Meet the 2020 Wood Industry Market Leaders
October 8, 2020 | 9:06 am CDT
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It’s been a tough year for those in the woodworking industry. Yet despite the constraints brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, this elite group of individuals have ensured their companies are positioned to meet the competitive and economic challenges faced by their respective industries. Their leadership efforts are highlighted by the fact the majority of companies represented are included in the FDMC 300 listing of top North American wood products manufacturers.

As the following profiles illustrate, this group also demonstrates the creativity, determination, perseverance and savvy skills to ensure the viability and sustainability of their businesses for years to come. Their praiseworthy endeavors also extend beyond the workplace, as they put forth time and effort on behalf of their communities and the industry as a whole.

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

The 2020 Wood Industry Market Leaders are:

John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture
Kent Bowie, president and CEO at Metrie 
Michael Evans, president and CEO at Bestar-Bush
Andrew Campbell, president and CEO of Eastern Millwork Inc.
Wendy Scott, co-founder of Boutique Closets and Cabinetry
Bill French, owner of Wood-Mode LLC

John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture

Kent Bowie, president and CEO at Metrie
Michael Evans, president and CEO at Bestar-Bush
Andrew Campbell, president and CEO of Eastern Millwork Inc.
 Wendy Scott, co-founder of Boutique Closets and Cabinetry
Bill French, owner of Wood-Mode LLC

The 2020 Market Leaders marks the 12th year Woodworking Network has paid tribute to outstanding men and women in the North American woodworking industry. To date, close to 80 people have shared their stories with us. (View the list of past Market Leader honorees)

For additional information on the Wood Industry Market Leaders or to nominate an individual for recognition, email karen.koenig@woodworkingnetwork.com.  Also visit WoodworkingNetwork.com/Market-Leaders 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 karen.koenig@woodworkingnetwork.com