Joe Gross

John Barkhouse
Chief Executive Officer

John Barkhouse is the Chief Executive Officer of Cabinetworks Group, joining the company in November 2021. John brings over 25 years of experience leading global mid and large cap companies in the industrial, energy, and services sectors.

Before joining Cabinetworks, John held leadership roles with Caterpillar, Newalta Corporation, Clarios, and Brookfield Asset Management. John has a proven track record of transforming and growing companies through service and manufacturing innovation, operational excellence, and teamwork while keeping customers at the heart of the business. As CEO, he led oilfield services company Newalta through the most significant oil crash in history. He transformed the company from a transactional-oriented service company to an integrated solutions provider. As Chairman and CEO at automotive supplier Clarios, John led the creation of the newly carved out company, establishing the strategy and values of the organization while navigating it through COVID-19 to record results.

John holds an MBA from Bradley and an Engineering degree from Dalhousie University. 

Joe Gross

Christian Cook
Chairman of the Board

Following the retirement of former CEO Joe Gross, Platinum Equity appointed Christian Cook, Managing Director at Platinum, as the interim leader of Cabinetworks Group, and led the nation-wide search for a new permanent CEO. Christian continues serving Cabinetworks as Chairman.

In his role as a Managing Director at Platinum Equity, Christian is responsible for managing the transition of newly acquired companies into Platinum Equity’s portfolio. Christian was most recently with AlixPartners where he focused on the operational improvements and cost reduction opportunities during M&A and restructuring. Prior to AlixPartners, Christian was a Senior Manager with Deloitte.

Christian holds an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master’s of International Business Studies degree from University of South Carolina. Christian has spoken at the Wharton School and numerous M&A and restructuring panels.

Joe Durham

Joe Durham
Chief Financial Officer

Joe is the Chief Financial Officer of Cabinetworks Group. Joe brings over 20 years of financial leadership to the organization, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Masco Cabinetry. Prior to joining Masco Cabinetry, Joe spent seven years with Harman International, including as VP and Controller of Harman’s North America Connected Car division in Novi, MI, and Director of M&A in Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Harman, Joe held positions in the banking industry, both at Credit Suisse and Wachovia Securities.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Mark Trexler

Mark Trexler
Chief Operations Officer

Mark is the Chief Operations Officer of Cabinetworks Group.  Prior to Cabinetworks he served as the Chief Operating Officer for acpi. Mark has over 40 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Master WoodCraft Cabinetry, which was acquired by acpi in 2018. Previously, Mark has served in a variety of leadership roles in both the kitchen cabinetry and furniture manufacturing industries.

Mark is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering/FMM.

Tom Samanic

Tom Samanic
Chief Commercial Officer

Tom is the Chief Commercial Officer of Cabinetworks Group. Prior to Cabinetworks, Tom served as the Chief Commercial Officer for acpi. Tom has nearly 30 years of experience in the building products industry, most recently as President of Elkay Wood Products, which was acquired by acpi in 2019. Prior to leading Elkay’s cabinet business, Tom was President of Elkay U.S. & Canada and held several other executive roles at Elkay in sales, marketing, product management, and general management. Tom began his career at Caterpillar.

Tom holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Champaign and a Masters of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.

Mike Franklin

Mike Franklin
Chief Information Officer

Mike is the Chief Information Officer of Cabinetworks Group. Prior to Cabinetworks, Mike served as Chief Information Officer for acpi. Mike has over 18 years of experience in the building products industry and over 24 years of experience spanning building products, technology and the defense industry. Prior to acpi, Mike held several executive level roles at American Gypsum in IT, marketing, logistics and customer service, including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of IT and Customer Support. 

Mike has a BS from University of Nevada and his MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Chris Winans
Chief Integration Officer

Chris is the Chief Integration Officer of Cabinetworks Group. Previously, Chris served as the Vice President of Operations for Masco Cabinetry. Chris joined the KraftMaid brand in 1989 as a material handler within manufacturing. Since then, Chris has held a variety of responsibilities within Masco Cabinetry including supply chain, logistics, material planning, manufacturing, quality, and environmental health and safety.