Getting anyone at Trio to provide a bio about themselves was like trying to take a baby bear from his mama…not going to happen. So, I decided to interview everyone at Trio and see what they would say about each other. So here’s the “dirt” I was able to dig up one each of them…


Jerry grew up in the lumber business and has been working in the industry since 1970. He is not afraid to work hard as you know. Many times, Jerry will jump in a truck and make the deliveries to you personally. Jerry tries to put up the front that he’s mean, but really he’s one of the most soft hearted people you’ll ever meet. He’s the visionary for Trio and he is respected by everyone. He intuitively understands people…because of that everyone connects with him – and loves him.


Tina South

Tina grew up in the lumber business and has been actively working at Trio full time since 1984. She works very hard for our customers and her staff. She is honest, competent, caring, and 100% ethical…totally by the books. Everyone trusts her. She has this soft spoken authority about her that makes you want to listen and she is a wealth of information. She’s a great boss!


Trio’s Sales Team

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Phil is our Sales Manager and is key in our overall operations. He is responsible for managing and purchasing many of our product lines which allows Trio to keep a competitive edge in the market.  He started with Trio right out of college in 1996.  Jerry immediately took him under his wings and has taught him everything he knows.

Our customers enjoy working with him. He’s happy, easy going, (laughs a lot at his own jokes) and this guy moves lumber in every direction.  Exporting lumber is one of his many areas of expertise.  He’s invaluable!

Over 20+ years in the Lumber Industry

Phil Hawkins
480 969 8288


Tony Palomarez


Tony has been with Trio since 2001. He is smart, knowledgeable and has worked his way up in the Lumber Industry. Tony has spent a considerable amount of time outside of the office walking jobsites.  His knowledge of the commercial framers and commercial concrete industries is unsurpassed.  Tony is detailed oriented and understands what the field needs to accomplish projects.   He also works on the purchasing side of the business at Trio which keeps him immersed in the changing lumber market pricing.  In other words, he is not just reading from a price sheet when you call in to complete an order.

Critical issues matter to Tony.  He cares about what affects our industries, government and economy.

Over 15+ years in the Lumber Industry

Tony Palomarez
480 969 8288


Philip D. Bos

Philip has been at Trio Forest since 2013. As the previous manager of a General Contracting Remodeling Company for over 20-years, his experience in business and application is a great resource for our customers. He is focused and determined to research and find answers for just about anything. It allows him to accommodate a wide variety of business types from contractors to manufacturers. Focused on new business, Philip is constantly shaking things up to connect with new and exciting customers.

Over 4-Years in the Lumber Industry

Philip D. Bos
480 969 8288


Troy Hudson


Troy has hit the ground running at Trio. He fits like a glove with Trio’s culture. Troy brings with him lumber knowledge and experience in Dispatch, Production and Sales. His ‘Boots on the Ground’ experience partnered with his dedication to hard work, ability to share a good laugh and observable commitment to our team and customers makes us excited about what the future holds for him here and in the Lumber Industry.

Troy Hudson
480 969 8288


Front Office

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Dru is Trio’s office manager and has been with Trio since 2005. She is 100% commitment to Trio and the customers. She is the type of person who is “on it” all the time…focused…accurate…and efficient. Everyone knows they can count on Dru…we love her. She gets it done for everyone!


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Renee has worked for Trio since 2005 in Accounts Receivable and Credit. She is the type of person that just gets the job done. She is the smile that greets everyone at the door. She rarely tells any of us no, but rather, works with us to find a happy medium. We rely on her a ton! Her nickname is ‘junior’ now that she’s been here so long, we should maybe come up with a new one.



Dawson Buchanan is Trio’s Fourth Generation in Lumber! He is the son of Tina and grandson of Jerry. He is still working his way up through the ranks. One day you may find him delivering lumber, the next in the yard or working at the dispatch desk. Most recently Dawson moved into a role managing Trio’s inventory. He’s smart, determined and embracing his learning curve! The future is bright at Trio for Dawson.



Jeff Seitz is Trio’s Yard Foreman. Jeff manages his team in loading and unloading customer and vendor deliveries quickly. His role ensures our customers receive quality lumber, quickly and correctly. He also ensures safety measures are in place and adhered to for his team and Trio’s customers and vendors. Jeff has been an amazing asset to Trio’s team.

Paloma is our receptionist.  (Paloma is also bilingual).

There are several other people at Trio that are very important to us and our everyday operations. Our drivers and yard personnel contribute greatly to our success. We want to take a moment to recognize them and let everyone know that we couldn’t do what we do without them.

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