Volume 13, Issue 2 - March 2012

Ones To Watch

Industry Remembers Dariush Arasteh

Dariush Arasteh, staff scientist, at the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, Calif., passed away peacefully on February 3 after a long battle with cancer. Arasteh was known in the door and window industry for his technical and innovative solutions.

“Dariush was not only one of the pillars of our R&D team, but was an active member of the national and international community who shared a concern for solving the planet’s energy challenges,” says Steven Stephen Selkowitz, an LBNL colleague.

According to LBNL, since 1982 Arasteh has been involved in all aspects of research on energy-efficient windows at LBNL, including the development and experimental analysis of highly insulating “super windows;” writing computer tools to analyze window heat transfer; and leading the industry to develop a fair, accurate, and credible rating system for the thermal performance of windows.

Arasteh was widely known by the door and window industry and was often a fixture at industry meetings, such as the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

John Carmody, director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, “considers him a friend and colleague,” and attended “all of those early NFRC meetings” with him.

“He was one of the main technical support people and part of the critical committees that established those first levels and details of the NFRC label,” says Carmody. “He was right in the middle of it.”

And this was not always an easy place to be.

“It was quite challenging to get everyone to agree so he had to be not just a technical expert but work with people and be diplomatic.” This is something Carmody says Arasteh was particularly good at.

“He was effective at bridging across many different areas and talking to many different people,” says Carmody. “He understood new breakthrough technologies. He definitely was in the world of innovation, but he was also involved in developing standards, building codes and programs such as ENERGY STAR. He was comfortable in all these areas, which is rare.”

Carmody even authored two books with Arasteh covering both the residential and commercial window industries: Window Systems for High Performance Buildings and the new edition of Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance.

The industry remembers him as a great contributor to the window industry, but also as a great friend.

“He was a great human being who had a wonderful sense of humor and I enjoyed being in his presence when we had the opportunity,” adds Carmody, who also applauds the way he dealt with his cancer diagnosis.

“When he was diagnosed eight years ago he had so much courage and drive even though it was so serious,” he says. “He did whatever he could to keep going. It took tremendous effort and energy. He wanted to do that to see his son grow up. Most people would have not have pushed that hard for so long.”

McCoy’s Building Supply Founder Dies
Emmett Francis McCoy, 88, of San Marcos, Texas, founder of McCoy Building Supply, passed away January 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, three children, nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Patrick McCoy and grandson, Keith Evan Remme.

McCoy founded McCoy Supply Co. in the 1950s, which later became the present day the company at the time of McCoy’s retirement in 1997, had grown to more than 90 locations with sales exceeding $400 million. He was a pioneer in the cash and carry building materials market, and today McCoy’s is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the industry.

Other business enterprises in which he was involved during his career included Balcones Bank, which grew from one location to four during the family’s ownership, and McCoy Land & Cattle Co., which he expanded into a large cow-calf operation in far West Texas.

Marvin Names VP of Marketing

Brett Boyum has been named the new vice president of marketing for Marvin Windows and Doors. Boyum has been with Marvin for nearly 15 years, most recently as director of marketing for both Marvin and its sister brand, Integrity Windows and Doors. He succeeds Tom Angelis, who is retiring.

Boyum graduated from the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Walden University. He also serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and will serve as board chair from 2013 to 2015

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