July/August 2000

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PPG Auto Glass Announces Management Team

PPG Auto Glass L.L.C., the recent venture between PPG Industries and Apogee Enterprises (see story page 6), has formed its new management team, beginning with naming Mark J. Orcutt as president. Orcutt joined PPG in 1981 and served in various capacities before becoming director of eastern auto replacement glass sales and distribution in 1995. Oswald S. “Wiz” Wyatt has been named senior vice president for the northern region, and, Glen Hartman was named senior vice president for the central region. Wyatt has been with Apogee since 1993, most recently as executive vice president for Harmon Auto Glass sales and service. Hartman joined PPG in 1971 and became western sales and distribution director in 1995. Marc E. Talbert, formerly manager of the western region branch distribution for PPG is the new western region vice president, and H. Lee St. John, Glass Depot distribution vice president since 1998, has been named southeastern region vice president.

Other appointments include John A. Bruno, chief financial officer; Jeffrey W. Smith, director of distribution; James J. Ricci, director of marketing and business analysis; and David F. Nelson, director of materials management and purchasing.


PPG Bestows
President’s Awards

PPG Industries honored recipients of the company’s President’s Award for Technical Achievement. This year’s awards recognized the people most responsible for the development of automotive coatings and glass products that became singular business successes for PPG Industries.

Honored for their contributions to the auto base coat technology were Dennis Faler, Roxalana Martin and Gregory McCollum at the Allison Park, Pa., coatings research center; Deborah Davila and Mary Ellen Rosenberger, Cleveland coatings facility; and Walter Metzger and Manfred Wunsch, Ingersheim, Germany, coatings application research center.

Honored for their contributions to the Sungate antenna windshield technology were Mehran Arbab, the late Russell Criss, Peter Dishart, James Finley, F. Howard Gillery (retired) and Dennis O’Shaughnessy at the Harmar Township, Pa., glass technical center.

Recipients receive a cash award and plaque, and their business units also receive plaques.


Wahlin Named Collision Division Director

Mark Wahlin, director of franchising for Minneapolis-based ABRA Auto Body & Glass has been elected to a one-year term as the collision division director for the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers-Minnesota (AASP-MN).

AASP-MN is an association of more than 700 independently-owned automotive service businesses. Wahlin has been in the damaged vehicle repair industry for more than 25 years. He is also a member of AASP-MN’s legislative committee.

“I am proud to be part of AASP-MN’s board of directors, and look forward to a year of continued progress for our industry,” Wahlin said.



PPG Names Four
Account Managers

PPG Industries has named four regional senior accounts managers for PPG, its automotive replacement glass marketing alliance with retail glass shops. Carolyn Armentrout has been named western region senior account manager based in Santa Ana, Calif.; Peter Masci is senior account manager for the eastern seaboard, based in Boston; Bill Towler has been named senior account manager for the central United States and is based in Chicago; and, Jody Vlatkovich, based in Minneapolis, becomes senior account manager for the Mountain States.


Delta Kits Names
Mexico Distributor

In response to what it says is the high mail order demand from Mexico, Delta Kits Inc. of Eugene, Ore., has named Ricky Fernandez as its new distributor in Puerto Vallarta. Fernandez has a background in marketing and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Delta Kits hopes to enjoy continued growth in both Latin and South American markets as a result of this expansion.


William Berry Takes on Donnelly Companies E-Initiatives

The Donnelly Corp. of Holland Mich., has brought in William Berry as its new vice president and general manager of e-business initiatives. Berry has 25 years of information technology and manufacturing operations experience, concentrated primarily within the automotive industry.

In this newly created position, Berry will handle all of Donnelly’s e-business strategy, including electronic commerce and electronic process improvements.

“The automotive industry is rapidly changing in response to the business-to-business revolution,” said Dwane Baumgardner, Donnelly’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We expect e-business to profoundly affect every part of our business, both internally and externally … with Bill’s strong credentials and automotive experience, he will play a critical role in developing Donnelly’s e-business capabilities so we can expand and increase our competitive advantage in this age of new technology,” he added.

Previously, Berry served as the vice president of information technology at Johnson Controls Automotive Systems Group and Prince Corp.


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