When Tim Mahan, owner of Southern Forestry, Inc., was honored as FRA’s 2013 Southcentral Region Outstanding Logger, certain key phrases kept coming up over and over again by those who were familiar with Tim’s timber harvesting operation: “True professional . . . cares a lot about the harvesting job’s appearance . . . will do what is right.”
Tim is not content to rest on his past accomplishments as he continues to improve his Golden, Mississippi-based operation. Recognizing that trucking insurance and safety performance was becoming a greater issue, Tim installed GPS in all of his trucks and began to monitor the speed and other behaviors of his log truck drivers. He has instituted a financial reward system for drivers who operate within specified safety parameters on a weekly basis.
Tim has also become a more vocal activist on state and national policies impacting our industry. He participated in FRA’s recent Legislative Fly-In, where he and other FRA members visited their state’s Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC to advocate FRA’s key policy positions. “Our industry as a whole needs a strong voice,” he says.
Tim supports FRA activities at the national level, but he also appreciates FRA’s regional structure: Southcentral Region meetings allow him to network with local and regional members and to discuss current operational issues as well as the emerging challenges in the region. “FRA has value for me at the local level, too.”Tim Mahan finds FRA membership beneficial, and FRA in turn values the perspective, insights, and experience that Tim and other wood supplier members bring to FRA as a crucial link in the forest industry’s wood supply chain.