Marc A. Brinkmeyer – Chairman of the Board
Marc began his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Portland, OR. He worked with medium sized and large companies, including several in the forest products industry. From 1973 to 1981, Marc was the Chief Financial Officer for Brand-S, who had processing facilities in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. In 1981, Brinkmeyer purchased the Laclede sawmill from Brand-S and formed Riley Creek Lumber Co. In 2003, Riley Creek purchased two additional mills from LP located in Moyie Springs and Chilco Idaho. Marc plays an active role in guiding the strategic direction of IFG and is heavily involved in the promotion and development of the Idaho forest products industry.
Scott Atkison – President
Scott joined Bennett Forest Industries in 1996 as general manager and has been serving as President and CEO of the Bennett Companies since 2002. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Accounting and spent five years in the accounting business. He received an MBA from Gonzaga University in 2000 and is actively involved in the industry regionally. Scott was instrumental in the merger of Bennett Forest Industries with Riley Creek in 2008 and was named President of IFG upon completion. Scott is responsible for all Company operations and is actively involved in market and sales development.
Erol Deren – VP Sales & Marketing
Erol began his career with Georgia Pacific in 1987 where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, procurement, and management. His last position was Director of Commodity Lumber. He joined Riley Creek in 2005 as president of the distribution company. In 2007 Erol was named the VP of Sales & Marketing of Riley Creek Lumber and in December of 2009 the VP of Sales and Marketing for Idaho Forest Group. Erol has a BS in business administration and a Minor in economics from Humboldt State University.
Kevin Esser – CFO
Kevin joined IFG in January 2010 and is a 1990 graduate of the University of Idaho where he majored in accounting and finance. He started his career with the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick in Portland, Oregon, where he specialized in the manufacturing and forest products industries. His experience includes controller for a national wholesale company, CFO of a start-up Internet company and, most recently, Divisional Controller and then Director of Marketing for Freightliner LLC, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy duty trucks. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant.
Beti Becker – VP Human Resources
Beti has over thirty years of HR experience in the manufacturing industry. She was appointed the HR Director for Idaho Forest Group/Riley Creek in 2003. She leads a team of six HR professionals who are committed to aligning human talent with company needs. Beti and her HR team advocate healthy lifestyle choices through IFG’s dynamic wellness program. Focusing on treating employees as family, she believes that people who are happy and healthy work with more enthusiasm and are more engaged in their careers and the success of IFG. Beti serves on many community organizations promoting employment, education, and safety.
Shannon Fuchs – Plant Manager, Grangeville Mill
Shannon has been Plant Manager of the Grangeville Mill since June of 2007. In this role, she works with 175 of the most committed and talented manufacturing professionals in our industry. Through training, teamwork, and employee involvement, Shannon leads Idaho Forest Group-Grangeville to be best in class in several key areas: safety, productivity, reliability, quality, and community partnerships. Shannon joined Idaho Forest Group in June of 2006 as Technical Manager responsible for developing and implementing key processes and improvements in the areas of safety, environmental, training and human resources. Prior to joining Idaho Forest Group, Shannon worked for Chevron from 1991-2006 where she held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the Technical, Maintenance/Reliability and Operations organizations. She also represented Chevron’s small refineries worldwide on the Technical Leadership Group responsible for optimizing technical resources, capabilities and strategic planning. Shannon received a BS in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Idaho in 1991 and earned an Executive MBA from the University of Utah in 2000.
Mike Henley – Plant Manager, Chilco and Laclede Mills
Mike has over 24 years of knowledge and experience in the lumber industry. Mike worked briefly at the LP mill in Priest River, Idaho pulling on the green chain prior to starting his career with Riley Creek Lumber. He has over 17 years in Industry Management, 8 years as sawmill supervisor, 4 years as maintenance supervisor and most recently 5 years as the Laclede and Chilco mill sites Superintendent. Prior to getting his opportunity in management, Mike spent 7 years in the green end of the Laclede plant where he Operated most mill machinery, log yard equipment and spent some time in Quality Control. Currently for Idaho Forest Group Mike is “hands on” and through his leadership has helped both facilities become low cost, efficient producers of high quality lumber. Mike enjoys working with other team members to bring out the best in them in addition to working with customers.
