CANOPY ’24 Speakers

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Below are the bios of the confirmed speakers for the 2024 CANOPY: Forests + Markets + Society conference at World Forestry Center.

Julian Barsamian-Moncrief
Senior Vice President
Campbell Lutyens

Julian joined Campbell Lutyens in 2021 and is a member of the secondary advisory team.

Prior to joining Campbell Lutyens, Julian worked in investment banking at RBC, and prior to that KeyBanc and Macquarie, with a sector focus on Industrials & Diversified Services. Julian has advised on multiple buy side and sell side M&A processes as well as debt financing and capital raise transactions for private and public companies. 

He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington. 

Carter Coe
Managing Partner
Chinook Forest Partners

Carter is a Managing Partner at Chinook Forest Partners. He is focused on Investor Relations, Capital Raising, Acquisition Sourcing Outside of the Northwest, and Finance & Accounting/Back Office Oversight.

Carter found his way to Chinook through a path of timberland investment experiences that took form in 2009 when Carter left corporate finance in search of an investment career focused on natural resources. Motivation was driven by a desire to recover the tactile sensation of being in the woods as a young boy in search of nature’s finest moments. Carter relishes the opportunity to be outside on timberland assets with the Chinook team, investors, and industry peers.

Carter previously worked in positions that afforded him unique insights into the world of timberland investment management, having held internships at Forest Capital Partners and Forisk Consulting

followed by full-time roles with MetLife’s Timberland Finance Group and Stafford Capital Partners’ timberlands business. Carter was fortunate to work for exceptional mentors and make observations unavailable to most industry observers, consequently informing opinions on where the timberland investment industry works well and where it does not. Structuring, compliance, transparency, and alignment became an increasing interest for Carter and ultimately led in part to his decision to join former colleague, Scott Marshall, and former fellow Limited Partner, Kelly Droege, on the Chinook Forest Partners quest to provide a better timberland investment solution for investors seeking a cost-efficient approach with heightened governance.

Carter holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Forest Resources in Forest

Business from The University of Georgia. He lives in Cumming, GA with his wife, daughter, son, and dog.

Thomas W. Goodrich
Senior Advisor
Lyme Timber

Tom joined Lyme in 2023 and assists the firm with business development, client management and strategic planning matters.  He was previously Executive Vice President, Corporate Development with Resource Management Service, a timberland investment manager with extensive holdings across the US South.  Prior to RMS, he was a partner with Stafford Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the origination and negotiation of institutional timberland investments, primarily in the secondary market but also structured as co-investments and separate accounts.  He also held various positions with Global Forest Partners, a timberland manager focused on non-US investment strategies.  Before joining GFP, he worked in a variety of roles in the investment banking industry.  He started his career with Lehman Brothers, and was later an analyst and associate in the M&A practice of Chase Securities prior to attending business school.  He holds a BS from Lehigh University, an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a CFA charterholder.

Ross Holbrook
Sustainability Manager
Forest Investment Associates

Ross serves as sustainability manager for Forest Investment Associates (FIA), a specialist investment manager with more than 37 years of timberland investment experience, helping clients around the world grow value through investing in sustainable forestry.

He works across the growing scope of FIA’s sustainability programs, including the implementation of the firm’s ESG and impact roadmap. He also works with investment and forestry operations staff on ESG integration to ensure continual improvement and is a member of the Business Development and Sustainability Team. His career started in exploration geology, working in remote areas with traditional communities, where he was exposed to a variety of natural resources, sustainability, social impact, and other ESG considerations and opportunities. Prior to FIA, he managed a boutique sustainability, business development, regulatory, and natural resources-focused consultancy for a diverse client base throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Ross earned his BS in Geology & Environmental Geosciences from College of Charleston; MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University; and masters of international management from IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School.

Hill Jeffries
Eversheds Sutherland

Hill Jeffries represents businesses in M&A transactions, joint ventures and governance matters.  As a member of the Eversheds Sutherland (US) Forestry & Climate Solutions group, Hill has represented clients in purchase and sale transactions covering millions of acres of U.S. timberlands.  He represents several ex-U.S. institutional investors in their ongoing investments in U.S. timberlands, and he routinely counsels timberland investment management organizations (TIMOs) with respect to their day-to-day commercial matters.  He also negotiates investment management agreements on behalf of both TIMOs and timberland investors, and applies his timber industry experience in representing buyers and sellers of lumber mills.

Dr. Brooks Mendell
President, CEO
Forisk Consulting, LLC

Dr. Brooks Mendell is President and CEO at Forisk, which provides analysis and education to help senior managers and investors in the forest industry make better decisions. Founded by Brooks in 2004, Forisk publishes the Forisk Research Quarterly, which includes market analysis, operations research, and timber forecasts for North America’s forest products industry; the Forisk Wood Fiber Review, which tracks pulpwood and chip prices in the U.S.; and the North American Forest Industry Capacity Database.

Dr. Mendell is an internationally recognized business advisor, researcher, and speaker in the fields of forest business, timberland investing, wood bioenergy, and business communications. He has broad domestic and international experience supporting small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and public organizations. His industry experience includes roles in harvest operations, wood procurement, management consulting, and academia. A Fulbright Scholar and inductee in the Georgia Foresters Hall of Fame, his forestry-related books include “Loving Trees is Not Enough”, “Forest Finance Simplified”, and “Aunt Fanny Learns Forestry: Managing Timberland as an Investment.”

Dr. Mendell earned BS and MS degrees at M.I.T., an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Forest Finance at UGA.

Curtis Robinhold
Executive Director
Port of Portland

 A keen fly fisherman and white-water rafter, Curtis Robinhold has led the Port of Portland as Executive Director since July 2017. The Port, governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Governor, encompasses four marine terminals, two general aviation airports and Portland International Airport. It employs about 800 people and enjoys annual operating revenues of approximately $329 million. Foreign trade moving through the Port amounts to $14 billion annually. 

Prior to joining the Port in 2014 as Deputy Executive Director, Curtis was Chief of Staff to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, where he oversaw the Governor’s policy agenda, staff and policy advisors. Previously, Curtis served as CEO of an energy efficiency finance company in Portland, Oregon and held various leadership roles in BP Alternative Energy’s businesses throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. At BP, Curtis was instrumental in developing strategy for the Alternative Energy unit, as well as spearheading growth in renewable energy businesses in new markets such as India and China. In his early career, Curtis spent 10 years working for Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber and Congressman Peter DeFazio. 

Curtis grew up in Eugene, Oregon and spent a gap year in Germany, where he learned to speak the language and joined the cult-following of Bruce Springsteen. Curtis holds a BA from the University of California at San Diego, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University. He and his wife Angela Uherbelau live in Portland with their two daughters. 

Troy Harris
Managing Director of Timberland and Innovative Wood Products

Troy Harris is the Managing Director of Timberland and Innovative Wood Products at Jamestown with 30 years of experience in public and institutional timberland portfolio management, timberland acquisitions and dispositions, operations management, and business development throughout the U.S. Troy is a passionate advocate of the mass timber industry and has been vital in connecting it to the commercial real estate industry through his work to build 619 Ponce in Atlanta, the first “Georgia Grown” mass timber building. Troy is a Certified Forester and serves on the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) and the Georgia Forestry Association (GFA) boards. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) and is a Trustee for the Georgia Forestry Foundation. Troy received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.