Creative Solutions and Collaborative Design


Heitink Core Values

We strive to bring our customers’ creative visions to life with quality wood products.  Here at Heitink, we have dedicated ourselves to quality, value, and the highest degree of customer service available.

Gerrit Heitink
Gerrit HeitinkFounder & President
After being an officer in the Royal Dutch Air Force, Gerrit started a new career in wood veneer manufacturing with a Dutch veneer company.

Gerrit immigrated to the United States in 1978, with his family, for the Dutch veneer company and started an exciting and new adventure. Shortly after the move across the Atlantic, the Dutch veneer company unfortunately dissolved and Gerrit and his family were on their own. After building up the export sales departments of several veneer companies, Gerrit struck out on his own and started “Heitink Veneers” in 1988.

With very humble beginnings, the small family company started to grow. Through ups and downs, it only made the company more resilient for the future. With the constant changes and demands of the business, Gerrit always made a point to spend time with family. With over 4 decades of working in the wood veneer industry, he still enjoys the procuring of nature’s most sustainable and green resource, wood, and see what his company’s clients can make out of it. Today, he is actively involved in teaching the next generation all his knowledge that he has built up thru the years.

When not at work: Gerrit has been spending more time with his wife, Vera, who just recently retired from Indiana University after 37 years working for the college. When he is not traveling together with his wife, he loves to spend time with his grandchildren both here in the United States and back in the Netherlands!

Jan Heitink
Jan HeitinkVice President
Jan Heitink studied Medicine/Business at Indiana University and following his father footsteps switched to a career in the wood veneer business in 1991. As employee #2 at Heitink – Jan’s veneer education is extensive and diverse. Starting out, he had several overseas internships in Europe with veneer merchants and panel processing plants. His initial training was in the procurement of veneer logs and burl logs which as he indicates, “is where you can make or break your success in veneer manufacturing.”

After 3 decades of working in this industry, Jan is still motivated to optimize the rarity and beauty of each and every piece of veneer that comes in. Currently, Jan is involved in all facets of the company and seeing Heitink evolve from a veneer custom manufacturer to an integrated veneer and specialty plywood manufacturer. One of Jan’s greatest joys, and strengths, is when he is working on an interior wood project in a collaborative team setting with the millworker and making the vision of the owner/architect a reality and everyone can walk away truly satisfied.

When not at work: Jan loves spending time with family, watching his boys play football and baseball, go hiking and fishing. When the weather is not cooperating, he likes working on or detailing cars indoors or enjoying a good history book or movie.

John Shedivy Jr.
John Shedivy Jr.Executive Sales Manager
John has 40 years of experience in the commercial plywood and door industries and is a true veneer expert. John started as a Veneer Mill Helper and progressed through roles as veneer lathe operator, lead person, supervisor, superintendent, manager and president of his own sketch face manufacturing plant.
John’s current role has him leading the manufacturing group in the production of high-quality plywood and commercial door skins. John’s production experience, as well as his education (BS & MBA) and training (lean, VSM, 8D, FSC), makes him a great fit for Heitink Plywood Technologies and a great resource for our factory and for our customers.

When not at work: John is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and prospecting for rocks and minerals and loves spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Bill Berryman
Bill BerrymanVice President Architectural Sales
With over three decades of Wood Door/Veneer sales experience, Bill focuses on developing and presenting AIA/CES training modules, for the A & D, Woodworking communities, and for Schools of Architecture & Design across North America. Following a Collaborative Design approach, his expertise with Mother Nature’s most sustainable resource provides guidance for Wood Veneer Selection and specification. Bill’s home for over 30 years is Cary, NC.

When not at work: Bill enjoys being surrounded by family and can most likely be found embracing the serenity that only a flyrod can bring.

Bob Williams
Bob WilliamsOutside Sales Manager - Southeast/Midwest
Bob has over 45 years of experience of Domestic and Exotic veneer buying and reselling. He has serviced the architectural market with his abundant knowledge of clipping, splicing and matching of architectural veneers into blueprint-sequenced panels as required by architects. Bob takes great pride in being able to recognize rare and hard to identify species of wood. To quote Bob directly, “I haven’t been fooled much in the last 40 years.”

When not at work: Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and family, watching his grandkids play sports, and building award winning hotrods.

Max Jeffrey
Max JeffreyOutside Sales Manager - Specialty Plywood
Max joined the Heitink sales team in May of 2017. Before his work at Heitink, Max spent 10 years as a Sales and Marketing manager in the firearms and outdoor industry – leading domestic and international sales teams. Although fairly new to the veneer industry – he has spent a lifetime around wood while assisting his father in his furniture and cabinet shop – a hobby he still enjoys to this day.

When not at work: Max enjoys spending time outside, hunting upland game birds and spending time with his wife and daughter, and his German Shorthaired Pointer named Walter.

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