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Angus B. Lafaye, Chairman of the Board, ACF, RF, BIC
Angus Lafaye is Chairman of the Board of Milliken Forestry Company, Inc., which has its principal office in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Lafaye earned a B. S. in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1965 and has more than forty years of experience as a consulting forester and appraiser in the Southeast. He has extensive experience in developing appraisals, growth and value projections, management plans, timber inventories, and the management and development of hardwoods.
Mr. Lafaye is a long standing member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, the Society of American Foresters, and is a past Chair of the South Carolina Forestry Association. He is a Registered Forester in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. He is also a licensed real estate agent in South and North Carolina.
As President of Milliken Forestry Company, he is actively involved in management decisions on behalf of numerous clients with varying objectives. He enjoys working with his clients and finds his work both challenging and rewarding.
C. Lamar Comalander, President, RF
Mr. Comalander is a member of Society of American Foresters, South Carolina Forestry Association, American Tree Farm System and Carolina Quail Association. Mr. Comalander is a Registered Forester in South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a certified Red-cockaded Woodpecker manager holding Federal and State Endangered Species Permits, coordinating research, grant proposals, habitat management, mitigation and technical analysis on over two hundred (200) RCW colonies representing the largest population on private lands in South Carolina. He is a South Carolina Prescribed Fire Manager and a Registered Tree Farm Inspector.
As President, Mr. Comalander coordinates day to day activities of Milliken Forestry Co., Inc., business development and is actively involved in management decisions benefitting numerous clients, while achieving their management objectives.
Thurston (Trip) L. Chavis III, Secretary, ACF, CF
Mr. Chavis currently works in a technical forester capacity providing support and technical services to MFC’s staff of foresters. He has over ten (10) years of forest management and technical forestry experience and over sixteen (16) years experience in GPS and GIS. In addition, Mr. Chavis has extensive experience in GIS data integration with particular regard to large scale timber inventories. Involvement in past inventory projects includes cruise design, project coordination, cruise computation, statistical analysis and data integration.
Mr. Chavis has also been instrumental in the customization of MFC’s inventory software and reporting. Mr. Chavis is a Certified Forester, Prescribed Fire Manager, a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, Society of American Foresters, and the South Carolina Forestry Association.
Gerald L. Corley, RF
Mr. Corley earned an Associate Of Science Degree in Forest Management from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 1974 and has more than thirty-five (35+) years experience in assisting private landowners with forestry management. He has knowledge of all aspects of forestry management specializing in diversified hardwood management.
Mr. Corley is a member of the South Carolina Forestry Association, South Carolina Biomass Council, and the Society Of American Foresters. Mr. Corley is a Registered Forester in South Carolina and North Carolina. He is a South Carolina Certified Prescribed Fire Manager and Registered Tree Farm Inspector.
Mr. Corley is responsible for assisting in coordinating and prioritizing work load for the company while providing leadership and business development. He also assists clients with decisions that relate to forestry and property management.
Robert A. Drummond, ACF, RF
Gordon H. Baker, ACF, RF
Mr. Baker earned a B.S. degree in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1980. He has over 26 years of forest and land management experience throughout South Carolina. His areas of expertise include both pine and hardwood management utilizing fertilization, herbicides and improved seedling selection on large acreage tracts.
Mr. Baker is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters where he currently serves on the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Society of American Foresters and the South Carolina Forestry Association where he represents the ACF on the SC SFI Committee. Mr. Baker is a registered forester in South Carolina and a SC Prescribed Fire Manager.
Mr. Baker is responsible for coordination of scheduling for personnel on a day-to-day basis. He also assists with managing and training the forest staff. He manages over 50,000 acres in South Carolina.
John R. Helms, RF, CG
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T. David Hegler, RF
William F. Milliken II, RF
Bill is a forestry consultant and has been with MFC for thirteen (13) years. He manages private landowners’ timberland throughout South Carolina with emphasis on timber harvests, timber analysis, controlled burning, longleaf restoration, herbicide applications and reforestation efforts, timber cruising, wildlife habitat improvements, as well as other routine forestry practices.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1996. He is a registered forester in SC and NC; a member of the Society of American Foresters, the South Carolina Forestry Association, the Richland County Forestry Association and Coastal Conservation Association. Bill is also a Prescribed Fire Manager.
