May/June  2001

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Syfko Joins Glass Medic America

Paul Syfko has joined Glass Medic America of Columbus, Ohio, as operations manager. Previously, Syfko worked in Columbus-based Safelite Corp.’s product development and training for the company’s repair medic program, and before that, he served as director of research and development for Minneapolis-based Novus Windshield Repair Inc.

“I am looking forward to dealing directly with Glass Medic’s customers and using my skills and experience to their benefit,” said Syfko, excited about the new position. “Although the Glass Medic customer base is at its lowest level in ten years, the brand remains strong and this new role represents an exciting challenge for me in rebuilding the business.” (See Syfko’s feature on resins.)

Two VPs Leave Safelite
Jim West, senior vice president of information systems, and Paul Gross, regional vice president of North-Central Operations for Columbus, Ohio-based Safelite Glass Corp., have resigned from the company.

Both completed their time with the company during the week of March 26. Safelite spokesperson Dee Uttermohlen said she was uncertain of either West’s or Gross’s plans for the future. 

Uttermohlen added that she does not know who will fill the positions at this time. “As is the case when any person in a management position leaves Safelite, we will go through our normal succession process before we fill the positions,” she said.

Harmon COO Takes Early Retirement

Gary Jacobsen, chief operating officer for Harmon Autoglass, has resigned, effective March 13. The Minneapolis-based company recently announced his early retirement.

According to Mary Ann Jackson, director of corporate communications for Apogee, Jacobsen’s future plans are unknown at this point. However, she added that Bob Munzenrider, president of Harmon, currently does not have plans to replace him.

“Regarding whether he’s going to be replaced, Bob Munzenrider does not intend to at this time,” Jackson said. “He has the field organization reporting directly to him. He feels that by doing this, he’s creating more of a team in the organization and a team that also brings him closer to the field.” 

Pilkington Names Stephen Rudd New President, AGR North America; 
Jim Ceparski Named General Manager

Stephen L. Rudd has been appointed to the position of president of Pilkington’s Auto Glass Replacement (AGR) North America. In his new post, Rudd is located in Columbus, Ohio and reports to Warren Knowlton, president of Automotive Worldwide.
Rudd has been with Pilkington since 1989, and joined AGR in 1997. He has held positions of director, OE automotive marketing; general manager, BP residential products division; and vice president, OE sales marketing and product engineering. 

In addition to Rudd’s appointment, Rick Frampton has been appointed to the position of vice president for wholesale distribution, AGR, and Jim Ceparski has been promoted to the position of general manager for truckload distribution, AGR. In his new position, Frampton will oversee all aspects of the Pilkington North America wholesale distribution business including sales, operations, marketing and oversight of the distribution center in Columbus, Ohio. Likewise, Ceparski will assume overall accountability for the AGR truckload distribution business including customer contracts, national account marketing, price and product offering and technical support. Both will report directly to Rudd.


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