Portland, OR, May 23, 2023 – Hampton Lumber leadership is pleased to announce that Randy Schillinger will join Hampton Lumber & Family Forests as its new CEO, effective June 26, 2023. Randy 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 (EWP) division, where he worked on sales and operations planning and manufacturing. Randy joins Hampton from Pacific Woodtech Corporation, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. Pacific Woodtech Corporation, headquartered in Burlington, WA, manufactures engineered wood products such as beams, headers and studs.
Randy 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 an MS in Forest Economics from Oregon State University and an MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. Randy 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.”
Steve 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.”
About Hampton Lumber
Hampton Lumber is a fourth-generation, family-owned company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With over 80 years in the sawmill business, Hampton operates ten sawmills in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and markets wood products all over the world. Hampton also manages a wholesale and export division and numerous reload and remanufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. All of Hampton’s forestlands are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), an independent, non-profit organization that promotes sustainable forest management. SFI certified forests play an important role in water conservation, wildlife habitat, and climate solutions.