Preston W. Smith

Vice President – Development & Sales

Preston is a managing member of Wildwood where he oversees business development for the company. Preston is also responsible for managing the sales and marketing for each of Wildwood’s projects, as well as aiding in regulatory permitting for new projects. He specializes in the generation of mitigation and conservation permitting strategies for a variety of clients across multiple industries. Preston holds a BA from Southern Methodist University, is a member of the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals, and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Mitigation Banking Association where he serves as a Committee Chairman.

Cliff Sunda

Vice President – Operations

Cliff is a managing member of Wildwood where he and his team oversees the day-to-day operations. Cliff specializes in natural resource management, spatial science, and economics.  He holds a BSF in Forest Management and a MSF in Forest Economics and Spatial Science from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Cliff’s background is in commercial agriculture, timberland management, and wildland firefighting.  He has obtained extensive experience in a variety of positions and ecosystems throughout the United States.  Cliff is a Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Forester and a Certified GIS Professional.  He has lectured on environmental markets at the Yale School of Forestry and at Stephen F. Austin State University’s College of Forestry and Agriculture  where he serves as an adjunct faculty member.

Preston L. Smith

“Big Pres”

Preston is a Managing Member of Wildwood and is the President of WLLL, LLC, a mitigation company providing capital and oversight services through the Pineywoods Mitigation Bank and the American Burying Beetle Conservation Bank. He is also a founding partner of the Burleson Wetland Mitigation Bank established in 2003. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trinity Mother Frances Health System, sits on the Board of Directors for Southside Bank (NASDAQ: SBSI), chairs the Advisory Council for the UT Tyler School of Engineering, is a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, is past President of the East Texas State Fair Association and served for nine years on the board of governors for IPAA.

Larry Dixon

Larry has been directly involved in the ecosystem marketplace for over 12 years.  He is the General Partner of Burleson Wetlands Mitigation Bank founded in 2003, and is also a founding partner of WLLL, LLC, in 2009.  WLLL provides capital and oversight services for mitigation and conservation banking projects including Pineywoods Mitigation Bank, one of the largest banks in the country, and the American Burying Beetle Conservation Bank, LLC founded in 2012.  Larry is now also a Managing Member of Wildwood, where he is involved with the day to day operations of all Wildwood projects.

Scott O. Shaver

Scott has been directly involved in mitigation banking since 2003 when he was a founding partner of Burleson Wetlands Mitigation Bank. He is also a founding member of WLLL, LLC , which provides capital and oversight services for mitigation and conservation banking projects in Texas and Oklahoma. Scott is serves as a Managing Member of Wildwood, and a trustee of the Scott Shaver Trust#2, where he established a permittee responsible mitigation area for stream and wetland mitigation credits on the Flat Creek area in Henderson County, Texas.


Wildlife Biologist / Ecologist

Scott assists with the day-to-day management, monitoring and execution of Wildwood’s projects.  He holds a BS degree in Biology from Sam Houston State University and a MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University.  He has extensive experience with threatened or endangered species and is federally licensed to trap bats in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and among other states. Scott previously worked with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as the small mammal and bat biologist for western NC and more recently as a natural resource specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Scott has extensive experience designing and implementing survey and monitoring frameworks for game and nongame species (including state and federally listed species), as well as conducting habitat assessment, management and restoration activities.

Matt Tribby

Wildlife Biologist / Ecologist

Matt assists with the day to day management, monitoring, and execution of Wildwood’s projects. Previously Matt worked for the Bureau of Land Management and Montana Fish Wildlife, and Parks Department. He has worked on a number of fish and wildlife capture and tagging projects in Texas, Oklahoma, and Montana. His experience includes habitat assessments and population surveys for the Greater-Sage Grouse, and the endangered American Burying Beetle. He has extensive experience in forestry including silviculture, forest inventory, and reforestation. Matt is a native of Montana and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Forest Wildlife Management from
Stephen F. Austin State University.

Michael Harrison

Environmental Scientist

Michael assists with the day to day management, monitoring, and execution of Wildwood’s projects. Prior to Wildwood, Michael worked as an environmental planner / scientist in Texas and Florida and more recently as a petroleum landman in Texas. Michael has extensive experience conducting environmental site assessments, stream and wetland delineations, and stormwater pollution planning. His experience with endangered species surveys includes the Lessor Prairie Chicken, Golden Cheeked Warbler, Black Capped Vireo, the Snail Kite and the Crested Caracara. Michael holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from Texas Tech University. He is a Registered Petroleum Landman and has attended extensive coursework on wetlands and stormwater.

Nina Deck


Nina serves as the controller for Wildwood overseeing a diverse range of business services.  She has been managing accounts for land-based projects for over 20 years.  Nina also oversees all accounts payable, receivables and billing functions for the company, while serving as an administrator for information technology and payroll.  Prior to her work with Wildwood, Nina served as the Director of the Hospitality Department for the PGA of America in St. Lucie, Florida. There she managed hospitality services, event planning, facility operations and even food and beverage management as it pertained to high-end event planning.


Ben Jackson

Ben specializes in sourcing mitigation properties across Texas. Ben is a licensed real estate agent in Texas and has previously worked with the National Park Service, the USDA Wildlife Services as a Trapper, a Wildlife Biologist and as a Forrester across the Southeast. He holds a BS from Auburn University in Wildlife Sciences and currently resides in Tyler Texas, where he helps people invest in legacy properties across Texas.