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Karen Hess and Gary Pittman Retire

Friday, July 28, 2017

Karen Hess and Gary Pittman

Karen Hess and Gary Pittman have each announced their retirements from Roseburg Forest Products, effective Aug. 1, 2017. Both Karen and Gary's careers at Roseburg have spanned over four decades, and their dedicated service to the company has helped it earn a reputation as one of the most successful privately held companies in the forest products industry.

As marketing and event manager, Karen is well known and respected by customers, suppliers and her fellow employees. In many respects, she has been the foundation of the sales organization throughout the years, as she helped Roseburg leadership navigate the many changes in personnel and business strategies. Her ability to plan, organize and execute trade shows and major customer events has set the standard for professional excellence in her field.

Gary joined the company in 1978 and has helmed the lumber sales department since 1991. He has helped Roseburg transition both its product offering and manufacturing base through some of the most turbulent times in the industry. His knowledge of products, markets, customers and business cycles has allowed Roseburg to successfully monetize the company’s timber holdings, and provide a consistent cash flow that has been used to fund day-to-day operations and growth.

Karen and Gary's high energy, organizational skills and dedication to making Roseburg a successful company will be sorely missed.

Please join the Roseburg team in congratulating them for reaching this milestone in their lives, and in wishing them a well-deserved retirement.

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