What is your name and where are you from?
Alex MacKenzie and I grew up in Pendleton, Oregon.
What is your position with Versatile, and how long have you worked here?
Alex MacKenzie: I am a “fenestration consultant”, aka window and door sales team member, and have been here for 3 years. I worked in the shop for about 6 months when I first started with Versatile.
How long have you been doing this?
Alex MacKenzie: Almost 10 years!
How or why did you start in the custom window and door business?
Alex MacKenzie: I started out of university. I studied western architectural history and had worked for the maintenance department, so the career services guru matched me with a sales position with one of the world’s largest window and door manufacturers. After that position relocated me to Portland, I developed a relationship with Arciform, and that eventually led me to Versatile.
What is the most memorable project you worked on and why?
Alex MacKenzie: The Witherspoon Building – it was the first commercial project where I independently managed the sales aspect.
What was the most challenging project you worked on and why?
Alex MacKenzie: The Zipper – we placed our bid but were only awarded the project a year later. This meant our original quote, which included having Versatile complete all of the work, was out of date. The industry picked up and the design had changed, so we needed to outsource some of the work. Creative Woodworking NW took care of the simple millworking which allowed us to honor our initial quote.
What is your favorite wood species to work with and why?
Alex MacKenzie: Soft wood: Vertical grain Doug Fir. It has a natural rot resistance that is not found in other soft woods and it darkens naturally over time with UV exposure. Hard wood: Sapele. The “African Mahogany” is durable, machines nicely and looks beautiful.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Alex MacKenzie: I like food. Specifically burgers, and I’m committed to finding the best burger in Portland. Currently on the top of my list are the Yakuza, Le Pigeon and Grüner burgers. Because I like food so much, I stay active and am always seeking adventures.
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