Bill Fuller has over 50 years’ experience in pulp and paper technology and fiber raw materials utilization. He retired from Weyerhaeuser Company as a Senior Scientific and Engineering Advisor at the Weyerhaeuser Technology Center, Bill now operates his own firm, FRM Consulting, a consulting firm focusing on fiber raw material problem-solving based on a forest-to-product perspective. He is known world-wide for his expertise in chip preparation and quality systems, chip quality control, prevention of chip pile deterioration, relating fiber variables to pulping and product performance, the value of chip quality to mill operations, use of alternative fiber sources, such as forest residuals, woody biomass, tropical hardwood, non-wood fibers and municipal solid waste. He is also performs workplace safety and health audits and program design.
Bill is a life-time member of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), the Forest Resources Association, and APPITA (Australian Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association). In recognition for his industry participation, Bill was named a TAPPI Fellow in 1986, awarded the Pulp Manufacture Division Leadership and Service Award in 1993, the Pacific Section TAPPI Outstanding Member Award in 1994, and the TAPPI 1995 Distinguished Service Award. Bill has represented TAPPI at jointly sponsored international technical conferences in Japan, China, Sweden and Brazil. Bill is widely known for innovative education in chip production, quality and kraft pulping. He is an Affiliate Professor at his alma mater. He is a faculty member in numerous TAPPI, PAPTAC and APPITA seminars and short courses. He is the author of several chapters on woodyard and wood room operation in several textbooks. He was the cast trainer and technical content expert for TAPPI’s “Forests for Our Future” exhibit in the Innoventions Hall at Disneyworld in Orlando.
Bill was a volunteer firefighter, retiring as a station lieutenant and training officer at South Snohomish County District 1 – Station 3. He was Board Chairman for the Charteris Foundation that supports police and fire chaplains in King County. While his 5 daughters were competitive swimmers, he was a starter and stroke and turn judge for local swim teams and the Federal Way High School.
Bill started his career at Weyerhaeuser in 1967 after obtaining a B.S. in Wood Technology and an M.S. in Pulp and Paper Technology from the University Of Washington College Of Forest Resources. The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation has named him an Outstanding Alumni and awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bill is active in the King County Fire Commissioners Association as the chair of the Associate Member Committee.
Bill Fuller was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November of 2015 and his 6 year term runs from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2021