August 6, 2020

Announcing Cascade Geosynthetics

In late June of 2020, a conversation started between Melissa Hurley and Don Thieman, VP of Sales and Operations for ASP Enterprises / Quick Supply / Bowman Construction Supply. Long time industry colleagues with a like-minded business approach, they quickly decided the notion of a west coast expansion with a new branch in Portland, OR was an opportunity too great to pass up. This ambitious team of industry veterans and fired-up newcomers intends to make its mark in the Pacific Northwest.

Melissa Hurley, CPESC. 26+ year industry veteran in Geosynthetic Distribution in the Pacific Northwest. Melissa got her start in erosion control as a site inspector for a civil engineering firm in her hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Called to the West by the lure of outdoor recreation, she quickly landed in a sales position at a geosynthetic distribution company in Portland.  She soon learned that beyond silt fence and straw blankets, there was a wide world of products to discover, with clever and creative applications to use them in. Melissa’s primary professional passion is as a Geosynthetic Evangelist. From homeowners at the Will Call counter, specifiers at agencies and consulting firms, contractors large and small, all the way to the halls of Congress; Melissa is happy to talk anyone’s ear off about why EVERYONE should be using more geosynthetics. 

Floyd Stretch. 35+ year industry veteran in Geosynthetic Distribution in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Floyd was born in beautiful Monterey, California, and moved to the last frontier of Fairbanks, Alaska at age 9. As wild as the environment he inhabited, Floyd made many memories in Alaska – some of which he can still recall.  He accrued work experience as an estimator for a heavy civil contractor, a roofing installer, and a member of a paving crew before his path led him to the geosynthetic distribution business in Anchorage in 1988. Floyd loved the logistical and practical challenges of building in Alaska and quickly became a trusted resource to specifiers and contractors alike. In 2006 Floyd relocated to Portland, OR to continue promoting and selling geosynthetics. Floyd delights his colleagues with his encyclopedic knowledge of the products and applications, and historical projects, earning him the enduring nickname of “Oracle of Anchorage.”

Travis Riehl, CESCL. 6+ year industry veteran in Geosynthetic Distribution in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and beyond. Travis is the embodiment of your can-do jobsite resource. Marine Veteran, CDL Driver, Site Solutions Expert, Wrench-Turner, LinkedIn Poster, Utility Contractor, Problem Solver, Dad of Toddler, etc. Travis is a native son of Oregon with deep connections to the region, while concurrently scoping out the whole planet as the sphere of his ambition. Count on Travis to answer the call of duty for all your jobsite needs, that’s how he operates.

Jeremy Clark. 14+ year industry veteran in Geosynthetic Distribution. Jeremy brings a wealth of practical operational and procedural experience to Cascade Geosynthetics. Anytime the trucks are on-time, the inventory is accurate, the tariffs are correctly calculated, the safety protocols are documented, the floors are clean, the timecards are correct, the fleet is managed, the signature is accounted for, and on and on – we all thank Jeremy. An Operations expert, with an eye on Sales and the “bottom line”, Jeremy is an indispensable team member. Jeremy’s happy place, when he’s not at work, is rocking out with his band or deep in the woods hunting elk with his muzzleloader.

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