Meet the 2018 Wood Industry Market Leaders

Meet the 2018 Wood Industry Market Leaders.

These elite individuals are successfully meeting the competitive and economic challenges that face North American businesses and turning them to their advantage. Their companies, representing multiple markets, are thriving — a fact highlighted by the number also included in the FDMC 300 listing of top firms. Their names, too, are recognized in consumer and business markets as trend leaders.

The praiseworthy endeavors of this group extend beyond the realm of their respective businesses, as they volunteer their time and efforts for the betterment of the community and the industry as a whole.

On the links below are the stories behind this year’s leading executives, including the influencers, insights and strategies that helped earn them recognition. The 2018 Wood Industry Market Leaders are (top, left to right): Jeff De Lonay, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc.; Max Verkamp, Indiana Furniture; Ola Yoder, Kountry Wood Products; Gat Caperton, Gat Creek; Ralph Fehr, Elias Woodwork & Mfg. Ltd.; Ron Montbleau, Montbleau & Associates; and Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design.

Visit for more on the 2018 Wood Industry Market Leaders as well as past Market Leader honorees, plus information on the Executive Briefing Conference.

Jeff De Lonay, president, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc.

Max Verkamp, president & CEO, Indiana Furniture

Ola Yoder, CEO & owner, Kountry Wood Products

Gat Caperton, president & CEO, Gat Creek

Ralph Fehr, president & operations manager, Elias Woodwork & Mfg. Ltd.

Ron Montbleau, founder & CEO, Montbleau & Associates

Lisa Adams, CEO/Designer, LA Closet Design

(Click here to view a list of previous years' Wood Industry Market Leaders.)


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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]