Chris Gibbons, Owner
“Sustainable forestry makes good business sense.”
Using his degree in forest conservation from Michigan State University, Chris has worked in the forestry industry for many years. Chris has also worked as the U.S. Chain of Custody Coordinator for the Rainforest Alliance, and he sat on the FSC International Technical Working Group, helping to rewrite the standards for Chain of Custody group and multi-site certifications. Chris uses his extensive experience with FSC standards to help businesses navigate the requirements of FSC Chain of Custody certifications. He specializes in group and multi-site certifications, but he is also knowledgeable about many other FSC certifications and requirements.
Chris’s breadth of experience working with businesses ranging in size from small sole-proprietorships to large multi-site corporations gives him a big-picture understanding on ways in which different businesses can successfully obtain and manage their FSC certifications with ease.
Chris believes that sustainable forestry makes good business sense. In a market that increasingly demands environmentally aware practices, being able to put the FSC logo on your products is a big selling point, and it can set your business apart from the competition. Chris is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.
Jess Gillen – Administrative Services Manager
Jess is an expert when it comes to FSC requirements — in fact, she’s considered one of the top FSC trademark specialists in the world. She spent years in the forestry division of Rainforest Alliance, working mainly with FSC certification. She became a certified Lead Auditor in 2012, and is knowledgeable about every facet of the auditing process. Jess can answer any questions you have relating to annual reviews or trademarks. She also maintains AGC’s database information, reviews annual internal reports for each member, and helps members prepare for external audits.
Ted Hendrickx – Client Services Manager
Ted has been involved in natural resources management and research since 1987, obtaining his Masters Degree in Forest Resources, from the D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia, along the way. Previous staff and manager roles have included work on assessment, research, management, policy, planning, and regulatory compliance activities in the western and southeastern regions of the U.S. Ted spent more than 18 years working in state government as a biologist, planning and policy advisor, and watershed planning and modeling unit manager. Ted has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Ted is a certified SCS Global Services Lead Auditor.
Taylor C. Bucci – Consultant
As an independent consultant in chain of custody practices, Taylor provides expertise to FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) clients across the U.S. and conducts audits and assessments required for them to receive FSC certification. Taylor’s degree in Environmental Studies, from the State University of New York, is the base from which he has provided consultation for, and/or audited, more than 600 clients, including providing the written documentation required by the FSC to maintain the highest internationally recognized standard of forest products certification. Taylor is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.
Rich Rock – Consultant
Rich Rock has been involved with the forest products industry since 1993 in a variety of roles, including quality control, production, sales, and senior management. Tasked with leading a large millwork manufacturer’s FSC efforts in 1999 eventually led to an independent contractor role with Rainforest Alliance, conducting Chain of Custody audits and later similar affiliations with American Green Consulting and the Forest Products Group. Since 2008 Rich has conducted more than 500 FSC Chain of Custody audits. Rich is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.
Doug Patterson – Consultant
Doug has been involved in forest certification since attending the founding meeting of the Forest Stewardship Council in 1993. He has been a Chain of Custody auditor for 15 years, and has conducted well over 1,000 FSC, PEFC, and SFI audits and assessments. Doug holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University. In addition to working with American Green Consulting, Doug has his own consulting business, Renewable Strategies, Inc. Doug is a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.
Amanda Castelda – Consultant
Amanda has been involved in the sustainability and compliance industry for over 15 years. From market research and textile science to product safety and social compliance, every aspect of her education and career has touched on the relationship between consumers and the surrounding environment. Amanda is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Masters Degree in Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. After earning her degree, she managed several global compliance programs for a large corporation, which included FSC Chain-of-Custody programs of over 30 certified locations around the world. During her tenure in the corporate world, Amanda developed, implemented, and audited several compliance policies, procedures, and training programs.
In addition to her work with American Green Consulting, Amanda owns a consulting practice, AFC Consulting, specializing in Sustainability, Social, and Product Compliance. Amanda is a certified Rainforest Alliance FSC Lead Auditor.