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September - October 2003

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Pilkington Names New NW Sales Manager

Daniel Plotnick has joined Pilkington North America as it sales manager for the Northwest United States and Canada. Plotnick, who will be based in Seattle, will be responsible for Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. 

Prior to joining Pilkington, Plotnick served as a sales representative for the commercial hardware division of Stanley Tool and Hardware, where he worked with distributors and architects in the Pacific Northwest.

Hill Joins GMB International 
Peter Hill has joined GMB International Distribution Inc.’s sales force as technical sales representative for Western Canada. Hill has a long history in the industry having been responsible for the sale of insulating glass sealants in Western Canada for Morton International (now Rohm and Haas) for more than 23 years.

Levine Named Director of Planning for Republic
Chicago-based Republic Windows & Doors has announced the appointment of David Levine as director of strategic planning, new construction. He will report to Republic chief operating officer Les Teichner.

Levine holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Previouly, Levine held positions at MarketBridge, a sales and marketing consulting firm in Bethesda, Md., and CertainTeed Corp.

AWim Vanderghinste
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Wim Vanderghinste
Market Manager, Industrial Coatings,
UCB Chemicals, Smyrna, Ga.

Date of Birth: December 30, 1969. 

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium.

Education: Chemical engineer (University of Leuven, Belgium), and a degree in business administration (University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).

Family: Married, with two daughters and one son. 

Average work day: Nine to ten hours. 

First job ever: Selling produce as a summer job. 

Other job you would like to try: Disc jockey. 

Role model: Anyone combining family life and business in a good way.

Favorite Book: “100 Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Favorite TV show: “Six Feet Under.” 

Biggest regret: Missing part of the time during which our children grew up. 

Proudest moment: Hearing our five-year-old daughter speak three different languages.

Biggest risk: Stocks!

Favorite drink: Stella Artois. 

Favorite movie: “The Godfather” trilogy. 

Favorite restaurant: D’ Artagnan in Leuven, Belgium.
Would like to have met: Claude Monet at his home in Giverny, France.

Drives (vehicle): Chevy Trailblazer.

Favorite vacation spot: Madeira (Portuguese Island atthe Northwest African coast). 

Favorite philosopher: Darwin. 

One-word description: Integrity.

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