SWPA Board of Directors

The Southeastern Wood Producers Association would not exist without the guidance and support provided by our officers. They, along with our support staff, make it possible for our group to advocate for professional loggers throughout Florida and Georgia. Read on to learn more about their experiences with the industry, as well as their reasons for supporting southeastern logging companies.

Officers

Dillon Stratton, III –  President

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D.M. Stratton, LLC
Green Cove Springs, FL

Phone: (904) 759-7059
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Dillon grew up around the logging business that his grandfather started in 1958, his father continued it as his adult career making it a natural transition into the family business for Dillon. Dillon worked many years side by side with his father in that family logging business, until 2015 when his dad retired. Dillon took the role as president of DM Stratton LLC making him the 3rd generation logger of the company. Upon taking over the business in 2015,  Dillon has expanded the business to buying timber for the company with multiple crews. In that same year Dillon started 3D Trucking LLC. Dillon took interest in being on the board of SWPA after his father retired that position a few years back. Dillon truly has a passion for Logging and wants the best for his fellow loggers.

Darlene McDonald - Vice President

Scott Gies

Safety On Site, Inc.
Marshallville, GA

Phone: (478) 235-2684
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Darlene became involved with the forest products industry in 1996 while working for a logger in middle Georgia. Part of her duties involved managing the safety program for their three crews. She realized that safety training and compliance was an area where many loggers could use some help. She founded Safety On Site, Inc. in 1997 to be a resource for loggers to help protect their workers and their businesses.

Darlene has been active with SWPA since the early 2000s. She is a presenter for the Master Timber Harvester Introductory workshop. She also provides continuing education for GA and FL through SWPA and the Florida Forestry Association. She and her husband, Scott, work together in their business. They enjoy spending time with family and traveling. They have two children in college. Darlene enjoys bragging about “her” loggers and promoting the industry whenever she gets a chance.

James Rhue – Secretary / treasurer

Pritchett Trucking, Inc.
Lake Butler, Florida

Phone:(352) 339-0967

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James has been in the logging industry since1989 holding different positions from topper to crew foreman. James has been the director of operations for Pritchett Inc for the last 12 years managing there 3 logging crews along with director of maintenance for Pritchett Trucking . James is very passionate about bringing Loggers together as a unified voice and advancing the public image of the logging industry.

Jerry Gray – Immediate  PAST President / CHAIRMAN

Gray Logging, LLC.
Madison, Florida

Phone: (850) 673-1718

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Jerry Gray was born in 1961 into a logging family. His dad, W.C. Gray, worked in the log woods, even logging out west for a time, and started his own logging company in 1971 when Jerry was just 10 years old.
Since that age, Jerry has “lived" in the woods. At 13, he was using a chainsaw. At 15, he was driving a cable skidder. At 18, upon graduation, he was full-time in the woods. At age 40, he became the manager of Gray Logging, LLC. That was nearly 16 years ago. During those 16 years, Jerry has been proud of the many achievements he and Gray Logging, LLC have accomplished. Under his leadership, the company has grown from one to two logging crews. He also co-owns Genesis Timber, LLC with his son-in-law, Matt Webb.
Today, Jerry still loves the woods as he did as a little boy. Today, combined with that love, Jerry has a passion, a knowledge, and the experience to handle various timber needs. He is excited about the future, helping land owners with their needs and being a part of the timber industry.

Board Members


Gannon Conner
TimberMaxx Logging, LLC
Hilliard, Florida
Phone: (904) 838-9972

Scott Copeland
Guffin & Eleam Insurance, Inc.
Summerville, Georgia
Phone: (706) 409-4125

Russell Fowler – Past President
Flint River Timber of GA Inc.
Cairo, GA
Phone: (229) 224-0015

Brian Henderson – Past President
Henderson Logging
Lincolnton, Georgia
Phone: (706) 825-0258

Randy McKenzie – Past President
Quality Equipment & Parts, Inc.
Lake City, Florida
Phone: (386) 365-5942

Lucas Morris
JSL Timber, LLC
Chipley, Florida
Phone: (850) 625-6682

Ryan Pavlik
Stoutamire-Pavlik & Associates, Inc.
Monticello, Florida
Phone: (850) 997-2533

Hunter Pitts
Pitts Logging, Inc.
Waycross, Georgia
Phone: (912) 614-3886

Harry Sanders, III
Sanders Logging Company, Inc.
Cochran, Georgia
Phone: (478) 934-4663

Richard Schwab  - Past President
M.A. Rigoni, Inc.
Perry, Florida
Phone: (850) 838-6178

Contact us today to find out how our team is serving professional loggers throughout Georgia and Florida. We proudly serve loggers and logging companies throughout the Southeastern United States.