Craig Rawlings, President & CEO, has more than 30 years experience in the forest products industry. As a “serial entrepreneur,” Craig has started and ran several successful construction and forest product-related businesses, culminating with Forest Business Network. Craig’s highlights include: * Recognized as a national expert and leader in under-utilized timber and woody biomass. * Technical consultation of more than a hundred local and regional businesses from his home base of Missoula, Montana. Craig was the lead forest business consultant for the BitterRoot Economic Development District and the Forest Business Technical Assistance Project, which served regional forest product companies in Western Montana. * Helped numerous companies acquire a total of over $2.5 million in forest and biomass-related grants to grow their businesses. * Direct experience with bank and private equity financing for entrepreneurial businesses. * Nearly a decade of experience maintaining communication between power purchasers, manufacturers, and consultants. * Regularly works with the country’s top energy consulting companies. * Extensive experience creating industry whitepapers and other custom reports, including the milestone 82-page study entitled Developing a Business Case for Sustainable Biomass Generation: A Regional Model for Western Montana. * Received numerous industry awards, including the 2010 Montana Wood Products Association Communicator of the Year Award, the 2010 Society of American Foresters (Missoula Chapter) Citizen of the Year Award, and more.
As a National Coalition Steering Committee Member for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program, I watch with considerable interest at the uneasy developments unfolding around Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) more »
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