NELLYSFORD, Va. -- The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America has announced that Bruce Spitz has joined the WCA Board of Directors.

Spitz, owner of Classic Millwork & Products of El Paso, Texas, has a long history of leadership and activism with the Architectural Woodwork Institute. He is the immediate past president of the AWI and is immediate past chairman of the AWI Quality Certification Corporation. He has also served four years as AWI treasurer and a long list of committees, including chairing the AWI Education Committee.

“As a business owner, I’m concerned about the availability of a skilled workforce for our industry,” Spitz said. “Through my involvement on the AWI board, I have had a chance to work with the WCA and watch it develop a credentialing program that can help us develop the next generation of woodworkers.”

“We’re thrilled to have Bruce on the board,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “He has been supportive of the WCA since the beginning and has created an apprenticeship program for his own business that could be very instructional for a lot of woodworking companies looking for ways to sustain a skilled workforce.”

Spritz joins the WCA Board of Directors that includes:

·       Duane Griffiths, chairman, retired president, Stiles University;

·       Thomas Allott, manager, Stiles University;

·       Brian Bond, professor of sustainable biomaterials, Virginia Polytechnic Institute;

·       Kristine Cox, president, Rowland Woodworking;

·       Kent Gilchrist, director of operations, Purposeful Design;

·       Greg Heuer, retired director of education of the AWI;

·       Greg Larson, owner/director of New England School of Architectural Woodworking;

·       Scott Markwood, sales representative, Hafele America;

·       Mick McGowan, cabinetmaking instructor, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; and

·       Patrick Molzahn, program director of Cabinetmaking and Millwork, Madison Area Technical College.

To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit http://WoodworkCareer.org.

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