Patrick Heffernan, President & Principal
After graduating from Mill Hill School, London,
in 1976, Patrick attended the Cumbria College of Agriculture
and Forestry, in Penrith, England, graduating with a National
Diploma in Forestry in June 1981. Patrick has worked in most
aspects of the forestry profession in Great Britain, including
working for: Treetop Contracts, Ltd., Sible Hedingham, Essex,
England; The Duke Of Buccleuch’s Bowhill Estates, Selkirk,
Scotland; The Forestry Commission, Brechfa, Dyfed, Wales and later
for J. Roberson & Sons, Timber Merchants, Llanybydder, Dyfed,
After emigrating to the United States in 1983,
Patrick has worked within Montana's forest industry for a variety
of employers including: Canyon Logging Co., Columbia Falls; Plum
Creek Timber Company, Kalispell; Creative Consultant Group (which
he founded in 1992) and eight years with the Montana Logging
Association (MLA), directing their award winning Accredited Logging
Professional program and managing their natural resources liaison
and legislative affairs. Most recently, he spent two years with the
Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation, starting up and directing
their Red Lodge Clearinghouse project.
He founded PAFTI, Inc. in 2004, to pursue his
desire to work for a variety of clients and to create new
approaches for tackling natural resource management
Patrick lives near Hungry Horse, Montana with his wife, Carol.
Patrick has a keen interest in pursuing large trout in North
America and New Zealand and is a part owner and manager of a
tree farming enterprise in New Zealand.
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Rex Svoboda, Equipment Repair
Industries, LLC., Principal
Forest Machinery Consultant
Rex Svoboda graduated from Great Falls High School, Montana and
went on to complete a BA in Interpersonal Communication at the
University of Montana, Missoula. Rex spent time overseas in the
U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he completed extensive training
in electrical theory, radio electronics and radio systems design
and operation. He completed secondary education coursework at the
University of Montana and study in the field of hydraulic,
mechanical and electrical systems for Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel,
Timbco, Timberjack, Case, International Harvester and other brands
of construction and forestry equipment.
Rex taught automotive classes at High School and adult
vocational levels and then went on to spend ten years as a
successful small grains and hay farmer. Rex then began working with
forestry equipment and founded and operated Equipment Repair, Inc.
for 12 years, until he and his partner sold the business in
2001. At ERI they designed and manufactured forestry attachments
and provided complete sales and service support for many major
brands of forestry and construction equipment. Rex was also
involved in product field development for Timbco, even spending
some time in South Africa in training and product support. Rex has
worked extensively in Alaska and the western U.S.
Rex lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Susan and enjoys
motorcycle touring and road racing and skiing in the winter. Rex is
also a bit of a gearhead, having designed and built his own sports
car, with which he broke the 200 m.p.h. barrier at the Bonneville
salt flats. Rex is also a crew member and mechanic for the Burkland
411 Streamliner - the world's fastest piston engined vehicle.
Call us for more information about our
consulting services tailored to the forest machinery, timber
harvesting, forestry and wood products manufacturing