History of Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

The WMIA was founded in 1978 by seven visionaries who wanted to make the North American woodworking industry more productive and globally competitive. The founding members of the WMIA were Edwin Bass (Holz Machinery Corp.), Richard Byrnes, Sr. (Richard T. Byrnes Co.), Alvin Corenblum (Woodworking Machinery Imports), Roger Criau (Danckaert Woodworking Machinery Co.), Edward Joel (Allwood Machinery, formally Amersaag), Peter Kleinschmidt (Stiles Machinery Co.) and Bert Lewyn (Lewyn Machinery).

In 1980, these leaders organized and launched the World Woodworking Expo, a trade show created to showcase its members and their imported woodworking machinery. In 1982, that show was consolidated into the International Woodworking Fair (IWF), now the premier woodworking industry event in North America. WMIA co-sponsors and co-owns IWF in conjunction with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).

Past Presidents


Richard Byrnes
1978-1982

 
Roger Criau
1982-1984
 
Robert Perez
1984-1986
 
Peter Kleinschmidt
1986-1988
 
Ingrid Volk
1988-1990
 
George Force
1990-1993
 
John Derda
1993-1995
 
Richard Bass
1995-1997
 
Riccardo Azzoni
1997-1999

 
Rand Robinson
1999-2001
 
Heinz Schmidt
2001-2003
 
Scott Twichell
2003-2005
 
Giordano Checchi
2005-2007
 
Tom Reisert
2007-2009
 
David Rothwell
2009-2011

 John Henderson

John Benjamin Henderson
2011-2013

John Park
John Park

2013-2015