Our Story - Spicers Paper
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Spicers maintains a proud legacy as an independent merchant with strong regional ties to the communities where we do business. Our leadership, history and values all point to a relationship-driven approach that focuses on serving our commercial print customers with speed, simplicity and a smile.

strong leadership

Our Southern California-based leadership is steeped in the paper business, bringing the knowledge, skills and expertise our customers have come to expect within the Spicers organization.


Jan has spent her entire professional career in the paper industry, and brings broad experience to her role as president of Spicers Paper and its sister company, Kelly Paper. Jan began her career in sales and marketing roles for Atlanta-based Neenah Paper before her appointment to Director of Marketing, leading one of the industry’s best known and creative product marketing and development programs.

In 2001 Jan moved to Neenah’s parent company, Kimberly-Clark, taking on the role of Director of Global Strategy Commercial Towel and Tissue business. She moved back to her native California in 2007 to lead Kelly Paper, and in 2011 became the president of Spicers, leading the company through its 2012 acquisition by Central National-Gottesman Inc.


Rick has accumulated broad international experience during his 34 year career in the paper industry, starting with Spicers Paper in Australia in 1983. He initially worked in finance and accounting roles progressing to the position of Financial Controller for Spicers in Australia. Rick moved into the sales and operations side of the business in 1997 taking on a Regional Management position and progressing to run Spicers Paper New Zealand.

After relocating to the USA business in 2002 Rick worked in senior roles in the Bay Area and Midwest before moving to Southern California in 2006 when he assumed the role of VP of Purchasing for PaperlinX North America and managed the company’s supply relationships in the USA and Canada. In 2012 Rick was appointed Vice President, Finance & Administration overseeing all finance, treasury, legal, purchasing and administrative functions for both Spicers Paper and Kelly Paper and was recently given the role as Senior Vice President.

Building on 
A Legacy

Spicers has always been an independent, regional paper company– and we continue to reflect those values today through our eight distinct geographical locations around the West.


Our legacy as a strong local presence includes deep ties to such well-established paper merchants as Noland Paper Co. (est. 1949), La Salle Paper (est. 1935), Fraser Paper Co., Barber-Ellis Fine Paper and Seaboard Paper.


In 2012, Spicers became a member of Central National Gottesman Inc. (CNG), a fifth-generation, family-run company that has been in the pulp, paper and forest products distribution industry for more than 130 years.

Our Values

The quality of our people has always been Spicers’ true value in the marketplace.


Each of us has a real commitment to making our customers happy, and we are all dedicated to building genuine relationships through accountability, reliability, and lasting friendships.


Just like our customers, many of whom are also independent, multi-generational and family-owned operations, Spicers Paper was built on the notion that each of us is empowered to make decisions that make sense to our customers, suppliers and our business.