At Benchmark International, our people are our greatest asset—they’re the foundation of our success and the key to our future. Our team has a wide range of education achievements and professional experience. Not to mention a shared passion for problem solving and a drive to help our clients succeed.
Travis R. Snapp
President & Founder; Manager, Sales and Marketing
Born with sawdust in his veins, Travis comes from a family with four generations in the wood products industry. He grew up throughout the United States and spent time in nearly every type of wood products manufacturing plant you can think of—paper mills, plywood mills, stud mills, chip mills and even chemical plants.
After an “illustrious” academic career at Clemson University, which included a stint as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter and a few terms teaching lab sections of surveying fundamentals, Travis moved to Oregon to work in the hazardous materials remediation industry.
Slightly disenfranchised by working in boiler room environments or sub-zero temperatures—all while wearing full PPE—Travis decided to return to academia to facilitate a transition into a career that did not include life-threatening projects. Or so he thought at the time!
Arriving at Oregon State University, Travis developed close relationships with the faculty and staff from the wood science & engineering department. Much to his father’s dismay, after leaving OSU, Travis joined the wood-products industry as a staff engineer with PSI (now Benchmark International). This led to his immediate placement on a flight to China for one month of client visits. It also led to his current life of traveling the world to help Benchmark clients.
Today, Travis and the rest of the Benchmark team spend their time assisting clients on a personal level. Because Benchmark is a boutique service provider, he and his colleagues are able to help their clients every step of the way through the testing and certification process.
Travis is proud of Benchmark’s reputation as one of the few testing agencies that doesn’t sell clients services they don’t need. Every day, he and his team strive to build client confidence through honesty and accuracy.
Travis is on the Board of Directors for the International Wood Products Association, lectures at Oregon State University each spring term, and participates with multiple regulatory agencies on the development of new standards.
In his free time, Travis roams the Oregon wilderness with a fly rod in hand or a bow strapped to his back. His passion lies in the outdoors and mountains he calls home.
Randy T. Webb
BCI President & Chief Technical Officer
Randy is a third generation Oregonian. He grew up in Klamath Falls, a small town rich in outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and skiing. He remembers driving to high school in his pickup with a shotgun in an open rack in case he wanted to go duck hunting after school. Randy studied business management at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
While attending the U of O, Randy got a job with Pittsburgh Testing Laboratories (PTL) as a lab technician. The laboratory environment offered him hands-on opportunities to learn the physical, mechanical and structural properties of steel, structural concrete, asphalt, soils and a wide range of engineered wood products. After his time in the lab, he continued to learn the industry first-hand by becoming a field technician. Eventually he was promoted to project manager and oversaw a variety of inspection services for the construction of shopping centers, hospitals and industrial projects.
In the late ‘80s, PTL merged with Professional Service Industries (PSI), and Randy became managing director of the engineered wood products division. While in this capacity, he managed product development and the certification of a variety of wood-based materials. During this time, Randy also took advantage of his experience with building materials and developed inspection services for a wide range of manufacturers and fabricators. Today, PSI is Benchmark International, and Randy remains an integral part of the team, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge
Manco L. Snapp
Board of Directors; Co-Chief Executive Officer
Manco graduated from Louisiana Tech University and completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program for manufacturing in corporate strategy.
Following five years in the U.S. Air Force, he joined International Paper (IP) as a process engineer in a pulp and paper mill. After several years in pulp and paper, Manco joined International Paper’s fledging wood products business, serving as a plywood and lumber mill production superintendent, lumber mill manager, plywood plant manager, regional manager over southern U.S. lumber and plywood mills, general manager of treated wood products, and vice president and general manager of wood products. During this time, International Paper developed its building materials business into a multi-billion dollar industry made up of lumber, plywood, OSB and MDF.
Soon thereafter, Manco led IP’s acquisition of Arizona Chemical Company from its 50-percent partner and functioned as president, growing the business into the largest chemical company in the international pulp chemicals industry. From Arizona Chemical, he moved to Masonite Corporation, where he also served as president. In addition to producing and selling decorative building material components worldwide, Masonite had the largest wood-products private-industry research facility in the U.S. at the time.
Sometime later, International Paper’s operating committee asked Manco to return as senior vice president and manage the building materials and specialty products businesses. In 2002, he retired from International Paper.
Manco has served on the board of directors at Florida First Federal Savings Bank, Arizona Chemical Company, Bergvik Chemi of Sweden, Peterson’s Chemi of Norway, Masonite Corporation, and Masonite Africa Limited. He is currently on the board at Bend Memorial Clinic, Atlas Holdings/Wood Resources and Atlas Holdings/Bridgewell Resources.
