Shannon Lassiter was named the Arkansas Forestry Association’s Logger of the Year at the group’s annual meeting in annual meeting in Hot Springs.
“It’s an honor to recognize a very deserving individual who, at the relatively young age of 38, already has a wealth of logging experience and leadership in the industry,” said AFA Executive Vice President Max Braswell.
“After a recent visit to one of his job sites, I was impressed with his commitment to Best Management Practices, the professionalism and efficiency with which his team carries out its work and their willingness to go the extra mile for their customers,” Braswell said.
Owner of ARK-LA Timber Harvesting, Lassiter has been in business for 14 years and is a contract logger for Anthony Forest Products.
Lassiter credits his success to a great crew and mentors in the logging community. “Years ago, Melvin Mills told me, ‘There’s more to life than just working,’” Lassiter said.
While getting the job done and doing it right is Lassiter’s primary objective, he believes strongly in the importance of family and taking care of the crew members whom he trusts to make the right decisions.
“Shannon Lassiter is one of those loggers committed to doing the job to the best of the expectations of the landowner, the company for which he is contracting and to his own superior standards,” said Scotty Booth, a procurement manager with Anthony Forest Products. “He is a forester’s dream to work with because he is quick to take care of any problems that arise.”
Lassiter is a certified Arkansas Pro Logger and contributor to the Log A Load For Kids campaign. In addition, he has served on the Arkansas Timber Producers Association board of directors and served as a staff member for the In Woods Expo live equipment show.
More than anything, Lassiter is a family man. His wife Heidi is a media specialist at Warren High School and they have two sons, Hayden and Maddox. He has been and continues to be the coach for both boys in baseball, football and basketball. They are also avid hunters. Lassiter is a member of Hermitage Baptist Church, where he serves as a trustee and finance committee member.
Since 1947, the Arkansas Forestry Association has been the only nonprofit association representing the state’s entire forestry community. With more than 1,100 members, the organization promotes the wise use and management of forestland.