Join the editors of Woodworking Network as a panel of wood industry overachievers share the secrets of their success. Learn how two woodworking firms large and small grew despite the downturn - and how they are taking advantage of the recovery.
Listen in as these 2012 WOOD 100 companies share their strategies for success. The webinar will provide you with the tools you need to improve your business, marketing and production strategies — and grow your sales.
Who should attend:
• Woodworking shop owners, managers, designers
• Wood manufacturers
Chip Yawney, owner- A Cut Above LLC
Chip Yawney discovered his passion for woodworking while renovating a historic building he owned with several partners. He founded A Cut Above LLC, Jessup, MD, in February of 2006. Before entering the field, he worked in sales and marketing positions at IBM and AT&T.
Based in Maryland, A Cut Above specializes in the design, fabrication, finishing and installation of libraries, bookcases, cabinetry and other casegoods.
Keith Malmstadt, president - Great Lake Woods
Keith holds a BA and MBA in Business, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is a Certified Management Accountant.
After graduation he joined Keamey and Trecker in Milwaukee, a large manufacturer of machine tools, as a cost accountant. Displaced by an economic slow down, Keith accepted a position with Haworth, Inc. in Holland, MI as a cost analyst in 1983. Through the experience gained at Haworth, and the opportunity to grow, Keith accepted a position in 1985 as Controller of Vista Business Forms of Oshtmo, MI, and later Controller/Treasurer in 1987 at Lippert Furniture in Zeeland, MI. This experience and his own drive to become a business owner, lead him to purchase a 33% interest in Great Lake Woods, Inc. in 1993. In 1996, he expanded his ownership to 50%, and in 2005 purchased a majority of the outstanding stock.
Under his leadership, Great Lake Woods, Inc and GLW Finishing, LLC have grown from a small residential moulding and millwork company with 35 employees and $4MM in sales to 160+ employees with sales exceeding $25MM. In 1999 Keith became involved with WoodLINKS. Keith has committed significant time, and resources to the WoodLINKS Program by serving on the Board of Directors, as Secretary, Treasurer, and 2004-2005 as President.
Wood & Wood Products
Karen Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Wood & Wood Products, Karen spearheads editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media.
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