In his spare time, Manco, who is an amateur photographer, likes to hunt and fly fish. He has been married to his wife, Sandy, for 46 years.
R. Teisen Webb
Teisen was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He has worked in a variety of manufacturing positions throughout his career, from welding to fabrication. After toiling in the manufacturing industry for a few years, Teisen decided to refocus his efforts and return full-time to the University of Oregon.
Once he received a business degree from the University of Oregon, Teisen started working in real estate and eventually found his way to PSI (now Benchmark International). This is where his career would find a permanent home, and where he would cultivate lifelong relationships with clients and coworkers.
Today, along with the rest of the skilled team at Benchmark, Teisen spends his days serving the international client base that has made Benchmark the company it is today.
In his free time, Teisen loves to be involved with his kids’ numerous sporting activities, either through coaching or as one of the overbearing parents on the sideline! He has also spent the last few years training and competing in various triathlon and CrossFit events.
Joel G. Oser
Senior Vice President; General Manager, Assessment Services
Although he has spent most of his life in Richmond, Virginia, Joel has called places in North Carolina and South Carolina home. Joel has been in the wood industry since the young age of 13, working with and learning from his father in the family business of manufacturing solid and engineered wood flooring.
After graduating High School, Joel enlisted into the US Army. While in boot camp, he received a letter of acceptance to Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, VA. After a couple years at Virginia Tech, Joel decided to serve is country and volunteered for two consecutive tours in Iraq where he served as a protection agent for High Value Targets. Joel is honored with the high decoration of a Bronze Star, among other awards, for service to his country while in the Middle East.
After nearly 4 years of being away from academia, Joel returned to Virginia Tech to finish his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, with double minors in Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Engineering. While at Virginia Tech, Joel had the privilege to conduct research with elite members from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, the Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), and the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT). From his research, Joel became a co-author for a scientific journal through Environmental Science & Technology of the American Chemical Society publications.
Joel is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys hiking and camping in the backcountry or spending time down in the OBX of North Carolina. He also enjoys engaging in physical fitness activities such as weight lifting and running.
P. David Jones
Director, Project Services
David is a distinguished academic in forestry and wood science who contributed immensely to his field during his tenure as an associate professor and extension specialist at Mississippi State University. Some of his most notable contributions to-date include a formal forest products outreach program for the state of Mississippi, co-authoring the only published introductory book to wood science and forest products, and the co-creation of a national program on wood efficiency education to help manufacturers improve productivity.
His time in academia included expert research in forest practices, manufacturing, research and development, and creation of educational material for the industry and public clients. Additionally, David has presented informational courses on wood anatomy, identifying wood species, wood and water relationships, and basic wood courses for universities and various organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree in forest resource management from Clemson University and his Masters in forestry from Stephen F. Austin University. He then attained his doctorate in forest resources and wood science from the University of Georgia.
For Benchmark, David updates clients on projects, examines compliance with the Lacey Act, and stays on top of emerging issues related to compliance and forest resources including sustainability and manufacturing.
General Manager, Laboratory Services
Although originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Chris grew up in Central Virginia and obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. After graduation, Chris returned to Central Virginia to be near his family and to begin his career in quality management and technical service in the pulp and paper industry. Over the last 18 years, he has served in progressive roles spanning the manufacturing, supply chain, information technology, and retail sectors of the paper, packaging, printing, flooring industries, among others. In doing so, Chris has developed extensive experience in quality systems, project management, and forest products inspection and testing. It is this broad knowledge of paper and wood products technical standards, certification programs, and physical and analytical test methods that adds value for both Benchmark and our clients. In addition, Chris has leveraged his technical knowledge and industry experience to support both private companies and industry associations who are actively engaged in regulatory development efforts affecting the wood products industry.
Outside of work, Chris loves to travel and spend time with his wife and children. He also enjoys mountain biking, running, and boating.
General Manager, Certification Services
Curtis grew up in Springfield, Oregon and received his Bachler of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon. For 10 years, he worked in the foundry industry in Oregon, Ohio, Alabama, New York, and Norway serving in progressive production and quality management positions before returning to Oregon. After returning to the Eugene area, Curtis accepted a positon in wood products adhesives Research and Development (R&D) where he specialized in developing Ultra-Low Emissions (ULEF) resin formulations, a role he held for 6 years. He then transitioned to the role of Quality Manager for an ISO/IEC-17025 accredited testing laboratory where, for the next 8 years, he focused on formaldehyde and VOC emissions testing to include testing for CARB ATCM 93120 and California Section 01350, respectively. Curtis joined the Benchmark team in November 2016.
