Beginning as a four-person woodworking company in 1991, Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild has grown to be a premier provider of fine interior woodwork and finishes preferred by the most distinguished homeowners, architects, interior designers, builders, and general contractors for residences in the most exclusive communities across the country. Today, with a team of more than 70 talented and passionate artisans and support staff—sharing centuries of combined experience—Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild transforms interiors with the finest quality cabinetry, architectural millwork, and professional finishes. In addition, we create one-of-a-kind furniture masterpieces that transcend time and trend, and are sure to become the treasures of future generations.
As a reflection of our core values, Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild embodies a true “shoulder-to-shoulder” work ethic where each department works collaboratively to evolve a project from the earliest sketches of an idea to the finishing touches on a final installed product. From design engineers who transform concepts into shop drawings, to cabinetmakers, artisans, and master finishers who bring these drawings to life, to installers who turn finished products into showcases, each team member is committed to providing monumental quality products and white glove customer service. This confluence of quality and service makes each project truly extraordinary and defines the Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild experience.
In addition to holding ourselves to the highest standards of our trade, our company also holds itself to the highest standards of civic responsibility. Each member of our team is encouraged to give back to the community in a myriad of ways. We mentor and encourage local youth, offering programs at their schools and in our own facilities, with the goal of providing positive role models and experiences, and also with the hope of inspiring the next generation of woodworkers and artisans. Our company recognizes the importance of reaching out to our community and embraces the opportunity to help meet the needs of the less fortunate.
Based in Naples, Florida, Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild operates its old world trade within a 42,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility which houses design, engineering, manufacturing and finishing departments, as well as administrative offices and showrooms. We pride ourselves on our clean and safe workplace and encourage current and potential clients to tour our facility at any time.
While Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild continues to evolve in order to consistently exceed client needs and expectations, one thing remains consistent: our commitment to “nothing less than monumental” in each and every endeavor, for each and every client.
Tom Riley founded Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild in 1991, combining his management skills, knowledge of the woodworking industry, and high standards for client service. He developed and maintains a clear mission and vision for the company by upholding his expectations for nothing less than monumental quality craftsmanship and white glove customer service.
Tom takes pride not only in the products and services provided by his company, but also in the character and integrity of each and every employee in the organization. Building the company on the basic values of love and kindness, fairness and honesty, and incorporating a shoulder-to-shoulder work ethic, Tom has created a unique company culture and positive work environment.
Matt Riley began his career in the fine woodworking industry at an early age—working in the family’s furniture refinishing business—and continued through college where he furthered his knowledge of the architectural design industry working in an ornamental iron shop. After earning his business degree and working in the industry for several years, Matt returned to his roots at Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild in 2003.
Matt works closely with clients and their design and build teams to develop new projects and to determine how Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild can be of most benefit and value to the project. Matt also oversees estimating and contract administration.
In 2016, our 25th year, Matt has officially been handed the torch from his father, Tom, as Chief Executive Officer. He is passionate about ensuring that every aspect of a client’s experience with Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild be unparalleled.
As President and COO, Ben Riley oversees all company finances, administrative operations, and work-flow processes. Ben graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. This expertise, along with his extensive knowledge of materials science and custom woodworking, as well as the principles of lean manufacturing and computer hardware, software, and technology integration, make him an invaluable asset to the company.
Ben maintains the company’s Management Information System, confirming that vital information is accurately recorded and shared among departments. Ben also ensures that each project is tracked in real time and provides detailed performance and accounting reports to all team members.
Ben’s dedication to constant improvement has helped Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild significantly perfect its processes and quality, while maintaining financial sustainability and healthy relationships with clients, vendors and banking partners.
As a second generation master cabinetmaker with over 30 years of experience in the woodworking business, Doug Poe brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership, and heart to Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild. The organizational and project management skills he acquired while running his own custom cabinetry business for 15 years are utilized daily in his position as VP of Production and Operations. Doug’s foremost responsibilities include engineering and production scheduling in addition to quality control. He oversees workflow and inspects each project regularly to ensure every product is monumental and delivered on time. Doug has helped Tom Riley realize his vision for a company with an unrivaled reputation for quality and service.
Although new to the Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild team in 2016, Scott has been a close ally for many years. He successfully owned and operated a respected fine finishing company for over 28 years prior to coming aboard as Director of Finishing Operations in 2016. Scott uses the skill, experience, and organizational awareness he learned from his own business to maintain a world-class finishing operation at Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild.
In addition to an extremely high skill level, Scott and our finish team’s “whatever it takes” attitude and constant striving for improvement are key elements to the impressive quality of our finishes and overall success of our finishing division.
