As Fiber Procurement and Sustainability Manager, Barry J. Parrish is responsible for fiber supply and sustainability standards for the US biomass business of Georgia Biomass. In his role, Barry is responsible for managing and planning fiber supply, developing and maintaining supplier relationships, negotiating long term supply agreements, and developing and implementing fiber supply strategies that deliver lowest total costs for the long-term. Barry is also responsible for maintaining sustainability certifications and ensuring the highest sustainability standards are met as required by our stakeholders in the United States and Europe.
Barry has over 30 years experience in the forest products industry, and prior to his role with Georgia Biomass held various management positions with Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation where his last position was in fiber procurement responsible for fiber supply for their Fernandina Beach, FL. Linerboard mill. Prior to that he worked in fiber security with responsibilities for asset security, corporate compliance, and sustainability auditing for 15 paper mills located in the US and Canada. He was also the Georgia Land Manager where he was responsible for the forest management of over 400,000 acres of forestland.
Barry represents Georgia Biomass, LLC on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) and is on the Executive Committee of the Forest Resources Association and the Board of Directors of Georgia Forestry Association. He is also a member of the Stakeholder Committee of the Sustainable Biomass Program and has been Chairman of the National Forest Products Security Group, the Southeast Forest Products Security Group, and the Southeast Region of the FRA.
Barry holds a BS degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and is a Registered Forester and Certified Fraud Examiner.