What started as a father’s dream for his family has turned into a family all its own.
The Woodtex team is filled with members from all walks of life, but with one common goal. All are passionate about what we do and excited about where we are going. Get to know the Woodtex team and reach out to any member who can help you with your next project!
Woodtex was established by Sanford & Barb Lapp in 1983, after they moved to Himrod, NY, from Lancaster, PA. Sanford dreamed of building a business to support his young family. Within five years, Woodtex had established itself in the area, and the family had grown to include four children: Joleen, Dorothea, Kent, and Ben. After a short but hard-fought battle with cancer, Sanford passed away in 1994. With little business experience, a fiercely determined Barb assumed ownership of the company all while raising four young children. Barb kept the family business going strong and handed over the reigns to Kent and Ben when they were ready.
Growth has come earnestly, and Woodtex now has Sales Centers and Retail Partners in several states, plus more than 140 Team Members. With an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer experiences, and Christian values, the company has no plans on slowing down. Click here to read more about The Woodtex Story.
Today, Kent and Ben Lapp are the owners of Woodtex. Proudly continuing their parents’ heritage, Woodtex is building storage sheds, barns and garages with manufacturing plants and retail partners all across the United States. With an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, outstanding customer experiences, and Christian values, you can be sure you’ve trusted the right team to help you build the space you need for the important things in your life.
Steve joined the team in 2019 as the Chief Operations Officer. In his own words that means, “I sit in the middle of everything looking to add value to each and every functional area of Woodtex and Riverwood Cabins. Our business model always has opportunity to add value to the people we serve, and to our teammates who make it all come alive!”
Steve’s wife, Joleen is a “farm girl” from Iowa, and they have lived in the mid-south for over 20 years. They are blessed with 5 truly wonderful adult children, scattered about in Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, Des Moines, and Lexington. Nashville is “home” and they also spend a lot of time in Alabama at Lewis Smith Lake.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys outdoor activities of any kind, and particularly all types
of water sports and riding motorcycles. Events and new experiences are always popping
on and off the radar, so continual discovery and curiosity is more the order of the day. Striking a nice balance between DOING things known to be fun blended with discovering new people and new things of interest is the key. As it turns out, variety really is the spice of life.
Patrick leads all of our Operations, including Production, Delivery, and Technology Solutions to ensure that we are operating at peak efficiency and expanding to grow the Woodtex strategic plan across the country. As husband to Mary June and dad to Portia, Benjamin, William, and Bridget, Patrick is a family man who is passionate about faith, family, food, and friendships. Patrick enjoys tinkering with his 1984 BMW, riding his motorcycle, reading books, and catching up on Netflix.
Someday, Patrick and Mary June plan to take their family to Europe to live, work, and study for at least a few months. They hope to accomplish this goal sometime in the next decade!
As VP of Sales, Chad works with our Regional Sales Reps and Retail Partners in each of our 4 regions to increase sales and manage inventory. Outside of work, Chad likes to spend time with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Harrison and Graham. When he has a chance, Chad either heads to the woods for some hunting, or hits the green for a round of golf.
Fun Fact: Before graduating from college with a degree in Business Management, Chad was a Pre-Med Biology major, then a Music (Voice) major.
Cliff joined the Woodtex Team in 2019. As Vice President of Finance, Cliff is responsible for all Accounting and Finance functions such as financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, and cash management. He says “I am excited about the challenge that WT presents to help grow the business profitably and set-up systems and procedures to enable that growth!”
“I have a son named Zack who is a Junior at Central Connecticut State University studying engineering. I also have a daughter named Becky who is a freshman at Sacred Heart University who is studying nursing and my significant other is Carla.”
Fun Fact: We love golf and are excited to be near Music City!
As VP of Marketing, Paul oversees all of the brand strategy, marketing, and creative direction for Woodtex. Paul is passionate about helping customers build the space they need for the important things in life. Paul loves to spend his time outside of work golfing, traveling, cooking, and making memories with his wife Nikki and two children, Samuel and Zoe.
Fun Fact: Paul and his family lived in Hawaii for a year and a half, where they created unforgettable memories on the island of Maui.
Brian joined the Woodtex Team in 2018. As Director of Safety and Logistics, Brian is responsible for forming a compliant and efficient workforce and is focused on regulatory industry compliance and logistics. Brian just celebrated 14 years of marriage with his wife Samantha. They have 2 kids, Emma and Evan who are “the light of our life” in his own words. In his spare time, you can find Brian taking weekend trips with his family.
