Announcing the 2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Honorees of the 2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the sixth annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Those selected have been recognized by their peers for their achievements and innovations in the categories of: productivity, profitability, social good, ingenuity, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or another area. More than 150 submissions were received and evaluated by a team of Woodworking Network editors.

“It’s always hard to narrow down the list to 40 honorees and 2021’s entries were no exception.  Among the entrants are highly successful entrepreneurs, marketing specialists, extraordinary woodworkers, educators and almost-rookie team members," said Harry Urban, FDMC publisher. "While dealing with COVID personally and professionally, this year’s nominees have successfully navigated supply chain volatility, led and motivated team members and contributed to their communities.  Cheers for the Class of 2021!"

Meet the 40 Under 40 at the 2021 Leadership Reception, July 19, 4:30-6:30, prior to the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas.

“It is our distinct pleasure to again recognize some of the best and brightest contributors to wood products manufacturing in North America with our sixth annual class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year’s inductees join the 200 alums from prior years, forming a group of enterprising individuals destined to advance our industry to meet the everchanging challenges of the future," said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network.

"Please join us in congratulating each of them and celebrating their commitment to excellence. We also hope that many of you will take the opportunity to meet some of this stellar group at the Executive Briefing Conference in September at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs,” he added.

Those named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

Kelly Barefoot ShelfGenie of Coastal Carolinas
Luke Barnett Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute
Janelle Berman Amber Millwork Ltd.
Sean Biloski Iron Oaks LLC
Renfro Carranza Panel Specialists, Inc.
Jimmy Carroll Ruck Cabinet Doors
Marty Coleman Narrow Gate Woodworks
Robbie Davis Delta Millworks
Derek DeGeest LestaUSA & DeGeest Corp.
Elizabeth Dick TigerStop
Bennett Dipzinski Hocker North America
Adam Doran Closet America
Robert Edelbach Red Star Cabinet Co.
David Fair Third Bench
Kevin Finney Vantage Customs LLC
Nathan Guffey Guffey Cabinetry/Guffey Systems LLC
Roger Harry Bill Truitt WoodWorks
Will Holsappel Windmill Cabinet Shop Ltd.
Dave Hoppe Dynamic Wood Solutions
Austin Jackson SurfPrep Sanding
Seth Johnson Leeman Architectural Woodwork
Frankie Jordan The Washington Woodworking Co.
Ben King Quarry View Building Group
Michael Laurysen Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Steven McNeilly Cefla North America
Madelyn Melchert Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, Nehemiah’s Workshop
Andrew Moretti RFP Design Group Inc.
David Niemczyk Würth Baer Supply Co.
Jonny Nikolic Specialty Laminates
John Parker Halkett Woodworking Inc.
Eddie San Juan E.F. San Juan
Joe Schumacher Stevens Industries Inc.
Abi Shaffer Leuco Tool Corp.
Alex Staalner Brookhuis America Inc.
Justin Stabb Stabb Designs LLC
Alex (Alexandra) Sustaita Panel Specialists, Inc.
Mario Tellez CNC Factory
Justin Trewitt Dapper Woodworks
Justin Whitaker Genesis Products Inc.
Tara Whitlock Häfele America Co.


The 2021 honorees will be profiled on and in the October issue of FDMC magazine. They will also be recognized at industry events including the Leadership Reception in Las Vegas, July 19, the day prior to the AWFS Fair, and a reception at the Executive Briefing Conference, Sept. 8-10, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado; 2021 honorees also will receive a complimentary registration to EBC.

The Class of 2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 is sponsored by CNC Factory and Hexagon Production Software: Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.

Plaques for the 2021 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 are being provided by Epilog Laser.

Entries to this year's 40 Under 40 were solicited at through banner ads, eblast promotions and via social media. The 2021 class joins an elite group of honorees from 20202019, 2018 2017, and those recognized in 2016.

For more information on the 40 Under 40 award program, contact Karen Koenig at [email protected].


Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user karenkoenig
About the author
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]