Wood Industry 40 Under 40: Dynamic leaders take charge
July 13, 2016 | 6:00 am CDT
Among the winners of the 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 (clockwise): Jennifer Wolff, Masco Cabinets, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Corbin Clay, founder, Azure Furniture, Denver; Brian Steorts, founder, Flags of Valor, Ashburn, Virginia; Nathie Katzoff, NK Woodworking, Seattle, one of the top U.S. staircase builders.

The next generation of woodworking professionals are already having an impact on the manufacturing industries in North America. Woodworking Network today named winners of the 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40.

The list finds movers and shakers already making their mark in all walks of wood products manufacture, as well as suppliers and educators. Winners were selected from a field of more than 135 nominations. The call for nominations was issued May 10 at the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Awards channel at WoodworkingNetwork.com.


A VIP tour for Wood Industry 40 Under 40 

The next generation woodworking industries leaders will get a private briefing on IWF Challengers Award Winners, and other key players exhibiting at IWF 2016. Publisher Laurel Didier is coordinating the program. 

From there, the nominating took on a life of its own, as wood industry professionals placed their colleagues - and in some cases competitors - up for consideration. The nomination process was heavily shared on social media, a major connection point for next generation woodworking industries' incoming leaders. 

The panel of six editors at Woodworking Network then reviewed the nominations, each balloting separately on a scale of 1-5, based on the nature of the nomination description, the impact these nominees were having on their business, their community, or the industry as a whole. When the scoring was tallied, these individuals rose to the top. 

Name Company
Ethan Abramson Ethan Abramson Furniture
Julio Alvarez B.H. Lumber
Nicholas Barnick Barnick Wood Design
Casey Bell Bellmont Cabinets
Carly Boudreau Coriander Designs
Phil Bowers Advanced Cabinet Systems
Guy Bucey Inova LLC
Matthew Buell M. Buell Design
Eben Bayer Ecovative Design
D.C. Clark Clark Deco Moldings
Corbin Clay Azure Furniture
Phill Crabtree Fastenlink
Richard DeMarco Richelieu Hardware
Sean Dineen Iron Age Office
Jake Garner Jake Garner Caskets
Dustin Giffin Giffin Interior
Martin  Goebel Goebel & Co. Furniture
Seth Gonzales Martin &  Macarthur
Brian Grabski Designed & Made
Doug Hague Architectural Woodwork Institute
Chris Harding Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program
Todd Richard Herzog Accu-Router
Les Holland Zepsa Industries
Nathie Katzoff NK Woodworking
Adam Kessler DatesWeiser Furniture
Brady Lewis Allmoxy
Emory Luth Midwest Precision Parts
Shaun Oriold Closet Envy
Melissa Owens Next Wave Automation
Jared Patchin J Alexander Fine Woodworking
Jeremy Seykora  Showplace Cabinets
Christian Smedberg Osborne Wood Products
Brian Steorts Flags of Valor
Will Spencer Spencer Cabinetry
Adria Torrez AWFS
Ben Williams Millwork 360
William Wolff The Cabinet Face
Jennifer Wolff Masco
Blake Zalcberg OFM, Llc.
Jonathan Zublena Sauder WoodTrac

The celebration for 2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 takes place the afternoon of Thursday, August 25 at IWF Atlanta, with a VIP Tour of the IWF Challengers Award winners and select exhibitors on the floor. This will be followed by an awards reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., by the event's founding sponsor, the Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America one of the organizations that owns and operates IWF.

The Wood Industry 40 Under 40 recognizes superstars, people who do something special in:
•    Productivity
•    Profitability
•    Social Good Locally, Globally
•    Ingenuity
•    Innovation
•    Peer Inspiration
•    Product Development
•    Organizational Leadership
The Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Superstars have been invited to will be singled out and receive a plaque and gift at the awards event. And they will be featured in the IWF Show Daily newspaper, and in the October 2016 FDMC Wood 100 Leadership Issue. Honorees also get a free pass to a Symposium at IWF (at $350 value) on August 23 and free admission to the IWF 2016 (a $50 value), with a VIP Tour of the Challengers Award technology winners to be announced August 24.

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com.

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.