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Meet Our Board – Jake Hickman

Jake Hickman is serving in his fourth year as a Venango Chamber Board Member.  Jake is a Production Manager for Emlenton-based Hickman Lumber, founded by his great-grandfather, where he has worked for 11 years.

Jake and his wife Kendall are the parents of two sons, Eli (3) and Henry (18 months). Kendall is a Title 1 Reading Specialist with the Keystone School District.

Jake enjoys the quiet lifestyle that living in Venango County affords but appreciates the proximity to the things to do in Pittsburgh and even Baltimore—a short day’s trip. Living in Emlenton means a short commute to work and the luxury of being very close to family.

Jake has been active as a member of the Golf Committee during his tenure and especially enjoys attending events where he can bring the family along.

Reflecting on his time on the Board of the Chamber, Jake says: “It has been great to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes.  I have watched the continued diversity of the board and membership, as well as the development of the current staff.  I am encouraged that we have the right people working to advance the work of the Chamber.”

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Hickmans Featured in Hardwood Floors “40 Under 40”

Jake and Jessica Hickman of Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring out of Emlenton, PA, were named two of the first ever “40 Under 40” in the Hardwood Floors Magazine.

This edition of the magazine recognized 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the wood flooring industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

Jake and Jessica were on the cover and profiled in the article.

Jake Hickman
Operations Manager, Hickman Lumber

Jake grew up working at the Hickman Lumber sawmill during the summers, starting at the bottom by stacking boards. After college, he spent a few years working in construction and traveling the country. He came back full-time to Hickman Lumber in 2008, went to lumber grading school, and committed himself to becoming the fourth generation of the Hickman family running the sawmill. He’s at the mill every day making sure the lumber is cut and dried correctly to make the high-quality material for which Hickman Lumber is known. This lumber is then used at Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring and is shipped all across the world. Jake is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and volunteers to organize the local summer festival in town.

Jessica Hickman Fresch
Marketing Director, Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring

Jessica returned to the family business in 2012 to help with the sales and marketing at Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring. Her first year, she spent time in the woods with the foresters, at the sawmill, and in the flooring plant, to gain a solid understanding of the whole process from the forest to the floor. She updated the company website, wrote blogs, and advanced social media with the intention of educating the consumers so they can understand the importance of purchasing a quality product. Jessica has been working with the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance on an educational event that demonstrates how lumber is harvested, cut, and dried, followed by a tour of the flooring plant. She is currently the president of Pittsburgh East Rotary Club, which provides and cooks food at a shelter once a month as well as raises money for local and international causes. She’s also the inbound co-chair for the Rotary Youth Exchange and helps with international students studying in Pittsburgh.


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