The TST Board is made up of members from all facets of the forest industry. Loggers, Consuming Mills, Insurance, Associations and other advocates.
Jeremiah P. O'Donovan
Jeremiah is a graduate of Xavier University, a Certified Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist, and a Certified Program Leader. Jeremiah began his career in the family business in 2005. He has handled projects such as complete branding several insurance programs, managing the transition to a paperless environment, and the implementation and administration of a full policy admin system. Throughout his career his focus has been identifying and recruiting top underwriting talent, developing better agency and broker management and improving internal process efficiency. With a keen eye always turned to the numbers, he is constantly creating new ways to measure and challenge himself and his staff to write efficient, profitable business. In his personal time, Jeremiah enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching baseball and Redskins football, and playing golf.
Mr. Schwab is a procurement manager of his family's business, M.A. Rigoni. He currently serves as the president of the Southeastern Wood Producers Association and the vice president of the American Loggers Council. Schwab currently serves as a board member of the Forest Resources Association and a member of the Florida Forestry Association. Mr. Schwab is a Florida native and currently resides in Perry. He is passionate about the environment and the way man interacts with the environment.
Mr. Lemire manages the loss control operations in five states, GA, NC, SC, TN, and VA, for the Forestry Mutual Insurance Company. Operations include a full time chain saw trainer, a full time manufacturing and sawmill trainer as well as eight, full time field representatives. Risk assessment and elimination are the core duties of all loss control employees. He establishes guidelines and updates policies for over 1000 policyholders involved in the forest products industry. He reviews all claims and directs improvement procedures to prevent accidents. He also provides recommendations to reduce operations costs, develops and disseminates safety education materials for logging, pallet and saw mill operations. He collaborates with professional logging, trucking and forestry associations for production of safety videos. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Eastern Illinois University. After serving 24 years, Mr. Lemire retired as Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) from the Air Force. His duties took him around the world where he served as an aircraft welder, safety manager and aircraft maintenance director. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he worked for Lockheed Martin as a field contractor and has been with his current employer since 1998. He also holds certification as a Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH).
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 and 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.
During my years with Hewitt, Coleman & Associates I was a Field Representative and I was assigned working with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund In 1986 I started with the North Carolina Forestry Association Self Insurers Fund now known as Forestry Mutual as a Field Representative. Coy Baker and I were the first two Field Reps that worked directly for the Fund. In 1988 assumed the role of Billing Manager when the Fund decided to take another function in-house. In 1990 I became the Operations Manager and then in 1994 became the Assistant Executive Director. In March of 1997 became the Executive Director. In 1999 when the Fund converted to a Mutual 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.
Danny Dructor is the Executive Vice President of the American Loggers Council. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a 40 year veteran of the forest products industry, including 15 years as the co-owner and then owner of BMP Logging, Inc. based in Cleveland, Texas.
Awareness & Education
Region Manager for International Paper’s East Region Fiber Supply organization. His primary responsibilities include management of the fiber supply operations supporting nine International Paper mills on the East Coast. Mike has held fiber supply and land management positions in the northeast, west coast, and throughout the south in his 30+ year career with IP. He holds a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine and a Master’s degree in Forest Management from Yale University. Mike and his wife Karen live in Georgetown, SC.
Knight is Co-Publisher, Executive Editor and business partner with Hatton-Brown Publishers, Inc., a privately held company established in 1948 and based in Montgomery, Ala. Hatton-Brown dominates the U.S. forest products publications field with the titles Timber Harvesting, Southern Loggin’ Times, Timber Processing, Panel World, and Wood Bioenergy. The company also sponsors or co-sponsors several national and regional forest industry trade shows. A native of Alabama, Knight attended Jacksonville State College and worked for five years as a newspaper reporter prior to joining Hatton-Brown as an assistant editor in 1968, when the company published only one magazine. Subsequently, he helped launch four Hatton-Brown forest industry magazines, assisted in the acquisition of additional publications, and helped establish and expand the company’s trade show division. For decades he spearheaded the H-B editorial team, first as editorial director, then as editor-in-chief. In 2011 he assumed the less demanding role of executive director but continues to play an active and significant role on the editorial team as mentor and coach.
Marsha is a graduate of the University of West Georgia and is currently finishing her Masters in Risk Management & Insurance at Florida State University. Throughout her 12+ year career, she has specialized in providing commercial insurance for risks performing logging, lumbering and log hauling for programs in excess of $20MM GWP. She is experienced in lines of coverage including Auto, General Liability, Property, Inland Marine, Motor Truck Cargo, Umbrella and Workers Compensation. Her expertise has allowed her to direct her teams pricing strategies based on actuarial rate indications, claim trends, underwriting initiatives, competition, regulatory and legal environments. Marsha joined Jeremiah in 2015 and has been an invaluable asset to the team. Her risk management acumen coupled with her Agency Management skills are what have led her to ascend to the Senior Executive level.
Scott Barrett is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Forest Operations in the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. He began serving in his current position in January 2014. He has been involved in research projects related to biomass utilization, implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the protection of water quality, and currently has a research project focused on log truck crashes. He also serves as the coordinator for the Virginia SHARP logger program (www.SHARPlogger.vt.edu) which has over 1300 individuals that are active in the training program. He has worked at Virginia Tech since 2002 as the Coordinator for the VA SHARP Logger Program. Scott received his degrees in Forestry from VA Tech. He received a B.S. in Forestry in 1998, an M.S. in Forest Operations in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Forest Operations in 2013.