Searching for 40 industry standouts under 40
40 Under 40

Who will join the more than 240 honorees?  Nominations are open through May 31 for the 2022 Class of 40 Under 40, sponsored by PaintLine.

Woodworking Network is seeking 40 industry professionals under 40, who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America. Nominations for the 7th annual 40 Under 40 run through May 31.

The 40 Under 40 recognizes the achievements of standout individuals in the categories of: productivity, profitability, social good (locally or globally), ingenuity, innovation, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or other areas. Persons in all job levels, in all facets of the professional woodworking industry, are eligible.

“We are again proud to celebrate the commitment to excellence portrayed by some of the youngest, best, and brightest contributors to the woodworking industry in North America. This year’s team of honorees will join 242 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.

Past honorees have been involved in the cabinetry, residential and contract furniture, closets/home organization, architectural woodwork, retail fixtures, and wood components markets, as well as related segments including research, education, and associations.

“I look forward to seeing the list of nominees in the 2022 Woodworking Network 40 under 40, and applaud them for their drive and dedication to excellence in this ever-evolving and difficult business environment,” said Harry Urban, publisher of FDMC and Woodworking Network. “The young men and women who will make up the Class of ‘22 have overcome challenges that were not in any playbook just a couple of years ago. We’re proud of their accomplishments and salute their commitment to the industry, their communities and to greater causes.”

Along with recognition at events, including a special Leadership Reception to be held at IWF in Atlanta, 2022 honorees will receive free admission to the Executive Briefing Conference, to be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado in September; 40 Under 40 alumni also receive a 40 percent discount to annual Executive Briefing Conferences, Fixmer said.

“Being selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree carries far more than the distinction of public industry recognition,” he added. “We believe that networking with other industry leaders will help these young professionals continue on their leadership path to enhanced personal and professional growth.”

Help identify and recognize these diverse and distinguished individuals. Nominate a team member or enter yourself at by May 31. To qualify, candidates must be 40 or younger by Dec. 31, 2022, and be involved professionally in the North American woodworking industry.

For more information on the Woodworking Network 40 Under 40, or to view past honorees, visit or email Karen Koenig at [email protected].
The 2022 class of 40 Under 40 is sponsored by PaintLine.


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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]