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Name: Richard Vlosky
Title: Professor
Specialization: wood products marketing and business
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Department: Louisiana Forest Products Development Center
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 227 School of Renewable Natrual Resources
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone Number: (225) 578-4527
Fax Number:

Education/Training
  • Ph.D., Wood Products Marketing, Pennsylvania State University, 1994.
  • Ph.D., studies, Forest Products Economics and Pacific Rim Wood Products Trade, University of Washington, 1985-1986.
  • M.S., Forest Products Economics and International Trade, University of Washington, 1985.
  • B.S., Natural Resources Management with a Forest Management concentration, Colorado State University, 1979.
  • Certificate, Business Administration Intensive Summer Program, University of Washington, 1983.
  • Liberal Arts, Oswego State University, 1974-1976.
Areas of Specialization/Research
  • Value‐added product business opportunities
  • Technology applications to improve business competitiveness
  • Strategic positioning
  • Marketing applications to economic development  Environmental certification and marketing
  • eBusiness, eCommerce
  • Domestic and international wood products marketing and business development
  • Biofuels, Bioprocessing, Bioenergy
Professional Experience

2003 - Present

  • Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Program Leader, Forest Products Program. Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Renewable Natural Resources. Baton Rouge, La.
  • Extension Specialist‐Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (20% appointment). Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Renewable Natural Resources. Baton Rouge, La.

2006 - Present

  • Associate Professor. Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Timisoara, Romania.

2002 - 2003

  • Interim Director, Louisiana Products Laboratory and Interim Program Leader, Forest Products Program. Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Renewable Natural  Resources. Baton Rouge, La.

2002

  • Professor. Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Renewable Natural Resources. Baton Rouge, La.

1998-2002

  • Associate Professor. Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries. Baton Rouge, La.

1994-1998

  • Assistant Professor. Louisiana State University AgCenter, School of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries. Baton Rouge, La.

2004

  • Adjunct Professor. Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Louisiana State University. Baton Rouge, La.

Academic Administrative Supervisory Experience

  • 2011
    • Direct supervisory responsibilities for Student Workers.
  • 2010‐2011
    • Direct supervisory responsibilities for Research Associate
  • 2007‐2010
    • Direct supervisory responsibilities for Extension Specialist/Instructor‐Value‐Added Forest Products, LFPDC
  • 2003‐Present
    • Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Program Leader, Forest Products
  • 2003‐2010 
    • Direct supervisory responsibilities for LFPDC Administrative Assistant.
  • 2002‐2003
    • Interim Director, Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory and Interim Program Leader, Forest Products.
  • 2003‐2010
    • Supervisor for Louisiana Forest Products Development Center web developers.

Industry Experience 

1991‐1992
Vice President Sales and Marketing, Optical Data Systems, Inc. Seattle, WA

  • P&L responsibility for a CD‐ROM based software development company with programs geared to forest products industry applications;
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive forest products product line sales and marketing program;
  • Developed financial proformas, organizational procedures & controls, budgets and reporting structures;
  • Established and filled marketing management staff positions.

1991‐1992
General Manager, Bar Tech International Coding Systems, Inc., Vancouver, B.C.

  • P&L responsibility for a wood products bar code applications and information services company.
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive company organizational restructuring; developed all procedures, controls, budgets, reporting structures and forecasting methods;
  • Responsible for establishing and filling all staffing needs;
  • Managed formation of the company business plan; managed company trademark and patent attorney activities.

1989‐1991
Product Line Marketing and Planning Manager, Plum Creek Marketing, Seattle, WA

  • Conducted market research for new wood products and corporate services;
  • Conducted economic and business analyses;
  • Forecasted wood product demand and prices for budgets and strategic plans using statistical modeling;
  • Project manager for UPC bar code labeling for all product lines; electronically linking customers to company mainframe computer data systems and; electronic data interchange (EDI).

1986‐1989  
Marketing Analyst, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., Seattle, Washington

  • Lead marketing analytical support for all product lines including price forecasting and new product evaluation;
  • Analyzed and supported rail contract negotiations.
Awards/Grants
  • Louisiana Forest Sector Development
    • Source of Support: Industry Sponsor
      Award Amount: $20,000 Period Covered: 1/1/13‐12/31/13
  • Louisiana Forest Sector Development
    • Source of Support: Industry Sponsor
      Award Amount: $20,000 Period Covered: 1/1/12‐12/31/12
  • A National Study of Electronic Data Interchange
    • Source of Support: Industry Sponsor
      Award Amount: $20,000 Period Covered: 9/1/11‐1/31/12
  • A Regional Program for Production of Multiple Agricultural Feedstocks and Processing To Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals
    • Source of Support: USDA‐AFRI CAP Program, Led by LSUAC‐LIBBi
      Award Amount: $100,000 (of $17.5 million total grant) Period Covered: 3/1/11‐4/31/16
  • Louisiana Forest Products Community Website Development
    • Source of Support: Crosby Land & Resources, Louisiana Forestry Association, DEMCO, Blairstown Plantation
      Award Amount: $6,197 Period Covered: 1/1/11‐12/31/13
Publications/Presentations/Patents

Publications

  • Baffoe, A. and R.P. Vlosky. 2011. Forest Certification: Implications For Sustainable Forest Management And  Timber Export Trade In Ghana. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978‐3‐8433‐9306‐5, Paperback, 124 pages.
  • Perera, R. and R.P. Vlosky. 2009. An Overview of the Wood Product Import sector in the U.S. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, Saarbrücken, Germany. 92p. ISBN 978‐3‐639‐13770‐5.
  • Aguirre, J.A., C. Soihet, and R. Vlosky. 1998. Certificación del manejo sostenible de los bosques en Honduras Conocimiento, aceptación e implicaciones. Turrialba, Costa Rica: CATIE, 1998. 123p. ISBN 9977‐57‐305‐0.

Presentations

  • August 14, 2013 Presenter. Baton Rouge. Overview of the forest products program in the School of Renewable Natural Resources. AgBIOS student school overview and opportunities.
  • June 19, 2013 Presenter. New Orleans. Overview of Louisiana Forest Sector. Louisiana Farm Bureau annual convention.
  • February 28, 2013 Presentation co‐author. Managing short‐rotation woody crops in the Western Gulf. USA Mississippi River Basin & Coastal Plains Tour for Bankhaus Lampe. Blazier, M., Vlosky, R., Liechty, H., Pelkki, M., Johnson, J.
  • September 5, 2012 Presenter. New Orleans. Overview of Louisiana Wood Products Exports & Imports. World Trade Center of New Orleans, Agriculture Committee.
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