Volume 13, Issue 5 - September/October 2011

industry insiders
people in the news

Moore Named VP, Operations, for Safelite’s Eastern U.S. Region
Safelite AutoGlass has hired Doug Moore as vice president of operations for the eastern United States, effective July 18, 2011.

This is a newly created position, and Garth Beck, who previously served as company-wide vice president of operations, will now oversee the western United States. Both will share responsibility for leading the company’s field operations team while managing the company’s operational performance.

Moore has more than 25 years of experience with companies that include Sears, Lumber Liquidators and Circuit City. He is based in Virginia.

In addition to these changes, the company has named Joe Black as the new general manager for the Austin, Texas, market. He succeeded Steve Short, who retired in August after more than 30 years in the position.

Black has been with the company for 14 years, having started as a driver. Most recently he served as general manager in Jackson, Miss.

Key Communications Hires Sahely Mukerji
Key Communications Inc., publisher of AGRR™ magazine, has hired Sahely Mukerji to join its staff. She will serve as an assistant editor of AGRR’s sister publication, USGlass, and editor of Key's fastest growing publication, Solar Glazing as well as editor of www.USGNN.com™, USGlass’s daily electronic newsletter.

Mukerji worked at Glass magazine from July 2004 to April 2011. Prior to that, she worked as the associate editor for ASCE News in Reston, Va., a publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has been working as a journalist since 1991, in both the United States and her native India. She has extensive newspaper experience, including stints at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, Md., a publication of The Washington Post Co.; and the Valley News Dispatch in Pittsburgh, a Gannett publication, among others.

Mukerji has won awards from the Virginia Press Association, Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association, and Trade Association Business Publications International awards.

“It has been gratifying over the years to see how all the industry’s best writers and editors end up with AGRR™ magazine and its sister publications,” says Debra Levy, president of Key Communications and publisher of AGRR. “We are looking forward to having Sahely as part of our team.”

Auto Windscreens’ Fleet Manager Rewarded for Act of Bravery
United Kingdom-based Auto Windscreens’ fleet manager Andy Gray recently was recognized for his bravery in saving a drowning man from death. The incident occurred in the River Rother at Somersall Park, Chesterfield, in April 2010.

Gray was recognized by the Derbyshire Police during a recent awards ceremony and was presented a Royal Humane Society award.
Gray and his wife were walking through the park when they saw someone pointing to a man laying face down in the river.

“We swam into the river and dragged him up the river bank whilst my wife called the emergency services,” says Gray. “It was evident that the man was not breathing, his face was blue and covered in mud. We turned him on his back, cleared his airways and administered chest compressions. Eventually there was a gurgle and a splutter and the man started to breathe. We put him in the recovery position and kept him conscious until the emergency services arrived.”

The man was taken to a hospital and released a few days later.

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