Volume 14, Issue 5 - June 2013

Ones To Watch

Sprouse Windows and Doors Expands Sales Team

Sprouse Windows and Doors Inc., of New Martinsville, W.Va., announced the addition of industry veteran Ken Barman to its sales team. Barman will lead the Western Division as vice president of sales and marketing, while Al Simeone will continue as Eastern Division vice president of sales and marketing.

Barman brings 30 years of fenestration industry experience to his new position. Most recently, he was director of sales and marketing for ViWinTech Windows and Doors. His focus will be developing new territories, new product development and increasing brand awareness.

Western Window Systems Promotes and Hires

Western Window Systems has changed its operations team. Scott Gates has been named vice president and general manager and Garvin Peterson is the new operations director of the Phoenix-based company.

Though Gates will continue to oversee Western’s marketing efforts, he will take on a broader role in managing the day-to-day functions of Western’s business, a task that company executives describe as “a perfect fit for his attention-to-detail persona.”
Gates will work closely with Peterson, who comes to the company with extensive experience in manufacturing, having worked at Motorola for more than 20 years. He is being tasked with using that extensive knowledge to lead Western’s plant managers and help make it an industry leader in production efficiency.

Thermal Promotes Hardie
and Adds Southeast Rep

Thermal Industries, a division of Atrium Corp., has promoted Richard Hardie to regional operations manager. He has been with the company for 32 years.

“During Richard’s 32 years of service at Thermal Industries, he has been instrumental in helping define the operational methods of our distribution facilities around the country,” says Scott Jeffreys, vice president of sales. “In most recent years, he has been very helpful in supporting the efforts of our East Coast distribution facilities, and we have decided to expand his role to the entire distribution network.”

The company has also named Brian Goans as sales representative for its southeast territory of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Eastern Tennessee.

Goans comes to Thermal Industries with more than 20 years of experience in the window industry, including 18 years with Thermal Guard and five years with Alside.

Fenestration Canada Names New Executive Director

After an extensive search process, Fenestration Canada announced the appointment of Robert H. Rivard as its new executive director effective immediately.

Rivard is a fluently bilingual professional with more than 20 years experience managing national trade associations and more than seven years project management experience with the sector council program funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. He comes to the association with demonstrated ability to lead and manage organizations through appropriate governance models and operational policies. He is also an astute financial manager overseeing budgets and deployment of funds with fiscal discipline.

“We are very pleased to have Robert as our new director and we very much look forward to working with him,” says Yvan Houle, president, Fenestration Canada.

IGMA’s Allison Beck Passes Away

Allison Beck, administrator for the Insulating Glass Manfuacturers Allliance (IGMA) passed away at the end of April after a brave battle with cancer. Beck has worked for the industry since joining the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance of Canada (IGMAC) team in 1995 and was part of the transformation team after the merger with the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (SIGMA) in October 2000. She organized IGMA events and in the past few years had managed the IGMAC Certification Program.

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