Winners of the 2017 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Award were announced by Woodworking Network in the second annual listing of rising talent in the wood manufacturing industries.
The program honors individuals in the next generation of leaders who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America. Winners will receive their awards at the Leadership Reception on July 18, the evening before the AWFS Fair.
"Clearly the industry has adopted 40 Under 40 as its own," says Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network. "Many of these individuals are already having a profound impact on the wood manufacturing business. They are showing the way." 
The exciting awards event is open to all; individual tickets are $45 at the AWFS Fair registration site. The 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 has been invited to stage a reunion at the venue as well. 
Nearly 100 individual names were submitted during the nomination period, open to the industry at large from February 15 to May 15, 2017. Here are the 2017 winners:
Nominee Last Name Place of Work Location   Website
Jonathan Adams INNERGY Punta Gorda FL
Kurt Ainsworth Marucci Sports Baton Rouge LA
Reid Anderson Anderson Studio Seattle WA
Chad Barker Barker Cabinets Tualatin OR
Tyler Bell Bellmont Cabinet Company Sumner WA
Marty Berman Amber Millwork Ltd Kelowna BC
Brad Bolte Vonmod Denver CO
Carly Boudreau Coriander Designs Woodinville WA
David Clark Kartwheel Austin TX
Elias Cortez Golden Casework Dolton CA
Chris Dolbow Stiles Machinery Grand Rapids MI
Amanda Gearey Thomas Riley Artisans' Guild Naples  FL
Dustin Giffin Giffin Interior & Fixture, Inc. Oakdale PA
Amanda Groebner TimeWorn Wood Atwater MN
James Hamilton Stumpy Nubs  Detroit MI
Andrew Hibbs Wood Inc/Kitch Components Inc Edmonton AB
Sara Johnson Stevens Industries Teutopolis IL
Bryan Koelling Lockdowel Fremont CA
Brandon Koetter North Tech Machine, LLC Borden IN
David Kremer Kremer Design Lakewood CO
Bobby  Lewis Perspective Approach Ogden UT
Paul Losavio Cabinet Vision Tuscaloosa AL
Jeff Onsrud CR Onsrud Inc Troutman NC
Joe Patrovich ModWorxx New York NY
Greg Pilotti Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers Parkesburg PA
Mike Prom Autodesk  Mill Valley CA
Chad Pulkkinen Windham Millwork, Inc Windham ME
Whitney Bowers Pyle Advanced Cabinet Systems Marion IN
Dan Sanderson Catalyst Consulting Grimes IA Catalyst Consulting
Nick Schiffer NS Builders Boston MA
Adam Schneider ConceptWorks Elkhart Lake WI
Jens Schulz Leuco Tool Corporation Villa Rica GA
Thomas Tuck C.R. Onsrud Troutman NC
Andy Turner Weinig USA Mooresville NC
Emily Vella Atlantic Plywood Woburn MA
Chip Wade Wade Works Creative Atlanta GA
Marcus Waterworth Waterworths Woodshop Viking MN
Jessica Webber Webber Coleman Woodworks Watkinsville GA
Jon Wenger Genesis Products Inc. Elkhart IN
Taylor Young Kebony US St. Clair MI
Laura Zahn Allied Woodshop Los Angeles CA
"The 40 Under 40 program is really designed to encourage disrupters," says Carroll Henning, Director of Marketing at Woodworking Network," even those who have broken the rules and especially people who work out of the box."
Winners the from last year's 40 Under 40 Awards event, held last August at the IWF show in Atlanta, have continued to network. Many of them nominated colleagues in this year's program. 
Woodworking Network and Stiles Machinery, sponsor of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, will honor next generation of industry leaders at the awards event that is staged during the Leadership Reception, 5:30 p.m. on July 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the evening before the AWFS Fair woodworking show opens.
Winners receive free tickets to the Wood Industry Leadership Forum (which also give them admission to sessions in the Closets or Finishing Symposia taking place July 18), as well as courtesy admission to the reception for themselves and their guest.

Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Winners Selection

Entries were solicited at, and through Twitter and Facebook. The candidates were judged by the team of six Woodworking Network editors, who balloted for nominees on a scale of one to 10. The votes were tallied to establish the ranking, and the top 40 candidates who met the criteria - that they be under 40 in 2017 and working in wood manufacturing and allied industries - were selected as winners. 
The Wood Industry winners will be featured in the AWFS Show Daily newspaper and in the October 2017 FMC Leadership Issue, and at and its Facebook site. 40 Under 40 Winners will also be invited to key networking events such as the Executive Briefing Conference, Wood Pro Expo, and other industry conferences.

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