Trader Trainees

Our current group of trader trainees are educated extensively under our experienced senior traders to learn not only about the lumber industry and the ever changing market, but how to be a successful and reliable partner for both their mills and their customers. They learn from and grow with the best in the industry while crafting their own unique styles that seamlessly cater to you and your business' needs. 

Mike Hoyle

Trader Trainee

Mike joined the RIFP team in 2019 after his time in the Navy, and selling solid hardwood flooring while pursuing his degree. The variety of people that you meet in forest product and building industries drew him in along with his love of the aesthetic appeal of wood products in general. Mike’s customers will be at ease knowing that every morning not only is his goal to make their jobs easier, but that he will come to them with creative, alternative solutions if he cannot obtain what they ask of him. When Mike isn’t trading lumber or problem solving, you can find him where the music is or grilling meat. 

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Robbie Thornton

Trader Trainee

Robbie started with RIFP in March 2020, and immediately loved the industry for the relationships it allows you to develop with customers and colleagues. He appreciates how unique this job is, and in turn his customers appreciate his willingness to work with them to help make good buying decisions for their needs. When he isn’t trading lumber, you can find Robbie on the golf course or hiking, unless there is snow on the ground then you can count on him to be on the mountain boarding his way down. 

Luke Brugel

Trader Trainee

Luke has been with RIFP since 2020 and was immediately draw in to the work hard- play hard culture of our team. Luke’s customers appreciate that he is willing to not only learn but adjust to how they want to do things and work just as hard for them to be successful. When he isn’t trading lumber, Luke can usually be found on the golf course, working out, or watching sports.

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Pierce Kauth

Trader Trainee

Pierce started his journey with RIFP in 2020 after an internship with the company in 2019. Growing up he always helped his father with various construction projects, so joining a relatable industry just felt natural. His customers can expect him to always bring a good understanding of the market and their position, while trying to show them material he’d consider buying himself were he in their shoes. When he isn’t trading lumber, Pierce can be found outside golfing, fishing, hunting, boating, snowboarding, wakeboarding, or renovating a property.

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Justin Manuel

Trader Trainee

Justin has been with the RIFP team since February 2020, and was drawn to the industry because of the ability to build relationship with customers, and helping them find solutions to help run their business. His customers appreciate not only his stellar customer service, but his hard work and dedication to their needs. When he isn’t in the office, Justin can be found outside fishing or golfing.