Who Are We?
Both a name and a philosophy, NURTURED is the brand name for Community Forest Products. We embody a creative and systems approach to business: manufacturing and distributing wood products in an environmentally responsible way while nurturing community and forest health. The leaders of Community Forest Products (CFP) have each worked individually for many years with organizations, agencies and colleagues engaged in natural resource enhancement, economic development, renewable energy and the forest products industry.
Bringing together the deep, combined experience of these principals, CFP has been established as an Oregon Benefit Company with the mission to confront the problems in our forests, create rural employment opportunities, and produce high quality, environmentally responsible wood products for consumers.
Kent Snyder – CEO
Kent has been a tireless advocate for collaborative solutions to complex problems. As an attorney, Kent was a nationally recognized expert and author in bankruptcy law with a focus on business workouts and turn-arounds. He served for 10 years on the Sustainable Development Commission of Portland and Multnomah County, working on Economic Development, Green Building, and development of the city’s Climate Action Plan. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Green Electronics Council, which he has helped grow from an idea to a global registry and standards for electronics that is shaping international markets. Kent also chaired the Board of Trustees of the American Leadership Forum, an organization whose mission is to join and strengthen collaborative networks of leaders to serve the public good.
Tom Fuller – CFO
Tom is a native Oregonian and self-professed ‘recovering banker’. He received his B.S in Administrative Science from Yale and was graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Following 19 years with The Oregon Bank and its successor, Security Pacific Bank Oregon, ending up as a Senior Vice President, Oregon’s governor hired Tom to lead the Department of Corrections’ largest-ever expansion of the prison system, and later to manage four sections of the state’s Economic Development Department covering 80% of the agency’s budget. Mr. Fuller joined Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc. in 1991 where he serves as project manager.
Scott Exo – VP Supply Network Integrity
Scott Exo has over a decade of experience with market-based approaches to conservation and the building of transparent, sustainable supply chains. Scott served as executive director for Food Alliance, a national nonprofit pioneering a comprehensive certification program for environmentally friendly and socially responsible farming practices. Scott was instrumental in growing and expanding the certification program to new industry sectors, including food service, processing and distribution, shellfish and nursery production. Scott currently serves on advisory boards for the Oregon State University/Oregon Department of Agriculture Food Innovation Center and the Washington State University Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach.
Toby Loetscher – VP Production & Facilities
Toby was born in Dubuque, IA and received a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Transportation & Logistics from Iowa State University. As a 20+ year employee of door and window manufacturer, JELD-WEN, Inc., Toby has a strong working knowledge of all aspects of the business, including log acquisition, production and distribution of finished products, sales & marketing, as well as product development and design of tooling. Most recently, he led the establishment and two multi-million dollar expansions of the JMAR juniper mill, a community collaborative with a goal of commercializing western juniper.
Craig Trames – Marketing
Craig is an effective leader adept at strategy, brand clarity and business innovation. Over the past 25 years, Craig has taken on a wide range of roles with an emphasis on marketing, sales and product development. Craig brings hands-on business experience to his work, much of it built over 11 years at Nike where, as Global Business Director, he managed their $500M outdoor footwear business and began integrating sustainability deeper into the company. Following Nike, Craig served as CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and has worked as a management consultant since 2005 with Coraggio Group.
Cristen Chambers – VP Sales
Cristen has over 25 years of experience placing building materials with mainstream retailers and the US Government. As CEO for Green World Now, she is a recognized expert at creating brand recognition for manufacturers, with a comprehensive understanding of the competitive retail landscape. Prior to founding Green World Now, she was the VP of sales and marketing at three separate firms, with the express focus of achieving high volume sales programs with national retailers such as Lowe’s Home Improvement, The Home Depot and Ace Hardware.
Gabe Dominek – Product Design
It has often been said that good design solves the right problems. For nearly a decade and a half as an architect, Gabe has guided building projects from feasibility studies, through conceptual design and construction. Because of this expertise, he understands the magnitude each design decision has on the success or failure of a project. His experiences in sustainable design include international consulting, new construction and historic renovation and rehabilitation. Understanding how collaboration creates work that is functional, elegant and meaningful, Gabe applies his values and skills on every scale of work from large to small. Working in this way, Gabe creates environments, buildings and products whose beauty is rooted in both practicality and environmental responsibility.
Anita Decker, Chair of Board of Directors
Anita is currently the executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association. From 2007 to 2014, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the Bonneville Power Administration. Prior to this, she spent 27 years with PacifiCorp, rising to the role of Vice President. She worked in various positions of increasing responsibility in Oregon, Wyoming and Utah related to customer service, transmission/distribution construction and maintenance, sales and marketing, human resources, energy conservation, procurement, real estate management and SAP support. Decker earned a B.S. in business management from Utah Valley University, a senior business leadership program through the Wharton School of Business, and is also a graduate of the INSEAD advanced management program in Fontainebleau, France.