Kris Summers serves as Executive VP Sales-Distribution at CTI
Kris began his career in 1992 at Greenwood International, Inc. located in Portland, Oregon. His father started the business in 1982 specializing in lumber, steel, and fasteners. Kris carved out a niche focusing on specialty wood components imported from Indonesia. Under his leadership that business steadily grew and eventually Greenwood opened offices in Jakarta 1993, Brazil 1995, and by 2002 had expanded into Xiamen China.
By 2005 Greenwood had grown to become one of the largest exporters of Chinese Cedar, widely used in millwork products and outdoor play structures. In 2007 Greenwood introduced a new proprietary coating for millwork products named SumGuard™, replacing the problematic cracking & peeling finish of Jesso. The SumGuard™ brand became the new standard in primed wood components and helped Greenwood become a trusted and reliable supplier to the millwork industry.
With business reaching new heights, Kris purchased the business from his father in 2007. At that point he began a six-year endeavor of bringing the import business into the 21st century by eliminating process inefficiencies, automating everything, and making all information available to customers through the Greenwood website. This technology became the new benchmark for all others to follow.
In 2013 there was an opportunity to join forces with CTI, and by December that same year Greenwood became a part of the CTI team. We are very glad to have added Kris’s expertise and his talented team to the CTI family.
Kris is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a degree in International Business. He is based in Portland, Oregon where he runs marathons, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife and two boys.