Volume 38, Issue 5, May 2003


Ironworkers Choose Waterman to Lead IMPACT
Ironworkers International has announced that Eric Waterman, vice president of membership for NEA, the Association of Union Contractors, will lead its new labor-management trust. Waterman will oversee the development and day-to-day operations of the Ironworker-Management Progressive Action Cooperation Trust (IMPACT), which is aimed at combining the collective resources of ironworkers and signatory contractors in a cooperative effort to increase jobs and market share of both.

“IMPACT is critical to the future of our union and our industry, and Eric Waterman is the ideal person to lead it,” said Joseph J. Hunt, Ironworkers’ general president. “He is well-respected among ironworkers and contractors and I am confident that the joint trust will thrive under his leadership.”

Waterman has more than 18 years of experience representing the interests of contractors before Congress, the Department of Labor, the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and other industry organizations.

Terkelson Named Outside Sales Rep for LinetecChristie Terkelson
Christie Terkelson
recently was named an outside sales representative for Wausau, Wis.-based Linetec. She will be responsible for new account development and existing accounts in 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Terkelson has worked in marketing for Linetec for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

DWM Publisher welcomes a New Edition … Uh, AdditionSophia Marie Taffera
Sophia Marie Taffera is the latest addition to the Taffera family. She made her debut on March 19 and weighed 9 pounds 5 ounces. She joined proud parents Tara and Cory and sister Isabella at home a few days later.

Tara Taffera is the publisher/editor of USGlass’s sister magazine, Door & Window Maker (DWM), and the former editor of USGlass.

Herb RebergerPGT Announces Management Appointments
PGT of Venice, Fla., has announced the promotion of Herb Reberger to vice president of sales and new business development. 

Reberger has been with PGT for 16 years, most recently as manager of the sales, credit and customer service departments. Reberger will now focus onDebbie LaPinska new business development as the company expands outside the state of Florida. 

In addition, PGT has named Debbie LaPinska director of national and international sales and Holly Waggoner to the position of director of credit and customer service. LaPinska has been in customer service and sales forHolly Waggoner more than 20 years, 11 of them with PGT. Waggoner is responsible for the credit and customer service departments, and in her new position will utilize her 15 years of experience in the banking and credit industry.

Wayne VarnadorePGT has also announced appointments within its operations in North Carolina. Wayne Varnadore, PGT’s former vice president of administration, has been named vice president and general manager for PGT North Carolina Operations. A graduate of the University of South Florida’s master’s of business administration program, Varnadore is now responsible for the overall operations of the company’s plant in Steve Beckwith Lexington, N.C.

In addition, Steve Beckwith is now plant superintendent. With PGT since 2001, Beckwith has worked in manufacturing management for nine years.

Gildea Joins J.E. Berkowitz Sales Team
Jim Gildea, formerly of Pilkington, has joined J. E. Berkowtiz L.P. of Westville, N.J., as a member of its sales team. Armed with more than 23 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry and having held positions in sales, marketing, product development and operations, Gildea will now serve the company as an independent sales representative in the Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas.

Ferrera Named Director of Marketing for Graham Architectural Products
Anthony G. Ferrera has been named to the position of director of marketing for York, Pa.-based Graham Architectural Products. 

Previously, Ferrera served as vice president of operations for D.T. Technologies in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Alexandria and Nicholas, are relocating to York.

Jeremy WielgoshJeremy Wielgosh Promoted as Estimator for Wagner Companies
Jeremy Wielgosh has been promoted to the position of estimator for the Wagner Companies. In this role, Wielgosh will be responsible for processing quotes in the Wagner Architectural Product line. Prior to this position, Wielgosh served as a customer service representative. 

Borgstrom Named CSI Executive Director
Karl F. Borgstrom, Ph.D., has been named executive director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). With more than 20 years of experience in construction and association management, Borgstrom was previously the executive director of the Management Education Institute of the National Electrical Contractors Association and chief executive officer of the Construction Management Association of America.

Glass Sculptor and Artist Receives Cristal Award
The Museo Del Vidrio presented its Cristal award to Jon Kuhn, a glass sculptor of Winston-Salem, N.C., in Monterey, Mexico, on March 25. The award recognizes Kuhn for his artwork and support of culture.

Kuhn’s artwork is featured in more than 30 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

Included in his works is the Hope and Healing sculpture, which is displayed in the Forsyth Cancer Center in North Carolina (see related story in the November 2002 USGlass, page 50).

new hiresMark Siedelberg
Tubelite Hires Siedelberg as Sales Manager
New to Tubelite Inc. of Reed City, Mich., is Mark Siedelberg, who has joined the company as a sales manager.

Siedelberg was employed previously by Kawneer, and has served in drafting, engineering and estimating positions. He also served as a territorial sales representative and marketing manager. He has spent the past ten years in sales management.

In his new position he will be responsible for the sale of all Tubelite products, 
developing customer relationships and coaching/counseling the company’s sales representatives.

Siedelberg has an associate’s degree in architectural drafting from Ferris State University. He has worked in the architectural metal industry for 26 years.

Harmon Announces Several New Hires
Alan BurkeAlan Burke has joined Golden Valley, Minn.-based Harmon Inc. as the safety coordinator. Burke will be responsible for assisting all 19 shops in 11 states with Occupational Safety and Health Administration CFR 1910/1926 regulations and all safety programs and policies. Burke has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Metropolitan State University.
Scott Ide
The company has also announced the hiring of Scott Ide as a contract sales representative. 

Ide has nine years of experience in the commercial construction industry and is a graduate of Dunwoody College of Technology’s architectural drafting and estimating program. 

Harmon Inc.’s Cincinnati office has hired Mike Karman as senior sales representative for new construction projects in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky.
Prior to joining Harmon, Karman served as a sales representative for Vistawall.
He has more than 22 years of experience in the glass industry and is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute. He is also a past director of the Ohio Glass Association. 


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