Elections were held on December 5, 2018 at the GLTPA Board Meeting at which time I was elected President. I would like to acknowledge and thank our Executive Director, Henry Schienebeck, Past Presidents Max Ericson, Bill Hennigan, and Denny Olson, as well as our entire Board of Directors, for their guidance and leadership.
At the December meeting, two long-term board members, Bill Hennigan and John Zellar, Jr., retired. Thank you, gentlemen, for your many years of dedicated service to our Board and the industry. My appreciation for their time on the board extends also to outgoing members Don Nelson and Brian Reiter who moved on to pursue other opportunities.
Elected to the Michigan Vice President position was Dave Slater of PotlachDeltic in Gwinn, Michigan. Newly elected to the Board were Todd Penrose of Holli Forest Products, Ishpeming, Michigan for the Logger/Trucker At-Large position and Todd Pond of Louisiana Pacific in Tomahawk, Wisconsin to the Wisconsin Large Consuming Mill position. Amanda Nelson, Dickinson County Conservation District, fills the Conservation position on the board and Dan “DJ” Zellar of WJZ & Son Logging, Germfask, Michigan was elected to one of the Logger/Trucker board positions for Region 6 in the Eastern U.P.
In addition to the elections, it was decided at the December meeting to separate lower Michigan from region 6 and create a new Region 7 which will encompass all Lower Michigan. In the coming months, we will add two additional region 7 Logging/Trucking Board Members, bringing the total board to 27 members with a majority represented by Loggers/Truckers. Board member Mike Sturgill and Denny Olson will play an integral part in this transition.
My first introduction to the timber industry was in the summer of 1973 when I began my career in the heavy equipment industry as a high school boy working at DC Equipment in Menominee, Michigan. It was here in the early years that I inherited the nickname “Sparky” which has stuck with me ever since. (Few in the industry would even recognize my given name!) What began as a part time position in the parts department eventually led to me becoming the parts manager, and for the last 35 years, several sales positions. I currently hold the Sales Manager position at Crosstrac Equipment with locations in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and Gaylord Michigan.
I am a life-long resident of Menominee, Michigan. My wife, Marion, and I feel blessed that three of our four grown children and 11 grandchildren live nearby. We enjoy our family gatherings and are often chasing after the activities and sporting events of our grandchildren. Like most of you, I like fishing and hunting and still enjoy throwing a football and playing basketball with the older grandkids over the winter months. Not too long ago, my wife overheard one of the grandkids comments “I knew it was only a matter of time before Grandpa started to lose it on the court!”. Well, at least it’s still good exercise. Every year, Marion and I take time for a trip somewhere around this great country.
I have been a member of GLTPA’s Board of Directors since 2001 and have chaired the Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo (“Logging Congress”) for most of those years.
Throughout these many years in the industry, I have had the opportunity to work with and build friendships with many of you. I have found it to be true that the men and women serving this industry are some of the finest quality people I’ve come to know, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of this fine organization. I will do my utmost to fulfill the duties of this position to warrant your confidence. I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.
I hope everybody had a nice holiday season, and I wish all of you a prosperous 2019.
Bruce “Sparky” Enstrom