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AWI's Vision
To be the global leader in architectural woodwork standards, related interior finishes, industry-specific education and networking opportunities.

Mission
We fulfill our Vision by:
1. Creating, publishing and continually improving Standards for architectural woodwork and related interior finishes.
2. Providing education and opportunities for industry stakeholders to participate, collaborate, share resources and engage through AWI;
3. Developing, delivering and continually improving AWI’s member benefits;
4. Cultivating and strengthening relationships that promote the architectural woodwork and related interior finishes industry.

History of AWI
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 1954. The President was Charles A. Rinehimer and the Board of Directors consisted of 18 members including Mr. Rinehimer.

The AWI was formed by a group of individuals who were members of the Millwork Cost Bureau, a trade association of custom millwork operators founded in 1914.

The Millwork Cost Bureau's stated purpose was to establish a cost accounting procedure for custom millwork operations and provide estimating training systems for members. Among those individuals who met to plan the formation of an "architectural woodwork association" were Mr. Charles (Chic) Rinehimer, a longtime director and onetime president of the Millwork Cost Bureau and Elmer W. Root, also a former president of the Millwork Cost Bureau.

After several meetings, the Architectural Woodwork Institute was incorporated in Chicago, IL, and its Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on December 17, 1954.

Past Presidents

Term
Name
Location
2019 Michael McNulty Cranston, RI
2018 Bruce Spitz El Paso, TX
2017 Kristine Cox High Point, NC
2016 Greg Lutz Wylie, TX
2015 Kent Gilchrist Carmel, IN
2014 Randy Jensen Auburn, AL
2013
Michael Bell
Davie, FL
2012
Matt Lundahl
Phoenix, AZ
2011
Robert Stout
Wendell, NC
2010
Doug Carney
Fargo, ND
2009
Whitney Coombs
Hannover, PA
2007-2008
Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2006-2007
Ed Brewer
Louisville, KY
2005-2006
Rick Kogler
Baton Rouge, LA
2004-2005
Kirsten Ingham
Arlington, WA
2003-2004
Jay Blankenship
Columbus, GA
2002-2003
Scott Nelson
Lincoln, NE
2001-2002
Douglas Mock
Granville, OH
2000-2001
Michael Quirk
Wayata, MN
1999-2000
Bruce Cody
Roanoke, VA
1998-1999
Philip Duvic
Union Springs, AL
1997-1998
Joseph Bossen
Cinnaminson, NJ
1996-1997
Robert Ziegelmeier
Somers, NY
1995-1996
Craig Johnson
Osceola, WI
1994-1995
Yves DesMarais
Hollywood, FL
1993-1994
Joe Sorrelli
Brooklyn, NY
1992-1993
Brad Ricketson
Tucson, AZ
1991-1992
Lee Biagiotti*
Albany, NY
1990-1991
Stan Robuck*
Salina, KS
1989-1990
Dave Mengler*
Algonquin, IL
1988-1989
Burl Terrill
Mertzon, TX
1987-1988
Rudy Scassellati*
Placitas, NM
1986-1987
James Hamilton, Sr.
Winchester, VA
1985-1986
Charles Pugsley
Oklahoma City, OK
1984-1985
Ted Bolle*
Springfield, OH
1983-1984
Theodore Petersen
St. Louis, MO
1982-1983
Ed Nolen
Knoxville, TN
1981-1982
Rick Ohlson
Lakewood, WA
1980-1981
Clete Ernster*
Cuero, TX
1979-1980
Dick Currie*
Hutchinson, KS
1978-1979
Williiam Hanselman
Edwardsville, IL
1977-1978
John McDonald*
Miami, FL
1976-1977
Albert Morante*
Monroe Township, NJ
1975-1976
Marlin Olsen*
Eugene, OR
1974-1975
Lloyd Burton*
Virginia Beach, VA
1973-1974
Robert Morency*
West Dundee, IL
1972-1973
Bud Lundahl
Phoenix, AZ
1971-1972
William Otis
Pawley's Island, SC
1970-1971
John Mielach*
Edison, NJ
1969-1970
Lou Dietz*
Haverford, PA
1968-1969
Eldredge Leeming
Vero Beach, FL
1967-1968
Cedric Thompson*
Simsbury, CT
1966-1967
James Elliot*
Norfolk, VA
1965-1966
James O'Neill, Jr.*
Rome, GA
1964-1965
William Winter*
Williamsport, PA
1963-1964
Wayne Sandberg*
Salt Lake City, UT
1962-1963
Norman Vaughn, Sr.*
Warwick, RI
1961-1962
Ralph Harrison*
Nashville, TN
1960-1961
Robert Koll*
Winnetka, IL
1959-1960
Robert Hoe, Jr.*
Poughkeepsie, NY
1958-1959
Elmer Root*
Appleton, WI
1957-1958
Claude Twiellenmeier*
St. Louis, MO
1955-1957
Albert Carlson*
Minneapolis, MN
1953-1955
Charles Rinehimer*
Elgin, IL

 

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Members are individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI's Mission as deemed by his/her peers.

Jerry Allen Eldredge Leeming 

Lee Biagiotti*

John Leininger

Michael Bell

Bud Lundahl

Jay Blankenship

Teresa McCain

Joseph Bossen

Mickey McCoy

Ed Brewer

Dave Mengler*

Gerald Brewer

John Mielach*

Carl Bullmore*

Doug Mock

Lloyd Burton*

Albert Morante*

Doug Carney

William Munyan

Bruce Cody

Scott Nelson

Whitney Coombs

Ed Nolan

Dick Currie*

Rick Ohlson

Yves DesMarais

Marlin Olsen*

Lou Dietz*

William Otis

Phil Duvic

Theodore Petersen

Wendell Ellsworth

Charles Pugsley

Clete Ernster*

Michael Quirk

Randy Estabrook

Brad Ricketson*

Paul Fetzer

Rudy Scassellati*

Margaret Fisher

Dan Snider*

John Halpin

Joe Sorrelli

James Hamilton, Sr.

Bruce Spitz

William Hanselman

Burl Terrill

Greg Heuer

Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr.

Frank Huschitt, Sr.*

NormanVaughn*

Kirsten Ingham

Norman "Woody" Vaughn, Jr

Craig Johnson

Steve Waltman

Rick Kogler Dan Wendell

Ned Kreider

Rob Ziegelmeier

 

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