John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture, has dedicated more than half his life to the industry. In recognition of his achievements, he received the American Home Furnishings Alliance Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in 2016.
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A forward thinker, Andrew Campbell has led New Jersey-based Eastern Millwork Inc. to its high level of success by leveraging design innovation, automation, technology and lean manufacturing, plus an aggressive information management system, to fulfill projects that require large volumes of material on tight and shifting schedules.
The president and CEO of Bestar-Bush, Michael Evans’ business mantra is simple and succinct: Behave in a manner that is open, honest and direct. “This pertains to all the stakeholders in our business, our people, our customers, and our suppliers.” It’s a philosophy that has served him well at the New York-based firm, and earned him the respect of those in the industry.
In business, people often talk about a “white knight,” meaning someone who swoops in at the last minute to rescue a struggling or failing company. Bill French is the white knight who rescued Wood-Mode in 2019 after its long-time ownership suddenly shut the doors.
A “perfect fit” is how Wendy Scott described her career in the closets and home organization industry. The Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP) president and co-founder of Boutique Closets and Cabinetry, located in New Jersey, has been designing award-winning closet projects for over 15 years.
Since 2009, Woodworking Network has paid tribute to market leaders in the wood products industry that have made an impact — not only at their own companies, but also on the industry as a whole. Represented are persons from all segments of the secondary woodworking industry, including: residential furniture, contract/office furniture, cabinets, closets/home storage, store fixture, architectural woodwork, window and door, and wood components.
Gat Caperton has been elected to the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation board of directors. Caperton is CEO of Gat Creek, an award-winning manufacturer of solid-wood residential furniture.