ATC’s team of investment professionals combines experience across real estate investing, forestry, industrial forest product company management, corporate executive management, wood procurement, private equity, “big four” accounting and audit, economic development, land management, logging, and institutional investment management. This combination of professional experiences provides the firm with a broad and deep skill set that is essential to our competitive advantage in the timberland investing marketplace.
Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, & Co-founder
Mr. Rowland is a co-founding member of the firm and its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he founded Palmetto Land Investment Company (“PLIC”) to identify, originate, facilitate funding, and manage land investments arising from the publicly-held, forest product company land divestitures taking place during that time. During this time, Mr. Rowland was also a co-founder and CEO of Loamy, LLC the largest concrete sand and gravel mining and processing operation in SC which was acquired by Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. Prior to PLIC, he was a partner and President of Claybourn Walters Company (“CWC”), a major privately-held land management and forest products brokerage / harvesting firm in North Carolina which provided services to a clients such as Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Weyerhaeuser, Milliken, Plum Creek, Wachovia Timberlands, and other major forest product businesses. Prior to CWC, he was a Regional Manager for Georgia-Pacific Corporation responsible for forest management and procurement in GA, NC, SC, and VA. Mr. Rowland holds “Broker in Charge” and Forestry licenses in both SC and NC and is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester. Mr. Rowland holds both B.S. and M.Fr. degrees in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University. Mr. Rowland maintains strong ties with Clemson, and has served on the Board of Visitors of Clemson University, and also on the Board of Visitors of the Medical University of South Carolina. He has served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Forestry Association.
Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer, & Co-founder
Mr. McMillan is a co-founding member of the firm and its Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he was a founder and manager of The McMillan Firm that provided financial and business management advisory services to early stage emerging companies. Prior to founding The McMillan Firm, Mr. McMillan was a Managing Director for The Tuscarora Corporation, a middle-market private equity firm investing in manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales companies in the U.S. While with the Tuscarora Corporation, Mr. McMillan assumed executive management responsibilities for several companies including Ellett Brothers, one of the largest distributors of outdoors sports products in the U.S. Prior to joining The Tuscarora Corporation, Mr. McMillan held executive level positions with Vanity Fair, Monsanto, Hartmarx, Beatrice Foods, Arterial Health, LLC, and Allison Erwin Company. These positions included Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and others with responsibilities in finance, accounting, operations, and business development. Mr. McMillan was also a co-founder of Loamy, LLC with Mr. Rowland. Mr. McMillan holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Chewning is the Director of Capital Markets. Previously he founded Simpatico, LLC, a private equity analysis, due diligence, and investment underwriting firm for small private equity funds, endowments, and high net worth clients. Prior to founding Simpatico, he was an investment officer with the State of South Carolina Retirement Systems Investment Commission (“SCRSIC”) responsible for portfolio management, reporting, due diligence, and investment underwriting of fund and co-investments for the SCRSIC’s $5 billion private equity, private debt, and real estate portfolio. Prior to the SCRSIC, he was a project manager for the South Carolina Department of Commerce where he was responsible for recruiting 45 company expansions or greenfield projects, 3,787 new jobs, and over $440 million in new capital investment to South Carolina. Mr. Chewning is a CFA Charterholder. He holds a B.A. in Finance from Wofford College.
Vice President, Controller
Ms. Mattocks is the Controller of the firm. Previously she was the Controller at a training and consulting firm where she was responsible for all of the Finance and Accounting for the company as well as the Human Resources. Prior to Cornelius & Associates, Inc., she was an accountant in the audit department for Deloitte & Touche. Ms. Mattocks is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a B.S. degree in Financial Management from Clemson University as well as an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Board of Directors
Mr. Rogers is the founder of TexWest, LLC (www.texwestllc.com), his principal investment vehicle. He has been a part of the beginning or cofounding of a number of world class investment entities, including:
- the Robert M. Bass Group in Fort Worth, Texas;
- Colony Capital – which has invested over $ 60 billion in realty related assets since 1991;
- The Halifax Group – which has invested over $ 3 billion since 1999;
- International Farming Corporation – which since 2011 has raised three limited partnerships totaling over $ 1 billion in equity for investments in ag-related assets.
Mr. Rogers formerly served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Waddell & Reed, Inc., one of the oldest mutual fund companies in the United States. He was a part of the firm’s growth in distribution channels and asset size from an initial $ 30 billion in assets under management to $ 80 billion.
A graduate of both the University of North Carolina and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Mr. Rogers spent two years in President Carter’s White House, and currently serves on the UNC Kenan Flagler Business School Board and on Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. An avid outdoorsman, his interests include also shooting, golf, and contemporary art.
Mr. Stowe joined the board in 2007. Mr. Stowe was president and chief executive officer of Canal Industries Inc., the largest independent timber broker in the Southeastern U.S. He also served as executive vice president of the Springs Company and managed the family office of the firm’s owners. Mr. Stowe currently serves on the board of directors of SCANA Corp., ArborOne Farm Credit, and Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. Active in civic affairs, he has served as interim dean of Coastal Carolina University’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, as chairman of the board of trustees of Conway Hospital, as chairman of the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority, and as a member of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Business Advisory Board. Mr. Stowe earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1968 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1970. Mr. Stowe received the honorary degree Doctor of Public Service from Coastal Carolina University during the December 2008 commencement ceremony. He was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 2013.
“The trust we have amongst each other, the confidence in our abilities, and the diversity of our experiences allows our team to execute at a high level and challenge one another every day.” ~ Tom Rowland, CEO