Monday, August 14, 2006

Another Look At A Pacific Lumber Barbecue

A recent Eureka Reporter article seems, at first glance, to insinuate that Pacific Lumber threw a welcoming party for their new CEO.

What better way to get the family together than to have a barbecue?

That’s what the Pacific Lumber Co. did a little more than two weeks ago in a Welcome Wagon-type get together for its new president and chief executive officer, George A. O’Brien.
( hand picked by Maxxam)

Upon further inspection of the article it starts to appear that O'Brien himself threw the party

“It was all pretty simple; I just wanted the people to get to know me,” O’Brien said, taking time from his almost nonstop schedule. “I wanted to get to know them, to shake their hands, to answer their questions.”

“I wanted to let them know I came here for a reason, that I truly believe PALCO has a future. They needed to know that, they needed to know that I certainly would not have left Savannah for Scotia if I didn’t believe in the future of this company.”

Here at the end of the article, reporter Mike Morrow begins to face reality

His welcome wagon-type introduction behind him, O’Brien continues to reach out to his employees and to residents of his new community. Last week, he attended a community forum relating to the annexation of Scotia and Rio Dell.

Seems pretty clear now, it was "his...introduction" and he "continues to reach out" meaning that the barbeque was his first effort to "reach out".

His second? Attending a community forum regarding the efforts of PL management to offload the burden of residential Scotia onto neighboring Rio Dell.

Some outreach there, really from the heart, there's no way that could be considered part of your responsibilties as PL's CEO.

O’Brien took the place of Robert Manne, PL's former CEO of four and a half years. In parting Manne said "We’ve been spending the last four years sort of shrinking the company and now we are getting ready to (announce) some new items”

Coming soon, further inspection of Mannes resignation and the media blitz that preceded it.


At 8/17/2006 12:56:00 AM, Blogger noel adamson said...

The bigger the crime the bigger the cover show. 'Twas ever thus.

At 8/17/2006 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This so like PL, always trying to put a little gloss on their tattered public image (even within scotia/rio dell). throwing welcoming party for themselves..ha!
well, for the record, Mr. O'Brian and his oily attitude toward forestry is not welcome here.

Local control!

At 8/17/2006 03:52:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

I wouldn't say that PL threw a party for themselves because I think it was pretty much O'Brians idea. Remember there are a lot of people in PL who have no control over what the company does or doesn't do.

He could have framed it honestly like "I threw a party so I could meet local people" but instead I think they tried to make it seem like everyone was so happy to have a new president.

At 8/18/2006 09:36:00 AM, Blogger saf said...

(by "they" I mean O'Brian and whatever PR people he's working with.)


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