Can you believe 2019 is already over? We sure can’t! While we’re so excited to find out what 2020 will bring for AIFP, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of our biggest wins and favorite company moments from last year!
AIFP has the largest trading floor in North America, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t continually striving to grow and improve our business, whether it be hiring new commodity traders or increasing our departmental sales. Here’s some of our company growth highlights from 2019.
In 2019, five of our eight departments experienced sales growth. Not only did the Canadian Department, US Lumber, Southern Yellow Pine, and Plywood all increase their sales counts, but three of those departments also increased their footage sales from last year.
We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work our traders do day-in and day-out, and we’re so excited to recognize the traders who had their personal best trading years. Congratulations to Jeff Hoggard, Matt Kolar, Kyle McWhirter, and Joan Musch who set new sales records for themselves!
We’re always on the lookout for potential commodity traders, and this year, we hit the Oregon universities hard with quarterly recruiting events at Portland State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University.
At AIFP, we believe that our company culture is critical to our success. That’s why we celebrate hard work, encourage mentorship, give back to the local community, and cultivate fun social opportunities for our employees. Take a look at some of our favorite company events from 2019.
Celebrating holidays in the workplace is one of our favorite company traditions at AIFP. This year, our annual holiday party took place at Irving Street Studio in the EcoTrust Building in Portland on December 11th. The theme of the party was a hoedown, and in addition to delicious food, fun photo booths, and party music, AIFP president John Vranizan took time to recognize some impressive employee milestones.
As a Portland-based company, we love engaging with the local community. One of our favorite annual events is the Portland Spirit Cruise, where our employees and their guests enjoy a ride down the Willamette River on the Crystal Dolphin. In addition to hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley, our team was able to spend time together outside of the office and explore all that great city of Portland has to offer.
At AIFP, we think a little healthy competition is a good thing, and our go-kart extravaganza was a great way for our employees to blow off some steam and compete against one another for bragging rights. Whenever we get together outside the office, we have a great time, and this go-kart getaway was just another successful team bonding activity for the books.
Looking for Portland companies hiring in 2019? Consider a commodities trader career at AIFP. We offer a 24-month paid training program to help you develop the sales skills you need to succeed in the commodities trading business. Apply today and check out these job interview tips from AIFP’s President!
Up for the challenge? We'll give you the tools to excel. AIFP is continually growing. We recruit new traders year-round.
There is no substitute for hard work. If you really want to make and run a business here, you have all the tools available to you here.Billy Culver Trader, European Products Department Head
I really enjoy the freedom to create your own customer base and build a business trading the products you want to trade. While being the hardest thing I have ever done, being a trader has also been the most rewarding!Alex Schilling Trader