Kamuela, Hawaii, USA



Marius Ellis, President

- Over 17 years of forestry experience
- Managed commercial Eucalyptus assets for PruTimber, Hancock Natural Resource Group and Cogent Partners
- Has worked in a variety of roles in Eucalyptus plantations in South Africa, Acacia plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as Pine plantations in South Africa and New Zealand.
- Earned his National Forestry and Timber Production Engineering Diplomas at Saasveld School of Forestry in South Africa






Nicholas Koch, General Manager

- Over 14 years of forestry experience
- Supervised the development of a weather and evapo-transpiration model for Hawaii Island, resulting in software that optimizes species-site placement remotely
- Has done pioneering work in forest stewardship and restoration for Kamehameha Schools and Queen Emma Land Company
- Coordinated the events that led to the first successful FSC-certified forest in the State of Hawaii
- Earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the State University of New York Syracuse with a minor in business from Syracuse University






Willie Rice, Harvesting Manager

- Over 10 years of forestry experience
- Serves as the company's spatial information manager.
- Creates GIS databases for forestry projects, incorporating remote sensing analysis.
- Prior to his NZ appointment as the General Manager of Forest Solutions Pacific, he evaluated influences of edaphic infrastructure and climate factors on biomass production along the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii.





Kirk Derasin, Senior Operations Forester

- Over 10 years of forestry experience
- Operations Manager for our largest client's day to day activities, including managing two technicians and their crews
- Project manager for native plant reforestation
- Experience installing PSP and monitoring plots and subsequently recording the data
- Crew leader during culturally significant Pu'ukohola Heiau historic site restoration
- Studied Forestry Program at Hawaii Community College






Dustyn Hirota, Operations Forester

- Over 7 years of forestry experience
- Experienced in conducting stream and water quality surveys, identifying Hawaii native species, wildlife identification and habit analysis, measuring tree heights and diameters, regeneration surveys, mapping, aerial photo interpretation and the assessment of forests using aerial and satellite imagery
- Experienced off-island, remote location Project Manager.
- Currently manages three technicians and their crews
- Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Resources Management from the University of Washington






Kimberley Smith, Resource Manager

- Responsible for administrative, personnel, account preparation and budget control activities
- Over 20 years of small business management experience
- Has owned and sold four successful businesses
- Thorough knowledge of small business accounting, IT systems, networking, computer repair and construction, employee management, Human Resources policy and website design.




Forest Planning
and Project Management
Consulting and
Independent Audits
Land
Stewardship
Management
Information Systems