40 Under 40: Young woodworkers making an impact
October 9, 2023 | 3:16 pm CDT
Wood Industry 40 Under 40

Members of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2023 in attendance at the Leadership Reception pose with CCI Media/Woodworking Network President and CEO Tim Fixmer. The reception was held July 24 in Las Vegas.

Woodworking Network celebrates its eighth annual awarding of the Wood Industry 40 Under 40, recognizing the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Honorees were recognized at a reception in Las Vegas during the AWFS Fair, as well as at the EBC in September. “We would like the entire industry to join us in celebration of the youngest, best, and brightest contributors to wood products manufacturing in North America. This year’s team of honorees join more than 280 alumni who have been recognized with this distinction in the past,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network.

“Being chosen as a 40 Under 40 Honoree carries far more than the distinction of industry recognition,” added Fixmer. “The lifelong networking opportunities to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with other honorees is a significant benefit to these great performers.” All 40 Under 40 alumni also receive a 40 percent discount to each annual Executive Briefing Conference in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

The 2023 Class of Wood Industry 40 Under 40 is sponsored by PaintLine. (See 2023 sponsor salutes the 40 Under 40 - below.) 


Read the stories behind this year's standout class of Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees. The 2023 40 Under 40 is sponsored by PaintLine.

“We are honored to recognize these talented young professionals who consistently demonstrate leadership, innovation, and inspiration. Their contributions play a vital role in sustaining and advancing our industry,” said Harry Urban, FDMC publisher. “We commend their resilience in navigating challenging business climates and recognize them as a driving force behind the future of woodworking. We take pride in their accomplishments and appreciate their unwavering commitment to the industry, their communities, and to important causes.”

2023 sponsor salutes the 40 Under 40
“The 2023 class of 40 Under 40 is an incredibly talented group,” said Kyle Robinson, CEO of  PaintLine. “We’re proud to be the sponsor and congratulate each of the honorees on being selected for this prestigious award.”


PaintLine provides innovative and practical drying racks, portable spray booths, and other process-oriented product solutions for woodworkers, cabinetmakers, millwork shops, residential remodelers, renovators and commercial painters.

About Woodworking Network's 40 Under 40
Entries for the 40 Under 40 were solicited in print, email and online at WoodworkingNetwork.com. Close to 130 submissions were received, with candidates judged by a team of editors.

Honorees received an engraved plaque, provided by Epilog Laser. A commemorative pin was also given to 40 Under 40 honorees.

The 2023 honorees are profiled on WoodworkingNetwork.com and in the October Leadership Issue of FDMC magazine. For more information on the Woodworking Network 40 Under 40 email Karen Koenig at [email protected].

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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]