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September/October  2004

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Dow Automotive Announces Personnel Changes
Dan Riggle, vice president, general manager and AGR global business director at Essex, is retired after 28 years in the business.

Riggle began his career with PTI and remained with the industry through PTI’s marketing agreement with Essex, which was acquired by Dow in 1992. 

“It’s time to turn the reigns over to the younger group,” he said in a telephone interview from his office. 

No one replacement has been named for Riggle. Under Dow’s reorganization it is shifting toward matrix management; each segment of Riggle’s job will be divided up and handled separately.

Riggle’s retirement plans include traveling, fly-fishing “and playing with my dog” he said.

Rick Endsley has been promoted to market development manager for the aftermarket and bus, truck and rail segment of Dow Automotive. 

Phil Jentoft has also been promoted; he is now serving as product marketing manager. 

Joel Timmons was recently named sales director for Dow Automotive Aftermarket. 

Glass Doctor® Hires Smale 
Tim Smale, former CEO of the Independent Glass Association (IGA), has been hired as the director 
of business development at Glass Doctor, the company has announced in a press release.

"Tim will be an incredible asset to the Glass Doctor team," said Robert Tunmire, president of Glass Doctor. "He brings a wealth of experience in the glass industry with him, and he has a keen sense of where Glass Doctor is headed."

Smale recently resigned from the IGA after 5 1/2 years as CEO. 

Prior to the IGA, Smale was director of sales and then promoted to q uality improvement manager for Pilkington.

In other company news, The Dwyer Group of Waco, Texas, has announced the hiring of Steve LaCroix, J.D., as its new assistant general counsel. LaCroix has more than 20 years of experience as in-house counsel for public and private corporations. Previously he served as senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at Snelling and Snelling. He also served as associate counsel for Spherion Corp.

ABRA Reorganizes Management 
ABRA Auto Body & Glass, a national damaged vehicle repair company based in Minneapolis, announced today the reorganization of its executive management team.

Effective September 1, Tim Adelmann, ABRA's current chief operating officer (COO), will assume the role of Executive Vice President of Client Services. In this new position, Adelmann will work strategically and operationally with ABRA's clients to deliver industry-leading results to our insurance partners." 

Replacing Adelmann as ABRA's COO is Glenn E. Mahoney, who joined ABRA on July 20. Mahoney comes to ABRA after a career with Sears Automotive Group. He joined Sears in 1997 as a Regional Manager as a result of the acquisition of Western Auto. Most recently, he was director of operations and administration where he oversaw the operations, administrative strategy, and leadership of 830 Sears Auto Centers. 

Mahoney, his wife and three daughters will be relocating from Chicago to the Minneapolis area.

PPG Undergoes Personnel Changes
Jeffrey Blum has been named director of the automotive aftermarket alliance at PPG. Mary Ann McCollough is now director of marketing for the automotive aftermarket group. Other members of the marketing team are Laurie Cochran, event marketing manager and Marce Mizerak, PPG ProStars marketing manager, as well as Elizabeth Vanderweide, LYNX Services/Aquapel marketing manager, replacing Christine Hasenfus who has left the company.

Steve Zweig, director of PPG ProStars, replaces Paul Rice, who has also left the company. Paul Recrosio has moved to the position of Aquapel business manager from business manager of Glaxis, which is now handled by Mike Jones.

Sartomer Announces Promotions, New Hire
Sartomer Company, part of ATOFINA, the chemical branch of TOTAL, has announced that Kevin W. Rice, Christopher M. Stretch and Stephane Thion have been promoted to new sales positions, effective April 1. Sartomer also reports that Michael J. McQuade has joined the company as a technical sales representative for the mid-central region. 

Dave Beyerlein is the director of training at Glas-Weld, not director of transportation as previously reported. Glas-Weld, based in Bend, Ore. does not have its own truck fleet. 

In the July/August issue of AGRR, Windshield Pros was misidentified. The company is a replacement company that also does repairs.


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