Rick R. Holley
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Holley is chief executive officer of Plum Creek. He was elected president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Plum Creek in 1994. Prior to assuming this role, he served as vice president and chief financial officer since 1985.
Holley began his career at General Electric Company in 1974, where he served in a variety of financial management positions. In 1983, he joined Burlington Northern, Inc. where he worked as assistant vice president, corporate audit. He held that position until joining Plum Creek in 1985.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business administration from San Jose State University. He also completed an advanced education program at Northwestern University.
In addition to serving on Plum Creek's board, Holley serves on several private and not-for-profit boards including the National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Resources for the Future, The Seattle Times and the Blethen Corporation. He also serves on the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Thomas M. Lindquist
President and Chief Operating Officer
Tom Lindquist was named Plum Creek president and chief operating officer in February 2013. In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations and public policy activities of the company. Since 2007, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Plum Creek. In that role he oversaw the company’s business development activities including investments and ventures, federal and state policy, as well as energy and real estate. Prior to serving as chief operating officer, he was executive vice president, a position he held since December 2001. In this role, he oversaw the company’s Real Estate and Natural Resources segments.
Prior to joining Plum Creek, Lindquist served as executive vice president for Trammell Crow Company.
Lindquist graduated in 1982 with honors from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1986.
He currently serves on the board of directors for The Matthew G. Norton Company and the American Forest Foundation. Lindquist is also a member of the National Geographic International Council of Advisors.
David W. Lambert
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
David Lambert is Plum Creek’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. In this role he oversees the company’s finance, accounting, tax, investor relations and information technology functions. He began his career with Plum Creek in 1989 as manager of planning and analysis and has since held positions of increasing responsibility at the company including director of finance, director of planning, vice president and treasurer and vice president of business development.
He began his career at Amoco Production Company as a financial analyst and, following graduate school, worked for Teachers Insurance and Annuity (TIAA-CREF) as a private debt securities analyst.
Lambert received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.
James A. Kilberg
Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Energy and Natural Resources
Jim Kilberg was named Plum Creek’s senior vice president, real estate, energy and natural resources in April 2006. In this position, he oversees the company’s non-timber business's, including real estate development, land asset management, conservation, mitigation banking, recreational lease management, oil and gas, construction materials, heavy minerals, wind and water.
Kilberg began his career serving in a variety of marketing positions with IBM and AT&T. In 1983, he joined Trammell Crow Company where he held roles of increasing responsibility in the development business. In 1987, he became divisional partner and later served as executive vice president of asset management for the southeastern United States.
In 1992, Kilberg became senior director of the Pizza Hut division of PepsiCo. He later became an officer and vice president of the division. In 1995, he joined Pep Boys as vice president of real estate. In 1998, he returned to Trammell Crow Company as a principal to oversee the company’s national retail practice. In 2001, he became managing director for the global services business. He remained in this role until joining Plum Creek as vice president, land management in January 2003.
Kilberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also received a master’s degree in business management from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in corporate real estate from the National Association of Corporate Real Estate.
He currently serves on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Theater, as well as the Corporate Council of the Land Trust Alliance.
James A. Kraft
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Since 2002, Jim Kraft has been senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Plum Creek. Kraft began his career with Plum Creek in 1989 as vice president, law and corporate affairs.
After obtaining his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1982, Kraft joined the firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in 1982 as an associate in the corporate and banking departments. From 1984 to 1989, he worked for Burlington Northern Inc. and its successor, Burlington Resources Inc. in various legal roles, including assistant vice president, the position he held prior to joining Plum Creek.
Kraft graduated from Harvard College in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies.
Kraft serves as chairman of the board for the Seattle Theatre Group. He is also a member of the Bar Association in Washington and New York.
Larry D. Neilson
Senior Vice President, Resources and Operations Support
Larry Neilson is senior vice president, resources and operations support at Plum Creek. In this position, he oversees the sustainable management of the company’s approximately 6.8 million acres of timberland. He is responsible for manufacturing, timber inventory and productivity, harvest planning, the company’s tree improvement program and seedling nurseries. Neilson has served in several positions at Plum Creek, most recently as vice president of acquisitions and divestitures.
Neilson joined Plum Creek in 2002 as vice president, real estate, overseeing land development, joint ventures with third-party developers and sales of unique properties. From 1994 to 2002, he served in a variety of real estate positions at Microsoft Corporation including general manager, worldwide real estate & facilities. His responsibilities were later broadened when he became general manager, corporate services and worldwide real estate & facilities.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Neilson served as vice president and director of finance & acquisitions for Skinner Development Company. He also served as director, real estate acquisitions at Equitec Properties Company, a real estate syndication firm. He began his career in the audit department at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company.
Neilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.
Russell S. Hagen
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Russell Hagen is senior vice president, business development at Plum Creek. In this role, he oversees the company’s business development activities, including acquisitions and dispositions, while continuing to manage the energy and natural resource business.
