Sebastien DesMarais

Sebastien DesMarais is the President at Hollywood Woodwork, an employee-owned architectural millwork company based in Hollywood, Florida since 1968. After graduating from the University of Florida with majors in Computer Engineering and Finance, Sebastien joined General Electric where he travelled globally and worked in Information Technology for 3 years and then in Corporate Finance for 3 years. He joined Hollywood Woodwork in 2010 as CFO, with responsibilities in Finance and Accounting, Risk Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. In 2015, Sebastien became the Company’s 4th President.

Sebastien became an active member of AWI in 2010, joining both the Marketing and Finance Committees. In 2011, he developed and chaired AWI’s Financial Management Team, with responsibilities of managing the annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CoDBS), and also in delivering Financial Management Seminars to the AWI community. Since its creation, the Financial Management Team has delivered over 20 seminars to AWI Chapters, AWI National Convention, IWF and AWFS.

In 2015, Sebastien was elected into AWI’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 became an Officer of AWI and QCC, serving as both Director and Treasurer for both organizations. He is the AWI 2021 President. Sebastien loves to speak to and help AWI members in any way possible, believing that stronger members will create a stronger association and a stronger industry. He believes in the “Collaborative Advantage” that AWI offers its members. Although his seminars typically focus on financial management, he often delves into the benefits of open-book management, employee ownership, linking finance and operations, and technology.

Hollywood Woodwork’s website

See Sebastien in: TU40: Using Data and Inspiring Employees to Increase Profits

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