Billy H. Newman
Associate Professor – Forest Management Technology, August 2016 – present
Dabney S. Lancaster and Mountain Gateway Community College
Clifton Forge, Va. 24422
Owner/Manager- EnviroFor, LLC., June 2000 – present
Environmental Forestry & Wildlife Consulting
Shipman and Galax, Virginia
Instructor-Forestry and Wildlife Management, August 2003 – 2007
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, Virginia
District Procurement Forester, June 1994 – June 2000
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Appomattox, Virginia
Area Forester, April 1985 – June 1994
Virginia Department of Forestry, Lovingston, Virginia
Master of Business Administration
B.S. in Forestry and Wildlife Resources
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A.S. in Science
Wytheville Community College
EnviroFor, LLC. – ( visit us @ www.envirofor.com )
Founded consulting business in response to forest and wildlife management needs of private and small corporate forest landowners. The business focuses on Stewardship forest and wildlife management planning; timber estimation and sales; forest engineering and harvesting; estate planning; silviculture; environmental education; and business management solutions.
Certified Forester Status by the Society of American Foresters (member since 1984).
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
Managed multiple projects, simultaneously. Responsibilities include: location and training of
forestry contractors, negotiating commodity prices both for purchase and sale of forest products,
field forestry operations, marketing forest products, accounting, short and long term planning,
teaming, environmental compliance and education, quality control, contract and general
administration, and supervision of approximately 30 contract employees.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) instructor for business management and sustainable forestry.
Development and Dispersal of a four million dollar annual budget at Smurfit-Stone Container.
Virginia Department of Forestry
Responsibilities included: supervision of all VDoF programs in Nelson County such as forest management planning, silviculture, public relations, contractor development, accounting, environmental education, and supervision of 2 full-time staff and numerous part-time employees.
Developed model forest industry BMP education programs utilized statewide.
Society of American Foresters, member and Certified Forester # 2242, ISA, member and Certified Arborist # MA-5900A; Virginia Certified Prescribe Burn Manager, Virginia Commercial Pesticide Applicator # 35644; Virginia Forestry Association, Life member and Board of Directors – 2017 – 2020; American Tree Farm System, Certified Tree Farm Inspector # 7948 and Past Region 4 Chair; VA State Forestry Camp-Timber Harvesting / Sustainable Forestry Instructor; Virginia CDL license.
Amherst – Nelson Chapter, Virginia Tech Alumni Association, President Elect 1991-1992, President 1992-1993 and 1996-1997, Treasurer 1997. FFA Alumni Association, life member; Nelson County FFA Alumni Association; and Nelson County Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Chair, 1988 – 2008; Nelson County Agricultural and Forestal District committee; Habitat for Humanity – Christmas in April FFA Projects; member and trustee at Wintergreen Church of Christ.
Degree of American Farmer, 1982 (53rd National FFA Convention).
Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree, 1988 (Nelson County Sr. FFA Chapter).
Leadership Opportunity Program, 1988 (Department of Forestry).
Continuing Forestry Education Certificate, 1989 (SAF).
Outstanding Leader Annual Award, 1990 (Nelson County Jr. FFA Chapter).
Nominee for Virginia Division Merit Award 1990 (SAF).
Bronze Hard Hat Award for certification of 25 New Tree Farms, 1992 (ATFS).
Nominee for the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, 1992.
Nominee for “Forest Warden of the Year”, 1993 (DOF).
VIP Award, Nelson County Middle School, 1994.
“Whole Village Award”, 1998 Nelson County Education Association.
Who’s Who Among Professionals, 1998.
Appointed to Speakers Roundtable – Speaker of the Va. House of Delegates – 2002.
Silver Hard Hat Award for certification of 50 New Tree Farms, 2006 (ATFS).
Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector for Virginia, 2006 Virginia Tree Farm Program (ATFS).
Distinguished Service Award – Nelson County High School FFA, 2008.
Honorary Virginia State FFA degree – Virginia FFA Association, 2014.
Honorary American FFA degree – National FFA Organization, 2021.
