swpa pioneer award & LOGGER OF THE YEAR Award recipients

2020 SWPA Pioneer Award Recipient
Dillon M. Stratton

Dillon M. Stratton, Jr.
DM Stratton, Inc.
Bayard, FL

Dillon M. Stratton, Jr. is a 2nd generation logger.  He purchased his first log truck and trailer in 1970, later taking over Loading and Hauling for his father.  In 1986, he took over the business, and his son is currently the 3rd generation logger in the business for over 50 years.  Dillon was born and raised in Bayard, Florida, where he still resides today.  Dillon has seen many ups and downs throughout his time in the industry.  He has had to make and stand by some tough decisions over the years.  His strong faith in the Lord and the help of his family has got him through the trying times.  He is known for his thorough record-keeping and knew his cost down to the penny per gallon of fuel he used.  Dillon always wanted the best for his fellow loggers and never looked to them as competitors but as friends.  He has been with SWPA since the first meeting, often doing whatever it took to keep the association going.  Dillon put his heart and soul into this association and never for his gain but his fellow loggers.


  • Charles Johns - Johns & Conner, Inc.  Hilliard, FL

2018 Logger of the Year  - no nominations

2017 Outstanding Logger of the Year Recipents

  • Florida - D&S Timber, Inc.  Live Oak, FL
  • Georgia - Daniel Dunagan, Inc.  Rome, GA

2016 Outstanding Logger of the Year Recipents

  • No Florida Logger of the Year 2016
  • Georgia - Hood Timber & Landscaping Products -  Adel, GA
  • 2016 National  Outstanding Logger of the Year   M.A. Rigoni, Inc.  Perry, FL

2015 Outstanding Logger of the Year Recipents

  • Florida - M.A. Rigoni, Inc. - Perry, FL
  • Georgia - Triple J Logging - Summerville, GA