Manufacturing: JONATHAN JENKINS
PRESIDENT, CULPEPER WOOD PRESERVERS, FREDERICKSBURG
Jenkins graduated from East Carolina University, where he was an All-American on the baseball team. After college, he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, spending seven years pitching in the minor leagues before continuing as a coach and scout. He’s worked at Culpeper Wood Preservers, one of the nation’s largest producers of pressure-treated lumber, for more than 16 years.
Since becoming president in 2016, Jenkins has led Culpeper Wood Preservers’ growth to more than 16 locations in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Midwest. He also serves on the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau’s board of governors.
Culpeper Wood Preservers employs 500 people worldwide, with 214 in Virginia, including temporary workers. This year, the company acquired plants and companies in Tennessee, Massachusetts and New York.
ONE THING I’D CHANGE ABOUT VIRGINIA: Nothing. Having roots in Virginia as far back as the early 1600s, Virginia means so much to me. I had relatives who lived in the mountains that became Shenandoah National Park. Although some were forced off the mountain, their sacrifice enabled the beauty to remain untouched for eternity.