U-C Coatings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of wood protection products, announces the retirement of Tom Johel, its Chief Executive Officer, after 32 years of service.
Tom Johel began his career with U-C Coatings as a sales representative in 1987, bringing prior experience in the lumber and furniture manufacturing industries to the company. He was instrumental in the growth of U-C Coatings and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 1992, where he oversaw the expansion of the company’s product line and sales activity for the North American hardwood market. With a growing customer base, he assumed management of manufacturing as well as sales.
In 1999, Tom became President and Chief Operating Officer, increasing productivity and overseeing expansion of the company’s headquarters in 2001. In 2018, Tom assumed the role of CEO, where he continues to manage the company and oversee strategic expansion opportunities.
“Tom Johel has been an incredible partner of the hardwood lumber industry and a great friend of Baillie Lumber for over 30 years,” said Mark Herskind from Baillie Lumber. “We have enjoyed our partnership and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Tom is a graduate of the NHLA Leadership Program and was invited to be the supplier member on the NHLA Strategic Planning Committee. Tom served as an officer and member of the board of directors for 12 years with the Penn-York Lumbermen’s Club. He also served for seven years on the board of directors for the Hardwood Federation as the Penn-York representative.
Tom is looking forward to spending more time with Judy, his wife of 46 years, his children and his grandchildren. He is also looking forward to having more time to go fishing. Tom will remain with the company as a consultant, attending various industry meetings and events during the transition.