA from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Humboldt State University.
Hossain is Vice President of Natural Resources and Climate Solutions for Weyerhaeuser, where he has worked for nearly eight years. He is responsible for Weyerhaeuser’s conventional energy, minerals, renewables, and climate solutions business. Prior to its merger with Weyerhaeuser, he was vice president of renewable energy and supply chain at Plum Creek Timber. He is a board-certified environmental engineer, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University.
Torma is Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief ESG officer for PotlatchDeltic, where she leads ESG, government relations, communications, and community relations. In this capacity, she leads ESG reporting and strategy and participates in international, national and state industry associations and coalitions to address policies impacting the forestry industry. Before PotlatchDeltic, Torma was SVP of Corporate Affairs for Forestar and a paper and forest products equity research analyst for Torma Research and for Merrill Lynch. She has a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Lakehead University in Ontario, an MBA in finance from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Western University.
The Endowment Board and staff recognized the achievements of outgoing board members Mark Emmerson, Kevin Schuyler and Caroline Dauzat. Emmerson was chairman of the Endowment board in 2022 and is chairman, chief financial officer, and a member of the board of directors of Sierra Pacific Industries. Schuyler is senior managing director of CornerStone Partners and served as the Endowment’s treasurer. Dauzat is a fourth-generation owner at Rex Lumber and has been a member of the Endowment’s board since 2020.
Article by Jessica Johnson, Senior Editor, Timber Processing January/February 2024
Some of the smartest men and women in the industry have graced the pages of this magazine—and have won the award of Timber Processing Person of the Year. They’ve all been incredibly worthy of this recognition for innovation, commitment and love of the industry they serve. Perhaps none have been quite as innovative as the introverted sawmiller from Georgia named Levi Anderson Pollard, V, whose name is on two of the patents that changed the way the sawmilling world manufactures and dries lumber (and on so many other patents as well).
Walter Jarck, whose career in the forest products industry spanned 65 years and ranged from logging machinery to engineered wood products, died January 3, surrounded by his children, in North Wilkesboro, NC. He was 92.
Carbotech Group has acquired Sawquip, a manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of sawmill equipment for the primary and secondary breakdown of logs into lumber. This acquisition allows Carbotech Group to add on a new field of expertise, providing customers with innovative new solutions for lumber production. Sawquip’s innovative products include log turners and optimized log infeeds, chipping canters, twin and quad circular saw modules, as well as optimized gangs for controlled shape sawing, among others.
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