Owen R. Cheatham
In 1927, Cheatham founded the Georgia Hardwood Company becoming an early pioneer in the Southern timber industry. Over the next 40 years, he significantly expanded the business, as he created a cross-continental lumber empire by acquiring several companies in the Pacific Northwest. Through his efforts, he built Georgia-Pacific into a $750 million enterprise with a $1 billion+ asset base. His company was one of the nation’s fastest growing businesses in the 1950s.