Volume 36, Issue 9, September 2001


Adhesives Research Inc. Honors Sales Team
Four members of Glen Rock, Pa.-based Adhesives Research Inc. have been named recipients of the company’s Sales Leadership Awards. Sales Associates earning the honor all exceeded their goals for the year. 

Sales leaders for the 2001 fiscal year are:
    Jean-Hugo Bussière, Canadian regional manager for the splicing business unit; 
    Rod Daley, European sales director;
    Dolores McPherson, U.S. Northeast regional manager for the industrial business unit;
    Beth Vondrak, U.S. Western regional manager for the medical business unit.

BUSSIERE Bussière               DALEY   Daley

MCPHERSON   McPherson         VONDRAK   Vondrak

Saint-Gobain Senior VP Named Phoenix Award Winner


Claude Picot
, senior vice president of Paris-based Saint-Gobain, has been named the Phoenix Glass Person of the Year for 2001. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the glass industry in the field of science, production or education. Picot was unanimously selected to receive the award thanks to his efforts in bringing Saint-Gobain to the forefront as a leading glass container producer.

Salem Distributing Recognizes Top Sales Personnel
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Salem Distributing Co. honored its top sales people for 2000 at its annual sales meeting held in Miami. 

Among those being recognized, Steve Albright was named sales rep of the year. Other honors went to: Art Revelli, top optical sales; Ed Hayes, top machinery sales; and John Patterson, precision and electro-optical sales. In addition, Jim Miller, Doug Mangus and Will Roth received awards for Outstanding Achievement for Exceeding 2000 Projected Budgets.

on the move
IBA Consultants Adds Two to Sarasota Office
Wayne Offerman and Gary Shaw have recently joined Miami-based IBA Consultants’ Sarasota, Fla., office as senior consultants. 

Both will be serving Florida’s Southwest construction industry. Duties will include verifying that cladding systems specified during the design phase meet code regulations, as well as during construction to ensure contractors have installed impact-resistant products properly. They will also be responsible for investigating cladding systems in existing buildings.

Carolina Mirror Announces Gotchy’s Appointment as President; Eller Named Director of Sales
North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Carolina Mirror Co. has announced the appointment of David Gotchy as its president. Gotchy has been with the company since May 2000 serving as vice president of operations. In addition, Mark Eller has been named director of sales for the company’s manufacturing division. He has been with Carolina Mirror for 13 years as a regional sales manager for the commercial furniture industries. He has also served as president and on the board of directors for the North Carolina Glass Association. 

BASCO’s Chicago Market Gets Two New Sales Reps
To help meet its plans for expansion in Chicago, BASCO Shower Doors of Mason, Ohio, has added two new district sales managers to its team.

The new sales managers are John Murphy, previously district sales manager for Showerite Shower Doors, and James B. Marton, who has been an independent sales representative at BASCO for 16 years. 

MURPHY  Murphy             MARTON  Marton
Two Territory Managers Appointed at Bostik Findley

Bickley         TRISPEL  Trispel

Based in Middleton, Mass., Bostik Findley Inc. has announced the appointment of two territory managers—Robert F. Bickley and Mark S. Trispel.

Bickley’s territory comprises 12 states running from the U.S. Northeast through Virginia. He is responsible for sales of industrial, construction and marine products. Prior to joining Bostik Findley he served as a sales professional with 3M’s bonding systems division.

In Trispel’s position, he is responsible for sales of industrial and construction products in a nine-state Midwest region including Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Prior to this position he was national sales manager for FPC Corp.

Ensinger Announces New Product Manager
Michael Hosni
has been promoted to the position of product manager for engineered profiles for Ensinger of Washington, Pa. Hosni is now in charge of sales, marketing, technical support and product development for INSULBAR® structural thermal barriers and THERMIX® warm-edge spacers. 

Swindal Resigns as Chairman of the Board and CEO; Assumes New Role
Founder of Masonry Arts Inc. of Bessemer Ala., John E. Swindal has resigned from his role as chairman and chief executive officer, and has taken on the position of executive consultant and advisor. Swindal had worked for the company for 50 years.

CO-EX Announces New VP of Sales and Marketing


Tami Churchill
was recently named the vice president of sales and marketing for the CO-EX corp. of Wallingford, Conn.
“Tami has been an asset to CO-EX since starting with us in 1990,” said Robert L. Russell, president. Churchill has more than 14 years experience in the plastics industry.

Hey Your Glass is Ready; Shop Owner Arrested for Drug Ring
Harley-Davidson enthusiast Lance Pompey, owner of Quartz Hill Glass and Mirror in Lancaster, Calif., was one of several business owners in California’s Antelope Valley arrested for alleged involvement in a major drug ring there. According to allegations filed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department, the suspects were connected to a loose organization of six major methamphetamine manufacturers, most of whom are located in Antelope Valley. Authorities say the ring has ties to white supremacist and biker groups.

Investigators allege Pompey’s code for meth pickups was “hey, your glass is ready.”
“Some of the folks picked up were substantial citizens, in the eyes of some people,” Lancaster Mayor Frank C. Roberts said. “They were not the kinds of people who were necessarily active in fundraisers or community betterment, but they were not the low-lifes either.” 

Former Ironworkers Union President Arrested for Embezzlement
Former ironworkers union president Jack West has been charged with embezzling $50,000 in union funds to cover personal expenses such as golf outings, dinner parties and more. West, who resigned February 23 as president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 49-count indictment. FBI agents arrested West Tuesday, August 28, while he was having dinner with friends at Washington’s Prime Rib restaurant, allegedly a place where West had spent nearly $7,000 of the union’s money.

Cary M. Feldman, West’s attorney, criticized authorities for not allowing West to surrender at U.S. District Court. He said the public arrest was “a shameful and disgraceful exercise of prosecutorial authority.” 

The union’s current president, Joe Hunt, said the union is now under new leadership and has “taken painful steps to correct the wrongs of the past.”

Jack Whitacre Dies at Age 92
Jack Whitacre, owner and operator of Jack Whitacre Glass Co. in Tulsa, Okla., passed away July 26, at the age of 92, one week shy of his August 8 birthday. According to Whitacre’s son, Jackson, his father was still building stained glass and specialty glass until 12 days before his death.

Whitacre had been active in the Tulsa business community since 1929, and was known as an expert in the glass business. His companies had served glazing contractors for such projects as the Tulsa International Airport, the University Club Tower and the Tulsa Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition, some of his stained glass windows are in the Rose Hill Mausoleum and John Brown University’s Cathedral of the Ozarks. He has also worked with such designers and architects as John Brooks Wakom and Michael DeSantis.

Whitacre owned a number of glass businesses, including Ornamental Glass, Jack Whitacre Glass Works and Advance Glass. Since 1996, he and his wife of 48 years, Ethel, have been involved in the field of specialty glass.

For more than 70 years he was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church and was also a 32nd Degree Mason. He was also a past member of the Executive Club of Tulsa and Optimist International.

Whitacre is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, two sisters, 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Glass Specialty’s Ed Barnes Dies
Ed Barnes
of Bloomington, Ill.-based Glass Specialty passed away on Thursday, August 9, at Saint Francis Medial Center in Peoria, Ill. Barnes, 61, served as president and chief executive officer of the company. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy; a son, Dan; two daughters, D’Joane and Jennifer; and one brother, Charles. 



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