Image of Kerry DePape and Larry White, both of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, presenting a plaque to Rob Gustafson

Kerry DePape, left, and Larry White, middle, both of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, present a plaque to Rob Gustafson, retiring CEO of the Woodwork Institute. Photo courtesy of Gary Sidhu.

The Woodwork Institute congratulates Stanley “Rob” Gustafson, its longtime CEO, on his retirement after more than 20 years with WI.

Rob has provided decades of leadership and has been a steadfast contributor and supporter of woodwork standards, the organization itself, and the woodwork industry.

WI honored Rob with a retirement dinner attended by many longtime friends and colleagues in Pasadena, Calif. It was held in conjunction with WI’s board meeting in March.

Rob began his career in the woodwork industry with his father’s millwork firm, Sierra Mill and Lumber, which he eventually owned and managed until becoming CEO of the Woodwork Institute of California in 1994.

During his 20+ years at the helm of WI, Rob oversaw the relocation of the administrative office from Fresno to the Sacramento area, expansion and improvement of WI quality assurance programs, adoption of a number of association best practices, and was the editor for the Manual of Millwork and the Architectural Woodwork Standards.

Rob will continue in his current role as editor of the North American Architectural Woodwork Standards.

Rob retired as CEO in 2016, continuing with WI as chief assessment officer until this year. He has been succeeded as CEO by Clare Smith, IOM, CAE, a longtime employee of WI.