About Dick Baldwin
Richard F. (“Dick”) Baldwin, a native of Lebanon Oregon, draws on six decades of executive, supervisory, and hourly experience across the forest products industry. Currently Dick is Managing Partner of Oak Creek Investments LLC. Dick also co-founded Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC in Louisville MS and is a partner in the business.
From 2007 to September 2013, he served as Executive Vice President / General Manager for the Southeastern U.S. division of Wood Resources LLC prior to its successful sale to Boise Cascade. Previously Dick had operating authority over wood products factories in Latin America and Southeast Asia, was Managing Partner of an operator of 7 wood products manufacturing plants, and was SVP of a Fortune 100 company with profit-and-loss responsibility for 15 wood products mills. Dick has carried out consulting assignments in many developed and developing countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Nicaragua, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
He has participated in and sponsored industry innovations such as development of small log processing technology and the high-speed layup line, and has been deeply involved in innovative product mix development.
Dr. Baldwin earned a BS in Operations Management from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas), and a Ph.D in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has completed advanced studies in Strategy and Complexity at the Santa Fe Institute and earned certifications in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. He holds the Certified Forester designation from the Society of American Foresters.
Dick has held appointed public office as member of the Oregon State Board of Forestry and member of the Angelina and Neches River Authority (Texas). He was a member of the Forestry Trust Advisory Committee at the Oregon State Board of Forestry, a member of the Forest Research Laboratory Committee at Oregon State University, and a curriculum advisor at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Forestry.
Dr. Baldwin regularly speaks at industry events. Within the past year he has spoken at PELICE in Atlanta, the Forest Products Society international convention in Portland OR, the Forest Products Society short course in Starkville MS, the Timber Processing and Energy Expo in Portland OR, and the European Wood Panel Conference in Hamburg.
He has authored seven books, including the recently published Plywood and Veneer-Based Products, and has written dozens of journal articles concerning manufacturing practices, operating management, maintenance, and forestry issues.