Our team​

Gary Erickson

Gary Erickson, Regional Manager of Wood Procurement, has worked for Sappi’s Cloquet Mill since 2007, after spending 30 years working in the timber industry further west. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Forestry, Gary serves on the Board of the Minnesota Logger Education Program, and is a member of the Minnesota Forest Resources Council Northeast Landscape Committee and the Ruffed Grouse Society. When not working, you might find Gary fishing or hunting in Minnesota, Wyoming, or Alaska. Contact gary.erickson@sappi.com

Ross Korpela

Ross Korpela, Sr. Wood Procurement Manager has been at the Cloquet Mill site since 1996, joining Sappi in 2002. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with a Major in Forest Management and Minors in Resource Management and Forest Recreation.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in combination with pre-MBA work from the University of MN Duluth. He is active in MN Tree Farm, Timber Producers Association of MN, Minnesota Logger Education Program, and the University of MN Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Ross purchases all of the open market wood and residue from Minnesota and manages the four Minnesota stumpage foresters. When not working, you may find him in the community coaching youth basketball, fishing Musky tournaments, or managing his own land for timber & wildlife. Contact ross.korpela@sappi.com

Brett Peterson

Brett Peterson, Wisconsin/Michigan Procurement Manager, has been with Sappi since 2003. Brett holds a B.S. in Forestry from the Michigan Technological University.  He serves as the Chair of the Training and Education subcommittee of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI) State Implementation Committee for Wisconsin, and is a member of the Michigan SFI® State Implementation Committee. Brett is responsible for open market wood purchases in Michigan and Wisconsin along with management of the four stumpage foresters for the two states. Contact brett.peterson@sappi.com

Chris Martland

Chris Martland, Manager Lake States Private Forestry Program, cruised timber in every state south of the Mason-Dixon line during the winter, and spent summers doing timber sale setup in northern Michigan prior to joining Sappi in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the Michigan Technological University, and a Masters of Arts in Management from the College of St. Scholastica.  Chris is the Board Chair for the Minnesota Log A Load.   In the summer he spends a lot of time on his bicycles and motorcycles. Contact chris.martland@sappi.com

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson, External Woodyard Logistics Coordinator began his career at the Cloquet mill in 1995 working in the Construction and Engineering Department during the Pulpmill expansion, he has held various positions around the mill before landing in his current position.  He is now responsible for coordinating and managing all of Sappi’s external woodyards in the region.  Brian also serves as a Township Supervisor since 2005 and is associated with the Carlton County Township Association and also the Minnesota Township Officers Association.  When not at work Brian can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family. Contact brian.johnson2@sappi.com

Keith Graham

Keith Graham, Procurement Forester western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, has worked as a procurement forester for 15 years; and has been with Sappi since 2011. Keith holds an Associate of Science degree in Natural Resources from Gogebic Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Michigan Tech. He is involved with the MI & WI Sustainable Forestry Committees, & the Michigan Forest Policy Committee. Outside of work he plays soprano bugle in Marty’s Goldenaires Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, performing parades/concerts each summer across Northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Contact keith.graham@sappi.com

Mike Blomquist

Mike Blomquist, Procurement Forester north Central Wisconsin, has been with Sappi since 2008. He holds a Forestry degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He had been a log buyer and a consulting forester for approximately 30 years prior to joining Sappi. Contact michael.blomquist@sappi.com

Mark Halvorson

Mark Halvorson, Procurement Forester northwest Wisconsin, joined Sappi’s forestry team in 2008.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Mark started his career as an Airfield Fire Fighter for the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota where he continues to serve. Mark deployed with his unit for tours of 4 months in Baghdad and 6 months in Kuwait performing aircraft and structural fire/emergency protection missions.  He enjoys hockey in the winter and adventure races in the summer. Contact mark.halvorson@sappi.com

Damon Polus

Damon Polus, Procurement Forester in northeast Minnesota, has a Forestry degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, majoring in Forestry Administration and Utilization, and minoring in Business. Damon joined the Sappi team in 2005. Contact damon.polus@sappi.com

Eric Schram

Eric Schram, Procurement Forester in eastern Minnesota, was hired by Sappi in December of 2015. Eric is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Forestry (Administration and Utilization), and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining Sappi, Eric worked as a Procurement Forester purchasing hardwood veneer and saw logs in the lake states region, for over 10 years. His free time is spent enjoying the outdoors with his family. Contact eric.schram@sappi.com

Patrick Galdonik

Patrick Galdonik, Procurement Forester west central Minnesota, worked for the Cloquet Mill under Potlatch from 1994 until 2003 when he joined the Sappi group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Silviculture/Forest Resource Management from the University of Minnesota.  Patrick is a past President on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® (SFI) MN State Implementation Committee (SIC), and is currently a Minnesota SIC representative. He has been procuring wood for the mill since 1991. Contact patrick.galdonik@sappi.com

Tom Cunningham

Tom Cunningham, Procurement Forester in south central Minnesota, has been with Sappi since 2006. Tom has a Forestry degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He buys private and public timber, and works with a variety of landowners and loggers. When not helping landowners Tom is usually cooking or working in the garden. Contact tom.cunningham@sappi.com

Corey Verdegan

Corey Verdegan, Private Lands Procurement Forester for Minnesota and Wisconsin, graduated with a double major in Forest Management and Recreation from the University Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Corey has 10+ years of experience as a professional forester. Prior to joining Sappi in the spring of 2016 Corey was the Assistant Forest administrator for Price County Forestry and Parks Department in Phillips, Wisconsin. Contact corey.verdegan@sappi.com

Cory Moderson

Cory Moderson, Procurement Forester in northeast Wisconsin, joined Sappi in 2016. Cory has 12 years of experience as a Log Procurement Forester, purchasing logs in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University. When not working, you can find Cory hunting or fishing in the Great Lakes region. Contact cory.moderson@sappi.com

Jack Kline

Jack Kline is a private lands procurement forester for northeast Minnesota who joined Sappi in 2017. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. When not working he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his friends and family. Contact jack.kline@sappi.com

Kris Abrahamson

Kris Abrahamson, Administrator, has been part of the Cloquet mill since 1980, 21 years of that as an Inside Sales Rep and part of Wood Procurement since 2006. She has grown to love the wood side of the business and enjoys working with the logging community. Kris enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family in the summer months. Contact kris.abrahamson@sappi.com

Barb Austin

Barb Austin, Administrator, started with Sappi in 2005. She is responsible payment setup, check requests/advances, and vendor set-up in the Lake States. When not at work she can be found attending her daughters’ events and spending time with her family. Contact barbara.austin@sappi.com