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.

PATRICK HOSKINS, SALES MANAGER

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.

HEATHER KEITH, SALES

Heather joined the WoodTurningz team in 2020 and is diligently learning as much as she can to best assist our customers when they call. She is very personable and eager to help. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team!

When not at WoodTurningz, Heather is a wife and mother. She loves traveling and is a nature-lover. She also enjoys crafting and party planning. Heather is looking forward to adding pen turning to her list of hobbies!

JARED, SALES

Jared joined the sales team in 2020. Initially he was convinced that his interest were limited to computers and had no woodworking experience. Though he could barely believe it, after making his first pen, he turned over a new leaf; and loves both the craft and community that he can be a part of. When not at work, he plays PC games and provides computer tech support for friends and family.

AMANDA MOREY, SALES

Amanda joined the sales team in 2020. She was born and raised a Floridian but moved in Indiana in 2014. She has been a long-time resin and turning video watcher and is anxiously learning the craft of pen-turning. When not at WoodTurningz, she is an amateur woodburn (pyrography) artist. In addition to spending time with her husband and dog, she also enjoys cross stich and loom knitting.

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 30 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!

RAY BASTAICH, PRODUCTION LEAD AND MAINTENANCE

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. Ray worked in sales for 9 years but recently decided to change roles at WoodTurningz. His responsibilities now include wood blank production as well as attempting to keep WoodTurningz' maintenance in working order!

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 he and his wife enjoy biking around the countryside as well.

JAMES "DOC" WILLIAMS, WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR

James joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2017 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting and stabilizing blanks as well as other areas of the warehouse. If you place an order with us, chances are James has helped to make your WoodTurningz purchase as great as possible!

When not at WoodTurningz, James enjoys go-karting, watching drag racing, spending time with his 83-year-old great grandmother, and hanging out with his girlfriend. He is also an avid Colts and Jets fan (but goes with the Colts if they are playing each other)! James is just learning to turn pens and is really excited about this new hobby!

NATHAN "TATER" MORRIS, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Nathan joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2019 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting and casting Inlace Acrylester blanks. If you place an order with us, it is likely that Nathan has helped your WoodTurningz purchase get to you in a timely manner!

When not at WoodTurningz, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. He also enjoys woodworking, oil painting, PC gaming and reading Science Fiction. Nathan is just learning to turn pens, but with his woodworking experience, we're sure it won't take long to master!

DARYL "DJ" MURRAY JR., WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

DJ joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2020. He assists in picking orders along with casting our Inlace Acrylester blanks.

He recently relocated from Gary, Indiana where he played high school basketball, track, football, bowling and golf. When not at WoodTurningz, he plays basketball 3 times a week and also loves to play video games.

SAM SOCHOCKI, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Sam joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2020 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting wood blanks. If you place an order with us, it is likely that Sam has helped with your WoodTurningz purchase!

Sam was born in Indianapolis, raised in Florida and is now back to the I0ndianapolis area again. He is engaged to be married in June of 2021. When not at WoodTurningz, Sam enjoys making wooden wall art as well as wooden jewelry. He also enjoys rollerblading, cooking, PC gaming and playing frisbee with his dog, Pepper. Sam is looking forward to learning rotary tool wood carving as well as woodturning!