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.
Russell Fowler – President
Flint River Timber of GA Inc.
Phone: (229) 224-0015
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.
Jerry Gray – Vice President
Gray Logging, LLC.
Phone: (850) 673-1718
“Logging seems to be something you are born into. You never hear about someone quitting a stockholder gig to ‘live the life of a logger.'" That’s a quote from Jerry Gray in an article for The Forestry Review, and it certainly holds true for him. Jerry Gray was born in 1961 into a logging family. His dad, W.C. Gray, worked in the log woods, even logging out west for a time, and started his own logging company in 1971 when Jerry was just 10 years old.
Since that age, Jerry has “lived" in the woods. At 13, he was using a chainsaw. At 15, he was driving a cable skidder. At 18, upon graduation, he was full-time in the woods. At age 40, he became the manager of Gray Logging, LLC. That was nearly 16 years ago. During those 16 years, Jerry has been proud of the many achievements he and Gray Logging, LLC have accomplished. Under his leadership, the company has grown from one to two logging crews. He also co-owns Genesis Timber, LLC with his son-in-law, Matt Webb.
Today, Jerry still loves the woods as he did as a little boy. Today, combined with that love, Jerry has a passion, a knowledge, and the experience to handle various timber needs. He is excited about the future, helping land owners with their needs and being a part of the timber industry.
Dillon Stratton, III– Secretary / Treasurer
D.M. Stratton, LLC
St. Johns, FL
Phone: (904) 759-7059
Dillon grew up around the logging business that his grandfather started in 1958, his father continued it as his adult career making it a natural transition into the family business for Dillon. Dillon worked many years side by side with his father in that family logging business, until 2015 when his dad retired. Dillon took the role as president of DM Stratton LLC making him the 3rd generation logger of the company. Upon taking over the business in 2015, Dillon has expanded the business to buying timber for the company with multiple crews. In that same year Dillon started 3D Trucking LLC. Dillon took interest in being on the board of SWPA after his father retired that position a few years back. Dillon truly has a passion for Logging and wants the best for his fellow loggers.
Scott Gies – immediate past President/chairman
Gies Timber & Land, Inc.
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Phone: (912) 552-5831
Scott first joined the SWPA 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, grandson Blake Hale, son Douglas and daughter in law Lindsey Gies and granddaughter Charlee Gies 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 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 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.”
Phone: (904)) 838-9972
R.P. Glass Jr.
Phone: (706) 601-0984
Brian Henderson – Past President
Phone: (706) 825-0258
John Lane – Past President
Phone: (912) 269-2772
Phone: (478) 235-2684
Randy McKenzie – Past President
Lake City, Florida
Phone: (386) 365-5942
Phone: (850) 997-2533
Lake Butler, FL
Phone: (352) 339-0967
Harry Sanders, III
Phone: (478) 934-4663
Richard Schwab - Past President
Phone: (850) 838-6178