Who We Are – Wood Product Designers

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Versatile provides historically accurate custom wood sash, cabinetry, doors and millwork using techniques originated by 18th and 19th century craftsmen. Our 40,000 square foot wood shop allows us to tackle projects of any scale ranging from a single reproduction sash to a complete custom kitchen or a commercial storefront entry system. We are committed to creating spaces that honor and make history. By preserving traditional ways of building and blending them with modern technologies and performance standards, we design and build solutions that harmonize aesthetics and temperament with function and utility. This what we stand for.

ingenuity

We build creativity into every custom window, door and cabinet. Our experienced team specializes in balancing period appropriate architectural design specifications with modern performance standards, combining historic techniques and modern technologies to meet your design and budget goals. Our state of the art CNC router and extensive library of knives and patterns can replicate original details and create innovative solutions to your trickiest design problem.

building to last

By hand-selecting tight grain wood patterns and using time-honored techniques our products will last for many years to come.

winning together

Our clients choose us because they want to be part of a winning team. At Versatile, we roll up our sleeves to do our part and more to cross the finish line together. The result is exceptional work and invaluable relationships.

sustainable and certified

We know how important the environment is which is why we are a FSC Certified company and we stay on top of our government certifications so you can be sure you are getting a quality product that’s ethically supported.

Meet The Team

We are a team of more than 40 carpenters, designers, marketing professionals and multi-talented crew members. Here are some of our key players you may meet in your experience working with us.

REX VACCARO

Product Design Manager

ERICA WITBECK

Operations Manager

ERICA WITBECK
Operations Manager

Erica moved to Portland in 1991 to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art. After college she worked at a custom ceramics factory and learned what systems and processes work to run a shop that is efficient, yet takes time and care to make objects by hand with organic materials. Erica was drawn to Versatile because their mission values community, craft, and history. She loves that she is part of the process to preserve Portland’s history, from old homes to downtown hotels—and the innovative modern design challenges as well. When she’s not at work, she enjoys scratching around in her yard and reading.

Favorite wood: Western Red Cedar—it smells amazing, and usually means a historic project is afoot.

REX VACCARO
Product Design Manager

Rex studied Architecture, Drafting & Design at Portland Community College & has over 15 years’ experience in architectural wood product design. He worked with Argo Architect drafting and designing high end residential homes and remodels in the Lake Oswego area for 5 years before joining Versatile. Rex approaches every project as a unique puzzle & his favorite part is making it all come together into an elegant & functional solution. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and traveling to new places!

Favorite wood: Walnut or Fir

ALAN FORD

Product Designer

CURTIS NAGEL

Product Designer

Nicole Carruth
NICOLE CARRUTH

Product Designer

ALAN FORD
Product Designer

With an architecture degree from University of Virginia, and a music degree from New York University, Alan’s unique background makes the creative process at Versatile that much more creative. As a drafter and a designer, he enjoys coordinating with the shop and the site to figure out how to build unique projects and seeing every project come together like a puzzle. In his freetime he hikes, bikes and listens to (and occasionally plays) music.

Favorite wood: I love the materials we work with here, but will always have a soft spot for basswood and nights spent making architectural models.

Curtis Nagel

CURTIS NAGEL
Product Designer

Curtis’s has a background in product design, drafting and avionics technology and an education in Architectural Technology, Construction Management and Safety Management. At Versatile he utilizes these design skills and technical knowledge to replicate historic design and improve existing products, all while reducing production costs. His favorite part about working here? “Learning from my colleagues and working together to achieve a common goal.” He also enjoys recreating historically accurate details from 100 year old buildings and getting to juxtapose that history with modern technology in the designs.

Favorite wood: Sapele; for its rich color, hardness value, weather-resistance, and visible characteristics that make it suitable to stand the test of time.

NICOLE CARRUTH
Product Designer

With Nicole’s education in interior design, visual art and graphic design, she provides valuable insight to the Versatile client as the concepts for projects often begin in sales. She works closely with the product development team to work out the details to make these concepts a reality. When asked her favorite part of working for Versatile Nicole says, “The people I work with: my coworkers are all wonderful, creative, fun people. I consult with members of every department on a daily basis, and I’m always amazed at just how much we achieve together.”

Favorite wood: Black walnut. It has beautiful tones and a gorgeous grain pattern. It looks great no matter what—whether we’re matching something historic or making a sleek contemporary piece.

CATHERINE CUTHBERT

Sales Associate

RICH JENNINGS

Business Development Manager

CATHERINE CUTHBERT
Sales Associate

Growing up in Atlanta, GA and graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in historic preservation, Catherine moved to the Pacific Northwest seeking outdoor adventure and greyer skies. Excited to be given a job with Versatile Wood Products 3 years ago, she enjoys watching the awesome craftsmen and women in the shop creating fenestration magic out of trees and she’s enjoyed building relationships with longstanding and new clients.

Favorite wood: “Maple’s cool… it has exceptional depth and shimmer.”

RICH JENNINGS
Business Development Manager

From lighting to textiles, Rich has been in the architecture and design industry for over 25 years. Rich graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in advertising. He also studied art history and painting. What he likes most about Versatile is that everyone is passionate about creating a wonderful product and solutions that help support the building and design community. When he’s not working he’s playing tennis, golf or walking with his wife, Susan and their dog, Cozy.

Favorite wood: “Bamboo. I like the way it sways in the wind and moves with the elements. There’s a spirituality about it.”