Our New Sales & Operations Manager
We have a new manager at Vermont Woods Studios. Please put your hands together and help me welcome Mike Jenkins to our humble abode here at Stonehurst. Mike has taken a brave step into the world of Vermont made furniture as our Manager of Sales, Customer Service and Operations. It’s a big job but he has already proven he’s up to the challenge! He will be leading, supporting, mentoring and backing up Sean, Rebecca, Loryn & Michelle. I think they’re pretty happy and relieved to have Mike’s help especially since I was filling that spot temporarily for a number of months.
In case you were wondering what type of experience might prepare someone for this multi-faceted role at Vermont Woods Studios, I asked Mike to share a little bit about his background. Here’s what I got.
Mike was born in Japan to a set of wonderful parents who traveled the globe as social workers affiliated with the The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). He was raised in several countries including the USA, Japan, India, Peru, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.
An Enviable Career Path
Mike remembers his first job well: as a teenager, he and some friends opened a bar in the Canary Islands. But only a very few lucky people get to be island bartenders forever. So Mike eventually left the Canaries and moved to the USA where he met the love of his life and settled down in New England. He began a career in retail with Crate and Barrel, a company he worked with for over 10 years, most recently in the role of Sales Manager at the Hartford store.
The Family Man
Today Mike, his wife Anne and their adorable daughter Juniper are settling into their new home across the river in New Hampshire. They love being near family and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Mike looks forward to the many joys of rural living, especially hiking, baking bread, making jam, home brewing and playing video games.
He is eager to to get to know our customers, craftspeople, shippers, vendors and all the other friends who make Vermont Woods Studios a special place. Welcome aboard, Mike! May we share many years of success together.
This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.