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Genetic Investment Advisor

Ben Lancaster


Ben joined IFCO Seedlings in 2016 as a Genetic Investment Advisor on the sales team. He was recently promoted to his current role as Director of Sales and Marketing. His office is located at the company’s headquarters in Moultrie, GA, where he works closely with the Genetic Investment Advisors.  He assists his team by providing insight on the various genetic options available to their clients, with a focus on delivering the highest quality service to all customers. Prior to joining IFCO Seedlings, Ben was an Account Executive with Outdoor Underwriters, Inc.  His position allowed him opportunities to work closely with the forest and investment industries; where he worked closely with TIMO’s, Consulting Foresters, Timberland Owners, and Prescribe Burn Managers. Ben received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources and a minor in Wildlife Biology from Clemson University . Ben was accepted into a leadership program called Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) in 2019.  This program is part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia.  He will graduate from the program in November of 2021 and will continue with his leadership project through a non-profit ministry called Fathers in the Field.  Ben is currently enrolled at Auburn University where he is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Forest Finance and Investment.

Ben is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida forestry associations as well as being actively involved with the Association of Consulting Foresters. Ben’s extensive knowledge and experience in the forestry industry drives him in his pursuit of excellence in sales and service.


Ernie Spiller

(205) 331-3450

Ernie joined the IFCO sales team in 2021 as a Genetic Investment Advisor serving Alabama and Mississippi. He will provide clients with information about genetic seedling options that meet their long-term management objectives. His goal is to build relationships with all his clients while supporting their reforestation needs.
Ernie’s background includes 30 years of experience in forestry management. This Mississippi State University alumni holds a Bachelor Science degree in Forestry Management. He started his career at Gulf States Paper Corporation as an area forester in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He then transitioned into the private landowner
sector as a forestry consultant for Southern Forestry Services, Inc. serving clients in West Alabama for 28 years.

Ernie is an Alabama Registered Forester and a member of Alabama Forestry Association. He is also a certified American Tree Farm Inspector.


Jeff Cravey

(936) 355-5576

Jeff joined IFCO in 2014 as the Western Gulf Genetic Invesment Advisor where he provides insight to clients about their various genetic options and advises them on seedling deployment and silvicultural recommendations. Prior to joining IFCO, Jeff began his career working with the Georgia Forestry Commission in the nursery business and then went on to join F&W Forestry Services where he held several different titles during his tenure there. These titles included Forest Technician and Client Manager, giving him the opportunity to work closely with TIMO’s and individual landowners. Jeff’s years of field and management experience give him a unique perspective to serve all clients’ needs, ranging from the small landowner to the large TIMO. Jeff graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a Forest Technology degree.

Jeff currently serves as President of the Trinity Brazos chapter of the Society of American Foresters, and as a Board Member of the Texas Forestry Association. He is also active in all Western Gulf forestry associations in addition to being actively involved with the Association of Consulting Foresters.


Andrew Stewart

(336) 613-7654

Andrew joined IFCO in the fall of 2018 as a member of the sales team.  He is based out of the Washington, North Carolina office where he supports our reforestation partners in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Prior to joining IFCO, Andrew spent 6 years working for Weyerhaeuser’s Southern Regeneration business where he left as the Eastern Seedling Sales Manager with focus and experience in pine nursery management.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from North Carolina State University. 

Andrew is an active member of the Society of American Foresters, several county Forestry Associations as well as multiple state forestry associations across the south.


Donnie Fleming

(850) 227-8437

Donnie Fleming is a Genetic Investment Advisor with IFCO Seedlings. Donnie’s passion is to share his unique forestry experiences with other’s to assist in developing their forestry based goals and vision. Donnie has guided hundreds of foresters and landowners in matching the correct species to the proper soil type, seedling stock type, and genetic selection. His previous work experience includes positions with ArborGen, Inc. as the Gulf Coast Reforestation Advisor, St. Joe Timberland Co., as the Director of Wood Flow, a scientist in International Paper’s Research Department as the Clonal Forestry and Rooted Cutting Project Leader, and a District Land Manager with Champion International Co. He is an active member of the Alabama and Florida Forestry Associations and is a board member of the Florida Forestry Association. His other passions include spending as much time as possible with his wife, Kathy, their children and three wonderful grandchildren, fishing and chasing the elusive wild turkey.

Whether your goals are growing trees for aesthetics, wildlife or maximizing financial return, his experiences in research, land management and fiber supply combined with his knowledge of species selection, genetics and financial analysis will greatly benefit in helping achieve your objectives.

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