Bryze Joins Rudd Company, Inc.

Ron Bryze, Midwest Regional Manager/Training Manager

Ron Bryze, Midwest Regional Manager/Training Manager

Seattle, WA – October 2, 2013 – Rudd Company, Inc., a leader in Wood Finishes, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Bryze as Midwest Regional Manager/Training Manager for the Wood Finishes business unit of Rudd Company, Inc.  In his new position, Ron will be responsible for further developing the Rudd Wood Finish training program and working with Rudd Distribution partners in the Midwest.

Ron Bryze is an industrial engineer with a 38-year background in the woodworking industry.  A third-generation woodworker, he started a woodworking business in the early 70s catering to high-profile clients and prestigious architectural and design firms.  The styles of his ultra-high-end furniture and cabinetry ranged from modern to hand-carved period reproductions.  He gained national exposure with commissions that included the Library of Congress, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and several historic residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The key element in all of his work was the finish. Bryze often found himself developing finishing schedules, replicating the 18th Century one day and the 21st Century the next.  In his most recent position, Bryze was the Wood Finishes Manager for a market-leading wood finishes distributor in the Chicago, IL, area.  Jeff Takac, VP of Sales for Rudd Company, comments “Rudd is excited to have an individual of Ron’s caliber and experiences join the Rudd team.  He will be instrumental in supporting the continued growth of our focused Wood Finish Distribution initiatives.”

Bryze has presented specialty finishing seminars for the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing of the University of British Columbia, the Cabinet Manufacturers Association and for the Architectural Woodworking Institute.  He has produced numerous training videos and software applications for professional wood finishers and teaches classes on a variety of wood finishing subjects.  Bryze is also the author of two books: “The College of Wood Finishing Knowledge” and “Wood Finishing 2.0.”  He can be reached at

About Rudd Company, Inc.
Rudd Company, Inc. celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012.  Rudd Company was founded in 1912 when Donald M. Cummings, great-uncle of the Company’s current Chairman, first started producing paint in the Seattle area.  Over the years the Company has kept its roots firmly planted in the Northwest, while serving commercial and OEM customers throughout the U.S.

Julie Russell
Rudd Company, Inc.