About Us

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Vanport has offices in the U.S. and on-the-ground sales in Japan. We also have on-the-ground support in Europe, South America and throughout Asia. Through our worldwide network of sales and support we are able to supply our customers with softwood and hardwood lumber that meets their needs.

Certificates and Associations held by Vanport International

Our Team

Paul Owen
President

  • Joined 1988
  • BA Oregon State University
  • Certified JAS Grader
  • Fluent in Japanese

Chris Ketchum
General Manager

  • Joined 1983
  • BA UC-Berkley
  • MBA University of Oregon

Shinobu Okajima
Office & Logistics
Manager

  • Joined 1995
  • Native Japanese speaker

Eliazar Lopez
South America
Manager

  • Joined 2018
  • Native Spanish speaker

Asia Team

Eric Chen
Sales Manager
Asia Sales and Purchasing

  • Joined 2005
  • BA Pacific University
  • MIM Portland State University
  • Speaks 4 Languages

Simon Lei
Asia Sales

Jiekun Wang
Asia Sales

European Imports And USA Sales

Brian Crossley
GM Europe
& US Sales

Dave Jara
Sales Manager
North America