Brian E. Rogers, RF
Mr. Brian Rogers earned his B.S. in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University in 1996. He began his career in Central Georgia working for a private forestry and wildlife consulting firm assisting private landowners. Mr. Rogers joined Milliken Forestry Co., Inc. in 1998 working with private landowners and institutional investment properties. Mr. Rogers is currently the manager of the TIMO Group in charge of management operations of multiple institutional investment properties and nonindustrial private landowners in NC, SC, GA, and AL.
Mr. Rogers draws from more than twelve (12+) years experience in order to maximize the investment potential and/or goals of his client's properties. Mr. Rogers provides a full array of services including complete timberland management through timber appraisals, timber growth modeling, financial analyses, management plans, reforestation, fertilization, etc.
Mr. Rogers is a member of The Society of American Foresters and the South Carolina Forestry Association. He has served as Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Chair Elect, and Chapter Chair for The Society of American Foresters. He was recently awarded the Young Foresters Leadership Award by the South Carolina Division of The Society of American Foresters. Mr. Rogers is a Registered Forester in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Additionally, he is a South Carolina Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, Registered Tree Farm Inspector and Certified Vegetation Manager.
John B. Hane, RF
John manages approximately 25,000 acres of timberland in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. With more than eleven years experience in timber management, timber valuation, forest inventory, herbicide application, wildlife and financial assessments, John works closely with landowners to achieve their goals.
John earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Clemson University, where he was a member of Xi Sigma Pi honor fraternity. A registered forester in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, John is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the South Carolina Forestry Association and is a candidate member of the Association of Consulting Foresters.
Gary E. Springer, RF
Warren L. Duncan, RF
Mr. Duncan earned a B.S. in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University in 1999 and has more than ten years experience assisting private landowners. He has extensive knowledge developing management plans, projecting income, silvicultural techniques, herbicides as well as marketing timber and reforestation. Mr. Duncan also has experience with RCW management, SFI auditing and environmental phase one assessments.
Mr. Duncan is a member of the SC Tree Farm Committee, the Society of American Foresters, and the South Carolina Forestry Association. He is currently serving as the District 10 Chair on the SC Tree Farm committee and is the 2010 Chair elect for the Central Carolina chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Mr. Duncan is a Registered Forester in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland. He is a South Carolina Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, registered Tree Farm inspector and holds State and Federal RCW management Permits.
As a forester Mr. Duncan is responsible for general forestry and support services for the company, as well as leadership and business development. He also provides expertise to assist clients with decisions that relate to rural property ownership and management.
Justin R. Hilton, RF
Mr. Hilton manages approximately 28,000 acres of forest land located throughout South Carolina. Experience and knowledge in timber management, timber valuation, forest soils and fertility, wetland delineation, forest inventory, herbicide application, wildlife and financial assessments are utilized to accomplish the diverse objectives of landowners.
For nine years, Mr. Hilton has served as liaison for Milliken Forestry Company’s membership in the North Carolina State / Viginia Tech. Forest Productivity Cooperative.
He has over 12 years experience in intensive forest management and 6 years experience in soil and wetland mapping.
Mr. Hilton is a Registered Forester in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. He is a member of the South Carolina Forestry Association and Society of American Foresters.
Mr. Hilton's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University as well as a Master of Science in Forest Resources from Clemson University.
Heath M. Corley, RF
John (Jay) W. Begg, Jr., GISP
J. Lawton Nichols, RF, CF
Lawton Nichols graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. He became a consultant with Milliken Forestry in June 2006.
Mr. Nichols is responsible for working with private landowners to meet their objectives as well as assisting cooworkers with timber sales and timber cruises. The areas in which he is most experienced are marking selective thinnings, marketing timber, coordinating timber sales, cruising timber, working with landowners, working with timber buyers and loggers, prescribed burning, reforestation, and tree surveys.
