JEAN PIERRE FONTENOTVICE PRESIDENT
Jean Pierre Fontenot is the Program Director for The North American Timber Program as well as Senior Vice President of Paragon Insurance Holdings. The North American Timber Program (NATP) is a specialized national program for the loggers and at forty years in continuous operation has a reputation for industry knowledge and carrier stability. Jean Pierre has been associated with NATP initially as a Senior Claims Adjuster, then Business Development Manager which lead to now being the program’s executive leader. Aside for working the logging side of program insurance, he has also worked on the sawmill and manufacturing side most notably at Lumbermen’s Underwriting Alliance and Indiana Lumbermen’s Mutual. His family has long ties to the logging industry in Oregon with his father working for over three decades in timber and right-of-way management for the USFS in Region’s One, Five and Six, and his grandfather being an independent logger and feller from the 1930’s through early 50’s.
Sherry Halstead is the Transportation Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s North Carolina & Virgina Timberlands. Sherry received her BS degree in Business Administration from Mount Olive College. She has gained experience with the forest industry from various roles within Weyerhaeuser since 1990, such as Raw Materials Analyst, Byproducts Sales Rep, Carolina Wood Products Sales & Transportation Manager and Wood-flow Manager. Since 2013, Sherry, along with her Logistics Planners, have managed approximately 65 transportation contractors who have 140 trucks hauling logs off Weyerhaeuser’s Timberlands to various customers throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Sherry recognized that a need for qualified truck drivers was fast approaching and has worked with Beaufort Community College to add a log truck driving component to their CDL program. This program is gaining momentum and being replicated across the country. She joined Team Safe Trucking in 2016 and recently began serving as Secretary for Team Safe Trucking. She is also a member of Carolina Loggers’ Association serving on their Pro Trucking Committee. She is a member of the NC Forestry Association where she participates on the Safety, Logging and Transportation Committee. Sherry has been married to her soulmate, Billy, for over 32 years and they have one son, daughter in law and grandson. Sherry is a member of Heart 4 Worship Church in Cove City and serves as secretary on the church leadership team.
Joanne Reese is a graduate of Peace College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Following graduation Joanne began her career in the family business working for her father's company, J&J Logging. She serves as the office administrator for the Carolina Loggers Association. In her free time Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and coaching her children in baseball and softball. Joanne is an active volunteer with Log A Load For Kids and the Little Man Foundation.
KEITH BIGGSSPECIAL ADVISER
During his years with Hewitt, Coleman & Associates he was a Field Representative and was assigned working with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund in 1986. He started with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund now known as Forestry Mutual as a Field Representative. Coy Baker and Keith were the first two Field Reps that works directly for the Fund. In 1988 he assumed the role of Billing Manager when the Fund decided to take another function in-house. In 1990 he became the Operations Manager and then in 1994 became the Assistant Executive Director. In March of 1997 he became the Executive Director. In 1999 when the Fund converted to a Mutual he was named the President of Forestry Mutual Insurance Company. In 2001 Forestry Mutual created a wholly owned commercial lines insurance agency now known as FMIC Agency Inc. and was named the President of the agency.
SCOTT DANESSPECIAL ADVISER
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Miranda Gowell is a Special Projects Manager/Safety Director for Team Safe Trucking. She has over 16 years of experience as a safety and industrial health professional. Her previous roles include Safety Coordinator for the Professional Logging Association of Maine and Safety Director for three private companies. Her career has focused on many types of Construction/Contracting professions. They include Tower Erecting, General Construction, Electrical, and Logging. She is a certified OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 HR Construction trainer. She facilitates “train-the-trainer” programs for Tower Rescue, Fall Protection Systems, Fall Prevention, Fork Lifts and Confined Space Entry. She is a Certified Safety and Health Specialist in Construction and is two classes away from becoming an OSHA Certified Safety and Health Official. Miranda has a Degree in Project Management and has completed Master’s Level coursework in Education, Leadership, and other Occupational Safety and Health areas. Miranda has worked with several Non-Profits, to go along with her Safety experience. Currently, she serves as the President of the Downeast Association of Industrial Hygienists. She has been the Maine State Liaison for the National Association of Tower Erectors and a board member for the Art Van Program.
THOMAS BUCKINGHAMMIDWEST REGION
Tom is the General Manager and Secretary for Forest Insurance Center Agency, Inc., Mauck Insurance Agency, Inc. and Loggers Insurance Agency II, LLC. As General Manager his responsibilities include overseeing all corporate requirements on the State and Federal level, staffing, sales, budget, accounting and company relationships. He also successfully accomplished growing the agency staff from one full time employee to a team of twenty full time employees. Tom also planned and implemented the Employees Benefits Division in Michigan. Tom is a strong public speaker, motivator and dedicated leader. He has served as Chairman of the Luce County Economic Development Corporation and the President of Marquette General Foundation/Superior Health Foundation as well as appointed Chair by Governor Snyder for the 2018 Sault Set Marie Bridge Authority. He has also served on various other boards and committees.
AWARENESS & EDUCATION