Volume 44, Issue 8 - August 2009

News Maker

new hires
SAFTI FIRST Hires New National Sales Manager
SAFTI FIRST, based in San Francisco, has announced that Tim Nass is the new national sales manager. Nass, who has more than 15 years of experience in the fenestration industry, most recently served as a sales executive with Harmon Inc.

Zeledyne Hires Two
Allen Park, Mich.-based Zeledyne LLC has hired Jason Provencher as sales and customer service representative in Tulsa, Okla., and Steve Horaney as regional sales manager for the Eastern region territory.

Truth Hardware Announces New President
Truth Hardware in Owatonna, Minn., has named Ronald J. Foy its president and chief executive officer. Foy, who has served in the building products industry for more than 30 years, most recently served as division chief executive with Brasstech Inc.

John Lewis Joins NFRC
John W. Lewis, Jr. has joined the staff of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). He will fill the newly created position of manager of business development and outreach.

In 2006, after being promoted to TRACOís vice president of engineering and operations, Lewis joined the American Architectural Manufacturers Association as its technical director. He has been involved with NFRC in various roles since the early 1990s.

PPG Industries Names New Director of Sales
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has named Mark Seeton its new director of sales for performance glazings. Prior to joining PPG in 2003, Seeton was the divisional sales manager for Pella Corp. Seeton replaces Mark Fanelli, who retired from the position in June after a 30-year career with PPG. (Fanelli has since joined Georgia Gulf Corp. in the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Royal Window and Door Profiles, where he reports to another former PPG executive, Mark Orcutt.)
Glenn Davis has been appointed to Seetonís former post as sales manager.

C.R. Laurence Promotes Fourz
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. has announced several promotions.
Tina Olivares
has been promoted to the position of manager of the customer services department. Olivares has been with CRL for 17 years, and has more than 21 years of experience in the glass industry.

Yolanda Cabadas
has been promoted to the position of manager of online support department. Cabadas has worked in sales and customer service throughout her ten years with the company.

Joe Finamore has been appointed purchasing agent for international purchasing. A CRL employee for close to four years, Finamore previously worked in the purchasing department in several areas.

Francisco Ruelas is now the assistant branch manager of the Elgin, Ill., branch. Ruelas has been with the company for five years, and has experience in the warehouse and with customer service and order entry.

Huron Valley Glass Co. President Dies in Auto Crash
Dennis William Ahearn president of the Huron Valley Glass Co., a subsidiary of the Ypsilanti, Mich.-based National Construction Enterprises, died in a car accident in Ann Arbor, Mich., on June 18. He was 55.

Ahearn was driving southbound on the highway at about 7:35 a.m. when he crossed the median and crashed into a metal support beam for a freeway sign. He died at the scene.

An article in the Detroit Free Press reported that Ahearn may have had a medical emergency prior to the crash. There was no evidence alcohol or speed played a role in the crash.

Ahearn joined the glass and curtainwall contracting company as a vice president three and a half years ago and was quickly promoted to president. He is survived by his wife Cathleen Hilboldt Ahearn, four children and two grandchildren.

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