Christopher M. Elwell

Manager, Investment Analysis and Investment Forester, Central Europe
Timberland Investment Resources Europe LLP

elwell@tirllc.com
(404) 848-2000

Chris has dual responsibilities within TIR's forestry team. He oversees investment analytics - providing portfolio analysis and managing the design and deployment of TIR's Resource Information System (RIS). The RIS is an enterprise-wide information and decision support system which supports management, planning, inventory, and reporting. In this capacity Elwell leads a team of forest analysts who employ these tools to assess current and prospective investments in the context of clients' portfolio objectives. He also is the TIR Investment Forester responsible for overseeing the firm's asset management activities in Central Europe an assignment that makes use of his extensive experience managing hardwood timber resources and wood marketing initiatives in the eastern United States.

In addition to his advanced expertise in forest-based information systems, Chris has extensive experience managing large timberland investments in both the U.S. Southeast and U.S. West. Prior to his current assignment, he directed all forest management operations in the Appalachian and Central Gulf Regions for TIR. Chris joined the firm as an Investment Forester in 2004 after serving as a Business Analyst and Technical Forester with MeadWestvaco, a leading paper and packaging company. During his tenure with that company, he was responsible for management reporting, capital project analysis and tracking product profitability. He also conducted financial analyses for land dispositions and silvicultural operations and oversaw harvest scheduling and fiber supply planning. Earlier in his career, he developed the forestry program for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a regional economic development non-profit that fosters forest conservation to promote expansion and job growth within the regional forest products industry, especially among enterprises active in the "green" building sector. Chris' experience in the management and marketing to increase value of Appalachian hardwoods is particularly relevant to his work in Central Europe where markets for high quality hardwood timber are in their early stages of development in the context of long-term forest conservation objectives, and where supply, demand and transportation inefficiencies offer unique opportunities to create and capture investment value.

Chris is a graduate of the University of the South, where he earned a BA in natural resources. He also earned a Master of Forestry from Yale University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University. He is a Certified Forester, a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Georgia Forestry Association, and the Tennessee Forestry Association. During his career he has contributed well-reviewed articles to several prominent forestry publications.

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