Volume 45, Issue 7 - July 2010



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Vitro America Announces New Hires and Promotions
Three industry glazing industry professionals—Bill White, Kirk Johnson and Mike Guarino—have moved into new positions with Memphis-based Vitro America.

White has been named national fabrication director, a newly created position. White has been with the company since 1978 in a variety of management positions. Most recently, he was the Los Angeles-area manager, the role Johnson is now filling.

Johnson will be responsible for locations in City of Industry, Calif., San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Kapolei, Hawaii. He previously worked for the company as western region director of sales and marketing from 1997 to 2005. He worked more recently for Arch Aluminum and Glass.

Guarino has joined the sales team in Texas. Guarino has more than 25 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry. Previously, he worked for Thad Ziegler Glass and for YKK Architectural Products.

Gary Dean Joins CRL
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) announced that Gary Dean has joined the company as director of sales and marketing. In this role, Dean will be responsible for business development strategies and programs for the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and new markets.

Dean has more than 24 years of experience in the glass industry. Prior to joining CRL, he served as chief executive officer of Bohle America. With Bohle for more than 12 years, Dean also served as managing director of Bohle UK.

New Faces Join Apogee Sister Companies
Mike Efeney has joined Tubelite Inc., a part of Apogee Enterprises, to represent its architectural aluminum products in northern Texas and Oklahoma. He worked previously with U.S. Aluminum and Vistawall.

Steve Seeling
, CDT, is the new client development manager for Tubelite. He also serves as an as an architectural sales representative for sister company Wausau Window and Wall Systems, serving Nebraska and the surrounding area. Seeling draws from three decades of experience, most recently at Traco.

Wausau has named Bob Thiede as the company’s sales representative for Wyoming, Montana and portions of Idaho, South Dakota and North Dakota. Thiede also serves as a senior estimator, supporting customers in these states, in the West Coast and in Hawaii.

Wausau named Cyndy Workman-Snow as its architectural sales representative in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Prior to her new role, Workman-Snow served as a senior sales representative for sister company Harmon Inc.

In addition, Wausau has promoted Keith Lindberg to regional sales manager. His territory includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, northern New Jersey and New York City. Lindberg has been with the company for 25 years.

William J. Cully Passes Away
William J. Cully, 85, president of United Plate Glass Co. for more than 25 years, passed away in early June at his residence in Penn Township, Pa.

After serving in the Army Air Corps in December 1942, Cully entered the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a bachelor of science. He was very active in the community and took part in many organizations including the Butler County School Board and the Board of the Community Development Corporation of Butler County. He was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Board and was active in other aspects of the school.

Surviving are two sons, Michael W. Cully and his wife, Joyce, and Bartley J. Cully; a brother, Ronald Cully; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Crozier Cully; and by one brother, Jack Cully.

Railing Dynamics Mourns the Loss of President; Names New Executives
Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI) has announced the passing of company co-founder and president, Andrew Terrels, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack while traveling overseas early this year. He was 53. Terrels co-founded RDI in 1989 with his brother, Christopher, who now serves as president of the company.

Jon Gronow, director of finance, has been appointed executive vice president of RDI.

“The RDI family has suffered a great loss. Andy was a well admired, talented leader who was a mentor and inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, and we are deeply saddened by his passing,” says Carol Lyn Groce, marketing communications manager.

AGC Appoints New President, Senior VPs for AGNA; Repo
Asahi Glass Company Ltd. (AGC) has named Marehisa Ishiko as the new president and chief executive officer of AGC Glass Co. North America (AGNA). He succeeds Brad Kitterman, who has served in that role since 2006. The company also has made the following appointments: Kenzo Moriyama as executive vice president of strategic planning; Kazu Sako as senior vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding Ryne Van Gorp; and Mike Vigna, vice president, human resources, who succeeds Lisa Escobar.

“AGNA’s financial performance has been disappointing over an extended period of time—even taking into account the economic downturn,” says Akio Endo, senior executive vice president and president of AGC Glass Co., which oversees all AGC glass businesses worldwide. “AGC is a world leader in glass production, and we are determined to be a leader in North America.”

Ishiko joins AGNA from AGC Japan, where he served as president of AGC Glass Co. for the Japan/Asia Pacific region. He has 28 years of experience with various AGC companies.

Moriyama and Sako also are 28-year veterans of AGC. Moriyama most recently served as general manager of planning and strategy for AGC Glass Co. Japan/Asia Pacific. Sako most recently served in a dual role in AGC’s finance and control office. Ishiko, Moriyama and Sako have re-located to the United States to fill their new positions.

Vigna has been with AGC for 10 years, most recently with AGC America as North American regional vice president of human resources. He now also will be responsible for all human resources for AGNA and its subsidiaries rts “Disappointing” Financial Performance


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