Leadership Team

Ben Carlisle


Having served on the company’s board of directors since 2003, Ben joined the company as vice president in 2010 and was elected president in 2013. A native of Bangor, Ben returned to Maine after working in the Boston region for 13 years, where he consulted for regulated utility companies such as Verizon, Waste Management, CSX Transportation, and Exelon Energy. In addition to his role at P&C, Ben currently serves on the Board of Directors of Katahdin Bankshares Corp, is the President of the Maine Forest Products Council, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Forest Society of Maine, North Maine Woods, and the Maine Forest & Logging Museum. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and holds an M.B.A. with high distinction from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Benjamin Benwell

Chief Financial Officer

Ben joined Prentiss & Carlisle in 2014 as Corporate Controller before being named CFO and Treasurer in 2018. He oversees financial reporting for both P&C and its clients and is also responsible for the company’s Accounting Operations division, including all financial activities, tax reporting, asset management, treasury, and insurance programs. Prior to joining P&C, Ben worked in the audit department of the public accounting firm of BerryDunn, gaining experience in internal control environments and developing an analytical mindset. He graduated with honors from the University of Maine with a Master’s in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert Chandler

Vice President – Forest Management

Bob started his career with Prentiss and Carlisle in 2005 as an Operations Forester. Since that time he has worked across P&C managed lands planning and overseeing harvest operations. He also has worked for P&C on utility line projects across the state of Maine. Bob currently is responsible for P&C’s forest management operations. Bob holds B.S. degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Ecology as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Maine.

John (Jack) Kelly

Vice President – Consulting Services

Jack joined Prentiss & Carlisle as a summer intern in May 2011. Following his graduation with a Master of Forestry degree from the University of Maine in August 2011, Jack took the role of special projects forester, offering consulting services such as real property appraisals, real estate brokerage, and land use consulting, specializing in large commercially-managed timberland tracts. Jack now leads the Consulting Services Division of Prentiss & Carlisle, which offers a wide range of technical forestry services to timberland owners in the northern United States and Canada. Jack is a Certified General Appraiser in Maine and several other northern states as far west as Minnesota, a licensed professional forester in Maine, and is P&C’s licensed Designated Broker.

David Maddocks

Vice President – Forest Products

After a diverse career in forest products — forest technician, operations forester, woodlands operations manager, sawmill production manager, and mill manager for a variety of companies—Dave joined Prentiss & Carlisle in 2001. Dave oversees and coordinates the marketing and quality control of P&C’s forest products. Dave graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in forest management in 1984.

Kevin McGlauflin

Vice President – Harvest Operations

Having worked in the forest products industry for the past 34 years, Kevin has held various positions for several different companies, including forest technician, operations forester, procurement forester, and project manager. Kevin joined Prentiss and Carlisle in 2001 as a procurement forester for the Newport Manufacturing Division. Since that time, he has worked for the managed lands division as an operations forester, and as a harvest operations supervisor. Kevin is currently the manager for the Harvest Operations division which provides timber harvesting, road and bridge construction, and trucking services. He is a 1989 graduate of the university of Maine, with a B.S. in Forest Management.

John McGeechan

Vice President – Woodyard Operations

John joined P&C in 1996. He is a 1993 graduate from the University of Maine with a B.S. in forest management. John is a licensed Maine forester and licensed scaler. During his tenure with P&C, John has held many positions, some of which include: operations forester for our Woodlot Services division, project manager on several right-of-way clearing projects, cut-to-length operations supervisor, sawmill supervisor, scaler, and equipment operator. In 2016, John became the manager of our Newport Woodyard and Manufacturing division.

Tom Nelson

Vice President – Woodlot Management Services

Tom joined P&C in 1972, starting out by working as a forest technician during summer vacations. Tom eventually took on responsibility for the layout and supervision of harvest operations, and then became the company’s regional forester, responsible for land in the southern region of Maine. In 2003, he launched the company’s Woodlot Management Services division, which he now leads. Tom graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in forest management in 1977. His father, Forrest Nelson, was also a professional forester and lifetime P&C employee, serving from 1951 to 1985.