Volume 33, Number 3, March 1998


People In The News



Pheney Celebrates 50 Years In Business

Harry Louis Pheney recently celebrated 50 years as a contract glazier. He began in 1947, working from the alley and garage in his parents’ home. In 1950, Pheney purchased his first building in Detroit and 25 years later expanded by merging with Laviolette Glass Co. to form Glasco Corporation, of which he became president.

Pheney is on the board of the Detroit Glass Dealers Association for 25 years and is a charter member of the Glazing Contractors Association. He has been honored as Glass Dealer of the Year, and received the President’s Award in recognition for outstanding service.



Hurwitz To Head Up AIA

Mark W. Hurwitz, Ph.D., CAE, executive vice president of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has been named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Hurwitz resigned as chief staff officer of BOMA after the AIA executive committee confirmed him to succeed Terrence M. McDermott. Before going to BOMA, Hurwitz served as chief operating officer of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and founded the Center for Association Leadership, an association management firm in Princeton, NJ.

Zitkus Named SGCD President 1997-98

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD) has elected Wayne Zitkus, plant manager for the Syracuse China unit of Libbey Inc., as its president for the 1997-98 term. Zitkus will emphasize increased member participation in SGCD committees and programs, focus on SGCD’s continued interaction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and on working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and others who regulate the decorating industry.



Lautenbach Joins PPG Industries Board

Directors of PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, PA, have elected Ned C. Lautenbach, senior vice president and group executive of IBM, to PPG’s board. Lautenbach, who has been with IBM since 1968, is responsible for the company’s global sales and distribution operations, as well as revenue and profit performance and customer satisfaction.

Cohen Joins Apogee’s Board of Directors

Jerome B. Cohen, dean of engineering at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University, has been elected to the board of directors of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN. Cohen, who also serves on the board of the Material Sciences Corporation, has served as a consultant to several corporations, including Caterpillar Tractor, Inland Steel, Kodak, General Electric, DuPont, Borg Warner and Ford Motor Company.



Johnson Joins Hiawatha

Hiawatha, Inc. of Bloomington, MN, has announced the addition of Matt Johnson as an inside sales representative. Johnson has three years of sales experience in the commercial hardware industry.



Goode Named Group Executive For Alumax

Alumax Inc., of Magnolia, AR, has announced the promotion of Denny P. Goode to chief executive for architectural systems and packaging. Goode, who is also president Alumax-subsidiary Kawneer Company, Inc of Norcross, GA, joined Kawneer in 1990 after stints with Emerson Electric Co., Synder General Corporation and the Trane Corporation.

Verploegh Joins Apogee Wausau

The Apogee Wausau Group of Wausau, WI, announced that Alan A. Verploegh has joined the company as president. Verploegh, who has 27 years of experience in the building products industry, arrives at Apogee Wausau from Caradco, Inc., of Champaign, IL.

New Apogee CEO Named

As reported in the January issue of USGlass, Apogee Enterprises, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, has named Russell Huffer its president and chief executive, replacing Donald W. Goldfus, who will remain chairman of the board. Huffer, who joined Apogee in 1986, previously served as president of the Glass Technologies segment of the organization. Huffer also was named to the board of directors.

AFG Announces Sales Changes

AFG Industries, Inc. of Kingsport, TN, has named Pat Belcastro and Jack Payne to regional sales manager positions, replacing Frank Iaquinto and Ray Berlin, who are retiring. Belcastro, now the eastern regional sales manager, joined AFG in 1972, and Payne, central regional sales manager, joined in 1984.

Jerry W. Salyer, director of production planning and control, has been certified in integrated resource management (CIRM) by the American Production & Inventory Control Society.



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