Scott is the successor to Paul Francioli, who successfully led our finishing team for nearly 25 years.
Well executed installation is as critical as the fabrication and finishing processes. As Director of Field Operations, Rick oversees all facets of delivery and installation, from initial field visits and measuring on the front end of a project, to delivery and installation scheduling and quality control.
As a master craftsman and installer himself, Rick is a natural leader and sounding board for all things field related. His ability to identify potential issues before they arise is a key component of his success and contribution to the Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild mission.
WORKING WITH US
We provide you with a convenient, turnkey experience by overseeing and executing all facets of your project including: design and engineering, manufacturing, finish application, and professional installation. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our artisans and be appointed a project manager to oversee every detail, keep you apprised along the way, and promptly respond to your requests and inquiries. We take great pride not only in our craftsmanship but also in our white glove customer care, and we promise you an unparalleled experience, every step of the way.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND ESTIMATING
Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild is fortunate to be selected for a handful of premier residential projects each year and we are expected to uphold our mission of monumental quality and white glove service. Once we have met with you to determine if we would be good fit, we then estimate the cost for our participation. We first create a detailed, itemized scope of work based on interior design drawings and specifications, then we estimate the price for each item based on our experience and historical data. The more detailed information we receive, the more accurate and timely pricing we provide.
Every project, whether an entire house millwork package or a small table repair, gets assigned a project manager. Our project management team is comprised of highly detailed and experienced millwork professionals with decades of experience in luxury residential construction and fine woodworking. Your project manager will oversee the job from kick-off to completion and perform tasks such as field measuring, shop drawing review, quality inspections, scheduling, and final punch.
ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
Before cutting the first piece of wood, every detail must be worked out, leaving nothing to chance. We do this in the form of detailed shop drawings which are our road maps to success on each project. Our experienced engineering and drafting team works meticulously to create comprehensive drawings that clearly communicate field conditions, design details, fabrication details, material selections, finish selections, hardware schedules, and any components, such as glass, metal, etc., that are related to our scope of work.
In addition, we are often called on to help with cabinetry and millwork design and detailing. In keeping with the interior designer’s vision, we are happy to provide basic sketches, comprehensive cabinetry and millwork design drawings, or even full-color meticulous renderings.
MATERIAL RESOURCES AND PROCUREMENT
For 25 years, we have established strong relationships with the premier providers of the raw materials required to create monumental quality finished products. We are hands on in the selection of all materials required for a project, seen and unseen, from furniture grade plywood substrates and glues, to hand-selected exotic hardwoods and veneers, to automotive quality finishing products, to fabric-lined drawer inserts and kitchen drawer inserts.
At our core we are a woodworking company. That being said, as full service professionals, we provide the highest level of coordination and convenience on each of our projects. This requires the seamless coordination of all materials that integrate with our wood cabinetry and millwork such as metal work, glass, mirror, stone, acrylic, leather, etc. by our extremely organized procurement team.
To step into the workshop at Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild is to be welcomed to a world of master craftsmanship. Exotic hardwoods are carefully handcrafted into exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, fine cabinetry and architectural details. Intricate hand carving, lathe turning, hand-stitched veneering and complicated curved work are all executed by the hands of some of the world’s finest, most passionate artisans.
Our experienced team of master cabinetmakers and furniture makers come from diverse backgrounds but have one thing in common; a dedication to building the finest quality products possible. This skill and dedication, combined with premium materials and use of the most precise tools and machinery available, yield nothing less than monumental results.
Our roots are in fine finishing. Prior to launching Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild as a full-service woodworking company, Tom Riley partnered in a furniture and antique restoration and refinishing company that taught him and his sons the finishing trade and sparked a passion for fine craftsmanship.
To this day, our production and artistic finishes help us stand apart from others in our industry. From old-world hand applied finishes such as French polish, ceruse, glazing and waxing to modern finishes and materials including automotive polished high gloss and polyester finishes, our finishing team is exceptional.
Whether finishing newly fabricated products or refinishing an entire existing room, our versatile team of talented finishers and artists are capable of creating true masterpieces.
Once a project is finished, inspected, and deemed ready for installation each piece is carefully wrapped, labeled, and transported to the climate controlled jobsite. On location, our dedicated installation team reviews all components in preparation for the final phase of the project, a white glove installation. Our installers are highly-skilled craftsman, many of which are cabinetmakers themselves, fully equipped to carefully execute a flawless installation. They have been selected, not only for their skill, but for having the temperament required to perform their work in conjunction with other trades and to represent Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild with kindness and professionalism at all times.