Chris Swanson – Vice President Sales
A third generation owner who graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Political Science. Work experience includes more than 3-years of progressive responsibility in mill sales, culminating in the role of stud sales manager. Following that he spent 5-years in operations where he ultimately spent time at both the Glendale Sawmill and the Roseburg Studmill as the location’s top manager. Chris was promoted to VP of Sales & Marketing in 2012.
Executive Vice President
Greg Johnson – Glendale Sales Manager
I was born and raised in Portland Or. After High School I spent some time in college and also as a hunting & fishing guide in Alaska and NE Oregon. After a short lived Ranching / Farming career, I went back to college and Graduated from Oregon State University (EOU Campus in La Grande) with a BS in Rangeland Management. I met my wife Brooke in college and we have been married 15 years. We have 4 very active children Cody, Caden, Jacob, Julia. Most evenings and weekends we can be found at a baseball field or gymnasium watching kids playing sports. When we finally get time away from sport we enjoy Hunting, Fishing & camping together as a family. I have been in the wood products business since 2001 and started with Swanson in the sales department 2003.
General Sales Manager
Matt Campbell – Stud Sales Manager
I was born in Northridge, CA, lived in San Diego until I was a teenager, then moved to the Pacific Northwest (Grants Pass, OR) until the late 90s. I returned to San Diego with my new bride, April, and worked in the construction industry. Now with two children, we decided to leave the Southern California traffic behind and in 2005 moved back to the Pacific Northwest. I've worked for Swanson Group since 2004, starting in sales of Dimension Lumber, Cedar, and eventually studs. After 6 years, I was promoted to Stud Sales Manager.
Plywood Sales Manager
Josh Renshaw – Traffic Manager
I grew up in Medford, Oregon and have a BA from Linfield College. I've been in the industry for 25 years and have wholesale trading, distribution and production experience. I traded panels and lumber for North Pacific Lumber, Buckeye, Pan Pacific and Mill Direct Lumber. In 1996, I was hired as Plywood Manager for MacMIllan Bloedel's US Distribution Centers. In the early 2000s, I was senior manager at Roseburg Forest Products overseeing National Accounts, managed all finished product inventories, central planning and traffic. I became general manager at K Ply, a specialty plywood mill in Port Angeles, WA. When that business closed, I organized investors and started a new company, re-opening the plant as President and General Manager. I like to spend time with any of my 20 nieces and nephews. I golf and fish.
Brian Johnson – Dimensional Sales Manager
I grew up in Denver Colorado where I graduated from high school and college. I graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in business while playing five years and lettering in basketball for four and one year in football for the Golden Buffaloes. I have been married to my beautiful bride Jackie for 29 years and have 2 grown adult children, Whitney and Ben, who are both on their own with successful careers. When there's spare time I enjoy hanging with my family, golf, fishing, biking, and following the Colorado Buffs as well as the Denver Broncos.
Glendale Sawmill Coordinator
Jimmy Swanson – Low Grade/Industrial Sales
I was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon where I live today. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Economics from Southern Oregon University in 2006. I started at Swanson Group in June, 2006 and has held numerous positions within the company including Trucking Coordinator, Veneer Sales, Continuous Improvement, Production Superintendent at Glendale Plywood, Production Superintendent at Springfield Plywood and most recently conform panel sales. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, snowmobiling and fishing.
Conform Panel Sales
Christy McDowell – Sales
Born in California, I moved to Oregon as a baby, settling in Glendale, Oregon in 1951. I attended the Glendale school systems where I graduated valedictorian of my class and then attended OSU (Go Beavs!).
I worked in Superior Lumber Company's office during summer vacations and school breaks doing various jobs and eventually went full time in 1972. The Sales Department for the Swanson Group is where I finally settled - a position where I have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with a variety of fabulous people.
My husband Stephen and I are blessed with two children and one impish granddaughter.
George Hewitt – Sales
I am originally from the Boston area and a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute in 1975.I then began my career with Champion International and was transferred to Oregon in 1978. After buyouts with U.S. Plywood then Georgia Pacific, I went with North Pacific in 1993 until transferring to Burns Lumber in 2000. I continued both lumber and plywood sales with Swanson Group in 2006. I love to hunt, fish, and spend time with my wife and two daughters.
Casey Patnode – Plywood Sales
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I graduated from high school and college at Mt. Hood CC in 2011. In between, I enjoyed a short stent playing college football for The College of the Redwoods and Portland State University. My career in the lumber industry started in 2013 as a commodity plywood trader for Buckeye Pacific. I then joined Sherwood Lumber’s wholesale division in early 2015 where I focused on both specialty and commodity panels. In November 2016 I moved down to Southern Oregon and joined Swanson Group to continue my career in plywood sales. When I am not at the office I am typically out enjoying the great outdoors with my dog, Jet. I enjoy snowboarding, backpacking, downhill mounting biking, airsoft, hunting and fishing.
Ryan Pearson – Stud & Lumber Sales
I grew up in Roseburg, OR. After high school, I spent some time working in a plywood mill gaining a vast knowledge of the wood products industry. I spent the last 9 years working in transportation in Oregon and Florida. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf, fishing and hunting.
Stud & Lumber Sales
Sign & Industrial Panel Sales
Springfield Sales Manager
Stud & Lumber Sales