Aaron was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He was a four-year letterman and school record holder for the swim team at South Eugene High School. After high school Aaron attended the Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude. Arriving back in Eugene after college, he began to establish himself on the music scene. Like most musicians, he needed a “real” job and spent several years in the service industry before trying his hand at materials testing.
After a decade of testing wood and wood-based products, Aaron, with his keen attention to detail and strong work ethic, has become an invaluable part of the Benchmark team.
Aaron’s non-musical interests include reading, hiking and movies.
Light Chen received a quality education in Taiwan. After university, he started at a wood flooring company in Taichung city and gained five years of hands-on experience learning about purchasing, production, and sales in the wood flooring industry. This background and business knowledge helps Light support Benchmark’s efforts in the Asian markets.
Due to his background and familiarity of Taiwan, Light is adept at understanding the country’s cultural aspects and is able to communicate smoothly with Asian customers. He is also in charge of inspection services in the Asian areas, helping customers become qualified with their production and final products.
When he’s not working, Light enjoys mountain climbing and traveling, just like Benchmark’s philosophy.
Andrzej “Andy” Paszkiewicz
Andrzej “Andy” Paszkiewicz hails from a small town in northwest Poland called Wegorzyno. During his high school years, Andy was an active member of local basketball and volleyball teams. Afterwards, he attended an English Teachers` College in Szczecin, Poland, and graduated in 1997.
While looking for new challenges in life, Andy joined the cruise ship industry and spent nearly six years working onboard world famous lines and ships, including Celebrity Cruises and Cunard`s Queen Elizabeth 2. During this time, Andy met Christine, a wonderful Taiwanese lady that made him settle down in Taiwan. While there, he began working with European hardwood exporters and local flooring and furniture manufacturers, all while gradually expanding his activities to other countries in South East Asia. His expertise includes lumber species, wood processing equipment, coating technology and international trade.
In his spare time, Andy plays guitar, hikes with his kids and wife, and watches countless hours of old black and white movies.
Alex was born in Eugene, Oregon and later attended Oregon State University, where she received a degree in zoology. Alex has always been passionate for animals, which led her to be accepted into three highly competitive internships after college to learn about animal care and enrichment in zoos. However, being an unpaid intern for nine months changed her course a bit. Returning home to Eugene, she continued pursuing her love of animals through five years of work at the local humane society – which coincidentally prepared her for working with the boys of Benchmark! The role of office manager has been a huge change for Alex but her meticulous attention to detail and ability to push the boys to deliver perfection has provided a much-needed presence at the office. Alex is excited to learn new things and work with the ‘hardworking, enthusiastic, and dedicated’ team at Benchmark.
In her free time, Alex loves practicing and competing in agility trials with her dog, reading good books, and hiking, rock-climbing and camping adventures. Having a love for animals means she of course has more than one pet, two cats in addition to her one dog, each of which were adopted from local humane societies.
Camille received degrees in Renewable Materials Marketing and Interior Design from Oregon State University. While at OSU, she worked all four years as a research assistant in the Wood Science and Engineering Department and held high-ranking offices for both the International Forestry Student Association and Forest Products Society.
Camille also gained experience in sales, account management, and manufacturing with two different wood products companies. Prior to joining Benchmark in November 2015, Camille held positions in plywood marketing and sales with a large wood products manufacturer where she honed her customer service and client relations skills. She is well-traveled, which helps immensely in her role with the company. Her travel experience has also contributed to her strong understanding of international relations and cultural barriers and with working within international organizations.
Camille is an outdoor enthusiast outside of work, spending her time camping, hiking, kayaking, and practicing photography
Christopher M. Strang, PE
Contract Design Engineer
Engineering and design have always been a part of who Chris is. After graduating from high school in Arizona, he headed to Troy, New York, to study engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While at Rensselaer, Chris felt he lacked direction so he joined the Navy and worked in its nuclear power program.
Following six years of naval service, Chris felt he gained the direction he needed and decided to attend Clemson University. While at Clemson, he completed a degree in civil engineering and went on to practice structural engineering. He also completed a master’s in civil engineering while working full-time. Chris is about to complete a second master’s degree, this time in architecture.
At Clemson, Chris met Travis Snapp and forged a friendship that resulted in the formation of Benchmark International.
When not at work, Chris enjoys the outdoors and riding his motorcycle.