Once again, thank you to everyone for making our recent conference such an overwhelming success. We thought we would provide a few updates so that everyone who attended would have all of the conference materials that they desired as well as a date and location for the next timberland investment conference in a little less than two years time.
Conference materials (including all attendees and presentations) have been mailed out to all of those participants who requested hard copies. If you didn’t notify us and would still like a hard copy on a disc, please email William VanDevender at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive yours. As was previously announced, we have all of the materials available on the Center for Forest Business website for immediate download here. Due to the strong response to the online availability of the conference materials, we’ve decided to continue to make the materials available online through the summer. Please email email@example.com for the password information if you would prefer to download the files immediately as opposed to waiting on a hard copy.
Lastly, we are pleased to announce that we have again secured the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island as the venue for the 2015 Timberland Investment Conference. The dates of the conference will be February 18th-20th, 2015.
Thank you all for your support of our program here at the University of Georgia. We look forward to seeing everyone in a couple of years, if not before.
Wow – what a week on Amelia Island! We are very grateful to everyone involved who helped make the conference such an outstanding success – a special thank you to all of our speakers and panelists and the hard work of our graduate students and the entire Warnell staff who prepared for and attended the conference. With over 500 conference attendees this year, it was quite a crowd (and our largest yet!).
We hope everyone enjoyed the conference as much as we enjoyed putting it on. Shortly, we will have the speaker presentations and final attendee list available on the Center’s website.
We will also be sending out a conference evaluation survey by email.
Thank you again for making this year’s conference an overwhelming success and we look forward to seeing you at the next one in a little less than two years!
We are pleased to announce that we quite possibly have our best line-up yet for the upcoming Timberland Investment Conference later this month. We have had some great speakers and sessions in previous conferences but we are more excited than ever about what’s in store this year.
In addition to the Landowner Panel consisting of five family firms who represent around 800,000 acres of timberland holdings about an hour’s drive from the Conference venue, we are delighted to announce that we also have 2 CEO’s of large publicly-traded REITs, Paul Boynton of Rayonier and Dan Fulton of Weyerhaeuser, speaking at the conference this year.
Also joining us are Danielle DiMartino of the Federal Reserve and Dr. Kermit Baker of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies:
Danielle DiMartino Booth is a Senior Financial Analyst & Advisor on monetary policy to Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard W. Fisher. She researches, writes and speaks about the intersection and interaction of the economy and the financial markets. Danielle speaks to audiences nationwide about the origins of the housing and credit crises. Her current speech focuses on the implications of the interruption of the housing market correction and why it impinges the economic recovery. We’re sure that she will have many interesting (and hopefully more positive!) things to share with respect to the economy and financial markets and how that may effect timberland investments going forward.
Kermit Baker is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and is the Project Director of the Remodeling Futures Program. In this capacity he analyzes business and construction trends for the U.S. economy, and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession. Dr. Baker will likely share valuable insight on various housing and construction trends he’s seeing and how they will impact the forestry industry over the next several years.
There are also many more outstanding experts and participants in the industry that will be sharing their views on various topics, during both the conference itself and through the various breakout sessions that are scheduled throughout the conference.
To see the full conference agenda, please visit us at http://www.ugacfb.com/
You can also download a printable PDF version here: TIC-Agenda-1-28.
If you haven’t yet registered to attend, you can do so at http://www.ugacfb.com/
We look forward to seeing everyone in just a few short weeks!
The upcoming Timberland Investment Conference will cover many of the traditional aspects of timberland investment and ownership but the theme this year will focus particularly on the long-term nature of timberland ownership and the “green” future that lies ahead for timberland.
For this reason, the Conference theme is:
The Timberland Asset: The Long Term Investment with the Bright Green Future
Due to the long term nature of forestry investments, we think it’s relevant for the forestry investment community to hear about interesting new perspectives on long term ownership from various landowners. Long term owners focus on returns during both good times and bad. For this reason, we have assembled a private family forestland owner panel composed of individuals who will share how they have responded to a changing competitive environment with a special blend of local and global markets.
The five family firms comprising the panel this year represent around 800,000 acres of timberland holdings about an hour’s drive from the Conference venue. They have been in business from 80 to 120 years and have been challenged by two World wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, three catastrophic fires and much more.
Bill Lawrence, Chair of Superior Pine, will moderate the panel and set the tone for the session. You don’t want to miss this special feature including the following speakers:
- Wesley Langdale, The Langdale Company
- Dotty Porter, Sessoms Timber Trust
- Andy Stone, Superior Pine Products Company
- Joe Hopkins, Toledo Manufacturing Company
- Will Varn, Varn, Inc.
For more information about the 2013 Timberland Investment Conference, visit our website at http://www.ugacfb.com/
The Center for Forest Business is pleased to announce that registration is now officially open for the upcoming Timberland Investment Conference to be held this Spring on Amelia Island. The conference, as always, will cover a wide array of timberland investment topics and will focus on achieving investment efficiency in a market-oriented system, among other things. Participants will learn to make the most prudent timberland investment decisions involving the process of purchasing, managing and divesting a tract of timberland.
Conference attendees will include public and private pension funds, private investors, family offices, fund of funds, REITs, private consultants, large landowners, TIMOs, and forest product companies. This diverse attendance base offers participants the ability to learn about every facet of the timberland business and network with representatives from each of these various organizations.
Registration is now open for what we believe will be one of the most important conferences yet, as the industry begins to strengthen and as more and more investment opportunities become available throughout the sector.
The Center for Forest Business has recently completed an overhaul of its website and recently launched it to the general public this past week. One of our new graduate students, Devon Baker, and staff member, Morgan Nolan, have been working for several months on the upgrade. Among some of the new features are:
- quick links to many of our in-house resources such as the new Wood Demand Research Program and Timber Mart-South
- updated information on the 2013 Timberland Investment Conference under the Events header (make sure you register early!)
- icons displaying the ways to become connected with the Center across various social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn
- links to other ongoing news and information related to what we’re doing here at the Center
Please take a few minutes to check out the new site by clicking here. We’re excited to unveil the new site and are extremely grateful for all of the hard work that Devon and Morgan put into getting the site up and running. We hope you’ll take some time to look around and let us know if there’s anything you see that we can improve upon. Thanks for continuing to stay up-to-date on what we’re doing here at the Center – we hope to see you this Spring at the Conference!