Mr. Nichols is a South Carolina Registered Forester, a Candidate Certified Forester, a SC Prescribed Fire Manager, a member of the Society of American Forestors and a member of the South Carolina Forestry Association.
Mr. Sumner earned an Associate Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Haywood Community College. Mr. Sumner began his wildlife management career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources where he was employed for 15 years. During Mr. Sumner’s career with SCDNR he managed the Forks and Key Bridge Wildlife Management Areas. His duties included conducting wildlife surveys, planting wildlife openings, public dove fields and waterfowl impoundments. Mr. Sumner worked with agencies such as the US Forest Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Department, paper companies and national conservation organizations regarding wildlife management.
Mr. Sumner brings to Milliken Forestry Company his experience and expertise in assisting private landowners with technical advice on improving wildlife on their land, assisting private hunt clubs setting up cooperative deer management services, collecting data and advising on better deer management practices. Mr. Sumner prepares written burn plans and conducts prescribed burning as well as fire break design, installation and maintenance. Mr. Sumner holds certifications in pesticide and herbicide use, CDL and heavy equipment operation, wild land fire fighter training and prescribed fire management.
Mr. Sumner conducts the on the ground operations for the Wildlife Services Division of Milliken Forestry Company. Mr. Sumner’s areas of expertise include; food plots, dove field and waterfowl impoundment layout, design and implementation of the layout and designs. Mr. Sumner conducts camera surveys for deer management, installation and maintenance of fire breaks and supplies technical assistance to landowners. Mr. Sumner also carries out controlled burning for Milliken Forestry Company on private lands.
D. Wesley Chastie
Garrett G. Bedenbaugh
Tonya Fleece, Treasurer
Ms. Fleece is currently the Office Manager/Accountant and has been with Milliken Forestry Company, Inc. since 1999. Based in Columbia, South Carolina, Ms. Fleece has over twenty-two (22) years of combined experience in accounting, records administration, insurance and retirement administration, employee benefits and personnel and office management. Currently,
Ms. Fleece also serves as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for Milliken Forestry Company, Inc. She is also a Notary Public for the State of South Carolina.
Harvey earned his B.S. degree in Management in 1992 from Clemson University. Harvey is the third generation of his family to be in the Land Management and Timber industry in SC. He says he “grew up in the timber industry, learning from his grandfather what they can’t teach you in books”. Harvey officially began his real estate career with Atlantic Coast Properties in 2000, joining Milliken Forestry in 2010.
Harvey is a member of The South Carolina Forestry Association as well as the Saluda County Forestry Association. Harvey also owns and manages property in several counties in South Carolina. Clients say that this adds to his experience and makes him more valuable to individuals and institutions who are interested in his advisory services of selling and acquiring land and timber tracts.
Clients say that the passion and integrity Harvey has is highly evident and has paid off in their wise investments. His outside interests include spending time with his family, and, as time permits, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.
Harvey and his wife Sally have one daughter, Rebecca Grace.
Billy McTeer graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 1971. He received a B.S. degree from Clemson University in 1975, and a M.S. degree in wildlife biology in 1978. He stared working for the SCDNR in 1978, where he started the Small Game Program. That program was created to work with private landowners to improve their land for small game animals such as the bobwhite quail. He was honored as the first recipient of the Havilah Babcock Award for Excellence in bobwhite quail management. He held various titles with the SCDNR including director of legislative services and retired as Deputy Director of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.
Upon his retirement, he worked as a private consultant in the environmental arena. He then received his real estate license, and has been selling real estate for three years. He enjoys selling recreational property and helping potential landowners find the property best suited to meet their goals.
Billy is a certified wildlife biologist and is the Past President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He enjoys hunting and fishing, and is particularly engaged in inshore saltwater fishing.
He is married to Sherrie McTeer and has two children, Lauren and Parker.
ACF = Association of Consulting Foresters
CF = Certified Forester
GISP = Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional
RF = Registered Forester