Volume 11, Issue 3 - May/June 2009

industry insiders
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Guardian Names New Board of Directors
A team put together prior to his death by the late William Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Guardian Industries, met in early April to create a five-member Board of Directors for the company. Those selected are as follows:
Russell J. Ebeid, president, Guardian Glass Group; 
Duane Faulkner, president, Guardian Building Products Group; 
Robert Gorlin, vice president, Guardian Industries; 
Jeffrey Knight, chief financial officer, Guardian Industries; and 
Peter Walters, group vice president, Guardian Industries. 

The new board elected Ebeid as its chairperson and reaffirmed the appointment of the four presidents of Guardian’s operating business groups. These are Ebeid; Faulkner; James Davis, president of Guardian Automotive Glass Group; and Kevin Baird, president of SRG Global, a Guardian company that manufactures automotive trim. The executives will continue to exercise day-to-day operational responsibilities in their respective groups, reporting to the board of directors, which has responsibility for setting overall direction and overseeing the ongoing operation of the company, according to a statement from Guardian.

Davidson passed away on March 13 (see related story in Spring 2009 AGRR Extra, page 29).

C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. Announces Four Promotions
C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has promoted four within the company. 

Tina Olivares has been promoted to manager of the customer services department. Prior to this promotion, she served as online support manager. Olivares has been with CRL for 17 years, and has more than 21 years of experience in the glass industry. 

Yolanda Cabadas has been named manager of CRL’s online support department. Most recently, Cabadas served as assistant to the online support manager. She has been with CRL for 10 years, and has held positions in both sales and customer service. 

Joe Finamore has been appointed purchasing agent for international purchasing. Finamore has worked in CRL’s purchasing department in several areas, including manufacturing and Canadian vendor accounts. He’s been with CRL for nearly four years. 

Francisco Ruelas is now the assistant branch manager of CRL’s branch in Elgin, Ill. Ruelas has been with the company for five years, and has extensive experience in the warehouse and with customer service and order entry. 

Dick Inman Receives Len Stolk Award
Richard D. (Dick) Inman recently received the 2008 Len Stolk Memorial Special Achievement Award from the National Glass Association during its recent auto glass conference.

Inman started his career with Harmon Glass and was promoted to ultimately serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer during his 18 years there. He and his family moved to Seattle in 1993 when he became executive vice president for Trans America Glass and was instrumental in the acquisition of Novus Windshield Repair by TAG. He remained in Seattle until retiring and moving to Florida where he began his second act. He now owns and operates Bob’s Glass in Longwood, Fla.

He was the first president of the Florida Glass Dealers Association and served on the association’s board of directors from 1980 to 1988. He has also chaired a varied of committees there.

The award is named after Stolk, Carlite’s education and training manager in the 1990s, who died suddenly of a serious illness at a relatively young age earlier this decade.

Belron Hires New VP, Promotes Several
Belron US has added a new senior vice president, Steve Miggo, and has promoted several of its employees. Miggo will serve as senior vice president of human resources and leadership development. Jenny Cain has been promoted to director of communications, Shawn McClain has been promoted to group warehouse manager and Eric Poderys to general manager.

In addition, Safelite Solutions, the claims administration division of Belron US, has promoted Mark Hatfield, an area sales manager for Safelite Solutions in Fredericksburg, Va., and Bev Rook, a regional sales manager based in Kansas City, Mo., to national account managers. 

Miggo joins Belron US from Limited Brands, where he served for the last three years as associate vice president of human resources. 

Cain, who joined Safelite in 1999, will supervise both the company’s internal communications and external public relations activities. She previously served as internal communications specialist where she was responsible for benefits communications, associate recognition and company-wide leadership meetings.

McClain previously worked as general manager in Columbus, Ohio. In his new position as group warehouse manager, McClain will focus on adding four new warehouses to the company’s operations in the northeastern part of the country. McClain also will assume operational responsibility for a to-be-determined number of warehouses in the Northeast.

Poderys began working for Safelite as a store manager in Columbus in 1990 and then left the company to work for Diamond Triumph Glass. When Belron US acquired Diamond Glass earlier this year, Poderys became an area operations manager.

Hatfield and Rook will be responsible for developing new accounts and building relationships with insurance companies that have existing vehicle glass programs with Safelite Solutions. Hatfield will be responsible for the eastern United States while Rook will handle the western United States.

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