HARRISBURG, S.D. – Showplace Cabinetry president Bill Allen has added chief executive officer to his title, following the December 31, 2020, retirement of Paul Sova, one of the founding partners of the South Dakota cabinet manufacturing company.
Allen assumed the duties of president in January 2020, after serving as chief operating officer and long-time vice president of manufacturing for Showplace Cabinetry.
Allen is a Harrisburg native who is proud of the growth of his community and the company that has become one of its largest employers. He was recruited by founding president and CEO Tony Bour nearly 20 years ago to manage materials and manufacturing, and quickly moved into a leadership position, playing a key role in innovating the product and several manufacturing processes Showplace uses today.
“Showplace Cabinetry has always been a manufacturer that values new ideas and innovation,” Allen said. “Everyone here has a passion for excellence and a willingness to go the extra mile to craft the finest cabinetry in North America.”
Allen said that Showplace employee-owners are the strength of the company, and he pioneered a plan to maintain strong leadership in the plant through peer coaching and the Leader In Training program. LITs hone their leadership skills working under each department’s group leader, making it possible to have new leaders in the wings.
Showplace was ranked 92 in the FDMC 300 list of wood products market leaders.
Another expansion of the Showplace product offering that Allen had a hand in was developing the company’s paint grade cabinetry, now a major part of annual growth in Showplace sales. He was an early proponent for adding this enhancement to the product offering during his time as materials manager, which allowed him to develop the specs to add paint grade cabinetry to the line.
Allen stepped into the role of President and CEO of Showplace Cabinetry January 1, 2021 and is currently evaluating and strengthening the company’s executive leadership structure.
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