Columbia Seeds Team

COLUMBIA SEEDS® TEAM

Our Strategy

Columbia Seeds® provides this “Value Direct Link®” through a close association with top quality Pacific Northwest growers and multi-channel distribution systems. Columbia Seeds® “Value Direct Link®” from producer to local and world markets means tremendous value for the entire grass seed industry.

Contact Information

Columbia Seeds®

130 NW Hickory Street
Albany, Oregon 97321

FAX:
541.791.7540

Phone:
888.681.7333

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Our Team

Tom Pape, Vice President

Tom Pape

Vice President

Tom has over 28 years of experience in the Turfgrass industry. He is also a co-owner of Columbia Seeds LLC. The Turfgrass industry is an extension of his lifelong roots in agriculture beginning on the family farm in IA. Prior to Columbia Seeds, Tom joined Lely Pacific and was appointed President in 1984. He joined Seed Research of Oregon in 1992 as VP and General Manager. Tom has an MBA from Portland State University and is involved in many civic and industry associations.

Mobile 541.990.6728
tpape@columbiaseeds.com

Scott Harer, Vice President

Scott Harer

Vice President

Scott has over 29 years of experience in the Turf and Forage grass industry. He is also a co-owner of Columbia Seeds LLC. Scott started his career in his home state of Wisconsin and moved to Oregon in 1994. He has earned his MBA from Portland State University and is actively involved with industry associations. He is Past President of the Oregon Seed Association.  He is currently serving on the National Grass Variety Review Board. 

Mobile 541.990.8865
sharer@columbiaseeds.com

Ryan Jeffries, National Sales Manager

Ryan Jeffries

National Sales Manager

Ryan has over 27 years of turf, forage and native grass experience. His prior work experience includes Research Seeds/ Land O’ Lakes and Turf Products Manager for Arkansas Valley Seeds. He started his career with Columbia Seeds in 2006. Ryan has a BS from Missouri Western State University in Agri-Business and is actively involved with industry associations. Ryan currently serves on the NTEP Advisory Board.

Mobile 303.522.6296
rjeffries@columbiaseeds.com

Mary Harer, VP of Operations

Mary Harer

VP of Operations

Mary has over 35 years of experience in the Turf and Forage grass industry. She started her career with Columbia Seeds in 2004. As V.P. of Operations, she has many responsibilities which include managing the office, and International Shipping and documentation. Mary is involved with various local community/industry organizations.

Mobile 541.979.7700 mharer@columbiaseeds.com
Brenda Webster, Operations Manager

Brenda Webster

Operations Manager

Brenda is a native Oregonian and has lived in the Willamette Valley since 2002. She attended Linn-Benton Community College and earned her Associate of Science degree with an emphasis on Agricultural Business Management. She has worked for Columbia Seeds since 2007. She works closely with our sales team, VP of Operations and handles all domestic shipping. She works with credit and collections and is an active member of the NACM Credit Managers group.

Mobile 541.979.8725
bwebster@columbiaseeds.com
Kirsten Pick, Product Manager

Kirsten Pick

Product Manager

Kirsten grew up in West Salem, Oregon. She started her career with Columbia Seeds in 2011. She attended Oregon State University where she received a degree in Agricultural Business Management and a minor in Communications. Kirsten manages all research projects, all production aspects, Marketing & Advertising, and Sales. She also creates Company product tech sheets and maintains the website.

Mobile 503.507.8904
kpick@columbiaseeds.com

Jodi May

Sales Assistant Representative

Jodi was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors of Science, double majoring in Psychology and Family and Human Services. She has worked in agriculture for 6 years, first becoming interested while working at Doerfler Farms during summer harvest. Jodi provides support in receiving and processing orders, fulfilling customer requests, as well as providing overall quality customer service. She also assists with marketing design, coordinating freight for out of valley transfers, and monitors inventory.

Anna Herrera-Ortiz, Operations Assistant

Ana Herrera-Ortiz

Operations Assistant

Ana is a native Oregonian. She is one of our newest employees and started her grass seed career with us in June 2019. As Operations Assistant, she plays many crucial roles for Columbia Seeds. Ana works closely with the Sales team and Operations Manager. She is an integral part of the dedicated Team here at Columbia Seeds. When it comes to working on customer orders, Anna makes sure the flow of seed in the Valley is going smoothly.  Ana is truly valuable and respected. Feel free to say hello to Ana next time you call the office.

Ian Joustra, Field Representative

Ian Joustra

Field Representative

Ian was born and raised in Albany, Oregon. He started his career with Columbia Seeds in 2007. He attended Linn-Benton Community College where he earned his Associates in Arts & Sciences degree. He manages and maintains our turf plots, checks production fields, delivers seed and bags to various locations all over the Valley.

Mobile 541.829.3218
ijoustra@columbiaseeds.com