Announcing the 2019 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees
See who's in the latest class of honorees. The 2019 40 Under 40 is sponsored by Timber Products Co. and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Honorees of the 2019 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the fourth 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 by their peers to be 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 congratulates the 2019 40 under 40 honorees," said Harry Urban, publisher.   "It was very difficult to select from the more than 140 nominations that were submitted since so many of these young executives give their all not just to their careers, but also contribute to their communities, charities, and other worthy causes."

"For four years we have been celebrating the career paths of the best and brightest young leaders in the wood products manufacturing industry and each year the nominees have been outstanding," said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network. "The 2019 class joins more than 120 alumni, all of whom continue to make a profound impact on the industry.  Their contributions to the companies and organizations that are blessed with their leadership skills are truly awe inspiring. I have no doubt that the future will be brighter and the industry will be stronger thanks to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019."

Those named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 are (in alphabetical order):

Honoree Place of Work Website
Scott Bogner Kitchens Inc.
Greg Brown Greg Brown Cabinetmaker and Carver
Patrick Brown Ideations Inc.
Jamie Burge Millwork 360 LLC
Nate Cohen Cohen Architectural Woodworking LLC
Savannah Corrales CNC Factory
Michael Dalle Molle Goodwood NOLA LLC
Chris Danielsen Danzo Group Inc.
Sam Davenport 57st. design
Patrick Dickinson USA Millwork
Greg Dilone MJB Wood Group
Joel Epstein Fabuwood Cabinetry Corp.
Hannah Faria Khalaf SurfPrep Sanding by Dixon
Codey Gerarden Gerarden Fabrication & Design LLC
Mullin Green Narrow Gate Foundation
Marcus Hall California Closets
Rachel Jacobs Brown Wood Inc.
Mike Jensen Continental Woodcraft LLC
Kirby Kendrick Kendrick Inc.
Veronic Landry Laval University
Jim Larin Fuji Industrial Spray Equipment
John Lasell Continental Woodcraft LLC
Daniel Levin GL Veneer
Erin Lorentz Vermont Wood Works Council
Brett Messer Timberline Cabinet Doors Inc.
Troy Myers JC Manufacturing
Sam Nichols Ritter Machinery Co./Evans Midwest
Henry Nisiobincki American Woodmark Corp.
Lance O’Brien O’BH Associates LLC
Hans Parker Board Foot Co.
Ankit Sharma Kitply Industries
Shayn Smith SmithMade
Michael Thornberry Powell Valley Millwork
Sam Turner Narrow Gate Exchange
John VanErem RCS Millwork
Bruce Wang Micro Jig Inc.
Lukasz Wasiak WoodCraft Designers & Builders LLC
Marshall Williams North American Plywood Corp.
Brandon Wilson Wilson Custom Carpentry [email protected]
Derick Wyman California Hardwoods

Honorees will be recognized at the Leadership Reception on July 16, the evening prior to the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, and also will be featured in the special FDMC October Leadership print and digital issues. The 2019 40 Under 40 Award program is sponsored by Timber Products Co. and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence: Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.

Entries to this year's 40 Under 40 were solicited at, through banner ads, eblast promotions and via social media. Candidates were voted on by a team of six Woodworking Network editors, using a numerical scale. The 2019 class joins an elite group of honorees from 2018 2017 and those recognized in 2016.

"Woodworking Network has had the privilege to get to know and work with many of the past honorees and we know that the Class of 2019 will help to take our industry to a higher level," Urban said. "We look forward to meeting the Class of 2019 at the Leadership reception on July 16 at the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas."

Along with the Class of 2019, honorees from the 2016,  2017 and 2018 40 Under 40 are also invited to attend the Leadership Reception and network with industry VIPs, including members of 2019 sponsors Timber Products Co. and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, and those attending the Woodworking Network symposia at AWFS on CNC, Closets, Finishing and Leadership Forum.

Plaques for the 2019 40 Under 40 are being provided by Epilog Laser.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 award program, contact 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]