Georgia Forestry Commission Board of Directors
Langdale is president of The Langdale Company. He is a member of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and sits on the boards of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation. Langdale earned a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children and live in Valdosta.
James L. "Jimmy" Allen
Allen is a former professional golfer and a founder of Allen Pritchett & Bassett, LLP. He is also a co-owner of Pike Creek Turf, a turfgrass production and installation company. Allen sits on the boards of directors for the Tift Regional Medical Center and the Community Foundation of South Georgia. He is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Forestry Association. Allen earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Valdosta State University. He and his wife, Quay, have two children and five grandchildren. They live in Chula.
Ember Bishop Bentley
Bentley is the executive director of the Georgia Forestry Foundation. She was previously the deputy commissioner for international relations for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Bentley sits on the boards of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission and the Academy for Classical Education in Macon. She is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Council and the Protocol and Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association. Bentley is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, Protocol Partners and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. She earned a bachelor's degree from Shorter University. Bentley and her husband, Will, reside in Macon.
Pollard is the president of Pollard Lumber Co., Inc. and Pollard Land Co., Inc. He is the chairman of the Southeastern Bank Financial Corporation and the vice chairman of the Georgia Bank & Trust Co. Pollard sits on the boards of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association and the Georgia Forestry Association. He is a deacon at Kiokee Baptist Church. Pollard earned a bachelor's degree in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Tricia, have three children and six grandchildren. They reside in Appling.
W. Earl Smith
Smith retired as vice president of forest resources, Gilman Building Products. He has served as president and on the boards for both the Florida Forestry Association and the Georgia Forestry Association. Smith received the Wise Owl Award for his service with the Georgia Forestry Association and served as president of the Southern Forest World. He is a past recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for his service in the Osprey District of the Okefenokee Council of Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Carol, have two children and five grandchildren. They reside in Greensboro.
Sparks is the sales manager for Sparks Lumber Company and oversees log procurement. She is a former chair of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association. Sparks is also a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Forest Landowners Association. She sits on the regional advisory board for BB&T Bank and on the board of directors for the Elsie Gillam Home. Sparks is a graduate of Haywood Community College and Truett McConnell University. She and her husband, Jerry, have one child. They reside in Ellijay.
Spillers is the Georgia operations manager of Jordan Forest Products. He sits on the board of directors for the Georgia Forestry Association. Spillers is a former chairman of the Georgia Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee. He and his wife, Pam, have two children and six grandchildren. They live in Crawford County.