Frank Sansalone named AWMAC Ontario Life Member.
AWMAC Ontario is thrilled to introduce its newest Life Member, Frank Sansalone.
Sansalone has a long history in the woodworking and furniture industry, which began when he attended Humber College and graduated from the Product and Furniture Design Program (now known as Industrial Design).
His career included working as a technical illustrator at Global Furniture then as design team manager at Fasco Bath Products.
It was while Sansalone was working at Fasco that he met fellow employee Kevin Tratt (also an AWMAC Ontario Life Member). Tratt moved on to BLUM Canada, where after 10 years, Sansalone once again met up with his previous co-worker. Sansalone started at BLUM Canada in 1997 and began moving up the ranks. While working under Tratt, he also worked with Dick Stroink, founder of BLUM Canada.
It was Stroink who introduced Sansalone to AWMAC and the Conestoga College Advisory Council and the importance of educating students that would eventually work in our industry.
When Stroink retired, Sansalone took on most of the marketing activities at BLUM including machine repairs, trade shows, internal trading, distributor tracings, brand management, PR, promotions and eventually was responsible for all print and digital promotions for BLUM.
And although he is retired now, Sansalone is not slowing down. He plans to continue with his volunteer work (donating knitted hats to shelters), riding his motorcycle, spending time with some retired friends at cottages and taking up a few new hobbies.
AWMAC Ontario is grateful to Sansalone for all his support over the years especially at their annual Apprenticeship Contests, AGM's, meetings and other social events. “Sansalone will be a familiar face we hope will continue to join us at our future events.”