David L. Canary, Esquire, J.D.
Garvey Schubert Barer, Portland, OR
After leaving the Tax Section of the Oregon attorney general's office where he represented the Oregon Department of Revenue in state income and property tax litigation cases, for the past 25 years David Canary has focused his practice primarily on state income taxation and ad valorem taxation of commercial and industrial properties as well as multistate utilities and transportation companies. David has tried the two largest tax cases in Oregon's history and has represented taxpayers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Tennessee. He has to his credit a $5.7-million jury verdict in a breach of contract case.
David was selected by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation to author its amicus curiae brief to the Washington Supreme Court. He was instrumental in the creation of Oregon's new Tax Magistrate Division of the Oregon Tax Court and chaired the committee which drafted its court rules. He has been a consultant to industry in committees with the Oregon Department of Revenue and before the Oregon Legislature regarding tax legislation. He has lectured and published widely on state and local tax litigation.
Randy is a LB&I Team Manager with the IRS and has been lucky enough to spend his entire career in Portland. Randy just celebrated his 30th year with the IRS and has spent most of his career as a field agent. In 2000, he began working in what was then LMSB. In 2008, Randy was selected to be a Team Manager and he currently supervises a team of Revenue Agents, who conduct audits of the largest taxpayers in Oregon and SW Washington. Randy has been involved in a large variety of examinations, including spending three years working with the US Attorney’s office as part of a financial crimes task force. He has also coordinated a number of special compliance projects. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1984 with a major in accounting and a minor in psychology.
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Javier was born in Spain. His family came to the US when he was a young lad. Growing up in a small town surrounded by mountains in Eastern Oregon he developed a life-long love of our forests and all of their offerings. At Oregon State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management, returning a few years later for an MBA degree. His career has involved being a firefighter, logger, land & timber manager, log buyer, resource manager. In 2002 Javier started his consulting business, Resource Management Services, which works on forest policy issues as well as supporting his woodland owner clients with their on-the-ground management needs. Among his community involvements, he is the current Vice-chairman of the Douglas County Planning Commission and supporting the school where he learned English as Vice-chairman of the Seneca School Foundation. In 2004 he was recognized by the Oregon Youth Soccer Association as the Volunteer of the Year. He and his wife of 32 years, Karen, have three still growing boys.
Timothy E. McCann Audit Partner, KPMG LLP
Tim is an audit partner in KPMG's Portland, office with more than 19 years of experience providing audit services to clients in a variety of industries, including forest products and natural resources, and transportation. His extensive experience in the natural resources industry includes serving public and privately held companies of a variety of sizes; a few with global operations. Tim has extensive practical application experience with the accounting principles promulgated by the FASB and GASB, as well as extensive experience with technical SEC compliance and related reporting matters. In addition, he has assisted his clients with numerous public equity and debt offerings, projects to enhance their global tax efficiency and improve their reporting and operating processes.
Tim is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration.
John Mitchell received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, before joining U.S. Bancorp in July of 1983. He was Chief Economist of U.S. Bancorp until July of 1998 and served as Economist Western Region for US Bank until July of 2007. He wrote US. Bancorp’s regional publications including the Update, The Business Barometer, Northwest Portrait, and US Territorys and was a columnist for Oregon Business Magazine. He wrote Sterling Bank’s economic newsletter from 2007 to 2012. He currently speaks to conventions and business groups around the nation. He was a business analyst for KPTV in Portland. He has been making economic presentations on the nation and the region for more than 47 years.
John was a member of the Western Blue Chip Forecast Panel, the ABA’s Panel of Economists and is a Trustee of the Aquila Tax Free Trust of Oregon, and a Board member of Northwest Bank. John was Chairman of the Oregon Council of Economic Advisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member from 1984 to 1998. He was Chairman of Governor Kitzhaber’s Tax Review Technical Advisory Committee.
John and his wife, Carol, live in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He enjoys biking, railroading, sea kayaking, and his granddaughters.
Roger Rutan is the Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Timber Products Company. He has been with the firm for 14 years. In this capacity he is responsible for the company's sales team of 35 professionals located in Springfield, OR, Germantown, TN and in offices around the nation. Mr. Rutan oversees all marketing strategies and plays a leadership role in the company's many environmental initiatives ranging from their forestlands, certification programs, product development, and customer education.
Mr. Rutan is active in a number of wood products industry associations. He is on the Board of Directors of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association and is active with the American Forest and Paper Association's Green Building Coalition. He served on the US Green Building Council's Wood Technical Advisory Group which was charged with advising the program's leadership on wood related issues. He has been involved with the development and implementation of the California Air Resource Board CARB rule, the on-going process in Washington, DC that looks to federalize the CARB rule, and the recently passed Lacey Act. He is a frequent speaker on green building and wood certification programs.
Mr. Rutan is active in the local community. He was twice elected to the Eugene City Council, served for four years on the Eugene Planning Commission, and has served on the Board of numerous community organizations.
Mr. Rutan holds an MBA from the University of Oregon.
Tarah Seehafer is a Senior Manager in Weyerhaeuser's Research & Planning group. Tarah is responsible for research & planning, legislation, appeals and valuation matters for state & local non-income taxes such as sales/use tax, property tax, real estate excise tax, and Washington B&O tax, as well Canadian GST/HST/PST.
Tarah started her career as a Revenue Auditor for the Washington State Department of Revenue and has worked in the corporate tax departments for two other Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she worked in public accounting for five years. Tarah joined the Weyerhaeuser Tax Department in 2004.
Tarah graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington. She is the co-chair of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Seattle Area Local Luncheon Group.
Dana Stillwell is the State Tax Manager at Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, WA. Dana is responsible for state income tax compliance, the state FAS 109 provision, state income tax audits, sales/use tax audits and the Washington B&O tax audit. Dana started at Weyerhaeuser in 2007.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Dana was a state and local tax manager in public accounting for 4 years. Dana assisted clients in resolving multi-state tax issues. Dana was a Washington State Department of Revenue auditor for 10 years.
Dana is a certified public account licensed in Washington. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University.
Brian Wozniak is a Senior Tax Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service’s Stakeholder Liaison Division in Portland and works with tax professionals to identify ways the agency can be more responsive to customers’ needs. Brian works data breach and identity theft issues; IRS electronic services; and coordinates IRS outreach and education to the tax practitioner community and small business owners. Brian started working for the Internal Revenue Service approximately 27 years ago as a Tax Examiner in the Philadelphia Service Center. In 1994, Brian accepted a position in the Portland District Office where he has worked as a Lead Customer Service Representative and Functional Training Coordinator. Recognizing the taxpayer’s need for education to positively impact voluntary compliance, Brian joined the Taxpayer Education and Communication Function in 2001. Brian has earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Edinboro University.
Rick Zenn is an internationally recognized environmental educator with 35 years of professional experience in the field as a naturalist, guide, teacher, program manager and trainer. He is the first Senior Fellow at the World Forestry Center, appointed in 2009, after serving as the center’s popular education director for nearly 20 years. Today, Zenn leads the national and international education and outreach initiatives of the World Forestry Center focusing on training, partnerships and institutional development. He serves as advisor to the President and CEO, as well as to staff and forest researchers in the center’s World Forest Institute (WFI).