GET TO KNOW US
Here at California Pacific Specialty Woods, we strive to provide exceptional customer service and painless buying experiences. Our team works together to fulfill every order, and to ensure the quality of our products remain top of their class.
Philup Powers, owner of California Pacific Specialty Woods, has spent nearly his entire life working in the wood industry. His father started the business of orchard removal and burl harvesting when Philup was a young boy, which eventually became a partnership between the two when his father became ill. In 2010, Philup renamed the company California Pacific Specialty Woods and expanded the business by opening the CPSW mill. When not working, Philup enjoys spending time with his family and friends, swimming with his son and dreaming of how to grow the company.
Kimberly Powers, wife of Philup Powers, received her BA in ancient history and a Masters in education, before becoming a teacher for many years. In 2010, she and Philup were married, and though still teaching full time, became a support to Philup and his business. In 2014, after the birth of their son, Kimberly began overseeing company operations, allowing Philup to focus more of his time out in the orchards. When Kimberly is not working, she loves to cook for others, work on her crafts and plan parties!
Leland Gridley was born and raised in Red Bluff, close to where the CPSW mill is currently located. He grew up harvesting landscape rock with his father throughout Northern California’s foothills, a job that surely toughened Leland up. While harvesting rock, he gained experience driving heavy equipment and semi trucks in the most precarious situations. Being an experienced and talented wrestler, Leland also became a professional MMA fighter for 2 years. Now, when not working, Leland enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and 3 children.
Formerly the publisher and editor of Positive Perspective Magazine, and currenlty owner of Creative Urban Media, Peter brings his experience and knowledge of strategic marketing, design and public relations to California Pacific Specialty Woods. Peter is consistently in the middle of projects that use visual mediums such as graphic design and video production to help us at CPSW connect with our desired audiences. When Peter is not working at CPSW, he is either helping with a community project or enjoying his time with his wife and son.
Born and raised in Santa Clarita, Tim gained experience hauling large loads and pulling large trailers while moving movie sets for the entertainment industry. Tim is also a self-taught mechanic from years of working on his own vehicles and helping others. As a young man, Tim would split wood for his father during the summers and eventually ended up working on a gun range for 13 years. His time at the gun range has given Tim an appreciation for quality gunstocks and high-end wood. When Tim is not working, he continues to find pleasure in working on cars and spending time at the shooting range.
Rick’s passion for agriculture led him to relocate to Northern California from Southern California to attend Chico State. There he graduated with a BS in agriculture and minored in agricultural business. Through a couple of temp jobs while living in Chico, he quickly gained experience with orchard production and harvesting. Being bilingual, proficient at computer programs, and his ability to provide great customer service, Rick was a perfect fit for California Pacific Specialty Woods. When he is not at work, Rick enjoys coaching youth soccer and volunteering at his local church.
Miguel Moreno Olivera
Miguel’s experience with agriculture and the wood industry began as a young boy playing in Northern California’s walnut orchards. As he grew older he began working on farms and in orchards, gaining experience with a vast array of heavy equipment and tools. When Miguel is not helping us at California Pacific Specialty Woods, he enjoys spending his time with his wife and 3 children. Thank you Miguel for all you do!