Nature lovers, idealists, world travellers, and furniture aficionados are just a few words that describe the team at Vermont Woods Studios. We are passionate about furniture and the forests that it comes from.
While some of us are Vermonters by birth and others are transplants or commuters, we are all proud to represent Vermont's reputation for hard work, friendly people, and quality craftsmanship. We work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every customer gets the best value and experience possible, and we enjoy helping our customers bring a little piece of our home into theirs.
She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning instructor at Tulane University with a master's in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.
An engineer and a craftsman, there's no part of Vermont Woods Studios that Ken doesn't touch. From the financials and strategic planning to HR and building custom orders, he has his hands and heart in all aspects of the supply chain. He appreciates wood that has an interesting character or a flaw that makes it unique. His mantra? "You will never get today back so make it productive, help someone out, teach somebody something, and live it to the fullest."
Spending most of his childhood abroad, Mike moved back to the United States in his early twenties. After several years traveling the country, Mike took on an entry level position at a Crate and Barrel store in Boston. Eleven years later, after taking on many different roles and locations in the company, Mike ended up as the sales manager in Connecticut. Mike, his wife Anne and their new daughter, Juniper, decided to leave the city life behind and head to Vermont to be near family. Mike is excited to be in the Green Mountain state with its hiking trails and amazing beauty.
Born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont Sean has always enjoyed the small town life."There is nothing better then being out and about and running into friends, family, co-workers & acquaintances." He attended the University of Vermont to study Business Administration and then went on to run his family's restaurant here in southern Vermont. Looking for a new adventure and a change of pace, Sean found his way to us here at Vermont Woods Studios. "I want to make sure customers enjoy their experience with Vermont Woods Studios as much as I do."
Michelle graduated with a BS in Journalism and an undeclared minor in Animal Science from South Dakota State University and worked in the publishing industry for many years prior to coming to Vermont Woods Studios. She loves the fact that no two days are the same in her new career. Processing orders, talking with customers, writing blogs and socializing with coworkers keeps things interesting. Michelle’s family enjoys performing in community theater together and are active in their local church. She wins the prize for shortest commute, living less than a quarter mile from beautiful Stonehurst.
While Neville currently calls western Massachusetts his home, he is a native of Australia. His background includes extensive service in the Royal Australian Air Force, e-commerce consulting and many interesting experiences in between. A true nomad at heart, he loves to travel, having visited many countries across the globe including some of Peggy's favorite rainforest countries. Whenever it doesn't interfere with playing golf, backgammon or traveling the world, Neville can be found working behind the scenes to improve the functionality and usability of our website.
Raised in a creative household, Martin has been been drawing, painting and playing music since childhood. He received his first computer, an Atari 800, from a family friend when he was ten years old. Using an introduction to computer programming book, Martin began to teach himself how to write computer programs. Also a self-taught musician, Martin plays guitar, keyboard and mandolin, which he discovered after hearing mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. Martin enjoys working with websites because it utilizes both the left-brain logic of computer code and the right-brain creative thinking of design.
Tristan began working with Vermont Woods Studios when he was just a teenager, helping with data entry and Photoshopping back when the company was run out of a spare bedroom in Peggy's home! Since then he's added additional skills like computer networking and troubleshooting to his repertoire...not to mention lawn mowing, wood cutting/stacking, and showroom cleaning. He's a serious competitor for the VWS "jack of all trades" award, and we are excited to finally welcome Tristan as a full time member of our web team!
From SEO to PPC and SEM, Dennis is the person who actually knows what goes on behind all those marketing acronyms. He loves the simplicity of shaker furniture and his favorite wood is cherry. When he's not working, you'll find him outside enjoying the Vermont landscape on his motorcycle, boating or hiking and camping.
Nina Markiw is a Brattleboro native with a passion for the fine arts world. She graduated from Johnson State College with her bachelors degree in Studio Arts and has been putting her skills to use as our newest full time photographer. If you've noticed an influx of beautiful furniture photography lately, you can thank Nina. She loves spending time outdoors, so when she isn't busy behind the camera or on Photoshop, you'll find her gardening, landscaping, or playing disc golf!
A bonafide Vermonter, Kyle grew up right here in Vernon, just down the road from our showroom. He is one of an elite group of Vermonters, who’ve achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. This alone would have been great preparation for his job as Facilities Manager here at Stonehurst, but since then Kyle's piled on all sorts of additional education and experience. With a BS in public relations & business plus work experience in retail management, loss prevention, inventory control, landscaping, lean manufacturing, maintenance, and shipping & receiving Kyle’s got us covered. A true family guy, Kyle and his wife Jessica are the proud parents of 4 young sons and a little baby girl soon to make her debut in this world.
Fresh off a three month journey to South America in which he spent a month volunteering at a rainforest restoration project in the Bolivian Amazon, Riley returns to Vermont Woods Studios as a full-time landscaper and part-time salesperson. When not working, traveling or listening to music, Riley can be found in front of the closest basketball hoop.