In 1974, Jib moved from Sarasota to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation in 1978. Furthering his education, Jib earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Real Estate from the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business in 1983. Since that time, Jib has attended numerous finance, taxation, and land management courses as continuing education has always been an important part of his working environment.
Jib began his professional career as a forester working for Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1977. Initially, he worked in timber procurement, then transferred to land management where he managed 117,611 acres of timberland in Gulf Hammock, Fl.
In 1984, Jib founded a land management and forest consulting company in Gainesville, Florida, offering land acquisition and sales, timber appraisals, timber investment analysis, timber sales, reforestation, site preparation, timber taxation, and other land management services for private landowners, industry, and government. In 1989, Jib and Norman McRae were offered a timber dealership and co-founded Columbia Timber Company.
Jib currently specializes in land and forest finance, tax deferred 1031 exchanges, timber and land taxation, investment analysis, development permitting including wetlands delineation and mitigation plans, real estate marketing and acquisitions, and land management. He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Florida's School of Forestry Resources and Conservation teaching a senior course in Forest management, and has taught many courses in land management and real estate finance at Santa Fe Community College's Community Education Program. Jib is a Florida licensed real estate broker, a SAF Certified Forester, a Master Logger, and he holds memberships in the Society of American Foresters, Florida Forestry Association, American Forest Institute Tree Farm Program, and the Forest Farmers Association.
On a personal note, Jib has been a Cub Scout Master, a Boy Scout leader and merit badge counselor, President of his homeowners association, an active member of the Gainesville Sail and Power Squadron and the Gulf Atlantic Yacht Club. Jib married his college sweetheart, Teresa, in 1978 and they have two boys.
Norman grew up in Lake City, Florida and received his Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida in 1982. Since then, Norman has completed numerous forestry and land management courses to continue his education.
Beginning his forestry career with the Florida Division of Forestry, Norman was a Forest Ranger in Columbia County, and then quickly promoted to the Okaloosa County Forester. Within a year, he was promoted to the Madison County Forest Area Supervisor. While with the Division of Forestry, Norman received extensive training in forest management including fire management, land management plans, and landowner assistance.
In 1985, Norman left the Division of Forestry to work as a forest consultant and Gainesville branch manager for F&W Forestry Services. In this capacity, he performed land and timber appraisals, wrote and administered wildlife and land management plans, conducted timber sales and serviced North Florida landowner needs.
In 1987, Norman joined Jib Davidson as a Forester and Land Management Specialist performing timber appraisals, timber market analysis, authored and administered forest management plans, timber sales, reforestation, site preparation, growth and soil studies, timber and timberland acquisitions and sales, hardwood control, thinning, control burning, hunting lease evaluations and environmental assessments. In 1989, Norman and Jib were offered a timber dealership and co-founded Columbia Timber Company.
Today, Norman specializes in land acquisition and land sales, timber thinning and harvesting, reforestation and restoration, wetland delineation and permitting, along with general land consulting such as road building and administrating Federal cost-sharing for landowners. Norman is a Florida licensed real estate salesman, a Florida Forestry Association Master Logger, a State Certified Prescribed Burner, and he holds memberships in the Florida Forestry Association and the American Forest Institute Tree Farm Program.
Norman is an active member of his church, and he loves to hunt and fish. Norman has been married to his longtime girlfriend, Wanda, since 1989 and has two children.
Christy is our Operations Manager and is an integral part of our management team. She oversees and analyzes the daily business processes to ensure quality service, productivity and efficiency for the entire staff.
She has over 25 years of experience in small business management with expertise in project coordination, real estate and customer service. Christy keeps our work moving forward with her attention to detail and thorough organizational skills. She makes sure that Columbia Timber and United Country run smoothly while providing personal attention to our staff, our clients and our contractors alike.
Christy is originally from Arkansas but has called Florida home for more than 35 years. She spent most of her time growing up along the southern east coast in Palm Beach County before venturing to North Central Florida and the Gainesville area. She is happily married and has two sons.