Last call for the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Class of 2020
May 27, 2020 | 1:33 pm CDT
Pictured are honorees from 2019. Nominations are open until June 8 for the 2020 Class of 40 Under 40, sponsored by Timber Products Co. and Hexagon Production Software: Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.

Last call for the Wood Industry 40 Under 40,  honoring the next generation of industry professionals destined to make an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America. The deadline for nominations is June 8.

An annual award program, the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 recognizes the achievements of 40 professionals, under 40, in the categories of: productivity, profitability, social good (locally or globally), ingenuity, innovation, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or other areas. Persons in all job levels, in all facets of the woodworking industry, are eligible to enter. The nomination process is free, and closes June 8; go to to submit.

Members of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 got together at the Leadership reception held during AWFS.

You can nominate a colleague, friend, or yourself. Candidates must be involved professionally in the woodworking industry and be age 40 or younger by Dec. 31, 2020, to qualify. Past honorees include those involved in the cabinet, residential furniture, contract/office furniture, closets/home organization, architectural woodwork, retail fixtures, and wood components markets, as well as research, education, and industry organizations. For a look at past honorees and their achievements, view the slide shows from 2016-2019 at

The Class of 2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 is sponsored by Timber Products Co. and Hexagon Production Software: Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.

Honorees of the fifth annual 40 Under 40 will be selected by Woodworking Network editors and recognized online and in FDMC's October issue.  Honorees and alumni attending IWF 2020 in Atlanta are also invited to the Woodworking Network Leadership Awards Ceremony on Aug. 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  A special LinkedIn group, Wood Industry 40 Under 40, has also been set up for current honorees and all alumni to network.

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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]