Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees announced for 2018
July 17, 2018 | 7:45 am CDT
Samantha Parenti-Gurrola of Parenti & Raffaelli is among the Class of 2018 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 honorees. The Class of 2018, sponsored by WMMA, will be recognized Aug. 21 at the Leadership Reception, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Honorees of the 2018 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 have been announced by Woodworking Network. This year marks the third annual awarding of the 40 Under 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Those selected are considered innovators, achievers – and even disruptors – who demonstrate excellence in the categories of: productivity, profitability, social good, ingenuity, peer inspiration, product development, organizational leadership, or another facet of the wood industry.

“Woodworking Network is proud to be associated with this year’s 40 under 40 honorees. This is a program that is critical for the future of the industry," said Harry Urban, publisher. "We were overwhelmed with nominations so the process to narrow down the list was harder than ever. We congratulate all of those nominated and look forward to meeting the honorees personally." 

Honorees will be recognized at the Leadership Reception on Aug. 21, the evening before IWF, the International Woodworking Fair, in Atlanta. The 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 is sponsored by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA).

More than 130 nominations were submitted for recognition this year.  Due to a tie in the voting process, 41 people were selected. Those named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 are:

Honoree Place of Work Website
Mark Andersen Corporate Woodworking Inc. corporatewoodworking.com
Jeremy Basler American Woodmark (Arizona facility) americanwoodmark.com
Rachael Beaty Maco Mfg. macomfg.com
Mike Bergamo ClosetPro Software closetprosoftware.com
Patrick Beseda Twig Custom Builders LLC twigcustombuilders.com
Jennifer Cashion Darran Furniture darran.com
Jesse Cline Brave Custom Woodworking builtincabinet.com
Jonah Coleman Wilkie Sanderson/ Innergy wilkiesanderson.com
Trevor Deutmeyer Nine Thirteen Interiors 913interiors.com
Jason Dingess Quis Machinery quismachinery.com
Ezra Drissman Oakwood Veneer oakwoodveneer.com
Trent Evans Genesis Products genesisproductsinc.com
Jeff Finney Ultimate Cabinet Components ultcab.com
Chad Foster Gator Millworks gatormillworks.com
Brian Frieze Sangamon Reclaimed sangamonreclaimed.com
Jeremy Funk Elias Woodwork eliaswoodwork.com
Peter Haber CustomCut Interiors customcutinteriors.com
Jeff Hatch Pillar Machine pillarmachine.com
Keith Hernandez transFORM transformhome.com
Bob Holloway Advantage Architectural Woodwork advantagewoodwork.com
Louis Jasso Elite Fine Finish elitefinefinish.com
Nick Johnson Bellmont Cabinet Co. bellmontcabinets.com
Mike Kamouyerou 84 Lumber 84lumber.com
Alex Khosravian Chic Carpentry & Cabinetry houzz.com/pro/arashchic/chic-carpentry-co
Chris Levesque South Shore Millwork southshoremillwork.com
Beau Lewis Allmoxy allmoxy.com
Scott Lyon Div. of Forestry, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources dnr.wi.gov
Cory McCall Greg Pilotti Furniture Makers gpfurnituremakers.com
April Morse Weber Co. weber-co.com
Jessica Novak Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild thomasriley.net
Samantha Parenti-Gurrola
Parenti & Rafaelli Ltd.
Collin Parker Heritage Woodwright LLC heritagewoodwright.com
Jeremy Peterman Peterman Lumber petermanlumber.com
Ryan Rideout Perkins+Will perkinswill.com
Jeff Robinson AllRout Inc. allrout.com
James Scarlett Scarlett Machinery scarlettinc.com
Steven Schoenacker Nexis3 LLC nexis3.com
Eric Schwarzkopf Dura Supreme Cabinetry durasupreme.com
Kyle VanMeter MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. masterbrand.com
Matt Weber Crossgrain LLC crossgrainllc.houzz.com
Chad Wiggs MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. masterbrand.com

"Clearly the industry has adopted 40 Under 40 as its own," said Tim Fixmer, CEO of CCI Media, the parent of Woodworking Network. "Many of these individuals are already having a profound impact on the wood manufacturing businesses at which they are employed. We believe they represent a sampling of the energized talent that will shape the future of our industry and lead us to new levels of success."

Entries to this year's 40 Under 40 were solicited at WoodworkingNetwork.com, through banner ads, eblast promotions and via social media. Candidates were judged by a team of seven Woodworking Network editors, using a scale of one to 10. The votes were tallied and the top candidates selected. The 2018 class joins an elite group of honorees from 2017 and those recognized in 2016.

Along with the Class of 2018, honorees from the 2016 and 2017 40 Under 40 are also invited to attend the Aug. 21 Leadership Reception and network with industry VIPS, including members of 2018 sponsor WMMA, and those attending the Woodworking Network symposia at IWF on CNC, Closets, Finishing and Leadership Forum. Click here for additional information or to purchase tickets to the reception.

Plaques for the 2018 40 Under 40 are being provided by Epilog Laser.

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]