Volume 13, Issue 7 - September 2012

Ones To Watch

American Builders Supply Names Bill Myrick as CEO
Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC announced that its portfolio company, American Builders Supply Inc. (ABS), named Bill Myrick as CEO. Myrick, 50, has had a 30-year career in the building products industry, most recently serving as CEO of ProBuild. He began his career as an entry-level management trainee at 84 Lumber in 1982, advancing through that organization and ultimately becoming the COO.

“Bill is a well-respected executive in our industry and we are looking forward to working with him,” says Chad Barton, chairman of ABS. “His experience and business relationships will prove invaluable as we continue to grow in our core markets in Florida and as we expand into new end markets and geographic territories.”

Michael Ranson, partner at Blue Wolf, adds, “ABS is growing into a major regional supplier of building products. Bill will play an important role in spearheading and managing operations and efficiencies. Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, ABS is well-positioned to benefit from the rebounding housing market in Florida.”

ABC Supply Names Todd Buehl Vice President
Building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. in Beloit, Wis., has named Todd Buehl to the newly created position of vice president and chief administrative officer. According to a company announ-cement, Buehl will focus on a variety of areas including acquisitions, real estate, risk management and internal process improvements.

A resident of Janesville, Wis., he joins the company from Hendricks Holding Co. Inc., which is affiliated with ABC Supply through common ownership. While there he most recently served as executive vice president. During his eight years with Hendricks he worked with ABC Supply on many key acquisitions, including its 2010 acquisition of Bradco Supply Corp. He has also served on ABC Supply’s board of directors since 2008.

Dereck “Bub” McAvoy Passes Away
Dereck Craig McAvoy, 58, died June 30 at his home in Reston, Va. Known to many in the industry as “Bub,” McAvoy worked for Mid South Building Supply for 34 years. As vice president of sales and director of architectural specifications, he also helped establish and expand the company.

While successful in his work endeavors, those who knew him best say he will be most remembered for his unbridled gregariousness and the magnanimity he showed his friends. “McAvoy was an important part of the industry,” says Tyson Schwartz, vice president of sales and marketing for Thermal Industries. “Dereck was well respected in the industry, especially the Virginia/Maryland marketplace. He was affectionately referred to and will be remembered as Bub.”

Deceuninck North America Hires John Greiwe
Deceuninck North America in Monroe, Ohio, hired John Greiwe as the director of its commercial markets development department. Greiwe will establish new business ventures in the commercial/light-commercial market segments.

“[Greiwe] joins Deceuninck North America with more than 25 years of experience as an architect and as a design and business development professional,” says Fred Vapenik, vice president of sales and marketing. “His unique perspective and extensive knowledge and experience on that side of the business make him an asset to Deceuninck North America.”

Thermal Industries Announces Regional Sales Manager
Thermal Industries, a division of Atrium Companies, recently named Mike Knight eastern regional sales manager. Knight joins the company with more than 30 years of experience in the window industry, spending the last 13 years with Gorell Windows.

In addition, Thermal Industries named Scott Williams its new web development and social media manager.

Atrium Corp. Hires Vogt as Vice President of Materials and Logistics Management
Atrium Corp. announced that Jeff Vogt was hired as its new vice president of materials and logistics management. In his new post, Vogt will be responsible for improving cash flow through optimization of the movement of material through the value chain and improved cost savings via a strategic sourcing and tactical buying approach.

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