Sales Team

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.

Chris Swanson

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.

Greg Johnson

Vice President of Sales and Marketing


Russ Hellwege – Springfield Sales Manager

Bio coming soon

Russ Hellwege

SPW Sales Manager


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.

Brian Johnson

GSM Sales Manager


Joe Buttice – Stud & Lumber Sales

I was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. After graduating high school I continued on to get my Bachelor's degree in Forest Management at Oregon State University. My wife (Tasha) and I moved from Oregon to live in Northern Idaho where I started my lumber sales career. We soon realized we missed the coast and moved back to Southern Oregon with our new baby girl (Piper). I started here at the Swanson Group in February of 2017. In my spare time I love to hunt, fish, golf and be outdoors.

Joe Buttice

RSM 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.

Matt Campbell

GPW Manager


Greg Bess – Sales

Bio coming soon...

Greg Bess



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.

Ryan Pearson

Stud & Dimensional 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.

Christy McDowell

Lumber Sales


Mary Fontenot – Sign & Industrial Panel Sales

Bio coming soon

Mary Fontenot

Conform Sales


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.

Josh Renshaw

Veneer Sales