Decades of experience with a continually fresh outlook.
Silvaris opened its doors in 2000, founded by a technology expert and a lumber industry expert. The founders identified a lack of technology in the lumber industry and joined forces to help bring that vertical into what was then the “dotcom” era. Since that time, Silvaris has evolved into a premier building materials trading partner for hundreds of manufacturers, wholesale/distribution companies, warehouses, freight carriers, and retail operations.
Early on, we adopted a focus on secondary markets, specializing in liquidation of the hardest to move products. We pride ourselves on creating solutions for companies that need to move these products yet still protect their primary material channels. Our customers enjoy the advantages of our long-standing supply relationships by the consistent availability of the products they need and creative solutions to supply problems.
Meet Our Executive Team
Lynn Buckalew, CEO
Lynn began his career in the building materials industry sales in 1977 with North Pacific Lumber/Allen Timber Co. He was one of the first sales hires for Silvaris in 2001 and has grown with the company, moving into Sales Management and ultimately becoming the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Lynn is a Retired Brigadier General, serving 34 years in the Mississippi National Guard, and an award-winning solo and tandem paddler in ultra marathon kayak racing as well as shorter races in the Southeast. He and his wife Carol have three children and 9 grandchildren.
Christina Faul, CFO
Christina began her career in accounting and finance as an intern with the University of Idaho, working for four years with the Student Media department. She joined Silvaris as a Staff Accountant after graduating from the University of Idaho with a Master’s degree in Accountancy. Shortly afterward, Christina completed her CPA and worked through accounting, finance and administration until she eventually became Silvaris’ CFO in July, 2021. Christina believes in variety as the spice of life and enjoys an assortment of activities like skiing, camping, home projects, and traveling.
Amy Hopkins, COO
Amy began her career as a first grade teacher, after graduating from Colorado State University with a BS in Human Development and a minor in Spanish. After four years as a teacher, Amy moved to Seattle and got into the Logistics field. She worked in a number of capacities, including shipping line agency, freight forwarding, logistics software, and starting a short line railroad company. In March of 2005, Amy joined Silvaris as the Marketing Coordinator. She expanded her role into software product management and other administrative supervisory roles, eventually becoming the COO in July of 2021. Amy is an avid outdoor enthusiast and 4×4 adventure-seeker, having competed multiple times in the Rebelle Rally, which is the longest off-road rally competition in the United States and an all-women event.
Troy Lundquist, President of Open Trading Division
Troy has spent his entire career in the forest products and building materials industry. He began by working his way through a BA in Economics from the University of Washington by managing crews at a large paint sundries distribution warehouse. After college, he moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID to begin his career selling lumber for Bacon Lumber Sales, performing all trading operations including selling, transportation, invoicing and collections. Troy joined Silvaris at the official onset of the company when the doors opened for business on July 1, 2000 as the first salesperson, working his way through sales management, ultimately becoming the company’s President. Troy is a Seattle area native, having grown up in and raised a family in Woodinville, WA.
Eric Miller, President of Contracts Division
After graduating from Oregon State University with dual degrees in Journalism and Business, Eric went to work for Roadway Express as a Dock Supervisor. After several years there, he was introduced to North Pacific Lumber, where his career in building materials began. He moved into the OSB Division, trading OSB and Plywood before creating a downgrade panel division. In March of 2001 Eric joined Silvaris to help create a panel sales group. In 2006 he became VP of Panel Markets and built out a targeted OSB sales team, leading Silvaris to the first of many supplier contracts. In July of 2021, Eric assumed the role of President of Contract Divisions. Eric is fluent in Spanish and enjoys Life Coaching in both English and Spanish. He is part of the International John Maxwell Group, and in his free time Eric enjoys traveling, gardening, and fitness.
Kurt Bray, Board of Directors
Kurt Bray is a 30-year veteran of the forest products industry and lifelong entrepreneur. Conceived on the back of a napkin in 1999, Silvaris has grown into the channel management leader of industrial building materials, secondary B grade items, and surplus products. Kurt owns several other businesses in the Northwest, enjoys flyfishing around the world, and holds a BA in accounting from the University of Washington.
Kevin Amoth, Board of Directors
Kevin is a native of Oregon and transplanted to Washington to attend and graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in the late 1980s. After college Kevin had a short stint living and working in East Asia in the flower importing business. Kevin has held various accounting roles in technology companies. Prior to joining Silvaris he spent ten years working for Moss Adams consulting with technology startups during the 1990s. Kevin is a founding employee of Silvaris and has led the accounting, finance and administration functions of the company as the firm has grown through the years. He is married and has three great kids who have finally left the nest.
Excellent leadership and a cutting-edge focus on improvement keep Silvaris at the lead of the building materials marketplace journey.
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Did you know Silvaris has been trading for over 20 years?
Silvaris Corporation was founded in 2000 by a team of business professionals and technology experts. They leveraged the power of trading expertise and software engineering leadership to develop the first cloud-based trading platform in North America.