Since 2009, Woodworking Network has paid tribute to market leaders in the wood products industry that have made an impact — not only at their own companies, but also on the industry as a whole. Represented are persons from all segments of the secondary woodworking industry, including: residential furniture, contract/office furniture, cabinets, closets/home storage, store fixture, architectural woodwork, window and door, and wood components.
After a career spanning 50 years in the kitchen cabinet industry, Tony Bour, CEO of Showplace Wood Products and Wood Industry Market Leader, is set to retire January 13, 2017.
Meet the 2016 Wood Industry Market Leaders. This elite group of woodworking professionals are thriving as they meet the competitive and economic challenges facing North American businesses – a fact highlighted by the number of firms included in this year’s FDMC 300 listing of the wood industries' largest firms.
A fortuitous meeting started Farooq Kathwari on the path to becoming the chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors – and turned the Kashmir-born man into a true American success story. Under Kathwari’s leadership, Ethan Allen has become a top producer of residential furnishings, with nine manufacturing facilities, including six U.S. production facilities and a sawmill, plus plants in Mexico and Honduras.
Paul Wellborn's initiatives have driven the multi-million dollar Wellborn Cabinet company to even greater success. Under his guidance, the company has transitioned to selling products through authorized dealers, expanded the number of styles and products. “Our cabinets are ‘Crafted by People Who Care,’” he added.