We are big enough to work with the largest customers on the most complex jobs, but small enough to be nimble when the situation requires it. Here's our team:
Paul Downs 1986
Founder / President
Founding Date: 1986
Paul founded the company when he was fresh out of college in 1985. Long retired from the bench, Paul acts as general manager. In addition to running the business, Paul is a prolific writer.
"Fortune favors a prepared mind."
Carolina Castro 2019
Carolina is a professional project manager with training in architecture & interior design.
Her passions are high-quality processes, client relationship, and leadership. She manages projects and covers specialty sourcing, logistics, PMO, and project follow-up.
Nathan Rossman 1999
Nate started as a bench cabinetmaker with us in 1999, and has worked his way through every position in the shop. He works with clients to produce custom designs, and guides each of his projects through our entire process.
Pam Pittenger 1998
Pam has a diverse background in business management and accounting. Pam does our bookkeeping and financial reports.
Tom Neely 2008
Tom builds all kinds of work, and acts as lead on some projects.
"I have a high tolerance for repetitious work."
Ryan Bardsley 2008
Ryan runs all operations. He oversees every project as it passes out of engineering and through the production process. He is responsible for everything that happens in the shop. Ryan is a master cabinetmaker, and specializes in working with the exotic veneers that we use on our table tops.
"Teamwork makes the dream work."
Luis Ordonez 2013
Luis leads the logistics implementation team. His eagle eye and attention to detail is critical to making sure that our work gets shipped on time and without error.
Issac Wahba 2014
Issac started as our CNC operator and has worked his way up to lead engineer. He works closely with the production staff to make sure every detail is perfect.
Don Wuest 2011
Don works with clients to produce custom designs, and guides each of his projects through our entire process. Don brings the experience of a life in woodworking to every job.
David Dano 2011
David is in charge of our finishing department. His day is a combination of heavy physical labor, precise chemistry, and applying the eye of an artist to the production of our fine finishes.
Andy Cole 1997
Senior Project Manager
Andy is our lead project manager and lead engineer emeritus. Andy has been with Paul Downs Custom Furniture since 1997.
Ben Cox 2021
Ben is a mechanical engineer who enjoys working with his hands. This is his first professional experience with high end woodworking. When not in the shop, he can often be found in the climbing gym next door.
Craig Cook 2019
Craig works with David Dano in our finishing department. His day is comprised of precise chemistry, heavy physical labor, and applying the eye of an artist to the production of our fine finishes.
Damien Delany 2018
Damien comes to Paul Downs after an 8-year stint in the US Navy. Damien shifts between the veneering team and finishing.
Eric Getz 2023
Eric has over 12 years of architectural and mechanical design experience. Growing up with a master craftsman as a father, he was constantly building in his wood shop, including professionally for two years.
Eric Leslie 2022
Eric made the move from finish carpenter to woodworker. His years of experience in construction are a valuable addition to our skillset.
Greg Stephens 2019
Logistics and Maintenance
Greg works with Luis Ordonez to make sure work gets wrapped and shipped. He also does much of the shop cleaning and maintenance.
James Heil 2021
James works at the bench making a variety of different items. He's been a professional cabinetmaker for more than two decades.
Kevin Dano 2016
Kevin is our Logistics Manager and supervises the crew doing shipping, packing, and installation. He is also in charge of maintaining our shop organization. An experienced craftsman, Kevin assists in production now and then.
Legesse Tesfay 2017
Legesse grew up in a woodworking family in Ethiopia. He builds tables, from rough milling to final assembly.
Lesley Gold 2022
Lesley has been a professional woodworker since leaving college. She is our newest veneer specialist.
Morale and Discipline
Mia assists all of us with her vigilance and attention to detail. She's especially interested in keeping track of our treat supply, and always alert to scritching opportunities. In the course of her duties, she bit Paul three times.
Assistant to Mia
Sophie provides assistance to Mia when dog-related issues arise. Sophie never bites Paul.
Tom Hefferon 2016
Client Relationship Manager
Tom comes to Paul Downs with a wealth of knowledge in customer service, relationship building, sales support, and administration. Tom has an extensive background in media, business and financial, and event marketing.
Crystal Roberts 2018
Graphics & Content
Crystal has a background in design and photography. She creates content for our website, runs our email campaigns, and designs our custom GSA logo layouts.
Michelle Parisi 2016
Sales & Marketing
Michelle ran sales teams for local radio stations before joining us. She is in charge of strategy and implementation of our marketing and sales efforts.
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