History of WMIA

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


 

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 Benjamin Henderson
2011-2013


John Park
2013-2015

 

 


Scott Mueller
2015-2017

 


David Rakauskas
2017-2019

 


Jim Besonen
2019-2021