Life After Churchill
At Churchill Center & School we honor and celebrate alumni making a difference in our community.
Woody Wilson ’94 is a Churchill Alumnus who strives for
continued growth, both personally and professionally.
Woody has been recognized by St. Louis Business Journal as one of the 2019 class of “40 Under Forty” rising young professionals. Read more about Woody and then check out the full online article recognizing all the distinguished honorees.
Below is the Journal article outlining Woody’s impressive accomplishments, and how he credits Churchill for helping to put him on the right path to succeed!
I could not have done it without you all at Churchill and the support and confidence I gained during my years there. Churchill is a special place that truly gives children their lives back and provides them the tools to reach their full potential.
WOODY WILSON, 39: VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES, WINCO WINDOW CO.
I am a creator, a developer, a worker. Throughout my life I have ascribed importance to the creation of value, from a great novel, a successful business plan, a perfect meal, to a well-conceived product or performance. It has been one of the joys of my life to conceive an idea and act on it. I had the opportunity and privilege to design, build and become an owner of Onsight Rock Gym in Knoxville, Tennessee. My partners and I brought this multimillion-dollar project in $200,000 under budget. Onsight was the last large project completed in my 15-year career in construction management and development. Winco Window Co. was started by my great-grandfather in 1915 right here in St. Louis, and I am proud to be part of the fourth generation in stewardship of this great company. After joining the Winco team and being tasked with the immediate growth of our production capacity, our output has increased by roughly 35 percent and we have 25 percent growth planned this year. Projected growth should yield an additional $7 million in annual production. Investments in new equipment and technologies as applied to operations and additional hiring are some of our approaches to growth.
How do you want to make your mark on St. Louis? To put St. Louis on the map as the home of the best commercial windows produced in the United States.
College? James Madison University, bachelor of science, recreational management
High School? Clayton High School
Best part of your job? Having the opportunity to create and implement solutions that help my team build one of the finest architectural window products in the country.
Who is your dream mentor? John Galt, a character in Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged”
Most surprising fact about you? I started to learn to read in the sixth grade. With the help of the Churchill School and amazing teachers, family and friends for support, I have learned to live and thrive with learning disabilities and dyslexia.
Volunteer or charitable efforts? I paddled 3,500 miles in a group of four from Yellowstone National Park to the Gulf of Mexico to raise money for children’s charities, raising around $150,000.