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September/October 2002

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PPG Auto Glassís Ricci Leaves Company

Jim Ricci, director of marketing for PPG Auto Glass, has left the company, effective July 10. Company spokesperson Jeff Worden was uncertain of his future plans and Ricci could not be reached for comment.

Ricci, 48, joined PPG in 1976 in Davenport, Iowa, and was customer service manager for architectural glass products in Chicago, where he moved to the auto glass replacement business as truckload sales representative. He then became manager of best-demonstrated practices and then Chicago market manager. Ricci is a native of LaSalle, Ill., and a graduate of Augustana College with an MBA from Lewis University. He relocated to Pittsburgh when PPG Auto Glass was created in July 2000.

Greenhalghs Retire from Auto Glass Specialists
Jo Greenhalgh, vice president of interiors, and Tom Greenhalgh, executive vice president of administration for Madison, Wis.-based Auto Glass Specialists, have retired from their positions at the company. Jo is the daughter of Bette and Robert Birkhauser Sr., the founders of the company, and has been with the company for 30 years. Her husband Tom has been with the company for 29 years.

Both will continue to hold their positions on the companyís board of directors.


Castleberry Joins Essex/ARG
Bill Castleberry
is the new western sales manager for Dow Automotive/Essex ARG. Castleberry previously served as sales manager for Burco Mirrors, and before that, he was sales manager for Adco Products. Castleberry is responsible for automotive replacement glazing product sales, service, sales development and supervision in his new position.


Apogee Names Deckman President of Harmon AutoGlass   

 Minneapolis-based Apogee Enterprises, Inc. has announced that Joseph T. Deckman, Apogee executive vice president, has been named president of its Harmon AutoGlass business. He replaces Robert E. Munzenrider, who resigned to pursue other interests.

Deckman joined Apogee in 1995 as president of the Apogee Wausau group, which included Wausau Window and Wall Systems and Linetec. In 1997, he was named head of the building products and services segment, and in 1999 became executive vice president, a title he will continue to hold.

Deckman has had responsibility for Harmon AutoGlass since becoming executive vice president, and temporarily served as its president in 1999 and 2000. Prior to joining Apogee, Deckman was vice president and general manager of several business units of Master Builders Inc.


Parker Adam Born to Chris and Roxi Grahn
Chris Grahn
of Novus Autostock International, and his wife, Roxi, recently welcomed the addition of a son, Parker Adam, to their family on February 13, 2002. Parker, the Grahnsí first child, weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long at birth.




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