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William “Skip” Woodall III Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Distributors // CEO, VAH Ltd.
Kirk Woodall Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Distributors // CEO, Milestone Distributors
Blair Woodall Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Distributors // Executive Committee Member
Blake E. Woodall Vent-A-Hood/Milestone Distributors // Vice President of Sales
Designing products is William Miles “Skip” Woodall’s passion. He gets to indulge it every day as CEO of a division of the company founded and still operated by his family after 80 years.
The Vent-A-Hood brand got its start in 1933 with an inventor who had an idea for residential vent hoods. The company was supported by Dallas financier Carr P. Collins, who hired his nephew, Miles Woodall Jr., to manage it.
Today, the operational reins are in the hands of Woodall’s sons, Skip, who serves as CEO of VAH Ltd.; Blake E. Woodall, who’s vice president of sales; Kirk Woodall, CEO of Milestone Distributors; and Blair P. Woodall, Executive Committee member.
Skip Woodall has worked at Vent-A-Hood since he was 12 years old, starting out on the assembly line. He says he knows how to do every job in the company, but the one he enjoys most is design. He holds a number of patents and has several pending.
The company’s products are manufactured in its Richardson factory. Revenue, which comes from its three divisions, Vent-A-Hood Ltd., Vent-A-Hood Realty, and Milestone Distributors, has grown 37 percent during the past three years. It’s up 20 percent so far in 2013.
“Our big secret is that we keep our employees,” Woodall says. “We have several people who have worked here 25 or 30 years.”