March 2003


Morris Promoted to Vice President
Bill Roberts Sales Inc., a manufacturer’s representative agency in Dallas, recently announced the promotion of Mitchell L. Morris to vice president of sales. Morris brings more than 20 years of building material experience to his new position, according to the company.

In his new capacity, Morris, who will continue as territory manager for customers in Texas, will also assist all other territory managers. 

Boesger Named Fypon’s President
Leonard Boesger The board of directors of Fypon Ltd. of Stewartstown, Pa., has elected Leonard E. Boesger as president and chief executive officer of the company. He has been a director of the company for the past four years and chairperson of the board since May 2001.

Boesger started his career working for the building products segment of Combustion Engineering and held sales, marketing and operational positions in addition to being president of several subsidiaries of the company.

Most recently, Boesger has been a principal with Berwind Financial Group, a major investor in Fypon.

American Millwork Appoints New Manager 
American Millwork Corp. of Elkhart, Ind., recently appointed Ron Hershey as national sales 
manager. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the building products industry to American Millwork, according to the company. 

Hershey will oversee the sales team and will lead the aggressive growth initiatives that American Millwork has detailed.

Frontier Welcomes National Manager
Richard Kelly
Frontier Builder Products of South Plainfield, N.J., recently welcomed Richard Kelly as national door sales manager for the Opal residential door product line.

Kelly brings to Frontier significant experience in various aspects of the window and door industry, according to the company. 

He has served as national sale manager for Ruvo Manufacturing, directing a team of independent sales representatives throughout the country. Prior to that, Kelly was with Wausau Supply Co., where he launched a new operation in Iowa and established business relationships with the extensive lumberyard network in his territory.

Stanojev Joins Northeast Building Products
Edward C. Stanojev Jr. recently joined Northeast Building Products Corp. of Philadelphia as vice president of operations. 

Stanojev has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as an owner and co-founder of another successful regional building products company. During that tenure, he served on the board of the National Fenestration Rating Council as well as other industry-related associations. He has assumed full manufacturing and operational responsibilities for the company which recently expanded by adding an additional 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

NAHB Names Research Center President
Michael Luzier, the senior staff vice president of the regulatory affairs of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, D.C., has been named president of the NAHB Research Center, located in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

As president, Luzier will be responsible for the management of the staff and budget resources and the execution of policies and objectives of the center to ensure that it continues to be recognized as the leader in research and development for the home building industry.

Precision Hires Design and Plant Engineer
Scott Widmer
Precision Door & Glass Inc. of Sugarcreek, Ohio, has hired Scott Widmer as assistant design and plant engineer.

Widmer has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Since 1995, he has held various positions at Wayne-Dalton Corp., manufacturers of residential garage systems, commercial and industrial sectional overhead doors and openers.

Widmer will step into his new position when Bob Drapcho, the current design and plant engineer, retires in July of this year.

  The company has also recently named two new sales representatives to sales regions in the Midwest.
David Craig
David Craig of Omaha, Neb., has accepted the position of sales representative for Nebraska, Iowa and part of Northwest Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harrington University in London and has held key management positions within the construction industry.

Harry Moulton Harry Moulton of Saint-Genevieve, Mo., will be assuming the position of sales representative for Eastern Missouri, Southern Illinois and Southern Indiana. He has a background in door and window installation as well as in-home sales.

Vetter Joins Hurd Millwork
Hans Vetter Hans Vetter, a 28-year veteran of the building products industry, has joined Hurd Millwork Co. of Medford, Wis., as national sales manager. Vetter will assume responsibility for leading Hurd’s sales force, strengthening its distribution chain and influencing product innovations.

Vetter, a native of Wisconsin, holds a degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

Keup Named Vice President
Rick Keup
Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., recently named Rick E. Keup as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Keup’s focus will be to further develop Simonton’s national sales and strategic marketing plans, said the company.

Previously, Keup was president and chief operations officer for L.R. Nelson Corp., a watering products company in Peoria, Ill. Prior to joining L.R. Nelson, he served six years as president and chief executive officer of Ames/True Temper Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of non-powered lawn and garden tools in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Freeze Frame: George W. Lorenz

Name: George W. Lorenz.George Lorenz

Title: Co-chairperson of the Board and ESOP Trustee.

Company: Western Building Products Inc. of Milwaukee.

Family: Wife, Emily; three sons, Kent, Mike and Randy; and seven wonderful grandchildren.

Current home: Waukesha, Wis.

Date of birth: March 25, 1940.

Hometown: Madison, Wis.

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Military service: United States Marine Corp.

Average workday: Thankfully, there never seems to be an “average” workday.

First job ever: In grade school, carrying soda bottles to the basement of our corner grocery store, sorting them for return to the bottling plant and sweeping the floors.

Other job I would like to try: Teaching children the joy of reading.

Proudest moment: The day Emily and I were married.

I would like to have met: Louis Kelso, pioneer of the ESOP (Employee Ownership) movement.

Two-word description: Totally engaged.

Personal Favorites
Current book: “Theodore Rex” by Edmund Morris.

Philosophy: Learning is a life-long experience. Never Quit!

Sports: Attending the University of Wisconsin Badgers’ football games.

Drink: A good beer or ale.

Restaurant: Abacus in Dallas.

Movies: “Dr. No” (James Bond) and “Caddy Shack.”

Vacation: Exploring London.

Activity: Hiking and kayaking wherever they take me.

Car: Lexus GS400.


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