July/August  2001

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Former Windshield-Maker Meets Victory with Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche took home the Stanley Cup on June 9, when it conquered the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in Game 7 of the series with the help of its head coach, Bob Hartley, who once manufactured windshields at a PPG plant in Hawkesbury, Ontario. Although Hartley has spent two seasons with the team, the team has lost Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in both of these, keeping the former windshield-maker from entering the Stanley Cup finals until this year.

Despite the closeness of his last two attempts at making it to the series and the struggle he must endure daily, working with such a trying sport, Hartley said he is pleased with how far he has made it.

“There is lots of traveling and everything,” he said, “but it sure beats working in a windshield plant.”

Cindy Minon Weds VP of Matria

Cindy Minon, owner of JC’s Glass in Phoenix and the chairperson for the Auto Glass Recommended Safety Standards Committee, married Dan Ketcherside, vice president of Atlanta-based Matria, on Saturday, April 21. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Southern France and Italy. They will reside in Phoenix.

Former Guardian Employee Founds Glass Consulting Company

Steven Adelson, former director of aftermarket sales and distribution for Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries, has founded his own auto glass consulting company, Sounding Board Consultants Ltd., based in Naperville, Ill.

In his position at Guardian, Adelson says he was responsible for the transfer of replacement windshields from six Guardian aftermarket fabricating plants to glass shops and has a great deal of experience in working with sales managers and business development teams.

“As an industry professional, I bring to the table my years of trade acumen and experience,” writes Adelson in a letter addressed to automotive glass aftermarket professionals. “As a seasoned glass veteran, I have earned the respect of both customers and competitors, and have created many strong relationships within the industry that will benefit my clients.”

Mitchell International Names President and CEO as Chairman of the Board
James LinderSan Diego-based Mitchell International, the parent company of National Auto Glass Specifications International (NAGS) has appointed its president and chief executive officer (CEO), James Lindner, to the additional position of the chairperson of the board. Joseph Niehaus, managing director of Hellman & Friedman LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that acquired Mitchell last year, made the announcement.

“As we pass the one-year milestone of the acquisition of Mitchell International by Hellman & Friedman, the board of directors has unanimously agreed that it is in the best near-term and long-range interests of Mitchell International to appoint Jim as the chairman of the board, in addition to retaining the CEO and president responsibilities,” he said.

Lindner joined the company as president and CEO in 1997. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Attachmate, a computing company.

Safelite Appoints Senior VP for Information Systems and Technology
Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite Corp. has appointed Dilu Juvarkar as senior vice president for information systems and technology. She has held a number of related information technology positions for such companies as The Limited Inc., Bath & Body Works, Lane Bryant and F.W. Woolworth Co. At Safelite, Juvarkar will work on the company’s point of sale and warehouse inventory systems, along with its initiatives in the areas of e-commerce and e-claims.

Juvarkar replaces Jim West, who resigned from the company in March.

Sika Industry Makes Array of Appointments
Sika Industry of Madison Heights, Mich., has made several recent appointments: Bruce Carriere, vice president; William E. Loven, senior vice president for the industry division; Scott Henry, director of product engineering for the industry division; and George Sivy, technical service manager for the industry division. 

In his new role as vice president, Carriere will be responsible for the Sika Industry transportation and marine OEM business unit in the United States. He has been with the company since 1996, when he started as territory manager. In 1998, he was promoted to area manager for the Southeastern United States, covering the markets of auto glass replacement, transportation and marine. “Bruce will take his experience and create a roadmap for success in the transportation and marine OEM markets,” described fellow recent appointee Loven. “He will introduce new technology and processes into the marketplace, which will result in increased durability and simplification of assemblies.” 

In his own new position as senior vice president for the industry division, Loven will be responsible for his division’s operations throughout the United States. Before coming to Sika, Loven served as general manager of ITW Plexus for five years. He originally began his career with Henkel, where he spent 17 years, holding a variety of positions in sales, marketing and technical services.

“Sika already has a highly-regarded brand name and is the leading supplier of polyurethane adhesives and sealants in many sectors,” Loven said. “Our strategy is to introduce revolutionary new technology that simplifies assembly and provides better long-term durability in bonding and sealing applications for transportation, marine and recreational vehicle industries.”

As director of product engineering for the industry division, Henry will be responsible for technical service and product commercialization serving transportation, industrial and auto glass replacement markets for the company in the United States. He has been with Sika since 1997, when he joined as a product engineer. Previously, he held various technical positions in BFGoodrich’s Tremco Division.

Sivy’s new duties as technical service manager will entail joint studies with customers, product testing and laboratory capability. He has more than 15 years of industrial experience with adhesives, including research and development and a background in consulting.

NHTSA Nears Appointment of New Director
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) could soon have a new director, Jeffrey Runge, the assistant chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., according to a June 9 article in The Washington Post, which cites him as one of President Bush’s current top choices for the position. 

Runge has been in his current position since 1986. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and director of the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention and Control. According to the article, Runge is an expert in the study and treatment of alcohol and impaired driving, the epidemiology of vehicle crashes and the prevention of motor vehicle injuries.

Runge’s hospital has the busiest trauma center in North Carolina and treats more than 30,000 injuries annually, according to the Post.

PPG Makes PROSTARS AppointmentsJohn Sgro
Douglas HeylingerPittsburgh-based PPG Industries has named two regional senior account managers for PPG PROSTARS, Douglas J. Heyliger and John Sgro. Heyliger will cover the Central United States and will be based in Colorado Springs. Colo., while Sgro will cover the Eastern region from Atlantic Beach, Fla. In their new positions, Heyliger and Sgro will secure automotive insurance and fleet business, and direct marketing in support of PPG PROSTARS auto replacement glass retailers in their respective regions. 

‘Captain Carlite’ Passes Away

Al Girard, known as a pioneer of auto glass to many in the industry, died on April 7, 2001. Girard is most well-known for helping found Carlite Auto Glass Training School in Dearborn, Mich.

Often referred to as “Captain Carlite” for his strong presence in the industry and his contributions to increasing the focus on auto glass safety and training, those who knew Girard say he will be greatly missed.

“He left us a better-trained and a more professional industry,” said Jon Dwyer, general manager of Syracuse Glass Co. in Syracuse, N.Y. “He was really a pioneer in that whole effort.”


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