Naomi Cohen, director of design and engineering at Cohen Architectural Woodworking, has been named to Wood Industry’s 2020 40 Under 40.

ST. JAMES, MO — July 13, 2020 — Cohen Architectural Woodworking announces Naomi Cohen, director of design and engineering, has been named to Wood Industry’s prestigious 2020 class of 40 Under 40, a celebration by Woodworking Network of the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on the North American wood products manufacturing industry.

Cohen, age 32, joins a select group making an impact at their jobs, and in the community. Through innovation, motivation or inspiration, honorees are contributing in the areas of productivity, profitability, social good (locally or globally), ingenuity, innovation, peer inspiration, product development, and organizational leadership.

“It’s always difficult to select the best of the best when it comes to judging the 40 under 40 nominees. In addition to building successful businesses and careers, the Class of 2020 was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest challenge most of us have ever faced,” said Harry Urban, publisher of Woodworking Network. “I applaud this year’s honorees for their ability to keep their companies moving forward in the toughest of times while dedicating themselves to their communities and public causes. These are outstanding women and men who paint a bright future for our industry.”

This year marks Woodworking Network’s fifth annual awarding of the 40 Under 40. Entries were solicited in print, email and online at, with more than 140 nominations. The candidates were judged by a team of editors.

“The Wood Industry 40 Under 40 represents some of the talented people in our industry and I am most humbled to receive this special recognition,” Cohen said. “Much of the credit should really go to our clients who have allowed us to design and build customized commercial woodworking projects for over three decades, and of course to my team members at Cohen Architectural Woodworking.”

Cohen started from the ground up in this family owned business performing in a variety of capacities including working on the shop floor. Always interested in science and engineering, she built a remote controlled car that won an ACE international design award at age 14 and built a nitro-powered remote-control car the following year which took first place in both ACE national and international competitions. An excellent problem solver she has been involved with the company for some 15 years, has grown and taken on more responsibility, and is an integral part of the Cohen ownership group.

Founded in 1982, Cohen Architectural Woodworking is a family-owned architectural design/build woodworking firm headquartered in St. James, Missouri. Recently named a Forbes Small Giant as one of the top 25 small businesses in America, two things are obvious to anyone walking through our doors–we care about relationships and we care about excellence. Cohen standardizes and builds high-quality custom millwork components and casework for healthcare, airports, education, retail, transportation, hotels, and more, for new construction, renovation, and disaster reconstruction. The firm has won multiple awards including the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Award of Excellence for six separate projects, and the 2016 Small Business of the Year award from the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Phillip Cohen, President and Founder, was presented with the 2017 SBA Small Business Person of the Year award for the State of Missouri and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award while being named to the St. Louis Small Business Hall of Fame. Additional accolades include qualifying for the Inc. 5000, named to the list of Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and named a Top Family Owned Business by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. For more information visit