OUR LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

 
Ted Dergousoff

Ted Dergousoff 

Chief Executive Officer 

Ted Dergousoff is Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities include setting the strategy and leading the transformational development of NewLife’s manufacturing operations with a focus on developing the largest high-capacity sawmill facility in Arizona. Dergousoff is a 40-year industry veteran of the sustainable forest products industry, leading large multi-facility sawmill and value-added companies. Previously, Dergousoff served as Chief Operating Officer of Terminal Forest Products and also served as Chief Executive Officer of C&C Wood Products.  

Dergousoff earned his Licentiate in Accounting degree from the Faculty of Commerce, University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from the Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia.
 

George Stedeford

George Stedeford 

Chief Operating Officer + Chief Financial Officer

George Stedeford is the Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include focusing on finance and day-to-day operations for Good Earth Power AZ and NewLife Forest Restoration. Stedeford was previously Chief Financial Officer at the Duz Cho Group, where he partnered with the McLeod Lake Indian Band in managing their forestry and logging operations. Stedeford brings decades of experience in finance, logging and sawmilling operations. He has been involved in the forest and bioenergy industries where he was Chief Executive Officer of an independent cooperative dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Stedeford is a Certified Professional Accountant and a certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier (GHG-IQ.) He has held both log scaler and lumber grader licenses.
 

Adam Cooley

Adam Cooley

Vice President, Corporate Development

Adam Cooley is the Vice President of Corporate Development. As a fourth generation in the Arizona lumber industry, Cooley has gained the loyalty and respect from customers who value him as an important resource. Working for the family-owned Lumberjack Building Materials company, he quickly rose to Export Sales Manager and led a team of sales and purchasing agents to monthly sales of more than $1.5 million. Cooley was also part owner and Director of Sales for Seymour Forest Products and Lumberjack Timber. He is proficient in sales, purchasing, operations, production, transportation, credit management and USDA procedures for international lumber shipments. 

Cooley achieved his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Jason Rosamond

Jason Rosamond 
Founder

Jason Rosamond is the founder of NewLife. Since inception, Rosamond has been passionate about the company’s mission to create a sustainable model for forest restoration.

Rosamond has extensive experience deploying complex IT, software, and manufacturing solutions. In addition to NewLife, Jason was the Managing Director of UK-based Agilisys, a company focused on local government and citizen-centric products. Under his leadership Agilisys’ staff grew from 15 to over 2,000 with a billion-dollar order book.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California (Santa Cruz) and has completed his first year of London Business School’s MBA program.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

 
Richard De Silva

Richard de Silva 

Chairman of the Board

Richard de Silva is Founder and Managing Partner of Lateral Investment Management, which led an investment round of more than $50 million to significantly expand the infrastructure of Good Earth Power AZ and fund growth of the company’s sustainable forestry operations. De Silva is responsible for leading the day-to-day investment activities and operations at Lateral which include investment origination, underwriting, asset management and fundraising. Lateral is a private credit and growth equity firm. The company provides growth capital for leading independent middle market companies in the United States as well as partners with owner-operated businesses to navigate through a well-defined growth event. Lateral has approximately $500 million in assets under management with headquarters in the San Francisco Bay area and an office in New York City.
 
De Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (St. John’s College), and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
 

Stuart Barden

Stuart Barden 

Board Member

Stuart Barden is managing director at Lateral Investment Management. His primary responsibilities at Lateral includes sourcing new investments, conducting due diligence, executing transactions, and monitoring portfolio companies. Barden is a member of the board of directors of companies in which Lateral Investment Management has invested, including NewLife Forest Restoration. Before Lateral, Stuart was a vice president at White Oak Global Advisors, a multi-billion-dollar private credit firm where he focused on non-sponsor opportunistic and special situation investments in the business services, technology, manufacturing, aviation, and energy industries. Prior to White Oak Global Advisors, Barden was a member of the Acquisitions Team at Actua Corp., formerly known as Internet Capital Group. Barden was a member of the team that launched Internet Capital Group’s SaaS growth buyout and growth equity strategy in 2009. Barden was active in the sourcing, due diligence, and execution of new acquisitions as well as working with portfolio companies in developing and executing organic and inorganic growth strategies.

Barden holds a Bachelor of Science from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where he was a Hudson-Holland Scholar, and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School where he was an International Law Fellow and member of the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Team.