The Southeastern Wood Producers Association consists of many talented, experienced, and hardworking professionals that have dedicated their lives to improving the logging industry for workers throughout Florida and Georgia. Read on to learn more about the staff that has helped to make our workshops, classes, and special events possible.
Tommy Carroll – Executive Vice President & Director
Phone: (478) 952-2809
Tommy Carroll is the Executive Director of the Southeastern Wood Producers Association, bringing with him more than 37 years of experience in the timber harvesting industry. 10 of those years he spent as a foreman for Union Camp Corporation’s timber harvesting crews. Later, he worked as a wood yard manager.
For the next 15 years, Tommy was a harvesting compliance coordinator with Canal Wood Corporation. This position placed an emphasis on safety and environmental compliance programs with Canal's timber harvesting contractors, as well as company facilities throughout the Southeastern United States and Midwestern United States.
Tommy began work for the SWPA in 2001 first as Education Director; he became the Executive Director in 2007. Tommy served as chairman of the Georgia Forestry Association's Logging and Transportation Committee from 1996 to 2000 and currently sits on Georgia’s SFI Statewide Implementation Committee and Logger Education Committee.
Laura Bosworth – Executive Director
Phone: (912) 333-0602
Laura has spent the better part of the last decade working across the Southeast in a variety of roles serving the forest industry and community. Obtaining her forestry degree from Iowa State University before relocating to Georgia, she began her career as a county forester for the state. Since that time Laura has worked passionately to serve and advocate for many facets of the industry including loggers, landowners, mills, and conservation groups. In the past, she has served as the Director of Forestry for the Florida Forestry Association, Southeastern Tree Farm Manager for the American Forest Foundation, and Longleaf Specialist for the Georgia Forestry Commission. In her current role, she brings this experience and energy to actively improving the bottom line and the big picture for loggers and those that support them.
Pam Bennett – Operations Coordinator
Phone: (904) 845-7133
Pam Bennett is the Operations Coordinator of the Southeastern Wood Producers Association.
Pam began working for the SWPA in 2007 first as Administrative Assistant; she became the Operations Coordinator in 2016. Pam really enjoys the association and says the annual meeting is like a family reunion.