Lynn O. Michaelis


Lynn has nearly 40 years’ experience in the forest products industry. Much of this was with Weyerhaeuser Co., where he was the Chief Economist and Vice President, Marketing and Economic Research for over 20 years.
In this capacity, Lynn led a team of economists and market research analysts covering every aspect of the industry that was important to Weyerhaeuser. This included timber, wood products, containerboard, pulp and paper, plus housing issues, which were crucial to the company’s real estate businesses.
As Chief Economist, Lynn participated in the annual strategic and investment reviews with the senior management team. Lynn has managed several special strategic review teams, including the Oregon Lumber Optimization Review (after the Willamette acquisition) and several international investment projects related to Uruguay and New Zealand.

Prior to becoming Weyerhaeuser’s Chief Economist, Lynn served as the Business Manager for the Particleboard/MDF business and as Planning Manager for the Diversified Business division. In the latter capacity, he led the investment team for Weyerhaeuser’s first OSB plant. After leaving Weyerhaeuser in 2009, Lynn worked with RISI focusing on housing and wood products issues.

Over the course of his career Lynn has spoken at numerous customer meetings, annual investors meeting in New York and elsewhere to a wide variety of industry groups. His presentations have covered a wide range of topics including macroeconomics, housing, wood products, timber, containerboard packaging, pulp and paper. Lynn has been active in a variety of economist groups, including serving as the past President of the National Association of Business Economists.

Lynn believes the primary goal of his work is helping business executives deepen their understanding of markets and helping them develop strategic responses to changing industry conditions.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Forestry Department of the University of Washington. Lynn earned a PhD in Economics from Washington State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Utah.

Lynn can be reached at 206-434-8102 or at