Combining Advanced Forestry and Investment Capabilities

Within the global forest investment sector, RMS’ employees are recognized as respected experts in their areas of specialization and our forestry-focused culture and investor-centric approach enable us to fully leverage their skills and talents to create timberland alpha.

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RMS is highly experienced in each facet of timberland investing – from investment strategy and asset management to economic research, forecasting and portfolio accounting and reporting. We integrate these disciplines with an expansive array of forest management capabilities, including biometrics, tree genetics and timber and land merchandising skills.   RMS provides investors with all of the core, value-creating expertise they need to successfully participate in the timberland asset class. This integrated, cross-functional approach is unique and well-suited for the asset class because of timberland’s long-term investment horizon and the need to employ intensive management throughout each investment’s life cycle.


Craig Blair, President and CEO, discusses RMS’ employees and company culture.

Our Foundation

Our Operating Principles
  • We provide opportunities for professional growth and challenge
  • We align the interests of our investors, owners and employees
  • Employee compensation and advancement are merit based
  • Reasoned risk-taking is encouraged and rewarded
  • All employees are valued and contribute to our success
  • RMS Leadership Team
  • RMS Governing Board

RMS Leadership Team

Throughout our history, RMS has earned consistent accolades as a rewarding, yet challenging place to work. The current RMS Leadership Team has more than 260 years of combined forestry and investment experience.

  • Craig Blair

    President And CEO
  • Craig Blair

    President And CEO

    Craig became President and CEO of RMS in October 2010, with responsibility for RMS’s investments and operating businesses in the United States, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. As President, he leads an experienced team of forestry and financial professionals that manage a global timberland portfolio of over $4 billion. Before assuming his current role, Craig directed RMS’s investment management team, with responsibility for investment strategy, research, business development, portfolio management and client relations. Over a 37-year career, he has held a variety of positions at RMS and in the forest products industry, with experience in acquisitions, resource planning, forest management and wood procurement. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Forestry degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. He is Chairman of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee, currently serves as a board member of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (past-Chair), the World Forestry Center and the Auburn University Research Advisory Board and formerly served on the board of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (Chair, 2017 President’s Award).

  • Thomas W. Goodrich

    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
  • Thomas W. Goodrich

    Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

    Tom has more than 25 years of experience with global timberland investments and corporate finance and is a recognized thought leader. He is responsible for directing RMS’ corporate development functions, including client relations, capital raising and business development. Before joining RMS, Tom was a partner with Stafford Timberland, where his responsibilities included transaction origination, investment manager oversight, capital recruitment and due diligence. Prior to his tenure with Stafford, Tom held positions of increasing responsibility with Global Forest Partners, as well as a variety of roles with global and regional investment banks, where he provided merger and acquisition advisory services. Tom holds degrees from Lehigh University (BS) and the University of Michigan (MBA) and is a  Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a member of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee.

  • Alex Hinson

    Executive Vice President, Investments
  • Alex Hinson

    Executive Vice President, Investments

    Alex leads the RMS investment management team. As Executive VP, Investments he directs a team responsible for all aspects of client relations, investment performance, business development and portfolio management. Prior to joining RMS, Alex worked at Plum Creek Timber Company. During his tenure with Plum Creek, Alex served in a variety of leadership and management roles of increasing accountability. His responsibilities included export market development; forest inventory and planning; harvesting contractor performance evaluation, timberland acquisitions and dispositions; retail land sales; and timber sales and marketing. Equipped with broad timber and business experience, Alex will drive business results consistent with client investment strategies and clearly communicate those results to our investment partners. Alex has degrees from the University of Virginia (BA), the University of Georgia (MS) and Vanderbilt (MBA). Additionally, Alex has worked as an investment analyst and appraiser for a large forestry consulting firm and managed his family’s farming operations. He is a member of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee.

  • Charlie Cornish

    Executive Vice President, Operations
  • Charlie Cornish

    Executive Vice President, Operations

    Charlie is responsible for RMS’s forest management and harvesting operations on over 2 million acres across the southern U.S. and Brazil. He works in close collaboration with the Resource Planning, Finance and Accounting, Investment Management, and Asset Acquisition and Disposition teams to meet all client objectives. Prior to his current role he led RMS’s Resource Planning group and is a member of the RMS Investment Committee and RMS Board of Managers. He is a resource professional with over 20 years of experience in the forest products industry including multiple roles in both operations and resource planning. Prior to joining RMS, he held positions of increasing responsibility for Plum Creek Timber Company including the responsibility of managing over 600,000 acres of southern timberland assets and leading Plum Creek’s Operations Support group supporting resource planning functions on over 6 million acres. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a Masters of Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. He is also a Mississippi registered forester.

