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Guam District Office Success Stories

Guam District Office Success Stories

Jorma Winkler and spouse, Yuko, with nominator, Naomi Masuno, Bank of Hawaii

Winkler Woods LLC was formed in 2002 by fourth generation woodworker Jorma Winkler. Early on, the company carved out its niche providing tonewood for musical instruments, and has become a major distributor and retailer of koa, mango, and ʿōhiʿa hardwoods in lumber, veneer and finished product forms.

The company has more than doubled revenues over a three year period, and currently provides jobs for twelve employees. Exporting is responsible for approximately 40 percent of the company’s revenues.

In 2014, Jorma Winkler participated in the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative, a training program that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. That same year, representing Winkler Woods LLC, he won the SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year for the State of Hawaii.

Pictured: Jorma Winkler and spouse, Yuko, with nominator, Naomi Masuno, Bank of Hawaii.

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