Management Team

Jeff Nuss — President & Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Nuss is the founder, chairman and CEO of GreenWood Resources and its subsidiaries and is directly responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the company. Jeff has more than 18 years of tree farm development, management and investment experience and more than 7 years of experience in international business development. As chairman and CEO, Jeff helps lead the development of the high-yield, short-rotation tree farm industry in the U.S. His leadership in strategic business planning, operational strategies, product marketing development, strategic alliances, capital financing, financial analysis and management has resulted in significant investments from high-net-worth families, trusts, timber investment management organizations and other forestry companies.

Jeff is a leading industry spokesman and advocate for novel methods of sustainable timber production and serves on the boards of the World Forestry Center, Agribusiness Council and Western Hardwood Council.

He received a B.S. in bio-resource engineering and an M.S. in resource management and policy within the Civil Engineering Department of Oregon State University.

Hunter Brown — Chief Operating Officer

Hunter Brown has more than 30 years of extensive experience in the forest products industry, including general management positions with Fortune 500 companies, Georgia-Pacific and Mead, as well as entrepreneurial startups.

Prior to joining GreenWood Resources, Hunter was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Paccess, a global supply chain services management firm, where his responsibilities included development and management of all Asian supply chain activities and global operations. Hunter has more than 18 years of business development experience in Asia.

He received a B.S. in forestry from the University of the South, an M.S. in forestry from Duke University and completed the executive program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Clark Binkley, Ph.D. — Chief Investment Officer

Clark Binkley has more than 30 years of experience in the forest products industry and timberland investments. Prior to joining GWR, Clark was Managing Director of International Forestry Investment Advisors (IFIA), a firm he founded in 2005 to develop and implement innovative, socially responsible, high-return timberland investment strategies. Prior to founding IFIA, Clark was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Hancock Timber Resource Group, the world's largest timberland investment advisory firm serving private-equity clients. Before joining Hancock, Clark was Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. From 1978-90, he was a member of the faculty at Yale University where, in 1990, he was named the Frederick K. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Forest Resource Management.

Clark holds degrees in Applied Mathematics and in Engineering from Harvard University and in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.

Lincoln Bach — Chief Financial Officer

Lincoln Bach is an experienced financial executive with over 15 years of experience in finance, human resource management, fund/investment management and public accounting.

Prior to joining GreenWood Resources, Lincoln was corporate controller for an international family-wealth-management firm. In this role, he was responsible for the accounting and tax functions for a multinational investment company and assisted in the due diligence process of investment opportunities for his clients. Prior to this, he served as an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, specializing in the retail, real estate and employee benefit plan industries.

He received a B.S. in accounting from Linfield College and is an inactive certified public accountant.

Dr. Brian Stanton — Chief Science Officer, Tree Improvement and Nurseries

Dr. Stanton has more than 25 years of experience in forest genetics and is an internationally recognized expert on global poplar genetics. His research has produced some of the finest breeding collections of Populus deltoides, Populus trichocarpa, and a variety of Asian Tacamahaca poplar. Brian has overseen hybrid varietal development for poplar commercial tree farms in the U.S. as well as varietal testing in Chile, China, and Europe.

Brian is past chair of the Poplar and Willow Working Party for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and the past chair for the Society of American Foresters Genetics and Tree Improvement Working Group.

Brian received a B.S. in biology from West Chester State College, an M.S. in forestry from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in forest resources from Pennsylvania State University.

Don Rice — Managing Director, North America

Don Rice has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management, manufacturing maintenance and project management, with specific focus on short-rotation agroforestry on both dry land (irrigated) and high-moisture (drainage) sites. He brings an extensive background in tree farm operations management — including project organization and execution, budgeting, planning and P&L responsibility — including all aspects of silvicultural activities from site preparation through harvesting.

Prior to joining GreenWood Resources, Don was the Oregon poplar resource and manufacturing manager for Potlatch Corporation. Previously, he was director of operations for the Fort James Poplar Farm in the lower-Columbia Basin in the Pacific Northwestern U.S.

Don has a degree in agricultural engineering from Washington State University.

Marc Hiller — Managing Director of Acquisitions

For 12 years Marc Hiller has worked with institutional investors, wood-product manufacturers and retailers, and forest managers. Marc developed and managed private equity timberland investments with International Forestry Investment Advisors and New Forests Asset Management. He also worked with several Asian forestry organizations, leading Tropical Forest Trust's programs in Vietnam and Laos, helping eliminate the purchase of illegal timber supplies, and advising forestry companies on achieving FSC certification. With Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program, Marc conducted nearly 100 forest management and chain-of-custody audits. Marc also worked with HSBC to develop and implement guidelines for lending to forestry companies.

Cory Boswell — Assistant Manager, Tree Farm Operations

Cory Boswell brings a wealth of experience in production agriculture, agribusiness and intensive, short rotation forestry to his role as Assistant Manager of Tree Farm Operations. Cory grew up farming and ranching in northeastern Oregon. Previous to joining GWR he was an agricultural investment analyst, underwriting real estate loans across the Western US. Since joining GreenWood Resources, Cory has been responsible for development of long-term management plans, financial reporting and analysis, spreadsheet and database development, Geographic Information Systems and project management. Cory received his BS in Agriculture and Resources Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Oregon State University.

GreenWood Resources China, Ltd.
Brian Liu — Vice President & General Manager, China Operations

Brian Liu has extensive experience in international trade, focused primarily on agricultural and forestry products. Prior to joining GreenWood Resources, he was the international trade officer with the State of Oregon Department of Agriculture, and was responsible for the trade policies and promotions between the U.S. and China. He successfully led the U.S. negotiation teams to China for opening of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou markets for the U.S. agricultural and food products. His also negotiated and built a China-U.S. Friendship Demonstration Garden inside the China National Botanical Garden in Beijing to promote nursery and forestry products of five western U.S. states for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In addition to his agricultural experience, Brian has over 18 years of business management and foreign trade experience working for U.S. government and companies specialized in business developments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining the State of Oregon, Brian was responsible for the development of Chinese market for InFocus Corporation, including the establishment of a wholly owned office in Shanghai and technology transfer of production lines from Oregon to Shanghai.

Brian was born in Guangdong, moved to Oregon at the age of 14 and lived there until 2006 when he was expatriated to Beijing to establish and manage GWR’s China operation. Brian has a B.S. degree in finance law and an M.B.A. degree in international management from Portland State University. He also received executive trainings from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.

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