B. Bond Starker, Chairman of the Board
Bond has led Starker Forests since 1975. His responsibilities include management of administrative and financial matters, tax matters and federal regulatory requirements.
Bond is a 1969 graduate of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. Bond retired from the position of President and CEO in 2017.
Jake Gibbs, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jake joined Starker Forests, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Jake has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
He began his professional forestry career in 1996 as a tree planter in southern Oregon. Over the next 20 years, he gained valuable practical experience in various aspects of forest management, fire protection and policy and regulatory affairs. His responsibilities include ensuring all forest management activities achieve the economic, environmental and social objectives of the Starker Family.
Barte B Starker
Barte graduated from Corvallis High School in 1968 and from Oregon State University in 1972 with a degree in forestry. At age 22, he entered the family business, Starker Forests, and worked there until his retirement in 2015.
Barte served on many forestry boards and committees throughout the state including the Oregon Board of Forestry, the Oregon Natural Resources Education Fund and the Oregon Forest Resource Institute. He was also involved with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Rotary and the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. Barte died in December 2017 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Steven R. Wyatt, CPA, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Steve has served as CFO since 1997 and was Controller during the prior 10 years. His responsibilities include financial and tax matters, human resources, benefits, and compliance issues. He received his accounting degree from Portland State University in 1982 and his CPA license in 1984. Steve worked for Touche Ross CPA’s and Northwest Farm Bureau Insurance before joining Starker Forests in 1987.
Marc G. Vomocil, Vice President-Acquisitions and Real Assets
Marc has served as Vice President-Forestry and Assistant Secretary since 2007. His responsibilities include overseeing reforestation, young stand management, and inventory. For the 30 years prior to becoming Forestry Manager, Marc’s responsibilities, which continue today, included growth and yield projections, and the appraisal, purchase, and sale of timberlands. Marc is an OSU College of Forestry graduate (1974). Marc worked for SFI while in college and joined the firm upon graduation. Marc took a leave of absence in 1978 to return to OSU for a Masters of Forest Economics. Marc returned to Starker Forests full time in 1980.
Randy Hereford, Vice President-Chief Forester
Randy has served as Vice President-Timber and Assistant Secretary since 2007. His responsibilities, since employment in 1978, have included timber harvest, log marketing, harvest planning, road construction, and fire management. Randy graduated from OSU with a B. S. in Forest Engineering and a B. S. in Forest Management in 1977. After graduation Randy worked for Crown Zellerbach in NW Washington before joining Starker Forests in 1978.