Our Leadership Team
Universal is made up of thousands of highly-skilled, dedicated employees. It is through their hard work that our leadership team is able to position our company for continued success. In fact, many of our current principals have been employees at Universal for decades, working their way up through the ranks to achieve leadership roles.(Uses of “company” or “Universal” refer to Universal Forest Products, Inc., and/or its operating affiliated entities.)
William G. Currie, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Currie joined Universal in 1971. He was president of Universal Forest Products from 1983 to 1990, and president and chief executive officer of The Universal Companies, Inc. from 1989 until the 1993 merger to form Universal Forest Products, Inc. On January 1, 2000, he also became vice chairman of the board of the company. On July 1, 2006, Mr. Currie was appointed executive chairman of the board. On July 20, 2009, he retired from full-time employment at the company, retaining his position as board chairman.
Matthew J. Missad, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Missad has been employed by Universal since 1985. He served as general counsel and secretary from 1987 to July 2011 and also held the position of executive vice president from 1996 until July 2011, when he was named the fifth CEO in the history of Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Patrick M. Webster, President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Webster began his career in sales and purchasing at Universal Forest Products in 1985 and was promoted to successive executive positions in purchasing and operations. He became vice president of the Far West Region in 1999 and was promoted to president of Universal Forest Products Western Division, Inc., in 2007. He was appointed president and chief operating officer on October 15, 2008.
Michael R. Cole, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Cole, CPA, CMA, joined the company in 1993 after serving in various capacities with the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. In 1997, Mr. Cole was promoted to director of finance for Universal Forest Products, Inc., and on January 1, 2000, he became vice president of finance. He was named chief financial officer of the company on July 21, 2000.
Robert W. Lees, President, Eastern Division
Mr. Lees joined Universal in 1977. In 1986, hebecame vice president of the company’s Northeast Region. On January 1, 2010, he became president of UFP Atlantic Division, Inc., which was merged into UFP Eastern Division, Inc., in 2011, under Mr. Lees’ leadership.
Allen T. Peters, President, Western Division
Mr. Peters joined the company in 1997. In 2004, he became general manager of operations for the company’s facility in Harrisonville, Mo., and in 2007 was named vice president of the Gulf Region. In 2011, he became president of UFP Western Division, Inc.
Robert D. Coleman, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing
Mr. Coleman joined Universal in 1979. He was promoted to senior vice president of the company's Midwest operations in September 1993. On December 1, 1997, he became executive vice president of manufacturing for Universal Forest Products Eastern Division, Inc., and on January 1, 1999, Mr. Coleman was named executive vice president of manufacturing.
C. Scott Greene, Executive Vice President of New Business Development
Mr. Greene joined the company in February 1991 as marketing manager for the then-Universal Forest Products Southern Company. In 1996, he became general manager of operations for the company's Florida Region, in 1999 became vice president of marketing for Universal Forest Products, Inc., and in 2001, was promoted to president of the company’s Eastern Division. In 2011, Mr. Greene was named executive vice president of new business development.
Donald L. James (DJ), Executive Vice President of National Sales
Mr. James joined Universal in 1998 after a 16-year career with a national lumber and building materials retailer. Since joining Universal, he has held the positions of director of national site-built sales, general manager of operations, vice president of operations, executive vice president of site-built, and regional vice president, the position he most recently held for the Northern Atlantic Region, prior to his promotion on October 1, 2011 to executive vice president of national sales.
Michael F. Mordell, Executive Vice President, UFP Purchasing, Inc.
Mr. Mordell joined Universal in 1993. In 1999, he became executive vice president of Purchasing for Universal Forest Products Western Division, Inc., and in November 2007 he took the position of general manager of operations for the company’s facilities in Lafayette, Colo. On January 1, 2010, Mr. Mordell became executive vice president of UFP Purchasing, Inc.