Volume 8, Issue 2 - February 2007
Ones to Watch
people in the news
Kevin E. Gray Named Rubber Industry Executive of the Year
Edgetech I.G. of Cambridge, Ohio, announced that its founding president, Kevin E. Gray, who is chief executive officer (CEO) of Lauren International, Edgetech’s parent company, has been named the Rubber and Plastics News 2006 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year.
Nomination criteria includes leaders who make their company standout in the industry, achieve financial or other strategic goals and foster an effective workplace environment that gets employees involved and productive.
At only 45 years old, Gray has led an accomplished career. A loyal employee of Lauren, Gray has served the company for more than 23 years including its subsidiaries: Lauren Manufacturing, Edgetech I.G. Inc., Lauren Mixing LLC, Lauren AgriSystems, Lauren Composites and Lauren Dairy. Prior to his role as CEO of Lauren International, Gray served as chief operating officer and president of Lauren Manufacturing and as president of Edgetech I.G.
WDMA Appoints Director of Marketing
John M. Prentice has been appointed director of marketing services for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) based in Des Plaines, Ill. Prentice is tasked with directing both external and internal marketing activities for the organization.
Prentice comes to WDMA from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute in Schaumburg, Ill., where he served as director of marketing. Previous to that, he was the president and general manager of a Chicago-area construction steel fabricator.
Prentice holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s degree in business administration from Regis University.
PGT Appoints New Leaders
PGT Industries of Venice, Fla., has appointed Mary Kotler as the company’s vice president of supply chain. Kotler brings more than 20 years manufacturing experience with Siemens, Rolls-Royce and Alcatel Canada Inc.
Reporting to executive vice president Herman Moore, Kotler will direct the entire supply chain process including customer service, materials management, production control and transportation for the company’s two manufacturing facilities in Venice, Fla., and Salisbury, N.C.