Meet Our Foresters

Chance Hayes - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Chance Hayes

Chance has been with us since 2016, he is a graduate of Michigan Tech, holding a B.S in Forestry as well as a minor in Ecology. When he’s not working in the woods, he enjoys playing intramural hockey, bow hunting, fly fishing, and kayaking with his dog, Molly. Call Chance for a written Timber Management Plan or just a quick chat about your woodlands.

Braedon Moeke - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Braedon Moeke

Braedon is a graduate of Mancelona High School and has been on board with us since 2017, he and his family have worked in the north woods of Michigan for 6 generations. He comes from a long line of timbermen and knows right from wrong when it comes to working in the woods. In his off time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. Please contact Braedon for a fresh perspective on your woods.

Gary Pawson, Jr. - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Gary Pawson,  Jr.

Gary hired on in 2017, he has worked his entire life in the logging and sawmill industry and brings a wealth of common sense and knowledge to the table. He has managed log yards and seen the good and bad that comes from our Northern Michigan forests. In his spare time, Gary likes to fish and camp with his wife. Gary specializes in buying logs but also buys his share of standing timber.

Robert Spoor - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Robert Spoor

Robert is a graduate of Mesick High School and has been in the wood business for over 28 years. He’s worked inside mills and in the woods so he understands what we can do with a good stand of timber to make it even better. Some of Robert’s hobbies include hunting,  fishing, and boating with his wife, Amy, as well as following the University of Michigan’s football team, where his children attend.

Wes Fay - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Wes Fay

Wes is married with four beautiful children. His hobbies include hunting and trapping as well as woodworking and art. He has worked in the wood industry for over 7 years buying timber and logs. His specialty is improving our customer’s timber stands for future harvests. He has a long-term outlook on every stand he gets a chance to look at and works with a tight network of loggers and haulers to give his customer’s great quality and consistency.

Mike Ellis - Silver Leaf Timber Buyer

Mike Ellis

Mike enjoys hunting and camping as well as anything in the great out-of-doors when he’s not outdoors working in it. He has 14 years experience in timber buying and has assisted many individuals with the sale of their timber. Mike enjoys working with many on a close personal level, one of his many specialties is working on timber jobs that many other timber companies are not interested in due to their difficult logistics. Mike will work through many problems to get the job done for his clients in a safe and efficient manner.