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RUSS TAYLOR: BIO

Russ Taylor is a global wood business and market consultant with over 45 years experience. Russ Taylor Global – Wood Business & Market Consulting is a continuation of the strategic work that Russ has always been doing with industry clients throughout his career. He started off as a registered professional forester and has worked in forestry (Northwood) in the 1970s and also lumber sales, custom cutting and remanufacturing (Interfor) in the 1980s.

After working as a wood business and market consultant for Widman Management and Sandwell in the late eighties to early nineties, Russ started his consulting company, R.E. Taylor & Associates Ltd. in 1992. The consulting business and team expanded, and various publications were initiated, including WOOD Markets Monthly International Report. By 2005, the company was rebranded as International WOOD MARKETS Group and this included eight strategic market intelligence and forecast reports on the global wood products industry and markets.

In 2003, a China conference series was started and in 2011, an annual global conference series in Vancouver was added. The company was sold in mid-2017 and Russ worked with FEA for three years as part of the sale agreement.

Russ conducts wood products marketing analysis and business assessment/ competitiveness projects for numerous global industry clients and across North America. He has travelled extensively and conducts research and analysis in many dynamic global regions, including Russia, China, Asia, and throughout the Southern Hemisphere and Europe. Russ is known for his strategic insights and outlooks in global markets.

Russ has published hundreds of articles and strategic reports and has conducted over 300 presentations at conferences and client meetings.

Russ has a forestry degree (BScF) and an MBA, both from the University of B.C., and is also a B.C. registered professional forester (RPF-Ret).

DELIVERING CLIENT VALUE

Russ Taylor Global provides expert consulting services to wood product companies in need of targeted strategic assistance in an array of diverse areas. By applying a range of unique skillsets gained over decades, Russ Taylor (and his associates) work closely with company management to bring maximum value to specialized projects, typically within areas of a company’s business plan that require an independent third-party eye. An additional trademark of Russ’s work in the industry since 1974 has been the completion of special market, product and industry projects that feature extensive original research and rigorous analysis.

In contrast to the type of desk-bound analysis that is often tied to office models, static information and anecdotal evidence, Russ and his global network of associates instead undertake widespread travel to conduct critical field assessments and network with the key players around the world. This commitment to grounded insights — the kind that can only be gained through on-the-ground investigation, face-to-face meetings, and interaction with a worldwide network of industry contacts — ensures that the broadest possible perspectives are incorporated in all analysis. For clients, it means more comprehensive and informed perspectives that integrate strategically with corporate objectives.

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