Matthew "Matt" G. Webb was born in Valdosta, Georgia, and raised in both Valdosta, Georgia and Madison, Florida. He has over 17 years of experience managing timber operations in Madison County. After attending North Florida Community College, Troy State University and Valdosta State University, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources and Conservation from The University of Florida in 2000. Matt is currently a registered forester in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alabama. Since 2000, Matt has worked for Greenville Timber Corporation, now Genesis Timber, becoming president in 2009. He is also the owner of Shalom Farms, LLC in Madison.
A resident of Madison with his wife JerriAnn, daughter Jael and son Garrison, Matt is active in both community and industry organizations. Matt has been involved with the Madison County chapter of the United Way since 2007 and served as chairman in 2008. That same year, he was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award by the Florida Forestry Association and joined the board of the Florida Forestry Association, where he currently works with Florida legislators to promote the interests of Florida’s timber industry. In 2007, Matt was selected as one of 30 participants for the prestigious Wedgworth Leadership Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at The University of Florida. The program consisted of a two-year commitment in which Matt traveled extensively throughout the United States and Southeast Asia to continue developing the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective leader in the agricultural industry.
Matt is currently Treasurer for the Wedgworth Alumni Association. He is a founding member of the James Madison Preparatory High School, which was established in Madison in 2012. Matt is also a member of the American Tree Farm System and a member of the Stewardship program. Matt and JerriAnn attend Anchor Faith church in Valdosta, GA and currently serve as the outreach directors.
“Logging seems to be something you are born into. You never hear about someone quitting a stockholder gig to ‘live the life of a logger.'" That’s a quote from Jerry Gray in an article for The Forestry Review, and it certainly holds true for him.
Jerry Gray was born in 1961 into a logging family. His great-grandpa Thrift helped build a railroad into Billy’s Island in the Okefenokee Swamp and later logged and helped settle it. His dad, W.C. Gray, worked in the log woods, even logging out west for a time, and started his own logging company in 1971, when Jerry was just 10 years old.
Since that age, Jerry has “lived" in the woods. At 13, he was using a chainsaw. At 15, he was driving a cable skidder. At 18, upon graduation, he was full-time in the woods. At age 40, he became the manager of Gray Logging, LLC. That was nearly 15 years ago.
During those 15 years, Jerry has been proud of the many achievements he and Gray Logging, LLC have accomplished. Under his leadership, the company has grown from one to two logging crews, 13 log trucks, one logging shop, and 26 employees. Gray Logging, LLC was Florida District Logger of the Year in 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2010. In 2010, the company was Florida Logger of the Year and in 2011 Southeastern Logger of the Year. Gray Logging, LLC was runner-up for the title of National Logger of the Year in 2011.
Jerry has been featured in Southern Logging Times and The Forestry Review. Jerry is a member of the American Loggers Council, the Florida Forestry Association, and serves as a board member for the Southeastern Wood Producers Association. He is also a certified tree farmer.
Today, Jerry still loves the woods as he did as a little boy. Today, combined with that love, Jerry has a passion, a knowledge, and the experience to handle various timber needs. He is excited about the future, helping land owners with their needs and being a part of Genesis Timber.
Wally Ellis, a timber buyer, started with Greenville Timber, now known as Genesis Timber, in 1996 and operates out of Lake City, Florida, where he also maintains GT's satellite office. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College as a Forest Technician Specialist. Wally’s almost four decades of experience in the timber industry makes him a valuable asset in maintaining GT's wood inventory at a workable level. Wally is a member of the Florida Forestry Association.
Todd has worked with Genesis Timber, formerly Greenville Timber Corporation, since 2003. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1989 with a B.B.A., majoring in Real Estate. In 1993, Todd earned his B.S. in Forest Resources from The University of Georgia and is currently a Georgia Registered Forester (RF # 2330). His attention to detail helped GTC maintain accurate data on tracts, while his technical knowledge keeps the company’s competitive edge in the market. Todd is a member of the Florida Forestry Association.
Joshua Light has had a love for the outdoors from an early age. Growing up in the mountains of Tennessee, Joshua quickly became an outdoor enthusiast. His early adventures included everything from being a river raft guide to an avid mountain biker. Hiking and camping were also common activities for Joshua. These outdoor experiences created a respect for the environment that remains vital throughout his career. While pursuing a degree in Biology, Joshua decided to enroll in The National Outdoor Leadership School. NOLS, as it’s commonly called, is an outdoor education school based in the U.S., dedicated to teaching environmental ethics, technical outdoor skills, safety and judgment, and leadership on extended wilderness expeditions. The training Joshua received at NOLS was a springboard in Joshua’s advocacy for the outdoors. Joshua moved to Florida in 2013 to work with Gray Logging L.L.C. and was responsible for overseeing the day to day operations. He gained critical on-the-job training and also became a certified master logger. The culmination of his training and experience granted Joshua an awareness of the balance between timber harvesting and land stewardship. In 2014, Joshua became Director of Operations for Genesis Timber. Joshua is a member of the Southeastern Wood Producers Association and the Florida Forestry Association. Joshua always has time for adventures with his wife Megan and two wonderful children, Hannah and Benaiah. The Light family loves to vacation in the mountains, hike, and eat ice cream.
Jeanne Webb has 37 years of experience in the accounting side of the timber industry. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration, specializing in Banking and Finance, from The University of Florida in 1976. She started as the bookkeeper for Greenville Timber Corporation in 1977 and worked for the company at various times in that capacity, as well as substitute secretary and receptionist, for 10 years. Jeanne detoured from bookkeeping in 1987 to teach fourth grade at Madison Academy, followed by her earning an Early Childhood Education degree from Valdosta State College in 1992. For the next three years, she taught computer classes at St. John School in Valdosta, Georgia. The past 20 years, Jeanne resumed her part-time position at Greenville Timber Corporation. Part of that time was spent managing The Rosary Florist, which was once owned by Greenville Timber Corporation. She also worked doing title searches for Hardee Law Firm in Madison. Her responsibilities with Genesis Timber Company include managing payroll, 1099 information and real estate investments.
Megan Kirkland is Genesis Timber’s Administrative Assistant. Megan began working with Genesis Timber in 2016. Her responsibilities include providing support to Matt and Jerry and conducting day to day administrative tasks. Megan lives in Madison with her husband, Keith, and their two sons, Austin and Trey.