Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, Sam Houston leads Forest2Market's Analytics and Subscription Services teams and information technology. He is responsible for managing the accuracy, quality and timeliness of all Forest2Market products and services as well as expanding product lines into new industry segment and geographies.
His previous role at Forest2Market was as Chief Financial Officer, where he was responsible for finance, accounting and human resources.
Prior to joining Forest2Market, Houston spent 25 years in the industry—20 of them with MeadWestvaco—working his way up from manufacturing associate to Manager of Strategic Projects, where he was responsible for creating strategic and operating plans. His last job at MeadWestvaco was as Vice President of Finance and Strategy for the Forestry Division, where he was responsible for finance, accounting, strategy/planning and information technology.
Sam has a B.S. in Forest Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA with an emphasis in Operations Management from Vanderbilt University.
New International Investment Opportunities in Brazil’s Forest Sector
October 07, 2015;
Legislation currently in process sets the stage for new cycle of international investment opportunities in Brazil's forest sector. Read the article by Marcelo Schmid, Director of Forest2Market do Brasil.
Effects of Brazil’s Recession on the Forest Products Industry
September 22, 2015;
Read an article by Pete Stewart (CEO of Forest2Market) and Marcelo Schmid (Director of Forest2Market do Brasil) on the effects of Brazil's recession on the forest products industry.
James (Mike) Branson Joins Forest2Market’s Board of Directors; Bowen Smith Retires after 14 Years of Service
July 15, 2015;
Forest2Market announced that James (Mike) Branson, who spent his 32-year career in the forest products industry at Weyerhaeuser, has been elected to Forest2Market’s board of directors. Bowen Smith, who has served on Forest2Market’s board for 14 years, is retiring.