Who Inspires You: “My mother. She has overcome so much adversity, loss and just pure bad luck at times but through it all she has kept smiling and stayed the course. She is very inspiring to me.”
Vicky joined the Woodtex team in 2017. As Marketing Coordinator, she executes marketing campaigns and strategies, primarily in the digital space. She loves creating and curating content and finding fun ways to engage customers on social media.
Vicky lives in the heart of Nashville with her husband, Michael. In her spare time she enjoys painting, reading, taking photos and exploring new places.
Kenton joined our team and jumped right in managing the purchasing of materials for all Woodtex Manufacturing Facilities across the United States. Kenton ensures Woodtex uses quality materials in our building process and ensures that each facility has materials on hand to keep our shops moving along and our building times down. Kenton lives in Tennessee with his wife, Sherri, and their 3 children.
When he’s not at work or spending time with his family, Kenton enjoys flying small planes and riding his motorcycle.
Top item on Kenton’s bucket list: Touring Europe and Israel.
Edith joined the Woodtex team in November of 2018. She loves being part of a growing company with tremendous potential. She love a challenge and the reward when she gets to make an impact.
When Edith is not working, she enjoys exploring new hiking trails and gardening. In her words, “I’m currently obsessed with succulents and herbs. I don’t have the greenest thumb, but it’s slowly getting there.”
Fun Fact: Edith’s family is from Mexico and migrated here in their early 20’s. When asked who she admired, she said “My Father. I like to say that everything I’ve accomplished is due to my father’s advice. I admire him because he came to this country with high hopes even though he didn’t know the language or the culture. He faced many barriers and he was able to overcome them. He has always stayed optimistic even at the darkest times.”
Alison joined the Woodtex Team in 2018. As the Accounting Administrator, Alison is responsible for payables, invoicing, creating P.O.’s for non-material requests and working with vendors. Alison and her husband Jason have 4 beautiful children and 1 granddaughter. Alison enjoys Mexican food, spending time with family, going to concerts, gardening and watching Alabama Football (ROLL TIDE).
Bucket List: I want to get my own motorcycle like my husband, so we can go on a cross country ride (coast to coast) together.
Blake joined the Woodtex team in 2018. He is married to “a wonderful and beautiful woman” named Savannah, who he met as a senior in high school. They also have a dog named Christopher Robin, because his wife loves Winnie the Pooh. Blake says he enjoys working at Woodtex because we help people celebrate life by helping them create physical space to make room for life to happen. Outside of work, Blake enjoys riding and racing dirt bikes, exercising, learning new subjects, and spending time with his wife.
Someday, he and his wife would love to travel to each state and take a photograph in each one. They also want to visit the Great Wall of China and dig up real dinosaur bones.
Amy is the Rockstar of the Tennessee team, both figuratively and literally! She truly enjoys helping customers by educating them on any product line and guiding them through their Woodtex purchasing experience. She’s made true connections and friendships with customers and one conversation with her, you’ll know why. She is witty and creative, but also detail oriented. As for the literal Rockstar reference, singing is one of the things she does best! In fact, she not only auditioned for the American Idol experience in Disney World but was the runner-up out of hundreds who auditioned.
The top item on Amy’s bucket list: Traveling to Ireland.
Finger Lakes Region
Scheduling deliveries for customers, dispatching trucks, and leading the Delivery and Onsite Team’s at Woodtex are just a few of the things that consume Nelson’s day. For someone to fill the Transportation Leader position, they needed to be detailed and organized. He is both. Nelson has a dry sense of humor and is a great team player. He does well with relating to his team and making sure communication is open between all of them. Nelson enjoys reading, playing guitar, spending time with his family, playing volleyball and softball, and hanging out with friends.
Greatest personal achievement: Raising his family for the Lord.
Rick Gibbs joined our team in 2017. In his own words, “I’m excited to “bring some boom to the room” here at Woodtex and expand our customer base via great service, great products and being the best at what we do!” Born in New Jersey and raised on a family farm, he moved to the gorgeous Finger Lakes in 1985. In his free time you will find him immersed in the outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, engaging in shooting sports and sharing those experiences with his nieces and their youngsters. Whether Climbing Mt. Katahdin in Maine, winter camping in an Adirondack lean-to, or simply target shooting Rick finds spending time with his family outdoors fills his heart and soul with good energy.
Fun-Fact: In his younger years he worked as overnight radio DJ, assistant stream biologist on a private trout stream, and bouncer in a night club.
