Marc Adams: The Man
A Letter from Marc
What does it mean to run a meaningful business? It's a powerful question. The answer for me is based on three factors&emdash;passion, purpose and people.
They say that if you love your work you will never work a day in your lifeI disagree!! I believe if you love your work you will want to work every day of your life. It's a remarkable thing when a passion and career combine. My staff is a perfect example. Watching them over the years has caused me to realize that passion does not happen at random; it's a calling.
Our purpose is straight forward and simple; we are committed to excellence through hands-on learning experiences, with the best craftspeople in the world in an unparalleled environment. This summer we will have over 80 different instructors, offer 175 workshops and host well over 3000 students that will travel from around the world to attend. As always we offer a variety of classes to suit any skill level and our curriculum is always changing and growing. We are able to say with confidence that our efforts have been of benefit to the greater good of our craft.
But to fully answer the question of what it means to run a meaningful business you have to know your clientele, which we prefer to call our "family". Our business isn't run like an on line order through Amazon with next day delivery. We spend time together, eat together, work together and are inspired together. Good people who are of different ages, backgrounds and skills; they are the backbone of what makes MASW so unique.
It's hard to describe the typical MASW family member in words; their actions speak for them. Maybe you were you here last summer when a semi truck pulled up with over 10,000 board feet of 8/4 ash? Then with that wood 36 volunteers from 19 different states worked in unison to make 78 pews for the St. Thomas Aquinas project. Maybe you were in one of the two weekend workshops taught by John Ressler or Gary Striegler, who volunteered their time and efforts to help raise over $10,000 for the RCMF.Maybe you helped in July when 28 people with over 300 years of combined military service made over 200 unique flag boxes that were distributed to fallen heroes. And after three years of our "Through the Narrow Gate" program we raised nearly $170,000 which went entirely to the Narrow Gate Foundation which continues to change the lives of young men who will make a difference in the future of this country. All told these 5 programs raised over $250,000 in either work or donations in which 100% of those efforts went directly to specific charities chosen by each group. These are the people who make up the MASW family.
Susie and I realize that we can't do great things, but together with our "family" we can do small things in great ways.
About Marc Adams
MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 28 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications, and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News magazine. Marc has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues, and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair. Marc has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and currently consults for both the laminate and adhesive industries. His “Technical Technique” video series is the largest-selling video series in the history of woodworking, and he was recently awarded four “Telly” awards.
Marc just completed an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for today’s biggest tool manufacturers. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community.