Jesse Short – Plant Manager, Lewiston Mill
Jesse has more than a decade of leadership experience in the industry. He joined Riley Creek Lumber after four years with Louisiana Pacific, and continued on with Idaho Forest Group after the merger with Bennett Forest Industries. He was previously plant superintendent for the Moyie Springs facility for four years, and was brought on to manage IFG's newest mill acquisition in Lewiston in 2011. He holds an Associates Degree in residential construction from Delta College in Saginaw, Michigan.
Chris Pease – Plant Manager, Moyie Springs Mill
Chris began his career in the sawmill industry as a Kiln Operator for Louisiana-Pacific in 1996. In 2005, he joined Riley Creek, Moyie Springs Mill, as a Boiler/Kiln Operator. Three years later, in 2008, he was promoted to Lead Boiler/Kiln, as Riley Creek transitioned to Idaho Forest Group. In 2010, he became Green End Supervisor until he was named Plant Manager of Moyie Springs Mill February 1, 2013. Chris is committed to promoting safety, team work and community awareness.
Bob Boeh – VP of Government Affairs and Community Outreach
Bob spent most of the last 33 years with Plum Creek in the resource management division working in land procurement and exchanges, including marketing and managing lands with highest and best uses other than the timber. Bob has a BS degree in Forestry and joined Riley Creek in 1996.
Bruce Brewer – Residual Manager
Bruce has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the forest products business. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a BS in Forest Business and began his forestry career in 1981. Bruce joined Riley Creek in 2003 and transitioned to Idaho Forest Group in 2008. He has held positions as Fee Lands Manager, Chilco Resource Manager and Chilco Plant Manager. Currently, as the Residuals Manager for all five IFG mills he is responsible for the sales of all chips, sawdust, shavings and bark.
Alan Harper – Resource Manager
Alan received his BS degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University in 1985. After graduation he started his career in forestry working for Diamond Lands out of Sterling City, California where he worked on the timber sale layout crew setting up timber sales and managing the contract logging crews. In 1989 he started his own business “Timber Wolf Enterprises” which specialized in writing forest management plans and contract logging. In 2000 Alan took a position with Riley Creek Lumber to be the Resource Manager for the new saw mill that was being built in Plummer, Idaho later known as Plummer Forest Products. In 2008 Alan became the Northern Division Resource Manager for Idaho Forest Group.
Bill Higgins – Resource Manager
Bill has been the Resource Manager at the Grangeville mill since September 2006 and the newly purchased Lewiston sawmill since November 2011. Prior to that, he was Resource Manger for Yakima Resources which was the old Boise Cascade mills in Yakima, Washington. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Forest Products in 1994, Bill spent twelve years with Boise Cascade in Kettle Falls, Washington and Yakima, Washington as a forester, road engineer and logging manager. Bill also holds an MBA from Washington State University.
Dana Schmitz - Business Planning/Analyst
Dana has been in the Wood Products Industry for over 26 years and started working for Idaho Forest Group in early 2012. Dana started in the Industry with Potlatch Corporation in accounting, moved through Superintendent roles in both lumber and plywood. Most of the last ten years with Potlatch was spent as their Business Planning Manager for their Wood Products Division. The last three years he served as Plant Manager for Lewiston Lumber under Clearwater Paper. Dana has a solid base in Modeling with Linear Programming, going back to the early days of PC’s in the late 80’s. Dana will be working on identifying opportunities across all functions and operations within IFG to improve our cost positions of our revenue stream. He is responsible for our Business Planning Model (FOM: Fiber Optimization Model).