The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences congratulates alumni and current Advisory Council member Eric Gee on his appointment as executive director of the Southern Forest Products Association, or SFPA. Gee succeeds Tami Kessler, who retired after a 44-year career with the association.
Eric began his wood industry career in Jackson, Mississippi, with James M. Vardaman & Company where he worked as a consulting forester. Gee joined SFPA in 1997, serving in multiple capacities including marketing, government and environmental affairs, and as director of SFPA’s Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition. Most recently, for the past two years Eric has served the association as deputy director.
“Eric brings a comprehensive set of skills set to the management of SFPA operations and the Board congratulates him on this well-deserved promotion,” stated SFPA Chairman Craig Forbes after making the announcement at a recent Board of Directors meeting.
“Knowing what he does about our daily operations and the forest products industry, Eric is well prepared to manage the future progress of our association,” he added.