SWPA Board of Directors

The Southeastern Wood Producers Association would not exist without the guidance and support provided by our officers. They, along with our support staff, make it possible for our group to advocate for professional loggers throughout Florida and Georgia. Read on to learn more about their experiences with the industry, as well as their reasons for supporting southeastern logging companies.

Officers

John Lane – President

John Lane

Coastal Logging Co
Brunswick, Georgia

Phone: (912) 269-2772
Email: jhlane50@yahoo.com

John Lane’s childhood memories stem from working in the woods on his father’s logging crew. Growing up in the industry made it easy for him to begin his own business in 1981. He and his wife Donna started Coastal Logging Co from humble beginnings, and today it has grown to a three-crew operation. John’s son, Johnny, and his wife Sarah are active in the business; they represent the fifth generation of the Lane family in the timber industry.

John is also a representative with the National Logging Association, the American Logger’s Council, and the Georgia Forestry Association, as well as the Glynn County Forestry Commission. In John’s own words, he got involved because “I felt it was my responsibility to become more active in issues that affect loggers and the future of the logging industry.”

Scott Gies – Vice President

Scott Gies

Gies Timber & Land, Inc.
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Phone: (912) 552-5831
Email: swgies@comcast.net

Scott joined the Southeastern Wood Producers Association after leaving the consuming side of the industry to establish a logging business in early 2007. He was elected to serve as a board member in 2010. Scott’s harvesting operations are primarily in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. He is married to Sheila Gies and has a daughter, Jennifer Hale (husband Clint Hale), granddaughters Ella and Anna, a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Kelli.

Scott was also a Florida Logger’s Council member of the Florida Forestry Association. When asked why he serves loggers as an SWPA board officer, he said, “I feel that it is important for those of us in the timber harvesting profession to have a unified voice. We are the ultimate stewards of the forest, and unless we, as a group, make this known, there is an assumption that we are not. By serving the members of the SWPA, it is my hope to help get this message out to the public at large.”

Russell Fowler – Secretary/Treasurer

Russell Fowler

Flint River Timber of GA Inc.

Phone: (229) 224-0015
Email: rfowler@flintrivertimber.com

Russell received a BS in Forest Resources in 1988 before starting his career in the industry working for G.P. and the former Stone Container in the Big Bend of Florida and southwest Georgia. His exposure to the industry in the early 90s, along with its changes, led to the founding of a private wood dealership, Flint River Timber, in Cairo, Georgia.

The buying and selling of wood developed into an investment in the logging business. The support of sub-contractors and company owned logging crews is vital to the success of a modern day timber dealership. Russell has always supported loggers and feels communication between forestry associations, the public, and the industry is essential. Involvement with the Southeastern Wood Producers Association is the most important link in accomplishing this task.

Richard Schwab – Immediate Past President/Chairman

Richard Schwab

M.A. Rigoni, Inc.
Perry, Florida

Phone: (850) 838-6178
Email: richard@marigoniinc.com

Richard Schwab began working with the family business, M. A. Rigoni, Inc., Perry, Florida, in 1990. He worked his way up within the organization from equipment operator in the woods, to mechanic, and finally to crew manager in 1992. From 1992 to 1995, Richard worked as crew foreman. From 1995 to the present, Richard has been responsible for procurement and new business development for all of the company crews and contractors.

MA Rigoni operates three crews, a couple of private contractors, and a land-clearing crew. Richard accepted a leadership role in the Southeastern Wood Producers Association in the fall of 2008 because he is passionate about the logging industry and wants to do as much as possible to make a difference. Richard said, “I realized that unless we speak up for ourselves as a unified industry, we are allowing others to control our destiny.”

Board Members


Eddie Batten – Past President

Green Cove Springs, Florida
Phone: (904) 219-2847

Joe Burns

Newington, Georgia
Phone: (912) 213-9133

Paul Byrd

Branford, Florida
Phone: (386) 362-8362

Steve Dixon

Jesup, Georgia
Phone: (912) 294-4092

Justin Foster

Glennville, Georgia
Phone: (912) 290-1332

Russell Fowler

Cairo, Georgia
Phone: (229) 224-0015

Ken Sheppard

Vidalia, Georgia
Phone: (912) 293-4999

Tim Southerland

Southport, Florida
Phone: (850) 832-3200

Mark Fryer

Columbia, South Carolina
Phone: (803) 732-8391

R.P. Glass Jr.

Madison, Georgia
Phone: (706) 601-0984

Jerry Gray

Madison, Florida
Phone: (850) 673-1718

Brian Henderson – Past President

Lincolnton, Georgia
Phone: (706) 825-0258

Darrell Henderson

Lincolnton, Georgia
Phone: (706) 825-0793

Charles Johns – Past President

Hilliard, Florida
Phone: (904) 237-3542

Keith Smith – Past President

Armuchee, Georgia
Phone: (706) 506-4379

Dillon Stratton – Past President

Jacksonville, Florida
Phone: (904) 759-7060

Brett Matuszak

Newberry, Florida
Phone: (906) 201-0217

Darlene McDonald

Marshallville, Georgia
Phone: (478) 235-2684

Randy McKenzie – Past President

Lake City, Florida
Phone: (386) 365-5942

John Mullis

Commerce, Georgia
Phone: (706) 614-3727

Ronnie Pollock

Folkston, Georgia
Phone: (904) 966-1877

Tommy Rollins

Lyons, Georgia
Phone: (912) 282-1234

Don Snively

Tarrytown, Georgia
Phone: (912) 536-2484

Coye Webb, Sr.

Lee, Florida
Phone: (850) 464-1579

Contact us today to find out how our team is serving professional loggers throughout Georgia and Florida. We proudly serve loggers and logging companies throughout the Southeastern United States.