Meet The Staff At Woodturningz!
RYAN POLOKOFF, PRESIDENT
If you are a long-time WoodTurningz customer, you no doubt have talked with Ryan on the phone (and maybe heard his blue-and-gold macaw, Freedom, saying hello in the background!). With a truly hands-on approach to the business, Ryan answers your phone calls regularly, picks and packs orders whenever needed, helps with shipping, and interacts with customers and employees on a daily basis.
Ryan is passionate about scuba diving and is a talented underwater photographer. He is known as a serial hobbyist who has explored activities from remote control planes and helicopters to unicycling in the warehouse! His true joy, though, is spending time with his two children and fiancée.
FRITZ MCCORKLE, SALES MANAGER
When you call WoodTurningz, you might talk to Fritz, our sales manager, who provides great counsel to our customers—whether taking orders or explaining pen turning details to you. If you need assistance in turning a certain material or have questions about a particular pen kit, Fritz can address all your questions. As an avid pen and bowl turner, Fritz has the wisdom that comes only with experience. He can advise you on the specific characteristics of an exotic wood, explain the proper way to finish a certain pen blank, or alert you to tips and tricks of certain pen mechanisms, parts, and tools.
Prior to joining WoodTurningz in 2004, Fritz was in the service industry after serving 12 years in the Marine Corps. In addition to his woodturning skills, Fritz is an award-winning photographer and has a passion for motorcycles.
PATRICK HOSKINS, SALES
Patrick came to WoodTurningz in 2010 as part of our warehouse team and was promoted quickly to our sales team. In addition, if you use our laser engraving services, he has likely done an awesome job on your engraving! You may talk with Patrick when you call WoodTurningz, and you’ll find he’s quick on his feet knowing our customers by name and offering friendly, efficient service on the phone. Ask him for a suggestion, and he can help you with product options that may interest you.
Growing up in Florida, Patrick became quite a fisherman and loves the outdoors. Prior to coming to WoodTurningz, his interests were in metal working. Once employed with us, the “pen bug” bit him, and Patrick quickly added pen turning as a new interest in his life.
RAY BASTAICH, SALES
Ray served a 20-year career in the Air Force traveling all over the world and then, after retirement, held the position of manager of the Air Force’s Arts & Crafts Center in Washington, DC. Like our other WoodTurningz staff members, Ray is a devoted woodworker and pen turner having taught classes in basic wood turning, pen making, and woodworking safety classes. His knowledge allows him to assist our customers in a confident and friendly manner. Ray’s sense of humor will make your phone call to WoodTurningz a pleasant experience!
Ray returned to Indiana in 2010 to be close to his family. When asked about his hobbies, he will tell you: Anything woodworking. Period. However, he is also an avid runner and recently, he and his new wife have been enjoying biking around the countryside as well.
KIM KULTGEN, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Are you "wow-ed" by WoodTurningz’ colorful catalogs and artistic flair in print and on our Web site? Thanks to our talented graphic designer, Kim, we enjoy imaginatively designed print work and photographs that capture the essence of our pen kits’ shiny platings, design details, and the richness of wood grains or acrylics. Kim has over 25 years of experience designing marketing and promotional materials in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and holds an MBA from Butler University.
Kim and her whole family are now pen turners in their spare time.
SABINE KISSEE, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL
Sabine joined our team in 2009 and while her primary job is picking orders and labeling blanks, she performs multiple roles and provides invaluable support for everyone at WoodTurningz.
Sabine grew up in Germany and is engaged to owner, Ryan Polokoff. Together, they enjoy traveling and sightseeing around the world. She has been a pen-turner for years and has turned many samples that appear in our promotions. Sabine is a huge asset to WoodTurningz and we're not sure what we would do without her!
NICK WAITE, WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR
Nick joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2015 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting and stabilizing blanks. In addition, he has eagerly learned to make Inlace Acrylester. When you place an order with us, chances are Nick has helped enhanced your WoodTurningz purchase in some way.
When not at WoodTurningz, Nick enjoys playing golf and is an avid hockey fan. He also enjoys spending time with his mom who lives nearby. He is just learning to turn pens and is excited about his new hobby!
CODY KASSOFF, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL
Cody joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2016 and quickly became a great asset to the warehouse staff. He assists in picking and shipping as well as other areas of the warehouse.
When not at WoodTurningz, Cody enjoys obstacle racing, auto repair, reading, fitness, camping, hunting, and traveling. Cody is excited to learn to turn pens soon!