  • Dennis Dubose

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Dennis Dubose

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

    Dennis is responsible for the financial management of RMS, its subsidiaries and investment entities, and the accounting and reporting of client investments. He also assists the investment management team in developing effective strategies for global timberland investments. He serves on RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee. Before joining RMS, Dennis was a senior partner in a public accounting firm specializing in services to Timberland Investment Management Organizations (TIMO). He has over 34 years of experience in accounting, finance, and taxation in the timberland investment industry. Dennis is a recognized expert in the timber industry and has provided services to timber clients ranging from consulting on specific projects to helping clients shape the growth and success of their companies. Dennis has assisted clients with the acquisition and disposition of several million acres of timberland through feasibility studies, financial modeling and assisting with the securing both acquisition and permanent financing. Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of South Alabama.

  • Jimmy Bullock

    Senior Vice President, Forest Sustainability
  • Jimmy Bullock

    Senior Vice President, Forest Sustainability

    Jimmy oversees sustainable forestry and environmental policy and programs and advocacy on forestry issues for RMS-managed timberlands in the United States.  He also has responsibility for forest certification and audit programs and leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives for RMS-managed timberlands globally. Jimmy earned his B.S. degree in Forestry from Mississippi State University in 1980 and his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State in 1982.  A Certified Wildlife Biologist, Mississippi Registered Forester and Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Forest Landowner’s Association and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy.  Jimmy is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club. In 1994, Jimmy was presented the prestigious American Forest and Paper Association’s Forest Stewardship Award for his leadership role in conservation of the Louisiana Black Bear. In 2017 Jimmy was honored as recipient of the Quality Deer Management Association’s Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Wildlife Management Institute’s George Bird Grinnell Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resources Conservation, both of which are the highest individual honors bestowed by the respective organizations.

  • Mary Kay Greer

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
  • Mary Kay Greer

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

    Mary Kay leads RMS’ marketing and communications efforts, which entails overseeing media relations, public affairs, philanthropic activities, academic community relations and special events.  She also directs the firm’s global corporate marketing and branding activities and manages its digital media platforms across the RMS operating footprint. Prior to assuming her current role, Mary Kay directed RMS’ client relations, client servicing and investor communications functions.  She has more than 20 years of progressive experience in institutional timberland investment client relations and marketing. Mary Kay is active in a number of local charities in the Birmingham, Alabama area and attended Auburn University of Montgomery.

  • Rodney Howell

    Senior Vice President, Resource Planning
  • Rodney Howell

    Senior Vice President, Resource Planning

    Rodney leads RMS’ Resource Planning functions, which include forest planning, growth and yield, forest inventory, silvicultural research and Geographic Information Systems. His team utilizes the latest systems and technologies to support all of RMS’ investment strategy, forest management and land transaction activities.  Rodney has more than 20 years of experience serving in roles of increasing responsibility and scope. Prior to joining RMS in 2017, he was Director of Resource Planning for Campbell Global. A member of the RMS Investment Committee, Rodney is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve where he served in an infantry training division.  He received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Forest Resources at Oklahoma State University.

  • Charlie Pringle

    Vice President, Investments
  • Charlie Pringle

    Vice President, Investments

    Charlie and his team are responsible for directing investment strategy, portfolio management and client relations. Prior to joining RMS, he served as Director of Acquisitions and Divestitures for Weyerhaeuser.  In that role, his responsibilities included leading due diligence on strategic timberland acquisitions, evaluating the composition and performance of the company’s timberland portfolio, and directing large divestitures of both timberland and manufacturing assets. Earlier in his career, Charlie held positions of increasing responsibility at Rayonier where he worked in a variety of leadership roles in operations, acquisitions and market development. These included providing both operational and financial leadership for a team that oversaw an 800,000-acre timberland portfolio with assets located in six states.   During his career, Charlie also has acquired significant non-US experience through positions in New Zealand, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Charlie began his career by working as an Economist for RTI International; a consulting firm that serves private and public sector clients. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Economics and Natural Resources from Sewanee – The University of the South. He also earned an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

  • Chris Nicholson

    Vice President, Investment Accounting
  • Chris Nicholson

    Vice President, Investment Accounting

    Chris Nicholson is Vice President of Investment Accounting for RMS. His responsibilities include preparing and reviewing quarterly and annual financial statements and client investment performance. He also oversees certain compliance activities and directs financial oversight and reporting for clients’ international investments. Chris joined RMS in 2012 after nine years with PwC, an international public accounting firm. Much of his time in public accounting was devoted to working in the public and private real estate sector and he has extensive experience providing financial management services for public and private REITs and other types of private real estate operating companies. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accountancy degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Alabama. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).

