Still time to nominate: Seeking wood industry standouts under 40

Nominations close May 13 for the ninth annual Woodworking Network Wood Industry 40 Under 40, which recognizes people making a difference in their workplace, community and industry. The Class of 2024 is sponsored by PaintLine and Allmoxy.

NORTH LIBERTY, IA - There is still time to nominate candidates for Woodworking Network’s 9th annual Wood Industry 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Nominations can be submitted through May 13 at The Woodworking Network 40 Under 40 Class of 2024 is sponsored by PaintLine and Allmoxy.

The 40 Under 40 award program 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. 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.

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“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 320 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.

“For the past 20 years we have heard that this industry needs to find the next group of leaders. Each year the Woodworking Network identifies that group and this year will be no different. These professionals will exemplify thought, innovation, work ethic, ingenuity, and more, and how they move their respective businesses forward. We are proud to bring you the next leaders of the woodworking industry with our 40 under 40 of 2024,” said Ryan Wagner, publisher of FDMC.

Candidates will be judged by Woodworking Network’s team of editors; please include details/examples when providing the reason for the nomination and the impact. Honorees will be notified via email and those selected will be recognized online, at the Leadership Reception held the day prior to the IWF Fair in Atlanta, at Woodworking Network events and in print in the FDMC October Leadership issue

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.

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

Nominate a team member or enter yourself at by May 13. To qualify, candidates must be 40 or younger by Dec. 31, 2024, and be involved professionally in the North American woodworking industry.

For more information on the Wood Industry 40 Under 40, or to view past honorees, visit or email Karen Koenig at [email protected].

PaintLine and Allmoxy are sponsors of the 2024 class of the Wood Industry 40 Under 40.


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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]