Running out of time

Wildfires and Our imperiled forests

David L. Auchterlonie

            David Auchterlonie has more than 53 years of corporate management expertise. In addition to his 18 years of experience with Price Waterhouse as a senior audit manager and as a financial officer for three public companies, he founded a corporate turnaround management firm that he ran for more than 30 years. Using his Certified Turnaround Management training and expertise, his firm provided hands-on management to over 200 companies, preserving over 25,000 jobs, and developed strategies to create long-term value for each client. David completed over 40 mergers and acquisitions transactions with valuations totaling over $4.5 billion and raised over $2 billion of debt and equity. In addition, he successfully restructured over $2 billion of private and public debt during his career. David’s industry expertise includes aviation/aerospace, consumer products, food, transportation, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology, among others.

            In 2008, the Turnaround Management Association recognized his turnaround and leadership accomplishments by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. David has published seven articles in peer-reviewed journals, two of which received awards from the League of American Communications Professionals. He has also been a featured speaker at more than 10 conferences, forums and events.

David and co-author Jeffrey Lehman researched and wrote the book Running Out of Time: Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests published in 2023. Together they also founded Crowbar Research Insights

What more compelling evidence is needed to change the way we fight wildfires?

The book Running Out of Time – Wildfires and Our Imperiled Forests describes an opportunity to make wildfires primarily isolated events rather than annual health, economic, and environmental disasters. We know it is impossible to completely control Mother Nature when a combination of extremely high winds, human behavior, or lightning ignites a forest containing dense underbrush. Instead, we can and must change the way we are fighting wildfires that results in the annual loss of life, residences, property, watersheds, and wildlife described throughout the book.


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