Kirsten grew up in West Salem, Oregon. She started her career with Columbia Seeds in 2011. She attended Oregon State University where she received a degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Communications. Kirsten maintains our web site, works with Marketing & Advertising, Sales, Research turf plots and Production acre placements. She also creates Company product tech sheets and works closely with our Growers. Her past work experience has been in Research.
Scott has over 20 years of experience in the Turf and Forage grass industry. He is also a co-owner of Columbia Seeds LLC. Scott started his career in his home state of Wisconsin and moved to Oregon in 1994. He has earned his MBA from Portland State University and is actively involved with industry associations. He is currently serving on the board of the Oregon Seed Association.
Ryan has over 23 years of turf, forage and native grass experience. His prior work experience includes Research Seeds/ Land O' Lakes and Turf Products Manager for Arkansas Valley Seeds. He started his career with Columbia Seeds in 2010. Ryan has a BS from Missouri Western State University in Agri-Business and is actively involved with industry associations.
Mary has over 26 years of experience in the Turf and Forage grass industry. She started her career with Columbia Seeds in 2004. As Office Manager, she has many responsibilities which include managing the office; however, she is also responsible for Receivables, Payables, International Sales and shipping, Imports, domestic OTR shipments and is involved with various community/industry organizations.
Tom has over 20 years of experience in the Turfgrass industry. He is also a co-owner of Columbia Seeds LLC. The Turfgrass industry is an extension of his lifelong roots in agriculture beginning on the family farm in IA. Prior to Columbia Seeds, Tom joined Lely Pacific and was appointed President in 1984. He joined Seed Research of Oregon in 1992 as VP and General Manager. Tom has an MBA from Portland State University and is involved in many civic and industry associations.
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Brenda is a native Oregonian and has lived in the Willamette Valley since 2002. She attended Linn-Benton Community College and earned her Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on Agricultural Business Management. She has worked for Columbia Seeds since 2007. She works closely with our sales team and office manager. She works with credit and collections and is an active member of the NACM Credit Managers group. She also handles all intermodal shipments and any testing, tagging and order processing for the Sales team.
Columbia Seeds® strategy is to focus resources on the marketing and brand development of its varieties while facilitating the flow of seed directly from the producer to the marketplace. Using this strategy, founding members Tom Pape and Scott Harer developed a Value Direct Link® between the producer and the marketplace. Columbia Seeds® provides this "Value Direct Link®" through a close association with top quality Pacific Northwest growers and multi-channel distribution systems. Columbia Seeds® "Value Direct Link®" from producer to local and world markets means tremendous value and savings for the entire grass seed industry.
Ian was born and raised in Albany, Oregon. He started his career with Columbia Seeds in 2007. He attended Linn-Benton Community College where he earned his Associates in Arts & Sciences degree. He manages and maintains our turf plots, checks production fields, delivers seed and bags to various locations all over the Valley.