Closet industry professionals among 2018 40 Under 40 honorees
July 18, 2018 | 3:36 pm CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Employees from several closet firms, including Mike Bergamo of ClosetPro Software and Keith Hernandez of transFORM, were among those selected as honorees in Woodworking Network’s 2018 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Awards. This year marks the third annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.
Those selected are considered innovators, achievers – and even disruptors – who demonstrate excellence in the categories of productivity, profitability, social good, ingenuity, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or another facet of the wood industry.
“Woodworking Network is proud to be associated with this year’s 40 under 40 honorees. This is a program that is critical for the future of the industry. We were overwhelmed with nominations so the process to narrow down the list was harder than ever. We congratulate all of those nominated and look forward to meeting the honorees personally." 
Honorees will be recognized at the Leadership Reception on Aug. 21, the evening before IWF, the International Woodworking Fair, in Atlanta. The 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 is sponsored by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA).
More than 130 nominations were submitted for recognition this year.  Due to a tie in the voting process, 41 people were selected. Click here to view a full list the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at