Volume 47, Issue 7 - July 2012

The board of directors for Dallas-based TEPCO Contract Glazing has promoted William Keen, P.E., to president and chief operating officer. He previously served as executive vice president and succeeds Fred Keen, company founder, who will remain in the role of CEO.

In addition, the company has hired Ronald Clark and James DeKoch as senior project managers. Clark’s previous experience includes being director of engineering with Architectural Wall Systems and management positions with Permasteelisa Cladding Technologies and Flour City Architectural Metals. DeKoch’s background includes senior project management positions with TRACO and Wausau Windows.

Mark Simowitz also joins TEPCO as the Oklahoma area manager, based in Oklahoma City. His most recent position was as senior project manager with Suntech of Connecticut.

Jason Flack has been named director of corporate accounts for Firestone Building Products. In his new role, he will lead Firestone’s efforts to expand national distribution and corporate accounts.

Flack joined the company in 2010 as the Northeastern regional business manager. He brought with him 13 years of building materials industry experience, including sales, national account management and leadership roles.

new hires
SAGE Electrochromics in Faribault, Minn., has hired Catherine Zhou as vice president and general manager of its China operations. Zhou will establish SAGE’s marketing and sales presence in China; build a national sales team and channel distribution network; and set up marketing, installation, technical support, and customer service functions, according to the company.

Zhou previously served as the general manager of sales and marketing for China-based Solatube CECEP Daylight Technology Co.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems has hired Brad Glauser as its architectural sales representative serving the Northwestern states of Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho.

Glauser will work closely with the area’s building owners, architects, general contractors and glazing contractors and is based in Everett, Wash. Most recently, he worked as a territory and project manager for Pacific Aluminum Co. in Woodinville, Wash. He previously worked in Utah with Weather Master Products and Almega Commercial Construction Inc.

Drew Garner has joined Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions of Deerfield Beach, Fla., as chief financial officer (CFO). He most recently served as CFO for Ames Taping Tools, a company that rents and sells construction tools and supplies. Prior to that, he held the position of senior vice president and CFO for Pike Family Nurseries. He also spent 16 years with Coca-Cola, starting as a senior accountant and holding positions of increasing responsibility up to U.S. controller.

Garner succeeds Grace Kurowska, who company officials say left to pursue other interests.

now representing
Brian Ragsdale has joined Tubelite Inc. of Walker, Mich., to serve as client development manager for the new Florida territory.

Ragsdale has been in the industry from more than 15 years and got his start working in north Georgia as a glazier in the field with his father. He moved from installation into management and sales, including positions with Shaw Industries Group Inc. in north Georgia, and Ross Glass & Aluminum LLC of Chattanooga, Tenn.

For the last seven years, Ragsdale worked as a sales representative for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, serving Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

With the recent purchase of Linel Signature of Mooresville, Ind., Mestek of Westfield, Mass., is forming a new group of companies under the umbrella “Mestek Architectural.” Included in this group are Linel, Colt Group of England and the American Warming and Ventilating (AWV) division.

As part of this new organization, Francis O’Neill has joined Mestek as the national sales manager for Mestek Architectural. He had previously held senior positions with Architectural Skylight Co. and, most recently, with Ipswich Bay Glass Co. Reporting to him are two regional sales engineers, Mike Allen and Fraser Campbell. O’Neill and his staff will work with architects and owners and provide technical support in the application of Linel, AWV and Colt products.

Joe Schultheis has joined Linel as major project sales manager. He had previously held senior positions at Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

comings and goings
Eric Waterman, the first CEO of the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT), recently announced his retirement during the group’s board of trustees meeting. Waterman has been the CEO of the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust since it was founded in April of 2003.

Kevin Hilton, the current executive assistant to the CEO of IMPACT, will become CEO, having worked closely with Waterman both at the National Erectors Association and in his current capacity at IMPACT.

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