A large employer of industrial engineers and other supply chain professionals, the forest products industry is one of the largest renewable resource users in the world. A voice behind many of the industry's policies and practices, Tom Stephens, CEO of Boise Cascade, offers a crisp description of the industry he was introduced to at the age of 14 as a logging truck driver. Named to the University of Arkansas' College of Engineering Hall of Fame for engineering leadership guided by bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering, Stephens has impressed upon much of the timber and wood pulp sectors in the US. Even with the demand for recycling technology and the pressures of forest management alone, Stephens insists that the rules of engagement between business leaders and stakeholders is no different than any other industry. All Boise employees have been taught the essence of problem-solving language while learning the essentials of sustainability.
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