Announcing the 2022 wood industry 40 Under 40 honorees
Woodworking Network 40 Under 40

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Honorees of Woodworking Network's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 have been announced. This year marks the seventh annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on North American wood products manufacturing and its labor force development.

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. Close to 160 submissions were received and evaluated by a team of Woodworking Network editors.

“This generation of woodworking industry leaders has faced challenges and uncertainty on a grand scale in the last few years,” said Harry Urban, FDMC publisher, a Woodworking Network publication. “Nevertheless, they have managed to prosper, inspire, educate, and innovate. Congratulations to all of the Woodworking Network 40 Under 40 nominees and honorees. The best is yet to come for these folks!”

"This year’s team of honorees will join 242 alumni who have been recognized with this distinction in the past,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network. "We are excited to invite the entire industry to celebrate with [us] some of the youngest, best, and brightest contributors to wood products manufacturing in North America."

The 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 is sponsored by PaintLine. Due to a tie, there are 41 honorees this year. Those named to this year's class are (in alphabetical order):

Troy MacBeth Abromaitis Bucci Developments, also
Thomas Allott Stiles University, Stiles Machinery
Aimee Barnett Barnett Cabinet Painting & Refacing
Phyllis Beyers Genesis Products
David Biggs Woodworking Network
Nick Bohlke M. Bohlke Veneer Corp.
Andrew Busie Philadelphia Elementary School (TN), also With the Grain
Blair Chandler SCM Group
Nick Cox Webster Door & Millwork
Stephen Fancy Northern Superior Woodworks
Matthew Garrett Lewis Cabinet Specialties Group
Laura Gavin Mars Design Studio LLC
Cassey Gibson Innergy
Chris Gioia Montbleau & Associates
Sean Glessing Sean’s Cabinetry LLC
Randy Goldstein Kitchen Cabinet Distributors LLC
Zachary Gosnell Torch Lake Concepts
Carolyn Guffey Guffey Systems LLC
Neil Harder Felder Group USA
Dustin Harris Masonite Corp.
Ben Heinrich Closet America
Elijah Jensen CNC Factory
Amy Jones Bakes & Kropp Fine Cabinetry
Nirvan Khaitan Cosmo Cabinets
Derek Koester Stevens Industries Inc.
Logan Leinbach Burke Architectural Millwork LLC
David Mulkeran Elliott Woodworking
Ivan Nuno Twig Custom Builders LLC
Andrew Ramirez Cherrywood Partners
Luke Remmert Remmert & Co.
Wesley Robinson Robinson Lumber Co.
Jesse Schmitt Premier Custom Millwork & Surfaces Inc.
AJ Sousa The Grain Studio
Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich UCS Forest Group
Josh Stepp Michael Weinig Inc./Holz-Her US Inc.
Bhavjit Thandi Richmond Plywood Corp. (Richply)
Paul Timmins OE Custom/Maryland Wood Countertops
Francois-Xavier Tremblay Web-Cab Inc.
Brett Warriner Powell Valley Millwork
Marcus Waterworth Waterworths Woodshop Inc.
Kyle Westbrooks DR Johnson Lumber Co.


2022 honorees will be recognized at the Leadership Reception, to be held on Aug. 22 in Atlanta, the day prior to IWF, and at the Executive Briefing Conference, Sept. 15-17, in Colorado Springs. Honorees also will be featured in the FDMC/October Leadership issue.

“Being selected as a 40 Under 40 Honoree carries far more than the distinction of public industry recognition," Fixmer said. "Membership in this elite group has several tangible benefits: In addition to the Leadership Reception in Atlanta in August, this year we are also pleased to announce that each 2022 honoree will receive free admission to this year’s Executive Briefing Conference to be held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado in September. And, beginning in 2022, all alumni from prior years will receive a 40 percent discount to each annual Executive Briefing Conference in recognition of their outstanding achievements.”

Plaques for the 2022 Woodworking Network 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 2022 class joins an elite group of honorees from 202120202019, 2018 2017, and those recognized in 2016.

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


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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]