Advancing the industry through technology, equipment, and education

History of Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

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).

Past Presidents
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Richard Byrnes

1978-1982

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Roger Criau

1982-1984

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Robert Perez

1984-1986

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Peter Kleinschmidt

1986-1988

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Ingrid Volk

1988-1990

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George Force

1990-1993

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John Derda

1993-1995

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Richard Bass

1995-1997

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Riccardo Azzoni

1997-1999

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Rand Robinson

1999-2001

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Heinz Schmidt

2001-2003

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Scott Twichell

2003-2005

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Giordano Checchi

2005-2007

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Tom Reisert

2007-2009

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David Rothwell

2009-2011

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John Benjamin Henderson

2011-2013

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John Park

2013-2015