Brad Van Allen, Vice President of Accounting and Finance
Like all the Van Allen brothers, the eldest son, Brad, grew up steeped in the family business. He returned to Northwest Paper Box in 1980 when his father’s health began to fail. Prior to his return, Brad was a financial analyst for White Motor Corporation in Detroit, MI. He holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University and a degree in General Engineering from Oregon State University. Brad's likes include: sunny days and walks on the beach :), throwing the baseball around with the kids and chasing a little white ball around a golf course. He has luckily been married for 27 years to his wife Carolyn and has two adult children, Katherine and Jack. Brad is pictured holding the US. Open Tournament Trophy in 2015 before Jordan Spieth won it last summer.
Rod Van Allen, Vice President Of Production
Rod first began working at NWPB as a child when his father would take Rod to work on weekends to clean the shop or chip glue off the machines. That experience taught Rod that he better go to college. Rod graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following that, Rod worked for Kraft Foods in Los Angeles for 2 years, creating ergonomic systems for food production and developing production efficiencies, when his family asked him to return to Portland and NWPB following his father’s death in 1983. Now, as VP of Operations at NWPB, Rod is responsible for the Production, Shipping and Maintenance departments. Personally, Rod enjoys golf, tennis, travel and his family. “I want to thank all our customers past and present who have trusted us with their business and all the employees who have worked so hard to supply quality packaging”.
Or what he really wanted to say–
First in answer to the most FAQ on our website, “Yes , Rod is still devilishly handsome”. As a candidate for People magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man of the year, Rod’s responsibilities are many including entertaining celebrities (he once sat next to Vanessa Williams). Folically speaking, of the three brothers, Rod is the one most likely to be confused with Eddie Van Halen. One thing Rod cannot agree to is “Bald is beautiful”. His favorite play is Hair.
John Van Allen, Vice President Of Sales & Marketing
Youngest and cutest of the Van Allen Brothers, John or more affectionately called JVA, holds a degree in Marketing and Finance from Santa Clara University. Often described as the company “Eye candy”, John delivers a true 1-2 punch with his effervescence and his quick wit. John’s career path at NWPB, began in front of the television, stuffing cotton in jewelry boxes. He rose amongst the ranks to Delivery driver, corner cutter, and slitter operator. Many a Saturday was spent with his father Van, sweeping and general cleaning of the shop. John returned to NWPB in 1987, after spending a few years in the Bay area, as a commodity broker and a recruiter. John continues to work directly with a number of accounts, he also coaches, encourages, and counsels the whole Account Executive team, and Customer Service group. With his eye always firmly set on the prize John works tirelessly at building the Sales of NWPB, which now has exceeded $20 million. With 2 adorable young children to keep John busy, his days begin with making coffee alongside his 3 year old, getting “vitadins” and feeding the dog and cats. Here’s great big arm HUGS for all of you!!
Paul Mullin, Accounting
Paul was born in Myrtle Point Oregon. One of the most defining events in his life, was at age 5 when his grandparents gave him swimming lessons. He ended up taking lessons and going to the summer camp each year until I turned 13. Paul ended up asking the owner for a job life guarding and working as a counselor in the day camp. He worked there each summer for 5 years, then worked 3 summers in a salmon cannery to pay for college. He graduated from Parkrose High School and was going to be a fisheries biologist. He ended up on the 6 year plan for college. Jobs in fisheries were hard to get at that time. A friend of his told him to take an accounting class. Paul actually ended up liking it and ended up switching from Oregon State to Portland State so he could mooch off Mom and Dad. His degree was from Portland State in Business Administration. Crunching numbers is fun and he enjoys people, so his current position with Northwest Paper Box is a great fit. Paul is married with four children and one grandchild. So moments with his grandson are truly special. Paul enjoys fishing and the water, both are great activities to do with the grandson. Paul also enjoys hiking. Multnomah Falls and Cape Lookout are 2 of his favorite hiking spots. Ocean fishing is one of his absolute favorite activities. Paul has many memories with his dad and brothers. It is so relaxing to go out and get tossed around in a boat, if any fish are caught, it is a bonus
Dave Shiffer, Shipping
Dave has worked for NW Paper Box for almost 8 years starting as a warehouse man and worked his way up to Shipping Manager. Dave enjoys the outdoors, fishing, photography, traveling, and woodworking. He believes in having fun at work and with the people he works with. It makes the job more enjoyable and builds better relationships with other departments. Better relationships inspires positive work ethics and better productivity.
Below is a sample of Dave's photography that has been featured in magazines and online articles! Awesome work, Dave!
Nicole Lehto, Customer Service
Nicole was recently promoted to the Customer Service Manager after working for Northwest Paper Box since shortly after leaving her mother’s womb... well, since high school graduation in 1994. After working as the receptionist for 3 years, Nicole decided she needed something more challenging and applied for a position in the customer service department where she has been since. Boy, did she get what she asked for, as the department is can be very challenging and stressful at times. After almost 20 years in the department she has been part of all of the major software and policy changes that have occurred and has played an important role in teaching and helping others with these changes and is often referred to as “Rain Man” by her co-workers. She is always looking for ways to improve, whether is with our internal processes, communication, and anything needed to help accommodate our customer’s needs. When Nicole isn't solving box crisis’ at work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, 3 furry children, and friends. She enjoys things from family camping trips to the beach, lazy movie nights, or just simply hanging out with friends and catching up on life.
Steve McDonald - Corrugated
After three plus decades in the corrugated industry I am happy to have joined Northwest Paper Box. During my career I have been a Chief Operating Officer, GM, Multi Site PM, Divisional QA Manager and a Software( Kiwiplan) Sales Manager. Drawing from these experiences I hope to help drive revenue at NW Paper Box and highlight opportunities to reduce costs throughout.
I have two kids and 1 GRANDSON.My wife of 25 years, and I enjoy our family, the outdoors and spending time at the beach. We are looking forward to traveling to Europe this year to see my wife’s family.
Steve is our resident dog whisperer here at NWPB. Every dog that comes to visit knows to run to his office as he has the best doggie treats in the Pacific NW.
Tony Philips, Maintenance
Tony has worked at Northwest Paper Box for 27 years as the facility maintenance guru. He enjoys working with all the Northwest Paper Box employees. He's a great help.
“My professional philosophy? 1. Choose precision. For machines and electronics both, this is important. 2. Always have a back-up plan. I like to close as many doors to fate as possible.”