Volume 15, Issue 1 - January/February 2013

industry insiders
people in the news

Sherry Stallings to Join Windshield Centers

Sherry Stallings has been appointed as national account manager for Windshield Centers. She resigned from her previous position at Binswanger Enterprises LLC in December 2012.

Safelite Appoints Three New General Managers
Safelite AutoGlass® has appointed three new managers in the California market.

In Los Angeles, William Pierce has been promoted to general manager. He succeeds Drew Carter who retired following more than 41 years with Safelite. Safelite officials credit Carter as a key player in the company's southern California expansion over the past three years which includes four Los Angeles-area shops.

Frank Primer was also recently appointed GM for the San Francisco/Oakland area after relocating from Sacramento where he previously served as GM for Safelite's Sacramento market for five years. Mandy Seeley, former warehouse supervisor and service manager for Safelite, has been promoted to fill the Sacramento GM position.

Glass Doctor Appoints New VP of Operations
Glass Doctor has named Bradley Voreis as its new vice president of operations. This came after Doug Dotson stepped down from the position (see Sept-ember/October AGRR™ magazine, page 54).

Voreis previously served as franchise consultant at Glass Doctor for more than 30 franchisees across the U.S. the past year. Prior to working with the corporate office, Voreis worked as chief financial officer and operations manager at the Glass Doctor of North Texas franchise, owned by Larry Patterson. He has a degree in Economics from Denison University. While at Denison, Voreis swam competitively and earned NCAA honors as an All-American and national champion.

Sika Appoints Managers, Engineering Technician
Sika Corp. has announced the appointment of two new area managers in its Transportation/A&C business unit.

Heather Doughty has been named area manager, covering the Midwest territory. She brings more than 12 years of experience to the position. Doughty previously has worked as Midwest territory manager for Fabrico, as well as held a variety of sales-based positions with 3M.

Tony Bowman has also been appointed area manager. He will cover the Eastern territory. Bowman has more than 21 years of industry experience as an application manager at Akzo-Nobel where he was responsible for sales, marketing and technical support for the woodworking industry.

Sika Automotive Division has also hired Raymond Kobeski to serve as an engineering technician.

Prior to joining the company, Kobeski worked as a test technician at Meritor for two years, and previous to Meritor, at Greening Testing Lab as a supervisor for five years.

GlasWeld Promotes Plumb from Project Manager
GlasWeld has announced its promotion of Brad Plumb to director of sales and business development. Plumb previously served as project manager for the company who deals with scratch removal contracting.

Plumb studied civil engineering at California State University Long Beach. His previous experience includes work in architecture and commercial building, as well as serving as director of national contracts for a residential construction firm.

IGA Seats New Board Members to Fell Resignations

Two Independent Glass Association (IGA) directors have announced their resignation. Alan Epley and Rex Altree have both resigned from the board position both citing "personal reasons." Epley also resigned as president.

“The IGA Board of Directors has reviewed and accepted the resignation of Rex Altree effective immediately,” said Gary Hart, executive director of the IGA. “The board and its membership thank Rex for his contributions and wish him well.”

Altree was arrested for a second time in 2012 in relation to a DUI charge received on September 1, 2010 after investigators and forensic analysts determined the video footage used to dismiss the original charge was fabricated. One of the five pending felony charges against Altree alleges he engaged in evidence tampering.

Epley, owner of Southern Glass and Plastics also stepped down from his role as the president upon selling his business (see page 10 for more on this story). Epley’s seat on the board has been filled by Matt Bailey, board member and chief executive officer of 20/20 Auto Glass in Greenville, S.C. In addition, Michael Driggs of Cape Cod, Mass., Cape and Island Glass will fill Jim Short’s board seat left open after the sale of his company, Klein-Dickert Co. Inc. also in November 2012.

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