Ones to Watch  
PROMOTIONS  
are breaking into,” he said. “And the synergy with Harvey  
brings our business to a whole new level; our partnership  
Tyson Schwartz Named President of Soft-Lite  
Tyson Schwartz has been appointed has completely exceeded my expectations.”  
the new president of Soft-Lite Windows in  
Streetsboro, Ohio. Schwartz previously served  
Schwartz is also a blogger for DWM.  
as Soft-Lite’s chief sales and marketing officer. Quanex Promotes Wilson to COO  
Tyson has an incredible wealth of indus-  
Quanex Building Products has promoted  
George Wilson to chief operating officer. In  
this newly created position, Wilson will be  
responsible for the company’s U.S. and inter-  
national operations.  
try knowledge and is highly regarded in the  
window business,” said Jim Barreira, CEO of  
Soft-Lite’s parent company, Harvey Building  
Products. “He has shown throughout his  
Tyson  
Schwartz  
career not only his respect for our industry, but his respect  
for all of the customers and teammates he has worked with George  
and the relationships he has built.”  
At Soft-Lite, Schwartz has been focused on driving  
growth and customer outreach.  
Prior to this promotion, Wilson served as  
president—insulating glass systems since 2011,  
and in the 18 years prior to joining Quanex he  
held various operational and financial posi-  
Wilson  
tions of increasing responsibility at Lauren International  
“He has a great acumen for understanding the dealer mar- and Federal-Mogul. Wilson holds a Master of Business  
ket, knowing what they need to be successful,” said Barreira. Administration degree from Indiana University and a  
Identifying new and unique opportunities is a big moti- Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron.  
vator for Schwartz.  
“There’s a lot to be excited about at Soft-Lite right now,  
In conjunction with this organizational change, the  
from new products being launched to new markets we  
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OBITUARY  
Guardian’s Russell Ebeid Passes Away  
Russell Ebeid, former president of Guardian Glass Group, died in late July.  
During his tenure with Guardian he worked at all ranks—from maintenance to plant  
engineering, production manager, plant manager and group vice president—before being  
named president of the Glass Group worldwide.  
Ebeid joined Guardian in May 1970 during the construction of its first float glass  
facility in Carleton, Mich. After several engineering and manufacturing assignments,  
he was named plant manager of the Kingsburg, Calif., facility, where he was eventu-  
ally honored as Guardian’s Employee of the Year in 1979.  
When Guardian expanded into Europe in 1981, Ebeid’s responsibilities were broad-  
ened and he was named a group vice president. Shortly after Guardian became a  
private company in 1985, Ebeid was named to the board of directors and assumed the  
presidency of the Glass Group. He also served as chairman of the board of Guardian  
Europe S.A. and director of Guardian Japan. During his time with Guardian he was  
responsible for worldwide glass sales, marketing and manufacturing activities on five  
continents. He retired in 2011.  
Before joining Guardian, Ebeid spent seven years at General Motors Corp., where he  
served in a variety of engineering assignments as a senior mechanical engineer.  
In 2008, he was featured in USGlass magazine’s list of the Glass Industry’s 50  
Most Influential People. He said his heroes were his parents, “who were  
knapsack immigrants who came to the United States without money,  
language or contacts … Their core values taught us that unselfishness,  
consideration of others, conscientious service, honesty and measured  
decision-making were the currencies of life.”  
In 2013 he received an Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the  
National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). During his career,  
Ebeid was knighted by several foreign governments.  
For more on Ebeid, see page 4.  
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company will fully integrate its two fenestration acces- Therma-Tru Names New CFO  
sory businesses, Quanex Screens and Homeshield. Brian  
Therma-Tru has promoted Brian Iott to senior vice  
Cummings, currently president—Quanex Screens, will president and chief financial officer. Iott succeeds Dave  
assume the role of president of the combined opera- Haddix, who announced his retirement after more than 37  
tions. Bob Daniels, currently president— Homeshield, will years of service.  
assume the role of president—Insulating Glass Systems.  
He will be responsible for oversight of Therma-Tru’s  
financial team and processes.  
Takach Named Sierra Pacific Windows President  
Iott has been with Therma-Tru for 14 years in roles of  
Sierra Pacific Windows has named Tom Takach as pres- increasing responsibility, including as vice president of  
ident. Takach will succeed Kendall Pierson, who is retiring finance since December 2013.  
after 33 years with Sierra Pacific Industries.  
Takach, who previously served as vice president of oper- APPOINTMENTS  
ations, has 25 years of experience in the door and window GED Appoints Moore as VP of Marketing  
business. He joined Sierra Pacific in 2014 and was instru-  
mental in integrating the former Hurd brand windows  
operations into Sierra Pacific.  
GED Integrated Solutions (GED) has  
appointed John C. Moore to the role of vice  
president of marketing.  
In this position, Moore will oversee and  
coordinate GED’s product marketing, chan-  
nel marketing, market research, and commu-  
nications initiatives and strategies for both its  
domestic and international activities.  
Crystal Pacific Names New Operations President  
& Door Systems has  
appointed Robert Rodriguez president John C.  
of operations for Crystal Pacific Window & Moore  
Door Systems, the west coast arm of Crystal  
Crystal Window  
Moore brings more than 25 years of expe-  
Windows.  
rience as a senior industrial marketing executive to this  
Rodriguez has nearly 30 years of expe- position. He specializes in using data and analytics to  
rience in the fenestration manufacturing manage and implement long-term, sustainable strategic  
industry and has been with Crystal Pacific growth programs that increase brand awareness, revenue  
for the past three years. Rodriguez previously and profits.  
Robert  
Rodriguez  
held the title of general manager. Located in Riverside,  
Calif., Crystal Pacific manufactures residential and com- Rogers, Martini Join Keystone Certifications  
mercial vinyl and aluminum windows and doors for the  
West Coast market.  
Tracy Rogers has joined Keystone Certifications Inc. in  
the newly created position of vice president of sales and  
marketing, and Jon Martini has been named the compa-  
ny’s new validations manager.  
Kinisky Named CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp.  
Thomas Kinisky has been appointed president and CEO  
With 30 years of experience in the industry, Rogers has  
of Saint-Gobain Corp., Saint-Gobain’s North American held various positions on both the supplier and manu-  
holding company. facturer side of the business. Most recently, Rogers was  
Kinisky will be the North American representative over- director, industry relations and advanced technology for  
seeing the family of companies in the United States and Quanex Building Products.  
Canada. Kinisky was also appointed senior vice president  
for Saint-Gobain and will be a member of the company’s and his experience includes code compliance certification,  
global management committee. testing and engineering evaluation in accordance with a  
Martini is a Pennsylvania-licensed Professional Engineer  
Kinisky assumed the position earlier this year, succeed- wide range of building codes and standards.  
ing John Crowe, who most recently served as president and  
CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations.  
Mathews Joins Erdman Automation  
Erdman Automation Corp. recently welcomed Rick  
Mathews as the company’s new Western regional sales  
Masonite Promotes Tony Hair  
Masonite International Corp. has promoted Tony Hair manager.  
to president of Masonite’s global residential business. He’s  
Mathews has served as national accounts manager and  
currently senior vice president and business leader—resi- regional sales manager for Quanex Building Products for  
dential, and he will move into his new position following the past ten years. Prior to that, Mathews served as regional  
the retirement of Larry Repar, who departed his position sales manager for equipment solutions companies such as  
in August.  
GED Integrated Solutions, Carlson Systems and Bystronic. y  
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