Who will be named a Wood Industry 40 Under 40?
Who will be the next 40 under 40?

Who will join this distinguished group? Nominations for the 2021 40 Under 40 close May 10.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – They’re CEOs and CFOs, marketing and production managers, designers, sales and service technicians, educators and researchers. Woodworking professionals under the age of 40, from across North America, who are making a difference in their workplace, community and industry.

Are you or someone you know one of them? 2021 nominations for the Wood Industry 40 Under 40 can be submitted through May 10 at bit.ly/submitunder40.

Woodworking Network’s 40 Under 40 awards program recognizes the achievements of standout individuals 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 professional woodworking industry, are eligible.

“The 2021 nominees have already navigated through historically tough times and now must be ready for what’s to come,” said Harry Urban, publisher of FDMC and Woodworking Network.  “It’s very uplifting to see the dedication the U40s have to their professions, while at the same time devoting themselves to their communities and higher causes.”

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

This marks the sixth year Woodworking Network has paid tribute to woodworking’s young superstars. Past honorees have been 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 associations and organizations.

“Six years ago, we decided to take action to recognize the depth of contributions made by the younger generation of woodworking professionals,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network. “Today we celebrate 200 alumni from more than 600 young professionals who have been nominated for the distinction of ‘40 Under 40.’”

Selected by Woodworking Network’s editorial team, the 2021 honorees will be profiled on WoodworkingNetwork.com and in the October issue of FDMC magazine. They will also be recognized at industry events including the Leadership reception at AWFS Fair in July, 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.

To qualify, candidates must be 40 or younger by Dec. 31, 2021, and be involved professionally in the North American woodworking industry. For information visit woodworkingnetwork.com/40under40 or email 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]