Victoria, BC – March 19th, 2018 – The Finishing Store & Millworks, a local leader in home finishing products and moulding manufacturing, announced last month that Colin Gloeckler had taken over responsibility as Chief Executive Officer. Gloeckler was appointed by The Finishing Store & Millworks’ owners, George and Suzette Linger. George Linger recently announced his retirement after 50 years in the home finishing industry. Gloeckler assumed the title of CEO upon Linger’s retirement in February 2018.
“My wife and I have been in this business together for 40 years working side by side for 30 of those years and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey. We have been blessed over the years to have worked with such dedicated employees that played an immense role in growing the business to what it is today. We are also honored to have served so many supportive customers and given back to the wonderful community in which we conduct business,” said Linger. “Although we will continue our role as owners of The Finishing Store & Millworks, I have been looking forward to stepping back from the day-to-day operations and enjoy more time with my wife and family. Colin is the natural fit for this role and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as CEO.”
Over the years George has been involved not only in the business community by supporting initiatives like Think Local First, but the company has given back to the community in many ways, including supporting the BC Children’s Hospital, Mustard Seed, Santa’s Anonymous, Victoria Cougars Junior Hockey Team, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, The Belfry Theater and many others.
Gloeckler has worked in the industry for 37 years, most recently as General Manager of Artistic Mouldings, a local moulding and millwork manufacturer which merged with The Finishing Store in February 2018 to form The Finishing Store & Millworks. As General Manager, Gloeckler oversaw all aspects of operations including production, sales, purchasing and finance as well as managing the mill’s 20 plus staff.
“I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of such a well-respected and generous owner who has lead The Finishing Store & Millworks to be such a successful business. Over the past 20 years I’ve been afforded a remarkable opportunity to work alongside George and extremely grateful for his support, guidance and mentorship. His depth of knowledge, positive approach, and influential leadership will be missed by all those fortunate to have worked with George. I’m very excited for the new opportunity and moving the business forward with such a talented group of people,” stated Gloeckler. “It’s rewarding to see someone as deserving as George able to step away from the business after so many dedicated years and enjoy his time around family and friends. We wish him the very best in his retirement years.”
After completing his journeyman ticket in benchwork and joinery at BCIT in 1985, Gloeckler became a partner at Artisan Mouldings until 1990 when he started at Island Precision Cabinets as Production Manager. In 1997, he took over as General Manager of Artistic Mouldings where he served continuously until being appointed as CEO.
About The Finishing Store & Millworks
Having locations in Victoria and Nanaimo the Finishing Store & Millworks provides affordable home finishing products including flooring, mouldings, mantels, doors, stairs and closets. With their own manufacturing division servicing the wholesale and millwork industry, The Finishing Store & Millworks deliver premium products with exceptional service, on time.
Colin Gloeckler, CEO