Chris oversees investment analytics for TIR, managing the design and deployment of the firm’s enterprise information system and decision support tools. In this capacity, he leads a team of analysts who are focused on assessing current and prospective investments in accordance with clients’ objectives, which entails performing optimization modeling and synthesizing the performance of assets at the stand and portfolio levels. Chris also chairs TIR’s Information Systems Committee, which is responsible for driving the evolution of the firm’s technology strategy and data management platform, to help the firm stay focused on generating both biological and financial alpha by practicing Alpha-Driven Forestry™.
In addition to his analytical expertise, Chris has extensive experience managing timberland investments in both the U.S. Southeast and U.S. West. Prior to his current assignment, he directed all forest management operations for TIR on 270,000 acres in the Appalachian Region. Chris joined the firm as an investment forester in 2004 after serving as a business analyst and technical forester with MeadWestvaco, a leading paper and packaging company. Earlier in his career, he developed the forestry program for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a regional economic development non-profit. In that role, he was responsible for fostering forest conservation in the Appalachian region and for promoting its forest products industry with a particular emphasis on emerging opportunities in the “green” building sector. Chris is a graduate of the University of the South, where he earned a BS in natural resources. He also holds a MS in forestry from Yale University and a MBA from Kennesaw State University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Tree Farm System, in which he has enrolled his family woodlots. During his career, Chris has contributed well-reviewed articles to several prominent forestry publications.