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Bruce A. Griffith, President

Bruce, born May 1, 1946, is the youngest son of Earl Griffith. He has an Associate of Arts Degree and is a Phi Theta Kappa member from Ferrum College.  He has a BS in Textile Chemistry from NC State in 1968 and is a member of the Theta Chi social fraternity. He was a chemist with Dupont and an industrial engineer with JP Stevens before returning to the family business in 1972 as a partner with his dad and brother Bill, and is a third generation lumberman that grew up in the business. Bruce is also managing partner of Griffith Land and Timber Company.

PAST ACTIVITIES
Always active in the community, Bruce has served as a Jaycee; as Zone Governor of Ruritan Clubs; was Rotary President when the prestigious District Community Service Award was earned; a Paul Harris Fellow; Past-President of Appalachian Hardwood Lumbermen; President and Life Member of Ferrum College Alumni Association, two Distinguished Alumni Awards and Trustee of  Ferrum College; volunteer fireman, and former President of the Patrick County High School Booster Club. In high school, Bruce was co-captain and honorable mention all-state basketball player on state runner-up team; was starting pitcher on district champion baseball team; Speaker of the House of Delegates at Boy’s State; president of FFA and senior class, and Valedictorian of his graduating class of 1964.

PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Today, Bruce proudly serves as Lay speaker, lay leader, chair of evangelism, PPR committee, choir, and Sunday School teacher at Stuart United Methodist Church.  He sings and performs with the community theater group "Belles and Beaus", and sings in the gospel quartet "Glory Road Singers".  He is a Member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association and was one of five national finalists for the  1998 Forestry Stewardship Award.  He is a member of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers and Appalachian Hardwood Lumbermen; Board member and officer of Virginia Forest Products Association for over 20
years; and board member of the Virginia Forestry Association; has called for a national convention of forest industry leaders to set strategy and focus on our industry issues; and was a speaker on family owned businesses at the first hearing on the Virginia Chipmill study.

Bruce is also a delegate for family owned sawmills at the SFI National Forum, and has lobbied the President of United States, Congress and state governments on forest issues.  He helped form and is active with two new industry groups TreeKeepers.org and WoodPR, that do proactive work for forest industry.  In 2005, Bruce served dual roles as President of the Rotary Club of Patrick County; and President of the Virginia Forest Products Industry.

IN PATRICK COUNTY
Bruce is a sponsor of the Sharp Logger and Landowner programs, led a timber growth and management tour with aid of the Virginia Division of Forestry, and helped form a local logger association.  He has gone to elementary schools to teach forestry issues program, has sponsored kids to state forestry camp, and  writes letters to the editors of many papers and has been on local radio and TV discussing forestry issues as well as participating in debates and giving speeches on the issues.  Bruce also does a County Fair booth on forest issues every year.

HOBBIES & FAMILY
Bruce enjoys collecting  and restoring classic Chevy muscle cars, video taping, watching TV news, taking college classes, and learning new things.  He loves talking to old lumber buddies on the phone and enjoying the grandbabies. Bruce is married to Cindy, has two children, Kara and Talley, and six grandchildren.

 Griffith Lumber Co., 1284 Charity Hwy., Woolwine, VA 24185  Phone: 276-930-2727; Fax: 276-930-2747