RMS Governing Board

The RMS Governing Board was established to enhance leadership decision making, improve transparency and support the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts.

  • Craig Blair

    Chairman
  • Craig Blair

    Chairman

    Craig became President and CEO of RMS in October 2010, with responsibility for RMS’s investments and operating businesses in the United States, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. As President, he leads an experienced team of forestry and financial professionals that manage a global timberland portfolio of over $4 billion. Before assuming his current role, Craig directed RMS’s investment management team, with responsibility for investment strategy, research, business development, portfolio management and client relations. Over a 37-year career, he has held a variety of positions at RMS and in the forest products industry, with experience in acquisitions, resource planning, forest management and wood procurement. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a Master of Forestry degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. He is Chairman of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee, currently serves as a board member of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (past-Chair), the World Forestry Center and the Auburn University Research Advisory Board and formerly served on the board of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (Chair, 2017 President’s Award).

  • Thomas W. Goodrich

    Employee Member
  • Thomas W. Goodrich

    Employee Member

    Tom has more than 25 years of experience with global timberland investments and corporate finance and is a recognized thought leader. He is responsible for directing RMS’ corporate development functions, including client relations, capital raising and business development. Before joining RMS, Tom was a partner with Stafford Timberland, where his responsibilities included transaction origination, investment manager oversight, capital recruitment and due diligence. Prior to his tenure with Stafford, Tom held positions of increasing responsibility with Global Forest Partners, as well as a variety of roles with global and regional investment banks, where he provided merger and acquisition advisory services. Tom holds degrees from Lehigh University (BS) and the University of Michigan (MBA) and is a  Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a member of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee.

  • Alex Hinson

    Secretary
  • Alex Hinson

    Secretary

    Alex leads the RMS investment management team. As Executive VP, Investments he directs a team responsible for all aspects of client relations, investment performance, business development and portfolio management. Prior to joining RMS, Alex worked at Plum Creek Timber Company. During his tenure with Plum Creek, Alex served in a variety of leadership and management roles of increasing accountability. His responsibilities included export market development; forest inventory and planning; harvesting contractor performance evaluation, timberland acquisitions and dispositions; retail land sales; and timber sales and marketing. Equipped with broad timber and business experience, Alex will drive business results consistent with client investment strategies and clearly communicate those results to our investment partners. Alex has degrees from the University of Virginia (BA), the University of Georgia (MS) and Vanderbilt (MBA). Additionally, Alex has worked as an investment analyst and appraiser for a large forestry consulting firm and managed his family’s farming operations. He is a member of RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee.

  • Charlie Cornish

    Employee Member
  • Charlie Cornish

    Employee Member

    Charlie is responsible for RMS’s forest management and harvesting operations on over 2 million acres across the southern U.S. and Brazil. He works in close collaboration with the Resource Planning, Finance and Accounting, Investment Management, and Asset Acquisition and Disposition teams to meet all client objectives. Prior to his current role he led RMS’s Resource Planning group and is a member of the RMS Investment Committee and RMS Board of Managers. He is a resource professional with over 20 years of experience in the forest products industry including multiple roles in both operations and resource planning. Prior to joining RMS, he held positions of increasing responsibility for Plum Creek Timber Company including the responsibility of managing over 600,000 acres of southern timberland assets and leading Plum Creek’s Operations Support group supporting resource planning functions on over 6 million acres. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a Masters of Agribusiness Management from Mississippi State University. He is also a Mississippi registered forester.

  • Dennis Dubose

    Employee Member
  • Dennis Dubose

    Employee Member

    Dennis is responsible for the financial management of RMS, its subsidiaries and investment entities, and the accounting and reporting of client investments. He also assists the investment management team in developing effective strategies for global timberland investments. He serves on RMS’s Board of Managers and Investment Committee. Before joining RMS, Dennis was a senior partner in a public accounting firm specializing in services to Timberland Investment Management Organizations (TIMO). He has over 34 years of experience in accounting, finance, and taxation in the timberland investment industry. Dennis is a recognized expert in the timber industry and has provided services to timber clients ranging from consulting on specific projects to helping clients shape the growth and success of their companies. Dennis has assisted clients with the acquisition and disposition of several million acres of timberland through feasibility studies, financial modeling and assisting with the securing both acquisition and permanent financing. Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and received his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of South Alabama.

