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.
More than the mind behind Vermont Woods Studios, Peggy is the heart and soul of Stonehurst. It may seem effortless the way she manages day to day operations, team motivation and outreach, while developing and pushing our mission, all between 9AM and 5PM, but if you read the time mark on her emails, you’d know she’s actually at work around the clock. A visitor to Stonehurst (during business hours), shouldn’t be surprised to come across Peggy high-fiving a team member, tending to a Monarch chrysalis, hammering away on her laptop or bringing minds from various departments together to brainstorm for our next big project. More about Peggy.
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. Ken also keeps the team on their toes, crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s but as often as he demands perfection, he twice as often commends, congratulates and applauds the effort each team member gives. His mantra: "You will never get today back so make it productive, help someone out, teach somebody something, and live it to the fullest."
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.
Though you may consider Dennis someone who enjoys the simple life, hiking or riding his motorcycle around New England, he leaves his leisure at the door when arriving at Stonehurst. One of the original Vermont Woods Studios employees, Dennis is regularly orchestrating projects and facilitating communications between departments, helping to expand the impact of our work. Dennis’ love of simple, traditional craftsmanship and innovative digital marketing have made him right at home at VWS.
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 put her skills to use as our professional photographer and product manager. You can thank Nina for the plethora of beautiful images and descriptions of our furniture. 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!
After a three year hiatus from VWS, Liz is back in her new role as operations specialist. A former sales representative at Vermont Woods Studios, Liz has since received her Masters in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University. She now divides her time teaching composition at local universities and working on projects, from copywriting to logistics, at the Woods. Occasionally, she also has time to sneak out for a run in the woods with her wild border collie, Ry Cooder.
Jake's role at VWS is seasonally dependent and as varied as our mixed hardwood forests. In addition to keeping everyone warm in the winter and making sure Stonehurst looks her best, Jake also heads our delivery and furniture transport team. He is our poster child for sustainable living-- a person who truly walks the talk. A graduate of Keene State College, Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as several advanced degrees from the Ken Farabaugh School of Hard Knocks.
Riley was just 10 years old when his parents founded Vermont Woods Studios in a tiny space adjoining his bedroom. Pre-occupied by a basketball hoop in the driveway, Riley took little notice of the company in its formative years. Now well into his twenty-somethings, Riley has acquired specialized expertise in the area of digital marketing. He keeps on top of the complex and changing world of e-commerce to enable our small company to compete successfully with giants like Wayfair & Amazon.