Hagen began his career in 1988 with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC where he was a certified public accountant and led the audits of public clients in the technology, banking and natural resource industries. He joined Plum Creek in 1993 as manager of internal audit and has since held positions of increasing responsibility at the company including director-level positions in accounting, financial operations, risk management and information technology.
Prior to his current role, he was vice president, real estate development. This role included oversight of the company’s real estate development activities as well as natural resources, and was responsible for the development of the company’s oil and gas, construction materials and bioenergy businesses.
Hagen received a Bachelor of Science in business and accounting from Seattle University.
He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Seattle University business school where he has also been an adjunct lecturer.
Timothy E. Punke
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy
Tim Punke became senior vice president, corporate affairs and public policy at Plum Creek in October 2013. In this position he oversees government relations, communications, sustainability, and environmental affairs.
Prior to joining Plum Creek, Punke served in a variety of leadership roles in federal government affairs and communications. In 2007, he co-founded Monument Policy Group, a bipartisan government affairs consulting firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Seattle.
Prior to Monument Policy Group, Punke was a partner at the law firm of K&L Gates. His government experience includes service for the White House National Economic Council, the United State Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Max Baucus of Montana, and Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming. Punke was also a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Punke earned a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Cornell University.
He currently sits on the Board of the Seattle Art Museum.
Barbara L. Crowe
Vice President, Human Resources
Barbara Crowe is vice president of human resources at Plum Creek. She has held this position since 1997.
Prior to joining Plum Creek, Crowe was vice president of human resources for Weight Watchers Gourmet Food Company, and general manager of human resources at Ore-Ida Foods, Inc., both subsidiaries of the H. J. Heinz Company. Before that, she held positions in personnel and administration at Coopers & Lybrand.
Crowe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York.
She is the president of the board of directors of The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and the past president of the Plum Creek Guild for Seattle Children's.
David A. Brown
Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
David Brown is vice president and chief accounting officer at Plum Creek. He has held this position since February 2006. Brown began his career with Plum Creek in 1994, as director of planning and later that year became controller.
Brown began his career in 1978 working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditor and later served as tax accountant. In 1987, he joined Burlington Northern, Inc. as tax manager and from 1989 to 1994, served as tax director for Burlington Resources, Inc.
Brown earned several degrees from the University of Washington including a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, a master’s degree in professional accounting, and a master’s degree in business administration. He also received a Master of Taxation degree from Golden Gate University.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Washington Accounting Development Fund.
John B. Hobbs
Vice President, Investor Relations
John Hobbs is vice president, investor relations at Plum Creek. In this role, Hobbs leads the investor relations efforts for the company.
Prior to joining Plum Creek in 2001, Hobbs was assistant director of investor relations for Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he led the investor relations efforts for Georgia-Pacific’s Timber Company. He began his career in the forest products industry in 1995 when he joined Georgia-Pacific’s Corporate Planning and Development group in Atlanta.
Hobbs graduated from the University of Kansas in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a minor in economics. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 1995.
Robert J. Jirsa
Vice President, Government Relations
Bob Jirsa is vice president, government relations. He oversees Plum Creek’s state and federal government relations including the coordination of communications with state legislators, members of Congress and their respective staffs and regulatory agencies. He has served in related roles since joining the company in 1994. He also serves as the president of the Plum Creek Foundation, which manages the philanthropic contributions of the company.
Prior to joining Plum Creek, Jirsa held public and government affairs positions at Alaska Airlines and ARCO.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno.
Jirsa chairs the operating committee of the National Alliance of Forest Owners, and serves on the boards of The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports and Long Live the Kings – a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving wild salmon and steelhead in northwest waters.
Mark A. Miller
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Mark Miller is vice president and chief information officer at Plum Creek. Miller oversees the company's information technology team and the services it provides to the company.
He began his career at Plum Creek in 2012, following a professional career encompassing more than 20 years in enterprise technology management, including serving as information technology director with Weyerhaeuser and with Microsoft. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Equarius, a professional services firm.
Miller received a degree in computer science and economics from Pacific Lutheran University.
Robert J. Olszewski
Vice President, Environmental Affairs
Rob Olszewski has served as Plum Creek’s vice president, environmental affairs since October 2001. In his role, he is responsible for managing the environmental aspects of approximately 7 million acres of company timberlands as well as the company's manufacturing facilities.
He began his career in 1980 as state forest hydrologist with the Florida Division of Forestry. From 1986 to 1993, he served as director of governmental affairs for the Florida Forestry Association. He then worked for Georgia-Pacific and its timber division, The Timber Company, where he served as director of environmental affairs. He held this role until he joined Plum Creek in 2001 when Plum Creek merged with The Timber Company.
Olszewski received a bachelor of science degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University and a master of science in forest hydrology from the University of Georgia.
