KAYU® International Team
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
“A team is a reflection of its leader.” ― Sunday Adelaja
Steven P Wilson – President: Over 40 years as an industry leader importing and marketing wood products from South East Asia, Central America, South America and New Zealand. Instrumental in his previous position as General Manager at a leading premier importer of wood products globally with sales of over $38 million annually. Steve started KAYU International, Inc. in 1994 where he remains actively involved heading up sales and purchasing; with over 100 trips to SE Asia and numerous trips to Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, El Salvador and Costa Rica, building solid personal relationships with suppliers. Steve is fluent in Indonesian and Spanish.
Steve Wilson, President and Owner of Kayu International, Inc.
Mike Goodrich – Senior Advisor of Operations | Purchasing: Mike started his career ‘hands on” in manufacturing and has been traveling to SE Asia purchasing, building programs, in the lumber industry for over 40 years. He contributes a number of key qualities to KAYU and supports the advancement of the company to an even higher level. Most notably coordinating KAYU’s customer/market needs with our suppliers.
Mike works actively with the KAYU team in all facets at a senior level, skillfully and carefully building our product strength and further solidifying our relationship with both our suppliers and customers.
Robin Lynn Wilson, MBA – VP of Product Development | Marketing: Energetic, highly motivated, results focused with a proven track record of more than 20 years of Project Management and consulting with fortune 500 companies for complex system implementations. Joining the KAYU International team in 2007 and utilizing her broad-based competencies, facilitates the “behind-the scenes” marketing and development solutions for both USA and International based relationships. 2018 marks more than 30 trips to Asia, demonstrating commitment and loyalty. Working in partnership with husband, Steve Wilson, is positively regarded in the Asian culture and the long legacy of Family Owned mill suppliers that Steve has been working exclusively with since KAYU International’s inception.
Steve Wilson, President and Owner with Wife Robin Lynn Wilson, VP of Marketing
Gina Schaefer – General Manager, Partner | NE Sales: A graduate of Portland State University with a degree in business management, Gina has a long history with KAYU International and started with the company in 1998, proving both highly dedication and loyalty. In her role at KAYU, Gina directs all financial aspects of the business, including cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory control, budgeting and monitoring financial performance. She is also involved in sales and purchasing.
Gina Schaefer, Finance Manager | Partner
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ― Helen Keller
Natalie Wilson-Smith – Sales Territory Manager: Dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated, Natalie holds a business degree with a Spanish minor from Oregon State University. After several years gaining experience in sales, marketing and management in other industries, she joined the KAYU team in 2011. Her main roles include overseeing Sales and Account Management. She speaks Spanish and has traveled and lived all over the world.
Natalie Smith, Sales Territory Manager
Debbie McPherson – Sales Professional: highly motivated professional who possesses well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. She utilizes her in-depth knowledge of strategic relationship development and marketing experience combined with her confidence, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence to contribute to the overall success of Kayu international.
Fred – Warehouse: Industry knowledgeable, energetic and focused on delivery of our constant and demanding shipping needs. He is well versed with KAYU International products, shipping and handling of the lumber. Filled with energy, precision and committed to excellence. Fred is an instrumental KAYU team contributor for our overall success.
“The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people pull together as a team.” ― Simon Sinek