Volume 13, Issue 3 - May-June 2011

industry insiders
people in the news

ABRA Names Jim Richardson Vice President of Auto Glass Division
ABRA Auto Body and Glass has hired Jim Richardson to serve as vice president of ABRA Glass.

R ichardson most recently was employed with PPG Industries, where he held a variety of positions, including director of sales, director of alliance programs and business development, and most recently, segment manager in PPG’s architectural coatings division. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, revenue contribution, and resource utilization management.

Prior to his work with PPG, Richardson also spent nine years with Harmon Glass.

GlasWeld Promotes Schuepbach to Director of Operations
GlasWeld has promoted Seth Schuepbach to director of operations. Schuepbach previously served as business development manager for the company with an emphasis in the automotive, fleet and transportation markets.

As director of operations, Schuepbach will focus on developing relationships with suppliers as well as streamlining and improving production processes, quality control and inventory and warehouse operations.

Schuepbach has worked previously in diagnostics and manufacturing engineering for Planar Systems, owned his own flooring and commercial restoration business, and has spent time in a manufacturing environment as a production manager for Jeld-Wen.

Wood’s Powr-Grip® Welcomes New Technical Sales Representative
Wood’s Powr-Grip has hired Holly Anderson as its new technical sales representative. Anderson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Montana State University at Billings, comes to Wood’s Powr-Grip with a diverse background in marketing, advertising and sales, according to the company.

National Mobile Windscreens Appoints Lomas Managing Director
United Kingdom-based National Mobile Windscreens has appointed Phil Lomas to the position of managing director. Lomas joined the company in 1979 and previously served as director and general manager.

Safelite Southeast Regional Sales Manager Joe Pender Passes Away
Joe Pender, who served as Southeast regional sales manager for Safelite, passed away on Monday, March 7, after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Pender is a long-time industry veteran, having started his career with Pilkington in 1970. He retired in 2001, and then joined Safelite.

Pender is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sheryl, and two daughters, Candace and Whitney.

Industry Veteran David Burns Joins IGA Board
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) has a new board member, David Burns, co-owner of Ray Sands Glass in Rochester, N.Y.

Burns has more than 28 years’ experience in the auto industry and was a founding member of the New York State Glass Association. He has served as both of president and vice president of the group in the past. In addition, he has served on the LYNX Participation Council for the Northeast and was an original member of PPG ProStars and past member of the ProStars operating committee, according to a release from IGA.

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HSG|CodeBlue has named Monica M. Miller to the position of national sales director and Brett Turner to the role of public relations manager.

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