Podcasts

May 16, 2018

S4|E17: Tom Boggus – “I don’t believe in leadership by title; I believe in leadership by influence”

By Tom Davidson

Tom Boggus is the State Forester of Texas and the Director of Texas A&M Forest Service. He has worked for the State of Texas since 1980, becoming Interim Director in 2008 and being officially appointed State Forester in 2010. One of the events during this time was when Tom led the response team during the […]

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May 9, 2018

S4|E16: Larry Kotchman – “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”

By Tom Davidson

Larry Kotchman has been the State Forester of North Dakota for the last 31 years; he is currently the longest active serving State Forester. In this role, Larry is responsible for the administration of the North Dakota Forest Service, managing the agency’s $15 million budget, and directing statewide forestry services through three leadership teams. On […]

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May 2, 2018

S4|E15: Kacey KC – “Don’t skip the middle learning curve”

By Tom Davidson

Kacey KC is the State Forester/Fire Warden for the Nevada Division of Forestry. A Nevada Native, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. After graduation, Kacey spent over two years with the Peace Corps doing community forestry work in Nepal. On today’s show, Kacey shares her […]

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April 25, 2018

S4|E14: Barry Cook – “I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know”

By Tom Davidson

Barry Cook is the Director and State Forester of West Virginia, a military veteran, and a seasoned forester with a diverse background. He earned his BS degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University and an Executive MBA from Duke University. Barry began his career as a logging superintendent for Weyerhaeuser, then became a procurement […]

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April 18, 2018

S4|E13: Jim Karels – “Not many of our people believe in status quo”

By Tom Davidson

Jim Karels is the Florida State Forester and Director of the Florida Forest Service. Jim is a native of Minnesota and has more than 35 years of experience in wildfire suppression and land management. Also, Jim represents all 50 states on the Wildland Fire Leadership Council, Wildland Fire Executive Council, and the National Association of […]

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