Rob joined the Woodtex team in the Cabin shop in 2014, and recently transitioned into the role of Regional Retail Partner Representative. Rob enjoys working with his team to grow our retail partner network. Rob comes to us with an exciting background in being a bodyguard, starting a youth ranch, and working for Nascar! Outside of work, Rob spends time with his wife, Megan, and their 5 children (Justin, Madison, Zack, Keegan, and Bryce). They all participate in sports, and Rob coaches youth football and Little League baseball as well.
Rob’s bucket list includes taking a hunting and fishing trip to Alaska with his sons.
Megan joined the Woodtex Team as a Customer Care Advisor, where she helps our retail partners with sales and customers as well as admistrative duties in our NY office. Megan and her husband have 5 children, two of which are in college and 3 are at home ages 10-20. She enjoys baking in her spare time.
You might be surprised to know that Megan also runs two small businesses on the side!
Joann has spent four years at Woodtex. Originally serving customers directly with our Sales Team, completed a short stint working with our Accounting Department, and now on to ERP Specialist! “Versatile” could be her middle name, but it’s not – it actually IS Joann!
Next item for completion: Publish a children’s book, inspired by a song her husband wrote when their three boys were small!
Wade joined the Woodtex team in December 2017. He is responsible for drawing all our sheds and garages. In his own words “I’ve never been able to drive by Woodtex without stopping in to check out their projects while dreaming about the many various tiny home & backyard office possibilities. To top it off, Woodtex has turned out to be a team of fantastic people to work with!” Wade has two magnificent “kids” in their early 20’s, Jedediah and Madeleine. In his spare time, you can find Wade traveling, exploring, hiking, taking mini road trips…
Bucket List: I’d like to get my private pilot’s license and build a tiny vacation home on the Big Island.
Low Country Region
Greg joined our team in 2016 and oversees the production and transportation of Woodtex structures for the Low Country Region. Greg loves the Christian atmosphere of Woodtex and the great people who work hard each day to make us successful. He just celebrated 25 years of marriage (to the same wife) and has 3 daughters whom he loves very much! Outside of work, Greg loves to spend his time with his close friends, enjoying laughter and the joy of life together.
Fun fact: Greg once lived in Nova Scotia, Canada as a missionary and now serves as a pastor of a local church near the manufacturing plant in South Carolina.
Scott started working as a Sales Advisor in Fair Play in March of 2015. Scott enjoys meeting new people and satisfying customers, which makes him a great fit at Woodtex. Outside of work, Scott keeps busy with his two sons, Hunter and Jacob. In his down time, Scott can be found fishing or golfing.
A top item on Scott’s bucket list is to play golf at Augusta National.
Ralph joined our team in 2014 and he is responsible for all the deliveries of Woodtex structures for our Low Country Region in SC. Some of Ralph’s favorite experiences at Woodtex include being able to consistently deliver a well-built building and having the opportunity to help customers improve their lives! Married for 36 years, he has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Fun fact: Ralph spent 22 years in the Marine Corp and National Guard!
Lone Star Region
Chris joined the Woodtex team in 2018 as our Production Manager in Temple, TX. He loves being part of a team and is excited to see the company grow. He is married to the “greatest woman on earth Melissa”. They have three boys Ethan 18, Logan 14, Cooper 5, “They are my world.”
He recently bought a 112 year old home in Temple Texas and spends most of his free time working on bringing it back to life. The house has been in his wife’s family for 65 years.
Chris says, “I would someday like to take my wife to the Holy Land and attend the Masters Tournament at Augusta.”
Julie joined the Woodtex Team as a Dispatcher in 2018. She has been married to her husband Brandon for 12 years and has a beautiful daughter named Lillian. They have three rescue dogs that they love dearly, Abby- German Shepard/Corgi mix , Bonnie – Lab/Corgi mix & Snuggles – Chihuahua. Julie says, “I so enjoy working at Woodtex and getting to watch building get constructed and then hearing how happy the customers are when they receive their buildings. For fun, I enjoy going to indoor water parks – I love the thrill of the slides.”
Bucket List Item: “I would love to visit Ireland”
Music City Region
Nathan comes from a strong background in sales, and he started working as the Sales Advisor in Mt. Juliet in March of 2017. When he’s not helping his customers Make Room for Life™, he enjoys spending moments with his wife Tina and their 4 children camping, hiking, playing sports, and being involved in church activities. They also have a “petting zoo” at home that consists of around 40 chickens, 7 dogs, a goat, guinea and several other critters.
Interesting fact: His entire family is vegan!