Mark directs all business and investment strategy and operations for TIR. He also serves as the firm’s chief investment officer, directing portfolio strategy and management. He has more than 34 years of senior management experience in the timberland investment arena and he founded TIR in 2003.
Mark was previously executive managing director of Wachovia’s timberland investment business. During his tenure with Wachovia, he grew the company’s timberland assets under management from $60 million to almost $1.4 billion and directed all phases of its timberland investment business. His responsibilities entailed developing and managing the company’s core investment strategy, which entailed establishing its investment discipline and building its portfolio management, accounting, reporting, compliance, marketing, sales and product development functions. In addition to helping to launch and expand two, highly successful timberland investment management organizations (TIMOs), Mark also has been directly involved in the development of more than 20 separate account and numerous commingled fund programs on behalf of numerous institutional investment clients. These efforts have included directing more than 160 acquisitions encompassing more than 2.0 million acres in 14 states and managing more than 200 dispositions involving more than $420 million in assets. Because of his success in this regard, Mark is widely recognized among TIMO senior executives for his disciplined investment approach and his capacity to make and manage investments that are supportive of clients’ unique risk and return objectives. Mark is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he received a BS degree in forest management. He also is a registered forester, a certified forester and a member of Society of American Foresters.