I am a consulting forester in Valley City, Ohio that seeks to serve landowners across Ohio and Pennsylvania.
My Young Years
I have always loved the outdoors since I was a young boy.
I grew up in Sheffield, Pennsylvania, the “Heart of the Allegheny National Forest.” Sheffield is a small, rural village in the center of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). As a young man, I spent countless hours in the woods (building forts, fishing, hunting, etc.); the woods were my backyard and my playground.
My Life in Forestry
With encouragement from my dad, I attended Penn State Mont Alto to pursue a forestry degree. After graduating from Mont Alto, I transferred to Penn State University Park to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management degree. During my college years and after graduation, I had the privilege of working various jobs within the forestry industry. I worked a forest technician for Keith Horn Consulting Foresters Inc. and a field technician for Penn State University during my college years. After graduating from college, I worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and FORECON, Inc. Also, prior to my employment at FORECON, Inc., I worked as a sawmill laborer for Cochran and Zandi Lumber Company.
In many ways, I continue to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Jerry Spetz. He was involved in the oil and gas and forestry industry for many years. Prior to his death in 1991, he owned and operated a sawmill in Tiona, Pennsylvania. This sawmill is now owned by Cochran and Zandi Lumber Company.
My Commitment as a Christian
As a Christian, I am committed to honesty with purposeful stewardship of God’s creation. Therefore, I endeavor to provide our clients with trustworthy services for the purpose of being faithful stewards of their land and the wildlife.
I love to meet new people and learn new information from my clients about their land and their life. Every property that I visit is unique and each landowner has various objectives.
Last but not least, I am happily married to my beautiful bride, Valerie. We have two boisterous children.