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March/April 2002

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Essex ARG Appoints Eastern Sales Manager
Essex ARG, which is based in Dayton, Ohio, has appointed Denny Noreikas to the position of eastern sales manager for the company. In this new role, he will be responsible for all aftermarket replacement glazing sales management and related activities in the states east of the Mississippi River, as well as the eastern provinces of Canada. He will be based in Centerville, Ohio.

Noreikas joins Essex ARG from Technicote Inc., an adhesives manufacturer.

Sika Adds Puckett to Ranks
Sika Automotive of Madison Heights, Mich., has named Richard H. Puckett senior account representative for automotive sales. In his new position, Puckett will have primary responsibility as Sika's representative to GM Truck engineers and plants. He will report to Jack Martin, director of automotive sales, GM and Tier II.

ABRA Appoints Read; Promotes Wojciechowski
Minneapolis-based ABRA Auto Body & Glass has made several changes recently. It has added the position of national real estate project manager and has made several promotions within its sales management department.

The company appointed Mark Read national real estate project manager. Read will work with the corporate development team on repair center prototype development, construction management and lease portfolio administration.

In addition, ABRA has promoted Martin Wojciechowski to national director of industry relations. In this position, he will establish and maintain business relationships between ABRA and national insurance executives. 

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Diamond Triumph Promotes Both Harris and Sumsky
Diamond Triumph Auto Glass Inc. of Kingston, Pa., has appointed Norman Harris as chief executive officer and Michael Sumsky as president. Previously, Harris served as vice president and Sumsky served as chief financial officer—a position he will retain as he serves as president.

Ken Levine and Richard Rutta, whose grandfather, Sam, founded the company, will remain co-chairpeople of Diamond Triumph.

Levine announced the appointments on Monday. "Norm Harris has been an instrumental part of Diamond Triumph's growth during his nine-year tenure with the company. During this period, Diamond Triumph has grown from a regional automotive glass replacement company to a national player with service center operations in 43 states," he said. "Norm has been a key participant in the automotive glass industry for 25 years … We are confident that Norm will continue to provide vision and leadership to the company in his expanded role."
    Norm Harris

Likewise, Levine said Sumsky has helped head the company's expansion into broader markets as well. "Mike Sumsky joined the company in 1995 as our chief financial officer and had an immediate impact in the development of the infrastructure and platforms to support and accelerate the company's expansion," Levine said. "Mike's professionalism and diverse background have been key influences in helping the company maintain its entrepreneurial spirit and personal approaching during its transition to a national company."           



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