Get to Know Your Window & Door Guy: Alex MacKenzie


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?

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.

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Alex, left, with Eusebiu in the shop.

How long have you been doing this?

Almost 10 years!

How or why did you start in the custom window and door business?

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?

The Witherspoon Building – it was the first commercial project where I independently managed the sales aspect.

The Witherspoon Building on SW 4th Ave in Portland, OR.

What was the most challenging project you worked on and why?

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 This meant our original quote, which included having Versatile complete all of the work, was out of date.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?

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?

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.

Alex, left, with an Arciform team at the Spring Classic Duathlon in 2013.
Alex, left, with an Arciform/Versatile team at the Spring Classic Duathlon in 2013.

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