November 11, 2020

Employee Spotlight

Celebrating Our Veterans

Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th and gives us a full day to share words of remembrance, inspiration, thankfulness and encouragement to the veterans and active-duty military that served so selflessly for our freedom. We encourage everyone to take a moment to thank a veteran today for his or her service.

We are honored to have this opportunity to celebrate some of our Veteran team members.

Marshall S., Technical Manager – Solution Development & Integration:

5 years serving in the Air Force

Dave D., Corporate Quality Manager:

4.5 years serving in the Navy

Tony K., Director of Manufacturing:

6.5 years serving in the Army

Larry P., Technical Manager – Solution Development & Integration:

16 years serving in the Navy, then worked for the Coast Guard as a civilian for 13 years

Michael J., Logistics Quality Manager:

9 years serving in the Navy

Christopher K., Vice President Product Marketing:

4 years serving in the Navy

Mario M., Production Supervisor:

4 years serving in the Marine Corps

Michael G., Director of Demand Planning:

5 years serving in the Navy

Russell R., Safety Manager:

23 years serving in the Navy

Justin L., Operational Excellence Manager:

26 months serving in the Marine Corps

Ethan R., Senior Compensation & Benefits Analyst:

serves in the Air National Guard from 2009 to present

Mike F., Vice President of Supply Chain Services:

5 years serving in the Coast Guard

Briana P., Partner Team Account Specialist:

3 years serving in the Army

“The core values in the military are very similar to American Woodmark’s core values and CITE principles. This is what initially drew me to the company." Russell R., Safety Manager​

Many of our team members took similar paths after service, and some came directly to American Woodmark after their time in the military.

“The core values in the military are very similar to American Woodmark’s core values and CITE principles. This is what initially drew me to the company. Similar to being on deployment on a ship, we often face challenges here at the Kingman Plant, and it seems we always stick together and get the job done the best we can and safely. Whether it is backorders or a health pandemic, it always feels like we are a tight-knit group and help each other out.” - Russell R., Safety Manager

Manufacturing

The majority of our highlighted team members went directly into manufacturing roles. Some of the positions they currently hold at American Woodmark include Quality Manager, Production Supervisor and Director of Demand Planning. In these roles, they transfer many of the skills they learned during their service, including Total Quality Management-The Deming Way, teamwork, leadership, managing relationships and discipline.

College

A few of our highlighted team members took the opportunity after their service to go to college. They are currently working in several different fields, but they are all using the key learnings of discipline, teamwork and respect for others in their career here at American Woodmark.

Other

The remaining team members took on different paths, including security, IT, Customer Care and helping troubled youth. During their service, each of these veterans learned how to better work with people and their differences. This skillset was used during their careers after their service and continues to be used today during their time at American Woodmark.

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