Columbia Grain was originally formed in 1978 to create a superior source of western grain for domestic and international markets. We are well known for our product knowledge and developing a connection between our producers and customers. Our goal is to provide quality information and reliability throughout the supply chain. We have extensive experience in contract execution and successfully navigating decades of changing market conditions across the globe.
We are vertically integrated, operating assets which stretch across the northern tier of the United States. We deal in a diverse mix of products, including bulk grain, pulses, edible beans, oilseeds, and organics. Our asset base includes grain elevators, processing plants, and agronomy centers. In addition, Columbia Grain is an owner of Montana Specialty Mills, who operates an organic and non-GMO oilseed crushing facility in Great Falls, Montana, and a mustard seed facility in Conrad, Montana.
In 1990, Jeff started with Columbia Grain International, LLC in Colfax, WA while finishing his senior year of college at Washington State University. In 1993 he transferred to Great Falls, MT where he spent six years trading durum, oats, and barley. In 1999 Jeff moved to Pullman, WA where he managed the Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID seed and pulse businesses as well as Central Ferry, WA Snake River barge operations. In 2005 Jeff moved back to Great Falls, MT to trade domestic spring wheat and started the Montana Pulse business for Columbia Grain. In 2006 he became head of the pulse business for all of Columbia Grain. In 2008 he became a Vice President, Regional Manager overseeing all the Montana operations and continuing to trade wheat and pulses. In 2013, Jeff became Senior Vice President of Columbia Grain. In April of 2016 Jeff was promoted to President and CEO of Columbia Grain and now resides in Portland, OR.
Matt Kenton has worked for Columbia Grain International, LLC since 2007. He spent 2 years at KPMG as an Audit Associate before joining Columbia Grain as Controller. He has served as Columbia Grain’s Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since 2013. Matt oversees human resources, IT, finance, accounting, and other corporate functions for Columbia Grain.
Kurt Haarmann is a Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Grain Division for Columbia Grain International, LLC. Kurt has worked in the grain handling and export industry for 25 years. He has experience in the full cycle of procurement, export sales, execution and operations management. He began his career with Columbia Grain in Colfax, WA in 1993 and moved to the company headquarters in Portland, OR in 1995. He traded Hard Red Winter and Hard Red Spring Wheat for export from 1996 to 2014, while also managing the central hedge desk for the company from 2008 to 2014. In 2014 he moved to Pacificor, LLC to become the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Wheat Product Line Manager. In July, 2018 he returned to Columbia Grain to assume his current role and lead a reorganization of the Grain Division.
Ron Williams currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Pulse Division for Columbia Grain International, LLC. where he has worked for over 30 years. Ron began his career in Portland in 1987 before transferring to our Great Falls office. He returned to Portland in late 1988 and has remained at corporate headquarters since that time. During his time he has traded Hard Red Spring Wheat, Hard Red Winter and for most his career he traded Soft White Wheat before transitioning to the Pulse Division. In 2011 he was promoted to Vice President and in 2017 was named Senior Vice President. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Portland State University. Over the years he has gained valuable experience in international trading, contract negotiation, market analysis, inventory management, operations, processing, logistics and customer relations.
Randy Olstad’s career began with Columbia Grain International, LLC in 2005 as the Palouse Manager, in Pullman, WA. He was quickly promoted to the Pacific Northwest Regional Manager in 2009. In 2014 he was promoted to Assistant Vice President and then Vice President, along with a new role of Seed/Agronomy Division Manager in 2018.
Scott McIntosh started in the grain industry in June of 1983 with McIntosh Grain & Feed. He began his career with Columbia Grain International, LLC in 1990 working in Chinook and Harlem Montana as an Elevator Manager. With the knowledge he gained in the 22 years at those locations, Scott became the Operations Manager for the Montana Division, which he held from 2013 to 2016. He now currently holds the position of Vice President, and Director of Operations for all of Columbia Grain. Being in the industry for 36 years has given Scott a unique perspective on efficient and cost-effective management of our facilities. He brings value, leadership and training to the Columbia Grain team.