Woodworking Network has opened the call for nominations in its 2017 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 award program, the second annual effort to recognize superstars in the wood manufacturing industry.
Help us find the individuals in the next generation of people who are destined to make an impact on the wood products manufacturing industry in North America. We are seeking disrupters, innovators, rebels, those who have broken the rules or worked outside of the box to make our industry - or the world - a better place. (Maybe it’s you!) 
This could be someone who’s come up with a killer idea, a project, product, and process, perhaps even incubated a business. Good candidates include anyone who is a superstar in any area relating to wood production: programming, design, marketing, manufacturing, research, etc., and creates a vibe around them that inspires others. It’s someone who is making a special contribution to their organization, or to our industry as a whole, in areas like:
  • Productivity & Profitability
  • Social Good (locally, or globally)
  • Ingenuity & Innovation
  • Peer Inspiration
  • Product Development
  • Organizational Leadership
 Winners will be selected by Woodworking Network’s editorial team. Candidates must be involved in the wood manufacturing industry, and must have been under 40 in 2017. Online, see: woodworkingnetwork.com/40under40
Deadline: May 15, 2017
40 Under 40 Superstars will be honored at the Leadership Forum Reception July 18 at the 2017 AWFS Fair. They will also be featured in the AWFS Show Daily and in the October 2017 FDMC Leadership Issue, and at WoodworkingNetwork.com and its Facebook site. 40 Under 40 Winners will be invited to networking events at other industry conferences. Honorees also receive a free pass to any of three pre-show conferences July 18 at AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, including the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.
This daylong event is a top-level conference for business owners and senior managers, with emphasis on technology and material trends affecting the design and production of cabinetry, furniture and interior millwork for the next decade. Professor Joe Wheeler will lead off with a presentation on Virginia Tech University’s FutureHAUS manufacturing project. Four case studies – RCS Millwork, North American Plywood, Decore-ative Specialties,  and Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork – will detail joint technology developments between themselves and suppliers to create new processes. Learn more at awfs.org