Kingston, MA – Chris Hofmann has been appointed to the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Board of Directors for a three-year term. Hofmann is the U.S. Lamello product manager for Colonial Saw of Kingston, MA,
Currently chairman of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) Education Committee, Hofmann has been active in woodworking education nationally, and at the local level as technical advisor for the woodworking and carpentry program at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston.
Hofmann brings 28 years of wood products experience to the WCA Board, including running a custom woodshop for which he hired graduates of woodworking programs.
Trained as a traditional preservation carpenter and woodworker during his undergraduate years at the University of New Hampshire in the 1990s, Hofmann then worked as a framing foreman in Maryland before founding Hofmann Joinery, running it for a decade before it was closed in 2010 during the Great Recession.
“During the Hofmann Joinery years, I hired graduates from the University of Rio Grande (OH) and Thaddeus Stevens Tech (PA) woodworking programs as part of my team doing ultra-high-end work in the Washington, DC market.”
In his current position as U.S. product manager for Colonial Saw’s Lamello products, Hofmann has further broadened his view of the wood industry.
“I’ve visited over 2,500 woodshops and understand how badly the next generation of woodworking professionals are needed,” says Hofmann. “I’ve always been interested in keeping our trade and craft alive and healthy, and I believe that there is merit in the WCA initiatives.”
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