Hampton Lumber has announced that Randy Schillinger will join Hampton Lumber & Family Forests as its new CEO, effective June 26.
Schillinger has over 25 years of experience in the Pacific Northwest wood products industry. He began his career with Weyerhaeuser in 1998 where he provided strategic planning and analysis before moving to their Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products division, where he worked on sales and operations planning and manufacturing.
Schillinger joins Hampton from Pacific Woodtech Corporation, where he most recently served as chief operating officer. Pacific Woodtech Corporation, headquartered in Burlington, Wash., manufactures engineered wood products such as beams, headers and studs.
Schillinger grew up in the forest sector and was raised in Washington’s Cowlitz Valley, where Hampton has operated mills since 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and holds a masters in forest economics from Oregon State University and a masters in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He will take over following the retirement of Steve Zika, who has served as CEO at Hampton since 2003.
“Over the past two decades, Steve has fostered a culture of continuous improvement at Hampton,” said board chairman Eric Schooler. “He shepherded the company through the challenges of a Great Recession and a global pandemic and cemented Hampton’s reputation as a highly respected and community-minded member of the forest sector.”
“Randy has demonstrated experience in the Pacific Northwest wood product industry and is well equipped to guide Hampton into the future,” says Schooler. “He shares the Hampton family’s commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, employee health and wellbeing, and community.”
Zika will assist with the transition over the next couple of months before assuming a position as vice chairman of the Hampton board.
“On behalf of the Board and the Hampton family, I want to express our profound thanks to Steve for his leadership over the past 20 years,” said Schooler. “We are thrilled to welcome Randy to the executive team and look forward to this exciting new chapter for the company.”
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