2023 Wooden Globe Awards

WMIA announced its 2023 Wooden Globe Awards, presented at the 2023 Woodworking Industry Conference, April 25-27 in San Diego. The recipients were:

  • Commitment to Excellence Through Technology: Craig Bryden of Harbor City Kitchens, nominated by Tommy Gagnon from Automatech Robotik
  • Woman in Woodworking: Samantha Gurrola of Parenti & Reffaelli, Ltd., nominated by former WMIA Scholarship recipient, Moriah Jones
  • Educator of the Year: Jesse Mullet of NuCamp RV, nominated by Arvid Estep of SCM Group



Commitment to Excellence Through Technology

Craig Bryden of Harbor City Kitchens

Harbor City Kitchen (HCK) was found by Bob Philipchalk in the 1960s. Learning from his father, that was a cabinet maker, he found a small company that growth over the years. Today, Bob’s sons, Scott, Tim, along with business partner Craig Bryden proudly own and run HCK, a fourth-generation cabinetry family business. Their pride and integrity show through in so many ways : how they treat their staff, time spend teaching and improving on ideas, constant research and investment in innovation, and their commitment to care and quality control, no matter the size of the job.

The company is located in Vancouver Island, Canada, in a 54 000 square feet factory. 85 employees design, manufacture, deliver and install single and multi-family residential cabinets. Product are mainly, 80%, particle board, but the company also have a finishing line. All the cabinets are frameless construction.


Woman in Woodworking

Samantha Gurrola of Parenti & Reffaelli, Ltd.

Samantha is head of sales & estimating team at Parenti. She also runs some projects as well. Sam also is President of the Chicago AWI chapter. A lady who wears many hats.

Sam has impacted the industry both through volunteer work & continued education that she provides to both owners & architects. Through her willingness to take the time & share/explain details about millwork Samantha creates wonderful relationships with clients, owners, architects, basically anyone she meets


Educator of the Year

Jesse Mullet of NuCamp RV

Jesse Mullet’s Company, nuCamp RV, has established multiple outlets to bring educational opportunities. In March of 2022, NuCamp University hosted its first cohort of students to expand their knowledge in the areas of Sales and Technical Knowledge. Students received ten weeks of trying in areas related to manufacturing with the RV industry. Over 85 students and 20 dealerships have received advanced training from NuCamp University.


See previous award winners