ATICA: Richard Loew
ATICA: Affiliated Timber Investment Conversion Advisors, Inc.
Richard Loew

Richard Loew

Richard Loew Consulting

Richard received his Bachelor of Science (Wood Science) from the School of Natural Resources, University of California at Berkeley with a minor in in Business Administration with subsequent studies in Manufacturing and Statistical Process Controls from Oregon State University.

He is a member of the American Wood Preservation Association; 12 year member of Forest Products Research Society (FPRS) and was appointed to American Wood Council as a company representative, Technical Issues in 1987.

Professional Experience

Consultant: Beck Group, Tigard, OR - Forest Products Consultants

  • Clients include Fortune 500 to small domestic and international wood based enterprises
  • Performed market analysis, conducted surveys, & trend analysis for the Washington State Dept. of Economic Development Council for bi-products in all state forests, wood products operations, and overall log production throughout the State
  • Analyzed 48 forest product companies P&L data to benchmark collective performance comparisons, competitive assessment projects
  • Business benchmarking assessments focused on customer satisfaction, process measurement analytics, best business practices, etc.
  • Oversaw various qualitative and quantitative testing projects, i.e., time and motion, conversion center yields, de-grade tests and log studies

Consultant: Independent, Vancouver, WA

  • Independent consultant to CEO of Fortune 500 Oil & Gas Company
  • Conducted timber and resource study on company land to determine feasibility and market potential of resource conversion
  • Consulted several small companies seeking remedy to escalating costs and reduced profit margins
  • Market supply-demand-pricing consultations, time & motion studies, financial feasibility analysis and reporting

Vice President of Manufacturing, Greenwood Products, Inc., Lake Oswego, OR

  • Collaborative hands-on partnerships between producers & customers while delivering Industrial Products to OEMs across the country. Work across all levels of Owners Superintendents, QC, and Plant Managers
  • Drove facilities to higher QA compliance with 116%production increases over prior 3 years
  • Responsible for on time with zero defects reducing frequency of claims by 28 %
  • Worked with appropriate 3rd party testing & inspection agencies, chemical vendors to assure guideline standards compliance
  • Treated wood advances and conversions to environmentally friendly chemicals
  • Spearheaded testing and development of new technology in drying utilizing vacuum chambers
  • Established and monitored guidelines in testing for glues, adhesives, laminates, & edge sealers in order to maintain quality demands needed for customers satisfaction

Production & Process Engineer for Quality Control, L-P Corp (Western Division), Samoa, CA

  • Conducted stream turbidity surveys in Redwood Creek drainage, now part of Redwood National Forest in California
  • Conducted seminars for management during a 3-year period, identified $ 13.3 million in production & quality gains
  • Produced 7.25% production efficiency increase through development of a $3,000,000 employee incentive plan covering 13 plants and 2,800 employees
  • Tutored 15 licensed foresters (for 6 month periods) in lumber value from standing trees explaining grade recovery, product mix, and value optimization for ROI

Boiler and Dry Kiln Supervisor, Cal-Tex Lumber Company, Nacogdoches, TX

  • Ran 3 Boilers (2 wood, waste-fired, 1 natural gas) and 5 dry kilns (3 steam, 2 direct-fired)
  • Improved $ 400,000 value recovery by assessing and designing protocol for optimal drying schedules