Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008

News Makers

Reshaping the Miami Skyline

KMT Waterjet Systems
Appoints New South Area Manager
KMT Waterjet Systems in Baxter Springs, Kansas, has appointed Bryon Machado as the Southern area manager, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming. Machado will spend the majority of his time traveling in the area working directly with customers.

Before accepting this position, Machado worked for three years at the KMT Waterjet headquarters in new application development and inside sales support.

The Wagner Companies
Adds New Employees
The Wagner Cos. in Milwaukee has promoted Connie Knaak to the position of manager of employee development and training. In this position, Knaak will establish and standardize training and skill development.

Knaak has been with the company for the past 20 years, serving in a variety of positions including receivables, sales, sales management and, most recently, production control.

As the new estimator/customer service representative, Alexander Harris will be responsible for estimating projects and servingthe needs of customers. In addition, Harris will be involved with the development of new manufacturing processes to support the railing systems business.

Blair Named Vice President of Sales for Armetco Systems Scott Blair has accepted the position of vice president of sales of Armetco Systems in Justin, Texas. Blair is an engineer with 30 years of experience in the metal panel business at the sales, management and executive levels.

Blair became an independent sales rep for Armetco in January 2005. In April 2006 he accepted full time employment as Eastern regional sales manager, then a year later was promoted to national sales manager. Blair opened the sales office in the Atlanta area in 2006 then headed up the opening of the company’s new fabrication facility in Monroe, Ga.

Morse Industries Promotes
St. John, Hires Angel Yeh
Tami St. John, an employee of Morse Industries in Kent, Wash., for the past 17 years, has been promoted to inside sales manager. St. John has won numerous customer advocate awards during her time with the company and has an extensive background in customer service.

Angel Yeh joins the company as purchasing manager at its corporate headquarters. In addition to domestic and offshore procurement for the company’s three warehouses, Yeh will continue the development and expansion of existing supplier networks.

Ebeid Receives Honorary Doctorate
Kettering University in Flint, Mich., presented philanthropist and business leader Russell J. Ebeid ’62 with an honorary doctor of management degree on July 10, during a Convocation ceremony welcoming 259 freshmen. The son of Lebanese immigrants, Ebeid graduated from Kettering/GMI in 1962 and rose from his working- class roots to become one of four directors of Guardian Industries and the president of the Guardian Glass Group.

new hires
Paterson Heads Human
Resources for DORMA Group
DORMA Group North America (DGNA) in Reamstown, Pa., has appointed Jim Paterson as group human resource manager. With more than 20 years of experience behind him, he now will manage human resource functions for all DGNA business units, and will continue to develop employee training programs.

Bruce Eagan has been hired as product manager within DORMA Architectural Hardware’s product marketing team. Eagan will be responsible for DORMA’s commercial lock line. He has more than 27 years of experience in the door and architectural hardware industry, including 10 years running his own business. He holds a number of U.S. patents.

David Moyerwill hold similar responsibilities for the segment’s concealed door controls products. He has led the DORMA Architectural Hardware research and development team for more than nine years.

CGI Names Manufacturing VP and Senior Sales Reps Miami-based CGI Windows and Doors Inc. has named Ignacio Escobedo to the position of vice president of manufacturing. Escobedo brings more than 16 years of manufacturing experience from leading high tech companies to his new role overseeing all aspects of CGI manufacturing.

Tony Prummel and Ryan Duffield have been appointed to the newly created senior sales representative positions. Prummel will oversee sales activities for CGI in Florida’s Palm Beach and Broward Counties and Duffield will be responsible for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Together they bring more than 20 years of window and door experience to CGI’s senior sales team.


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