About Our Authors
For 30+ years, Robert J. Bein has been involved with wood finishes as a finisher and coatings technician. A third generation wood finishing professional, Bob has worked in finishing departments large and small and has experience in; project management, estimating and engineering. An entrepreneur at heart, Bob owned and operated an architectural woodworking company that was purchased after showing substantial, profitable growth. Today, Bob owns and operates Colorspec, a wood coatings distribution company and is responsible for training wood finishers throughout the country in the use of modern wood coatings and traditional wood finishing techniques. He consults on the design and layout of new finishing rooms and trains his own staff on the application of current finishing materials. firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Berecz is a freelance journalist noted for her experience in the kitchen and bath industry. She is a regular contributor to Kitchen + Bath Magazine and is the author of a monthly “High Tech Home” column that appears in both SoCal and Twin Cities Spaces magazines. She has implemented successful promotional campaigns and project for companies including Snaidero USA, SieMatic, Blanco America, Avonite Surfaces, The National Kitchen and Bath Association, Bath & Kitchen Buying Group, RSI Home Projects, Eos Surfaces, and International Surface Fabricators Association to name a few.
Ron Bryze is an industrial engineer with over 38 years of woodworking industry experience. He started his prestigious career in the 1970s working with clients of high profile architectural firms and designers. Some of his most prominent finishing work includes Library of Congress, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and several Frank Lloyd Wright homes. Bryze is a finishing instructor and has produced numerous training videos and software applications for professional woodworkers. He is the author of two books: The College of Wood Finishing Knowledge and Wood Finishing 2.0.
John Howell began his woodworking career in 1973 as an apprentice to a master cabinetmaker and has worked for a number of woodworking companies that specialized in architectural millwork, furniture, store fixtures, and fenestration. He worked his way up from cabinetmaker and finisher to product designer, 3D Modeler, and Director of Research and Development. John is now President of Howell Consulting Services, Inc., a company that helps woodworkers design products utilizing the benefits of 3-D modeling. Utilizing the right 3-D modeling software in the right manner for the job at hand allows companies to be both truly creative in design and efficient in manufacture. Services include product design, production of 3-D models for shop drawings, renderings, and integration of models with CNC programming, etc.
David Jackson has over 25 years of experience with wood finishes. He has worked for two coatings manufactures and held positions ranging from technical to operations and to sales. Jackson is currently an employee/owner of Gemini Industries. He has also been a columnist and contributing editor for eight years for a wood finishing magazine. (Wood Digest’s Finishing magazine and its predecessors Finishing and Restoration and Professional Refinishing). He was a speaker at IWF2012 Finishing Symposium.
A veteran manufacturing professional and multi-disciplinary executive leader, Don Shultz is a strategic business advisor, to the woodworking industry. Mr. Shultz has worked extensively in the U.S., Canada, and in Europe with the wood products, machine tool and software sectors. Focusing principally on executive management challenges, Mr. Shultz collaborates with business leaders to synchronize companies with new market opportunities, and to foster improved operational and financial performance through organizational development. Working primarily with owners and senior executives, Don helps them to identify and respond to barriers constraining growth and profitability.
Ross Scovotti’s career in trade publishing spans more than 3 decades. During that time he has held every position imaginable from Sales Trainee to Group Publisher, participating in a multitude of different industries. As president of SMR Advertising, his first entrepreneurial venture, Ross successfully built and developed an independent sales, marketing and consulting company, focused on aiding trade publishers requiring assistance in any/all of these areas of expertise. SMR specialized on publications in the CallCenter, Direct Marketing, Telecommunication and Home Improvement industries. Ross sold SMR Advertising in 1989 to pursue an even greater business challenge. Assuming the helm of his second company, TeleProfessional, Inc., Ross took a floundering trade magazine in the depths of bankruptcy and transformed it into a successful, multifaceted, multimillion dollar publishing concern, boasting a 28% profit margin. Ross and his partners sold TeleProfessional, Inc. in 1998. Today, as the motivating force behind NueMedia, LLC, Ross, together with his staff, has harnessed the power of digital media to replace obsolete, trade magazines with DIPs (Digital Information Portals).
Diane Shattuck comes from a family of craftsmen in the woodworking industry. Through the guidance of her father, she started finishing at the age 16. It was working under the instruction of artisan, Chris Peters from Holland that ignited Shattuck’s passion for teaching. Her love of coatings keeps her engulfed in seminars and trainings to stay abreast with the latest techniques and technology. Shattuck has owned and operated a finishing business for several years. She has been a part of restoring several historical buildings in Detroit and has been an invited guest speaker at numerous woodworking and turners society and chapter groups. Shattuck was an instructor at the Cleveland Academy of Woodworkers in Taylor, Mich.
Mac Simmons is a freelance writer, and a 50-year veteran of the furniture finishing, refinishing and restoration trades. Mac worked for Mohawk Finishing Products for over 30 years as an outside salesman covering the New York-Long Island territories. He has trained more finishers and has done more finishing demonstrations then he can count. He was one of Mohawk’s first salesmen, after retiring he began writing finishing articles for many leading woodworking magazines in the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, and Germany. You can find further information about Mac and his latest e-Book, the “Fundamentals In Finishing” by going to his website www.macsimmons.com.
Phil Stevenson is the president of the American Wood Finishing Institute and has been active in the wood finishing industry since 1980. In his career he has owned finishing operations which offered high-tech specialty finishes for the industry. Stevenson has also worked for a major manufacturer with the responsibilities of process training and new product development. In recent years, Stevenson's focus has been on training in a large range of coatings technologies as well as evaluation and research and development of cutting-edge technologies. He is the lead finishing process instructor at the AWFI facilities in Vineland, N.J., as well as handling corporate training programs throughout the United States. Additionally, he is also a consultant on all aspects of wood finishing and process development, working with leading wood manufacturers in the United States and abroad.
Mary-Carel Verden has wide ranging experience with publication design, editorial development and photography for local and national clients. Her professional background includes more than 30 years of magazine management, catalog design and production, advertising, marketing, public relations, social media and exhibit work. Mary-Carel has worked closely with clients as varied as McGraw-Hill, John Deere, CUNA, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsins-Stevens Point.