Ray C. Dillon was appointed to the Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors in November 2017. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Dillion served as president and chief executive officer of Deltic Timber Corporation from 2003 to 2016. Deltic Timber, now part of PotlatchDeltic, is a vertically-integrated natural resources company focused on efficient and environmentally-responsible management of land holdings. The Company owns approximately 530,200 acres of timberland, operates two sawmills, manufactures medium-density fiberboard plant and engages in real estate development. While serving as president and CEO of Deltic Timber, Mr. Dillion brought an intense focus on efficiency, financial performance and personal accountability to all Deltic Timber operations.
From 2000 to 2003, Dillon acted as executive vice president of Gaylord Container Corporation at its corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1977. While serving on Gaylord Container’s senior management team, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 2000.
Mr. Dillon has served as chairman and a director on the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis; director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies; a director of the American Forest and Paper Association; director and past chairman of the National Alliance of Forest Owners; director of the American Wood Council; Chairman and director of the Arkansas Forestry Association; director of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation.