Growing up in Georgia, Tom’s family owned thousands of acres of timberland. However, they didn’t know how to generate revenue from it and as a result, all of their land was sold off over time. Tom decided to attend forestry school at Auburn University with the goal to educate forest landowners and help them to sell their trees in a sustainable manner so they can keep their land for future generations. He has been in the timber business for 25 years now and likes it more every year.
What is your business? We are a timber company that promotes sustainable forestry and purchases standing timber (mainly pine and cypress trees) from timber landowners looking to generate revenue from their natural resources.
Who are your clients? Private landowners such as cattle ranches as well as various government agencies that own or manage forest land.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Being an entrepreneur allows creative people to break traditional business models, be more nimble, and succeed in surprisingly innovative ways.
Something interesting? On occasion, our company grows eucalyptus trees that can reach 100 feet tall within 5 years.
Why Lakeland? Lakeland is a magnet for creative entrepreneurs because of the generosity of local business leaders and our city’s efforts to attract and support new start-ups.
Favorite thing to do here? Running Lake Mirror at night, attending Sifu Och Wing Chun martial arts studio, and eating at Lakeland’s great restaurants.
What would you like to see here? A funny sitcom based on Lakeland similar to “Parks & Recreation” or “Portlandia.”
How has Catapult helped you? The creative energy and business connections I’ve gained at Catapult helped our company to have a record year in 2016.
Secret Sauce? Our amazing team shares the vision of serving our clients and our community through what we call “Marketplace Ministry.” Our Christian faith compels us to meet the physical, spiritual, and financial needs of those people God puts in our path.