Meet the 2019 Wood Industry Market Leaders

Meet the 2019 Wood Industry Market Leaders, a diverse group of individuals that are making a difference.

These distinguished men and women are meeting – and beating – the global and domestic competitive and economic challenges affecting their companies and the industry as a whole. As the following profiles illustrate, they also demonstrate the creativity, determination, perseverance and savvy skills to ensure the viability and sustainability of their wood products businesses for years to come. 

As with previous Market Leaders, the noteworthy endeavors of this year’s group also extend beyond the workplace, as the individuals volunteer their time and efforts for the betterment of the industry and their communities.

On the links below are the stories behind this year’s leading executives, including the influencers, insights and strategies that helped earn them recognition.

The 2019 Wood Industry Market Leaders are:

The 2019 Market Leaders marks the 11th year Woodworking Network has paid tribute to outstanding men and women in the North American woodworking industry. To date, more than 70 people have shared their stories with us. (View the list of past Market Leader honorees).

Caroline Castrucci, vice president of Administration at Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.

Tom Happ, president of Closet Works

Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture

Jimmy Thornberry, president at Powell Valley Millwork

Keith Morgan, owner of Bespoke

For additional information on the Wood Industry Market Leaders or to nominate an individual for recognition, email [email protected]. Also visit to read more on this year’s class, as well as past Market Leader honorees.


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Karen Koenig | Editor

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 [email protected]