Wood Industry Market Leaders

Now in its 13th year, Woodworking Network's Wood Industry Market Leaders pays tribute to outstanding men and women that have made an impact, not only at their companies but within the various wood products industries: cabinet, residential furniture, contract furniture, architectural woodwork, store fixture, home organization and components. Since 2009, more than 80 industry professionals have shared their influencers, insights and strategies that earned them recognition.

This elite group has met the competitive and economic challenges facing North American companies and turned them to their advantage. Their endeavors also extend beyond the realm of their businesses, to working for the betterment of their respective industries and their communities, through volunteer efforts, philanthropic endeavors, or work in creating jobs to help those less fortunate.

Read the stories behind these leading executives: the influences, insights and strategies that earned them recognition. The full list of movers and shakers in the woodworking industry, as recognized by Woodworking Network, can be found here.

Recognized in 2021 for their achievements in the workplace, industry and community are (pictured beginning top left):  Luke Elias, president, Muskoka Cabinet Co.; Alicia Barker, president, Organizers Direct Industries; Edward San Juan, president, E.F. San Juan Inc.; Sam Bell Steves, president, Steves & Sons; Edward Galt Steves, CEO, Steves & Sons; and Scott Grove, owner, Scott Grove (Imagine Grove Woodworking and Green Grove Design).
2021 Wood Industry Market Leaders

Recognized in 2020 for their achievements in the workplace, industry and community are (pictured beginning top left): Bill French, owner of Wood-Mode LLC; Michael Evans, president and CEO at Bestar-Bush; Andrew Campbell, president and CEO of Eastern Millwork Inc.; Wendy Scott, co-founder of Boutique Closets and Cabinetry; Kent Bowie, president and CEO at Metrie; and John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture.

Recognized in 2019 for their achievements in the workplace, industry and community are (pictured beginning top right): Caroline Castrucci, vice president of Administration at Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.; Tom Happ, president of Closet Works; Caroline Hipple, president of Norwalk Furniture; Jimmy Thornberry, president at Powell Valley Millwork; and Keith Morgan, owner of Bespoke.
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. Click on the names to view their stories.

The Wood Industry Market Leaders is an audience recognition program and the selection of honorees is done by the editors of Woodworking Network based on input from industry associations, editorial recommendations and submitted nominations. The next call for nominations is June 2022. Those interested in submitting nominations are asked to contact Karen Koenig at Karen.Koenig@WoodworkingNetwork.com. Current and past Market Leaders are recognized in the October "Leadership" issue of FDMC, online and at industry events.


Market Leaders

Wood Industry Market Leader: Michael Evans, Bestar-Bush

The president and CEO of Bestar-Bush, Michael Evans’ business mantra is simple and succinct: Behave in a manner that is open, honest and direct. “This pertains to all the stakeholders in our business, our people, our customers, and our suppliers.” It’s a philosophy that has served him well at the New York-based firm, and earned him the respect of those in the industry. 

Market Leaders

Wood Industry Market Leader: Caroline Hipple, Norwalk Furniture

Caroline Hipple, President, Norwalk Furniture
Caroline Hipple’s success in the residential furniture industry can be attributed in part to her “well-rounded” management experience in retail, domestic manufacturing, importing and consulting. “I don’t think there are any little cracks and crevices anymore to look under in our industry – I think I’ve covered it,” she said.