Layers of Leadership
A key to our longstanding success is the entrepreneurial spirit – innovative, proactive thinking – displayed by leaders at all levels of our Company. The Langdale Company is a leader in conservation practices. Its leaders and employees serve in community, civic and political leadership. And decisions to diversify into new businesses have always boiled down to this question: Who will lead the business?
The Langdale Company has been blessed with a great answer to that question – exceptional people to lead at all levels. Today, in addition to The Langdale Company’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, the enterprise benefits from the counsel of an External Advisory Board. And each of its more than 20 affiliates is particularly fortunate to have outstanding leaders at their helms.
Board of Directors
John W. Langdale, Jr.Chairman
John W. Langdale, Jr. currently serves as the Chairman of The Langdale Company and President of Langdale Industries.
Mr. Langdale attended the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia where he received his BS in Agriculture. He currently serves on the South Georgia Health Alliance, Inc. Board, the Hospital Authority Board for South Georgia Medical Center, and is a Director of Citizens National Bank of Quitman.
His past community involvement includes: Director of Citizens & Southern National Bank, Director of Nations Bank, Valdosta, Director of Georgia Forestry Association and Director of Valdosta Technical College. He also served as Director and President of Valdosta Boys & Girls Club where he received the “Man of the Year Award” in 1993 and the “Old Reliable Award” in 1990.
John W. Langdale, IIIPresident, CEO
John W. Langdale III (Wesley) currently serves as the President of The Langdale Company.
Mr. Langdale attended the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and attended the University of Georgia where he received his BA in Speech Communications. He serves on the Board of the Georgia Forestry Commission as Chairman. He is also a board member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Conservancy. Wesley also serves as a Steering Committee Member for the Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners.
Wesley currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia with his wife Kimberly and their two children, Caroline and John.
James H. LangdaleExecutive Vice President of Operations
James (Jim) Harley Langdale currently serves as Executive Vice-President of Operations of Langdale Industries. He has spent his entire career working in a variety of positions in the timber processing industry. He previously spent 16 years as the General Manager of Langdale Forest Products Co. Jim served a three-year term on the Rural Development Council for the state of Georgia. He previously served on the governmental affairs committee for the Southeastern Lumbers Manufacturers Association. He has also serves on the Board of BW SLC Holdings, LLC.
Mr. Langdale attended Valdosta State University where he received a BFA in communications. He lives in Valdosta, GA with his wife Casey and their two children.
Larry K. FudgeVice President
Larry Fudge began his career at Langdale Industries in March, 1982. He currently serves as Vice President with the responsibility of directing The Langdale Company’s timber procurement activities. He also serves on the boards of the Georgia Forestry Association and Commercial Banking Company, Valdosta, GA.
Mr. Fudge graduated from Thomas County Community College in 1980 with an Associates’ Degree in Business Management. He received his Forest Technology Degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Mr. Fudge is a Georgia Registered Forester and currently serves on ABAC’s Advisory Board for its Forestry School.
Mr. Fudge has one daughter, Kristen and one son, Tanner.
Jackson R. LangdaleGeneral Counsel
Jackson (“Jack”) R. Langdale serves as General Counsel of The Langdale Company and is a principal at the law firm Dover Miller Stone Karras & Langdale, P.C. He graduated from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2001, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2005.
Jack is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Valdosta Bar Association, Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Lowndes Class of 2007. He is actively involved in the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta, where he serves as a vice-president, a member of its board of directors, and a member of the board of directors of the BGV Foundation.
Jack currently resides in Valdosta with his wife, Gini, and their two daughters, Mary and Gretchen.
Gregory J. MillerChief Financial Officer
Greg Miller has served as Langdale Industries Chief Financial Officer since 2004. Prior to joining Langdale Industries and The Langdale Company, Mr. Miller spent 17 years in public accounting. He was a Partner with Dame & Miller, LLP after working with Alday, Wright & Giles in Valdosta, GA and Mauldin & Jenkins, LLP in Albany, GA.
Mr. Miller graduated from Valdosta State University with a BBA degree in Accounting. He also attended the University of Virginia’s Banking School. Mr. Miller is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant and is currently a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Miller and his wife, Mary Ann, have two sons: John and Clark. They attend St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Valdosta.
Kenneth C. Stewart, Esq.Senior Advisor for Industry Strategy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mr. Stewart was named the Senior Advisor of Industry Strategy at Georgia Tech in July, 2010. Previously, he was appointed Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development, by Governor Sonny Perdue in January 2007. As chief marketing officer for the state of Georgia, he led Georgia's efforts to recruit new businesses and expand existing ones; grow the state's tourism, international trade and entertainment industries; and support the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs. He joined state government in September 2004, when he was appointed director of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).
Mr. Stewart spent the majority of his career in private industry. He served as vice president of Unisource Worldwide, Inc., where he led the company's south-central sales and distribution division in addition to its retail stores and specialty manufacturing businesses. He also held several management positions at Georgia-Pacific, including director of enterprise development, senior director of strategic planning and analysis of G-P's distribution division, and director of state and local taxes. Mr. Stewart also worked for Weyerhaeuser Company and Mississippi Power & Light.
