Volume 10, Issue 7 - September 2009

ones to watch


Lundeen Retires from Chelsea, Hartman Takes Over
Les Lundeen Jr. has retired from his role as marketing/communication manager for Chelsea Building Products and Gary Hartman has taken over in the position.

Hartman brings extensive knowledge and a broad background in fenestration and building products with more than 25 years experience involved in marketing, sales and product management to the position.

In other news at Chelsea, former sales trainee Greg Herbster has been promoted to territory sales representative. Herbster will be responsible for existing house accounts, along with selected accounts within his region, which includes accounts in Western New York, Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia.

Chelsea also has several new employees. Scott Oslund has been hired as Midwest territory sales representative. He will be responsible for servicing existing house accounts and developing new business in the upper and lower Midwest regions. He is based in Minneapolis.

Brandon Grant
has joined the company as an inside sales representative. In his new position, Brandon will be responsible for several window fabrication accounts across the United States.

Meyer Succeeds Haught as Pella CEO
Pat Meyer has succeeded Mel Haught as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Pella Corp. Meyer served most recently as corporate vice president, overseeing operations of EFCO, a Pella Company, and the company’s Wylie, Texas, operations and project management office. He joined the company in 1990.

Roto Frank of America Appoints New President/CEO
Roto Frank of America Inc. has named Chris Dimou as its new president and chief executive officer. Dimou joins the company from Roto Frank AG’s corporate headquarters in Germany where he served as corporate strategic sales manager. He previously held management positions within international companies in Greece, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the United States.

Roto Frank of America also hired Patrick R. Rutherford recently to serve as southeastern regional sales manager. Rutherford, who lives in Thomasville, N.C., will be responsible for the Southeastern territory including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Mark Fanelli, Two Others, Join Georgia Gulf’s Royal Group as VPs
Mark W. Fanelli, who retired June 1 from PPG Industries as director of sales in its Performance Glazing and IG Sealants business, has joined Georgia Gulf Corp. in the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Royal Window and Door Profiles. Fanelli assumed responsibility for the door and window profiles division of Royal Group Inc. on June 1. He reports to Mark Orcutt, executive vice president – building products, who served as vice president of performance glazings for PPG Industries prior to joining Georgia Gulf.

In addition, Georgia Gulf has announced the hiring of Simon Bates, who fills the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Royal Building Products. Bates is responsible for the siding and accessories division of Royal Group Inc. Likewise, Paul Czachor fills the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Royal Pipe Systems.

Bates joins the company from CG Consultants and held the position previously of regional vice president at Hanson PLC. Czachor was to assume responsibility of all components of Royal Group Inc.’s North American pipe and fittings business, including sales, marketing and manufacturing and support operations. He served previously as vice president of operations for Schneller LLC.

Before joining Georgia Gulf, Orcutt served as the vice president of Performance Glazings for PPG Industries.

In addition to the three new hires, Georgia Gulf has promoted Michel Boulanger, who will now oversee product development across all divisions, including technology and engineering, for the Royal Group.

Truth Hardware Names New President and CEO
Truth Hardware in Owatonna, Minn., has appointed Ronald J. Foy as president and chief executive officer. Foy has more than 30 years’ experience in the building products industry.

Prior to his appointment at Truth, Foy spent more than 14 years with Black & Decker Corp., where he was in charge of marketing and product development, followed by almost 15 years with Masco Corp. Foy’s key roles at Masco included vice president of global logistics followed by chief executive positions at Baldwin and Weiser Lock as well as Bath Unlimited Inc. He also has held the position of Eastern group president of Atrium Windows and most recently served as division chief executive with Brasstech Inc., a Masco company.


Greg Drake has joined the Door and Hardware Institute as associate director of certification/technical services. He will oversee the institute’s consultant certification process, provide technical assistance and support the group’s educational and certification programs.

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