Meet the Versatile Team

  • REX VACCARO
  • ERICA WHITBECK
  • ALAN FORD
  • NICOLE CARRUTH
  • CURTIS NAGEL
  • RICH JENNINGS
Versatile Team

REX VACCARO
Project Design Manager

Rex studied Architecture, Drafting & Design at Portland Community College. He 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. In 2011 he joined our sister company Arciform as a drafter to explore interests in more traditional design and now oversees our product design department. 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

ERICA WHITBECK
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.”

Versatile Team
Versatile Team

ALAN FORD
Product Designer

Anne and Richard DeWolf bought Versatile Wood Products in 2010, however the company has been operating since 1982. With the realization that there was a need for custom wood products, with their sister company Arciform, they knew purchasing and operation Versatile would be an invaluable move for them and their clients. 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.

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
Product Designer

Curtis’s has 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.”

Versatile Team
Versatile Team

NICOLE CARRUTH
Operations Manager

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.”

RICH JENNINGS
Business Development Manager

From lighting to textiles, Rich has been in the architecture and design industry for over 25 years. Graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in advertising, he also studied art history and painting.

“At Versatile, everyone is passionate about creating a great product and solutions that help support the building and design community. This is what I enjoy most about working here,” says Rich.

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.”

Rich Jennings, Business Development Manager