Mr. Stewart is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, holding a Juris Doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta. He earned a B.S. in Business and a B.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State University. Mr. Stewart also served as a company commander in the Army National Guard.
Past and present affiliations include the American Forest Foundation (Treasurer),Georgia Tech Advisory Board, Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute Advisory Board, Georgia Historical Society Board of Trustees, CDC Foundation's Atlanta Advisory Council, Georgia Council of International Visitors Board, Georgia Regional Transit Authority Board, Board of Directors of the Langdale Company, GT's CIBER Advisory Board, Board of Directors Chair for the Georgia Centers of Innovation, Chair of the Georgia Tourism Foundation, Chair of the Georgia Justice Project, Chair of Governor Perdue's Growing Georgia Cluster group of state agency heads, OneGeorgia Authority, Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Development Authority, the Governor's Energy Policy Council, State Water Council, Land Conservation Council and the Employee Benefit Plan Council.
Eric StreedOwner, CosaTron
Eric Streed founded and purchased several businesses, and served as a senior level business strategist/leader for US and global companies. He is a veteran executive of the forest products industry having served in senior executive positions in several international companies including Georgia-Pacific, Domtar, and Resolute.
Eric graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in mechanical engineering, and did graduate work at Georgia Tech in the MBA program.
Eric serves on both for-profit and charitable boards of directors.
While Eric has enjoyed a broad range of industrial experiences and successes, he would consider his greatest achievements as: starting a church, saving a home for disadvantaged youth, starting the Atomedic Foundation at Auburn University in honor of his father, being a mentor and confidant to many happy and productive people, and enjoying life with a very understanding, supportive, and intelligent wife and numerous, humorous friends.
Donald K. WarrenVice President
Donald (Donnie) Warren graduated from Valdosta State University with a BBA-Accounting degree and the University of Georgia with a Masters of Accountancy degree and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Georgia.
Donnie serves on the Commercial Banking Company Board and VSU Business Advisory Board, Langdale College of Business. He is a member of the Valdosta Rotary Club, Georgia Society of CPA’s, AICPA, Georgia Forestry Association, Lowndes Historical Society and V-State Club. He is a past member of the VSU Foundation Trustee Board and Southeast Georgia FCA Board.
Donnie currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia with his wife Lisa and their two children, Whitney and Elizabeth. They are members of New Covenant Church in Valdosta, GA.
External Advisory Board
J. Converse Bright, Esq.
Converse Bright is a Valdosta, GA attorney who has been practicing law in Valdosta since 1967. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia, respectively. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Florida Bar and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
His awards include: Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, National Directory of Criminal Lawyers and Georgia Super Lawyers.
He has served on the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, Supreme Court of Georgia (1999-2004) (Chairman 2004), the Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia (1976-1980), Advisory Committee, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and Special Master for Lawyers Disciplinary Proceedings, Supreme Court of Georgia.
Mr. Bright’s current and past community activities include Board of Trustees of Valdosta State College Foundation, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Advisory Board, Georgia Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch.
J. Michael (Mike) Dover, Esq.
Mr. Dover grew up in Sumter County, Georgia, earning his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. He is a principal in the law firm of Dover Miller Stone Karras and Langdale, P.C., and has practiced law in Valdosta since 1970.
His current and former community activities include: Chairman of the Board of First State Bank and Trust of Valdosta, Board of Directors of The Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Lowndes County Arts Commission, Board of Directors of The Azalea City Kiwanis Club, as well as serving as President and Lt. Governor of Kiwanis, Chairman of the Board of Valwood School, Board of Directors and President of Valdosta Heritage Foundation, Valdosta Preservation Commission, and member of The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Board. His activities also include The President’s Club at the University of Georgia, past member of The Parent and Family Council at the University of Georgia. He also serves as a Trustee of Park Avenue United Methodist Church.
Mr. Dover is married to Martha Jennings Dover and they have one daughter, Susanna Dover.
Dr. Kenneth L. Stanley
Kenneth L. Stanley is Dean and Professor of Finance Emeritus at Valdosta State University’s Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration. He served as Langdale College’s dean from 1984 through June 2005. Prior to his appointment at VSU, he was on faculty and served as Director of the MBA Program at Emory University’s School of Business Administration. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University, an MBA degree from Emory University, and a BA degree in economics from Rhodes College.
Dr. Stanley founded the South Georgia Institute (SGI) at VSU and served as its Executive Director through June 2005. He also was the founding Lead Dean for Georgia’s WebMBA Consortium, a six school collaborative program offering an on-line MBA Program.
Dr. Stanley has worked in a consultative capacity with The Langdale Company and its affiliates for over 20 years. In addition to currently serving on The Langdale Company’s External Advisory Board and Langdale Industries’ Board of Directors, Dr. Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Valdosta and is an active consultant with several businesses in the region. Finally, Dr. Stanley serves on the Finance and Investment Committees for the Catholic Dioceses of Savannah.
Dr. Stanley is married to Dr. Barbara Stanley who retired from VSU’s College of Education. They have been married for 45 years and have three sons and six grandchildren. They both attend and are active in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.