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INSIDE ACF Being Jim Spitz BY DALLAS C. HEMPHILL, ACF im Spitz is an accomplished forester, a successful consultant and a devoted dad and husband. Don’t be misled by his quiet and unassuming manner; it conceals a quick wit, a powerful intellect, expert martial-arts skills and a cloak-and-dagger past. Jim’s always a gentleman and a diplomat, of unswerving honor, integrity and loyalty. We in the West are honored that he has represented us on the ACF Board of Directors. Jim is possessed of a superb business acumen. He is renowned by clients and peers for his professional skills in forest products business management and was smart enough to cash out of the stock market in October 2007! However, he is also renowned for “working twice as hard and billing half as much.” He relaxes his work ethic only to take an afternoon nap with his cat. The privilege of making Jim’s acquaintance came to me 25 or so years ago, at an ACF function. Over time, we collaborated on a number of consulting assignments. However, I know him best from our blue-water sailing adventures together. Our friendship not only survived the test of being confi ned with each other aboard a sailboat for weeks on end, it blossomed and we have continued to be shipmates. Jim grew up in Medford, Oregon, and like most kids growing up in the Rogue River Valley, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love of the outdoors led naturally into a forestry career. Jim has a Forest Management degree from Oregon State University and an MBA (Forest Industries Program) from the University of Oregon. These degrees are rounded out by his later graduation from the Forest Engineering Institute at OSU and from the Tropical Dendrology Course at the Centro Cientifico Tropical in Costa Rica. OSU held more in store for him than he probably expected. He met his future wife, Jan, there, making a favorable fi rst impression when he gave her a ride on his new motorcycle. Jan’s a mathematician and has worked as an instructor in math and computer applications. Their son Aaron followed in his mother’s footsteps and is a computer network analyst. In another twist of fate at OSU, Jim signed up for a PE wrestling class hoping for an easy A, having wrestled in high school. At the end of the class, OSU’s legendary wrestling coach, Dale Thomas, said, “You don’t need come to this class any more. You’re on the Varsity wrestling team. And, better get in shape, since you’ll be wrestling against Cal Poly this Saturday.” Bottom line four years of hard work, and no academic credit! Jim’s fi rst career assignment out of college was not in forestry, however, but in the Army, which sent him to Asia (and also trained him to black-belt level in tae-kwon-do). His duties in the Army remain top secret, but suffice it to say that he served as a counter-intelligence special agent and instructor. He claims it is untrue that he trained Maxwell Smart or advised Donald Rumsfeld on interrogation techniques. 44 THE CONSULTANT 2010 J

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2010

Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Putting Forests, Forestry and Forest Products on the Nation’s Agenda
The Average American Family Forest Owner
Growing Your Business in the Current Recession
Engaging Family Woodland Owners: A Social Marketing Approach
Making Numbers Tell the Truth
Where Are the Conflicts of Interest in Timber Sale Fees?
Marketing Your Business
Income Tax on Cost Share Payment from the Forest Health Protection Program
Improving Appraisals for Tax Reporting Purposes
Expert Witnessing
Meet Paddy Bruton… Again
Being Jim Spitz
The View from the Rockies
Musings of an Endangered Species, or What to do After the Rapture

The Consultant - 2010