Gold Hard Hat Award for certification of 100 New Tree Farms, 2023 VTFF (ATFS).
Served as volunteer FFA CDE coach;
Coach – NCMS and NCHS Virginia State Champion FFA Forestry Field Day teams – 20 years.
Coach – NCHS FFA National 2nd place Forestry CDE team – 2013.
Coach – NCHS FFA National Champion Forestry CDE team – 2014.
Coach – NCHS FFA National 3rd place Forestry CDE team. – 2015.
Coach – NCHS FFA National 2rd place Forestry CDE team. – 2016.
TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
By: BILLY H. NEWMAN, M.B.A.
LEADERSHIP IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY REQUIRES DECISION MAKING AT UNPRECEDENTED SPEED. A STUDY OF TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS FROM WORLD CLASS ORGANIZATIONS SUMMARIZES THE PHILOSOPHY NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN THIS FAST-PACED, AND EVER- CHANGING ENVIRONMENT. PLANNING FOLLOWED BY IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE BASIC PRINCIPLES SHOULD PROVIDE MANAGERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL GROWTH.
1) LEAD FROM THE FRONT
WHEN THE BULLETS START TO FLY, DON’T GALLOP TO THE REAR WHILE YELLING “ CHARGE!” GREAT LEADERS ARE GREAT TEACHERS.
2) HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN WITH CONTINGENCIES
CREATE A PHILOSOPHY, CORE VALUES, MISSION, AND PERIODIC REVIEW. PROVIDE EVERYONE IN THE ORGANIZATION THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE INPUT. IF THINGS GO SOUTH, CONTINGENCY PLANNING IS ESSENTIAL.
3) PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP
GREAT LEADERS ARE NOT ONLY GREAT TEACHERS, BUT ARE GREAT LEARNERS AS WELL. CREATE A LEARNING ORGANIZATION. MANAGE CHANGE EFFECTIVELY. DEVELOP “ENERGY” WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION-CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY. MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS. DELEGATE WITH AUTHORITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. AND, KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO MOVE OVER.
4) HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE YOU CAN FIND
THEN ALLOW THEM TO DO THE JOB. ORGANIZATIONS NEED PROBLEM SOLVERS, NOT PROBLEM CREATORS. ENCOURAGE RISK TAKERS AND CELEBRATE SUCCESSES!
5) DEVELOP MINIMAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
NECESSARY TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS AND RECORD KEEPING.
INSTITUTE INFORMED DECISION MAKING AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE LEVELS TO ENCOURAGE SPEED. UTILIZE THE KISS PRINCIPLE-KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE! EMPOWER RATHER THAN ENCUMBER!
6) OPEN, HONEST COMMUNICATION
KEEP PERSONNEL RECORDS AND PROPRIETARY INFORMATION PRIVATE. EVERYTHING ELSE IS ON THE TABLE INTERNALLY.
7) PROVIDE FOR EMPLOYEE NEEDS
EDUCATIONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, FINANCIAL, PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND EMOTIONAL. EMPLOYEES ARE BETTER ABLE TO PERFORM JOBS WHEN THEY FEEL GOOD, PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY.
8) DEVELOP INSTITUTIONAL LEGACY
HISTORICAL EVENTS AND EXPLOITS ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD. UTILIZE MENTORS TO BRING NEW EMPLOYEES INTO THE FOLD. CREATES A STRONG DESIRE TO SUCCEED AND GROW WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION.
9) ENCOURAGE INTERACTION
INTER OR INTRANET COMMUNICATION SHOULD BE TEMPERED WITH PERSONAL INTERACTION. ESTABLISH CONTROLLED ACTIVITIES TO PHYSICALLY MEET REGARDLESS OF MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE. HAVE FUN WITH ONE ANOTHER!
10) CONTINUALLY REDEFINE
THE “WE HAVE ARRIVED” ATTITUDE WILL BE THE FIRST NAIL IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL COFFIN. ONE ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY HOLDS THAT FROM THE TIME AN ORGANIZATION IS BORN, IT BEGINS TO DIE!