  • Deborah Spalding

    Independent Board Member
  • Deborah Spalding

    Independent Board Member

    Deborah is Co-Chief Investment Officer of Commonfund Asset Management, where she directs all investment activities, leads the organization’s ESG and sustainability efforts, and serves on the Investment Committee of Commonfund Environmental Sustainability Fund. Common Fund is a mission-based investment organization that works with clients that are serving higher purposes.  Initially founded in 1971 to provide non-profits with professional investment management services, today it also serves institutions with similar long-term goals, including public pension funds, insurance companies, family offices and trusts.  Deborah previously served as both Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Investment Officer in the Office of the Connecticut State Treasurer.  In that role, she worked closely with the state treasurer to develop and implement investment policies and strategies for the Connecticut Retirement and Trust Funds, which collectively oversaw more than $31 billion in assets.  Earlier in her career, Deborah co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC, an asset management firm that invests in working forests and agricultural lands and operates them with a strong stewardship ethic.  She also served as Executive Vice President and Head of International Equity Investments with Schroder Investment Management and as both Managing Director and Head of International Equity Investments and Co-Manager of the U.S. Growth and Income Product Group with Scudder Kemper Investments.  A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Deborah also holds several degrees.  She earned a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Asian Studies from Tufts University; a master’s in East Asian Religion from Harvard University; an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; and, a Master’s of Forestry from Yale University.  She is a past chair and member of the Investment AdvisoryCommittee of the National Wildlife Federation and has served on the boards of several charitable and non-profit organizations that are involved in environmental protection and land conservation.

  • Rick Dahl

    Independent Board Member
  • Rick Dahl

    Independent Board Member

    Rick retired as Chief Investment Officer of the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) in 2016 after holding that position for 21 years.  During his tenure with the pension fund, he oversaw all investment operations, including its involvement in the timberland asset class through RMS.  Under his leadership, MOSERS produced performance that was consistently in the top decile of state-wide public pension funds and was among the first public pension funds in the United States to make investments in commodities, inflation indexed bonds and hedge funds. Rick is a past board memberof several international timber funds and Gateway Energy Partners, LLC, which owns and operates natural gas gathering, transmission and distribution systems.  He also was an investment committee member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, non-profit health system.  Today, Rick’s company, HollanDahl Capital Advisors LLC, serves as an advisor to theUniversity of MissouriInvestment Department, which operates a portfolio valued at more than $7.0 billion.  An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Rick owns and leases approximately 700 acres in Central Missouri, which he manages with a strong conservation ethic.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Deer Association, a non-profit organization that was formed by a merger of the Quality Deer Management Association and the National Deer Alliance in 2020 and that focuses on the conservation of wild deer and their habitats.  Rick is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.  He also is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

  • Thomas Lamberth

    Independent Board Member
  • Thomas Lamberth

    Independent Board Member

    Tom is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  In his role as President and CEO of Russell Lands, he directs the company’s operations and its diverse portfolio of business ventures.  Russell Lands specializes in the development of lake-front neighborhoods on beautiful Lake Martin.  Tom is committed to the use of responsible development practices and Russell Lands is focused on preserving the natural resources and public recreation attributes of the Lake Martin community.  The company also owns the Willow Point Golf Course, one of the premier golf courses in the U.S. Southeast, and six home improvement stores, which operate in Alabama under the name of Russell Do it Centers.  In addition, the company runs three building supply stores and a home décor outlet as well as Russell Marine, which operates four marinas and one of the largest watercraft and off-road vehicle dealerships in the United States.  Finally, Russell Lands also actively manages the timber resources on its vast land holdings in Alabama.  A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Tom has been an active and engaged member of his community.  Among other endeavors, he has served on the board of The Baptist Foundation; is a Past-President of the Lake Martin Area United Way; and, is Past Director of the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance.  In addition to his work with RMS, Tom also currently serves on the boards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama; Samford University; and, Children’s Harbor, Inc., a non-profit organization that works for the benefit of critically ill children and their families.  Tom holds a BS in Accounting from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

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