Board of Directors

SWPA Officers


John Lane
Coastal Logging Co, Brunswick, Georgia

John Lane’s childhood memories stem from working in the woods on his father’s logging crew. Growing up in the industry made it easy for him to begin his own business in 1981.  He and his wife Donna started Coastal Logging Co from humble beginnings and today it has grown to a three crew operation. John’s son, Johnny, and his wife Sarah are active in the business  as well and represent the fifth generation of the Lane family in the timber industry.  John also and serves in the national logging association, the American Logger’s Council, as SWPA’s representative, within the Georgia Forestry Association as well as the Glynn County Forestry Commission.  John stated that he got involved because: “I felt it was my responsibility to become more active in issues that affect loggers and the future of the logging industry.” 



Scott Gies
Gies Timber & Land, Inc., Fernandina Beach, Florida

Scott first joined the SWPA after leaving the consuming side of the industry to establish a logging business in early 2007.  He was elected to serve as a Board member in 2010.  Scott’s harvesting operations are primarily in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.  He is married to Sheila Gies and has a daughter, Jennifer Hale (husband Clint Hale), granddaughters Ella and Anna, a son Douglas and a daughter Kelli.  Scott was also a Florida Logger’s Council member of the Florida Forestry Association. When asked why he serves loggers as an SWPA Board Officer he said: “I feel that it important for those of us in the timber harvesting profession to have a unified voice. We are the ultimate stewards of the forest, and unless we as group make this known there is an assumption that we are not. By serving the members of the SWPA it is my hope to help get this message out to the public at large.”


Secretary / Treasurer


Russell Fowler
Flint River Timber of GA Inc.






 Immediate Past President/ Chairman

Richard Schwab
M. A. Rigoni, Inc., Perry, Florida

Richard Schwab began working with the family business, M. A. Rigoni, Inc., Perry, Florida, in 1990. He worked his way up within the organization as an equipment operator in the woods, to a mechanic, to managing a crew in 1992. From 1992 to 1995 Richard worked as crew foreman. From 1995 to present Richard has been responsible for procurement and new business development for all of the company crews and contractors. MA Rigoni operates three crews, a couple of private contractors, and a land clearing crew. Richard accepted a leadership role in the SWPA in the Fall of 2008 because “he is passionate about the logging industry and wants to do as much as possible to make a difference.”  Richard said, “I realized that unless we speak up for ourselves as a unified industry we are allowing others to control our destiny.”

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Board Members
Eddie Batten Green Cove Springs, FL 904-219-2847 Past President
Joe Burns Newington, GA 912-213-9133  
Paul Byrd Branford, FL 386-362-8362  
Steve Dixon Jesup, GA 912-294-4092  
Charles Forte Moultrie, GA 229-560-1561  
Justin Foster Glennville, GA 912-290-1332  
Russell Fowler Cairo, GA 229-224-0015  
Mark Fryer Columbia, SC 803-732-8391  
R.P. Glass Jr. Madison, GA 706-601-0984  
Jerry Gray Madison, FL 850-673-1718  
Brian Henderson Lincolnton, GA 706-825-0258 Past President
Darrell Henderson Lincolnton, GA 706-825-0793  
Charles Johns Hilliard, FL 904-237-3542 Past President
Brett Matuszak Newberry, FL 906-201-0217  
Darlene McDonald Marshallville, GA 478-235-2684  
Randy McKenzie Lake City, FL 386-365-5942 Past President
John Mullis Commerce, GA 706-614-3727  
Jimbo Nathe Dade City, FL 352-521-2672 Past President
Ronnie Pollock Folkston, GA 904-966-1877  
Tommy Rollins Lyons, GA 912-282-1234  
Ken Sheppard Vidalia, GA 912-293-4999  
Keith Smith Armuchee, GA 706-506-4379 Past President
Don Snively Tarrytown, GA 912-536-2484  
Tim Southerland Southport, FL 850-832-3200  
Dillon Stratton Jacksonville, FL 904-759-7060 Past President
Coye Webb, Sr.   Lee, FL  850-464-1579