Our Team

 

 

Sam Bacon — General Manager

In my 23 years at Pine River Group / Biewer Lumber, I've been blessed to have had a wide range of opportunities encompassing 10 different positions. These roles have afforded me invaluable experience in merchandising, purchasing, management and sales (both inside and outside). I enjoy the myriad of challenges, as well as the autonomy that my team and I are afforded here at Pine River Group in solving them.

When not working, I love to paddle board, golf and spend time with my wife and six kids. I love what I do, but had I not gone into the lumber industry, I think I may have pursued a career in professional surfing.

☏   1.855.230.5656   ✉   sbacon@pinerivergroup.com

Andy Hehl — Kebony U.S. Sales Manager

With two decades on the calendar here at Biewer Lumber/Pine River Group, I have been very blessed and thankful to have served in both operational and sales management. Both roles have deep meaning to me and the ability to marry the two, in my current position, has proved to be the ultimate intrigue. The autonomy we are afforded here keeps every day, week, month and year fresh and inspiring through great challenge.

In my spare time away from my favorite hobby of business, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful bride and four children, generally doing something outside...riding our horses, hunting, fishing, woodworking and outdoor ministry. I like to live by the motto 'Always content, never satisfied'... and so the story continues.

☏   517.819.5771   ✉   ahehl@kebony.us

Ron Grunwell — Agriculture Product Manager

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I have been extremely fortunate to be part of the Pine River Group team for four years now. When I was hired, the agricultural arm of our company was in its infant stages; we've since grown into one of the largest suppliers of hop, apple and grape trellis in the Midwest.

In my personal time I enjoy traveling, craft beer and boating in beautiful Northern Michigan. I have two beautiful daughters (Madison, 8 and Brielle, 5) who keep me on my toes, but make my life complete and delightfully unpredictable.

☏   616.548.1541   ✉   rgrunwell@pinerivergroup.com

Joanna Olmstead — Kebony & Agriculture Product Coordinator

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I came to Pine River Group in 2015 with a strong background in sales management. I have a B.A. in Political Science/Business Administration from Mercyhurst College. As a sales professional I work closely with specifying architects and contractors to educate and inform prospective customers on our products. I focus primarily on Kebony decking and agricultural products and work in conjunction with our outside sales team and retail customers.

When I'm not at work, I'm spending time with my family, including my 1-year-old son. He keeps me on my toes! I also enjoy kayaking and playing volleyball in my spare time.

☏   810.561.5854   ✉   jolmstead@pinerivergroup.com

David Johnson — Fence Product Manager

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Prior to being a part of the team at Pine River Group, I was a solider in the United States Army for 8 years. Maybe one of the best moves I've ever made — being young and needing a little direction and humility in my life. After my time in the service and having met my beautiful wife, I made use of my previous sales experience from recruiting and working for my father's company to become a Sales Manager for Lowe's Home Improvement. Two years into my role at Lowe's, I was promoted to Area Installation Manager for Southeast Michigan, making me responsible for the installation program and crews operational at 24 Lowe's locations.

My primary focus at Pine River Group has been developing a relational selling program to distributors and independent fence contractors. I also work to strengthen our presence in the marketplace for all treated lumber products, while showing our customers the value in controlling the process from start to finish. Last year proved to be one of the strongest years we've had so far and I’m looking forward to continuing that growth in 2017.

Personally I love to have fun and enjoy life while making a difference. I have four wonderful children — one son, three daughters — and have been married for 10 years. I enjoy anything outdoors including fishing, hunting, sports, running and riding my motorcycle. I thank the Lord every day for each opportunity and struggle that He's put in my life. 

☏   734.308.1483   ✉   djohnson@pinerivergroup.com

Kelsey Biewer — Marketing Manager & Fence Product Coordinator

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My career at Biewer Lumber / Pine River Group began in the spring of 2013, after graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Marketing and a Specialization in Design. Honestly, I never thought I’d work for the family business, but to my happy surprise I fell in love with the people, the industry, the work and I consider myself blessed to be able to say that I truly love what I do.

In my current role I wear two hats; marketing and sales. The marketing side provides an outlet to express my creativity and passion for consumer targeting and promotions. While the sales side lets me have fun interacting with customers and gives me a sense of accomplishment when I’m able to help them. It’s really the best of both worlds and a perfect fit for me.

I’m blessed to have an amazing family and a wonderful group of friends, so when I’m not at work you can usually find me spending time laughing with them. I also love to travel, hunt, play with my dog Charlie and shop. And during the summer months I try to spend as much time on the water as possible; in fact as a child I wanted to be a mermaid more than anything and was crushed when I realized that might not be the most realistic career path.

☏   810.561.5870   ✉   kbiewer@pinerivergroup.com

Gary Cummins — Commercial/Marine/DOT Product Manager

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I have been with Biewer Lumber LLC and Pine River Group for over 36 years. In that time I have held positions in inside sales, outside sales, and plant manager of the St. Clair treating plant for more than 11 years. My years of experience in wholesale lumber, poles and piling and treating give me a unique perspective on working in the area of commercial sales. I am proud to have been the first person involved in what is now the Pine River Group and have enjoyed watching the division’s growth and success over the years.

Outside of the company I enjoy watching all sports, having played recreational softball for 30 years until the knees gave out. I love golf and plan to take my talents on the Senior PGA tournament upon retirement.

☏   Office 810.561.5235 / Cell 810.434.6345   ✉   gcummins@pinerivergroup.com

Dan Rasor — Commercial/Marine/DOT Product Manager

Collectively, I have over 23 years experience in the utility and marine industries selling utility poles, piling and marine timbers. I recently joined Pine River Group and am very excited to be a member of a team that has both a strong vision and manufacturing capabilities.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, watching the kids grow up and play sports, playing some golf myself and making an occasional trip to Chicago for the weekend. 

☏   Office 855.230.5656 / Cell 231.709.1819   ✉   drasor@pinerivergroup.com

Kelsey McCormick — Sales Assistant

I am a newcomer here at Pine River Group! I recently just graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. I previously interned with The Kahkwa Club, a luxury golf course and country club, where I was able to put my education into practice and gained valuable insight into exemplary customer service. In my new role as a Sales Assistant I am bringing with me the assets I gained throughout my internship and look forward to adding new skills to my portfolio as a result of working with the experienced team at Pine River Group.

Outside of work, I am a swim coach at the Blue Water Swim Club, where I coach kids from all ages in competitive swimming. I swam all throughout college and I still love to swim in my spare time. When I am not around the pool I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and my five cats (crazy cat lady and proud)!

☏   1.855.230.5656   ✉   kmccormick@pinerivergroup.com