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Collins Names Insko President & CEO

Collins has announced that Tom Insko will become the President & CEO of the company, succeeding retiring Eric Schooler. Insko, an Oregon native will assume responsibilities on October 1 for the Wilsonville, Ore.-based Collins.

Insko currently serves as President of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, a position he has held since 2015. He also has extensive background in the wood products industry. He was with Boise Cascade for 20 years, holding positions as plant manager, production manager, senior financing manager, region manager, and area manager. At the time of his departure from Boise, he was responsible for nine manufacturing facilities with more than 1,100 employees.

Insko’s manufacturing experience spans plywood, composite panels, lumber, and laminated beams. He has also worked extensively in forest policy and management, log and fiber procurement, sales and finance.

He is currently a commissioner on the Oregon Business Development Commission and previously served two terms on the Oregon Board of Forestry.

“Tom lives by ethics and values that are well aligned with those of our company and family,” states Cherida Collins Smith, Board Chair. “He has a vast amount of experience dealing with the complexities in our business as well as demonstrated success in meeting challenges inherent in our industry and in these times that we were looking for to succeed the leadership Eric Schooler has undertaken in the last 21 years.”

Insko holds bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Business Economics from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from the College of William & Mary.

Collins operates softwood sawmills in Lakeview, Ore.; Chester, Calif.; and a hardwood sawmill in Kane, Pa.; and a particleboard mill in Klamath Falls, Ore.; and operates substantial timberland holdings.

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