He serves on the board of the Forest Landowners Association and chairs the Forest Landowner Foundation, is on the Alumni Advisory Committee of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia and is active in various roles with the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Laura B. Smith
Vice President and Treasurer
Laura Smith is vice president and treasurer of Plum Creek, a position she has held since early 2007. In this role, she is responsible for the company's corporate planning and treasury functions.
Smith began her career with Plum Creek in 2003 as director of planning. Prior to joining Plum Creek, Smith was vice president and business unit manager for Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s private wealth management office in Seattle. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1989 and held a variety of positions in the Investment Banking Division in New York, including working in the Structured Finance, Leveraged Finance and Healthcare departments.
Smith graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Columbia Business School.
She serves on the board of Seattle Children's Theatre.
Paul A. Stamnes
Vice President, Tax
Paul Stamnes became vice president of Plum Creek’s tax department in October 2012. Stamnes, who joined the company in 2004, oversees tax planning, legislative affairs and compliance functions. Prior to this role, he held other leadership positions in the department, including senior director and director of tax planning and operations.
Previously senior tax counsel for AT&T Wireless, Stamnes also served as counsel with the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP; worked in various positions at Intel Corporation; and began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Portland. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound, he earned a juris doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School and a Master of Laws in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Stamnes currently serves on the board of directors and is the treasurer for the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club.
Paul J. Davis
Vice President, Resources - Gulf South
Paul Davis is Plum Creek’s vice president of resources in the Gulf South region. In this position, Davis oversees sustainable forest management in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.
Davis began working for Plum Creek in 1981 as a forester in Washington. In 1988, he moved to Missoula, Mont., to work for the company as timberlands superintendent. He made his way to Maine in 1998 as the senior resource manager and became general manager in 2007 for the New England and Appalachia regions.
In 2009, the Lake States region was added and the overarching Northern Hardwood region was formed.
Davis graduated from Washington State University with a degree in forest management and later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana. He is currently a member of the advisory board for the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute at the University of Maine.
Thomas M. Reed
Vice President, Resources - Atlantic South
Tom Reed is Plum Creek's vice president of resources in the Atlantic South region. In this position, Reed oversees sustainable forest management in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He also oversees the company's Operations Support Group, which includes resources support, silviculture, nurseries and seed orchards.
Reed began his career in 1973 with Champion International, where he was serving as vice president of forest resources when International Paper acquired the company in 2000. He then worked for International Paper as region manager, Southeast operations until joining Plum Creek in 2001. Prior to taking on his current role, Reed served as vice president and general manager for Plum Creek's Atlantic South region.
Reed earned a Bachelor of Science in forest management from Iowa State University.
He currently serves on the Florida Forestry Association board, the Georgia Forestry Association executive board, the Forest Resources Association executive board and the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust board.
Peter C. Madden
Vice President, Renewable Energy and Supply Chain
Pete Madden is vice president, renewable energy and supply chain. In this role, he oversees the company’s renewable energy activities and is responsible for logistics and supply chain management.
In 2001, Madden joined Plum Creek as a senior financial analyst. He has held several key positions with Plum Creek including director of financial planning, manager of construction materials, senior resource manager in Michigan, director of regional marketing and operations for the Southern region, and most recently as vice president of operations support where he was responsible for forest inventory and harvest planning, silviculture investments, nurseries and seed orchards and supply chain management.
Madden began his career in forestry in 1988 with the Westvaco Corporation in South Carolina. In 1992, he joined Georgia-Pacific Corporation where he held various positions including operations manager, procurement manager and senior financial analyst.
Madden graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marlboro College in Vermont. He also earned a Master of Science in Forestry and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire.
He serves on the board of directors for the Southeastern Wood Producers Association and the University of Georgia's Center for Forest Business Advisory Board, and has served on the board of directors for the Michigan Forest Products Council, Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission, and the Michigan Climate Action Council.
Thomas G. Ray
Vice President, Northwest Resources and Manufacturing
Tom Ray is vice president, Northwest resources and manufacturing. He oversees Plum Creek’s manufacturing operations and manages all of the company’s timberland resources in the northwest. Ray has also served as vice president, Montana operations and general manager, Northwest region, managing the company’s 1.8 million acres of timberlands in Montana, Washington and Oregon.
Ray began his career in the forestry industry in 1981, serving in various positions with state and forest products companies before joining Georgia-Pacific in 1984. While at Georgia-Pacific, he managed timberlands in Oregon, Washington and California for The Timber Company, its timber division. In 2001 The Timber Company merged with Plum Creek, and he joined its management team.
Ray holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forest engineering from Oregon State University.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Wood Products Association and the Western Environmental Trade Association, and has served in officer positions with the Northern California Log Scaling Bureau, California Forestry Association and the California Fish, Forest & Farms Coalition.