Volume 48, Issue 11- November 2013



Sage Electrochromics named Dr. Alan McLenaghan, Ph.D., as its new CEO. McLenaghan will replace John Van Dine, who founded the company and has served as CEO since its inception in 1989. Van Dine has stepped down from his day-to-day responsibilities and will now serve as vice chair.

McLenaghan, a 15-year veteran of Saint-Gobain, joined Sage as vice president of operations in July 2012. In this role he has led the opening of Sage’s new manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn. Prior to joining Sage, he most recently served as senior vice president of technology for Verallia North America, another division of Saint-Gobain, which became the sole owner of Sage last year. He joined the Saint-Gobain company in 1998.

Special-Lite Inc. has named Roger J. Stempky as assistant vice president of sales and marketing for the Decatur, Mich.-based manufacturer of commercial entrance systems. He will begin to assume responsibility for the sales and marketing activities of the company as he succeeds W. Dow Ruch at the end of 2013.

Stempky has more than 25 years in sales and management positions in the interior architectural components and office furnishings industries. Most recently, he was founder and president of Nxtwall, a maker of movable interior wall panels.

PPG Industries has named Deron Patterson international sales manager, flat glass international. A 14-year sales veteran in the U.S. glass industry, Patterson has been handling architectural accounts in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico for the past seven years while also conducting strategic business development for PPG flat glass in Mexico.

In his new post, Patterson will retain his sales and business development responsibilities in Mexico while expanding his territory to include customers in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

He is a LEED® Green Associate, board member of the Texas Glass Association and a member of the Texas and Louisiana chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Construction Specifications Institute. A business graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos, Patterson also earned a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University.

new hires

Matodi USA, a Greensboro, N.C.-based distributor and manufacturers rep agency, has hired Tom Ruff as its regional manager.

“Tom Ruff’s experience in the curtainwall industry with Harmon as well as with Stonepanels, combined with a 15-year career in machinery sales with Bavelloni, will very much benefit our architectural customers and definitely add great value to their supply chain,” says John Lloyd, one of the principals at Matodi. Ruff will be based out of Dallas.

Tammy Edwards has joined Insulated Glass of America (IGA) Inc., in Dallas, N.C., as its lead estimator. Edwards, who has 25 years of experience in the glass industry, will oversee estimating for larger projects and work closely with the IGA outside sales team, according to a company release.

GGI’s Arthur Balik Passes Away

Arthur Balik, retired chairman of the board for General Glass International (GGI) of Secaucus, N.J., passed away September 15, 2013. Balik and his younger brother, Albert, who died in August of last year, joined the family company in 1945 after serving in World War II. The “Balik Boys” were the third generation to enter the business, then operating out of the lower east side of Manhattan. At the time, General Glass Industries was a business of case goods and loose lites.

Remembering his brother last summer, Arthur Balik described the family company this way: “Back then, we didn’t do anything but cut the glass. We were importers and distributors, and it was a very tough, very competitive business.”

Arthur Balik was active in the Flat Glass Marketing Association, the precursor to the Glass Association of North America, as Eastern Section chairman and served on the national association’s executive committee.

Fifty years later, the brothers turned the company over to their sons, David and Richard, who developed new products for the picture frame and specialty glass divisions, expanded GGI’s North American glass distribution network and glass fabrication capabilities and acquired new technologies in the decorative and specialty glass markets.

“Arthur lived to see his grandson, Stephen, join the business as the fifth generation, and he was very proud of that,” says his son, David, president and CEO of GGI.He taught us as a family?and as a family company?how to survive the tough times and to make the hard decisions needed to grow.”

Arthur Balik is survived by his wife, Barbara, sister, Hilda, children Carol and David; grandchildren Adam, Joshua, Rachel and Stephen; great-grandchildren, Emma and Zoe; step-children Deana and Stephen; and grandchildren, Andrew, Bowen, Treyson, Stephen IV and Jessica.

Key Communications Announces Collaboration with Richard Voreis and Consulting Collaborative

Key Communications Inc., publisher of USGlass magazine and USGNN.com™, has formed a partnership with Richard Voreis, chief executive officer of Dallas-based Consulting Collaborative, a nationwide management consulting firm with specific expertise in priority planning and related initiatives focused on the glass and glazing industry. As part of this partnership, Voreis will contribute a bi-monthly column for USGlass magazine (see page 14) and a weekly blog called “Dollars & Sense.” He also will share his industry knowledge and insight during various events managed and organized by the publisher and provide consulting services for magazine readers at discounted rates.

Before founding Consulting Collaborative in 2000, Voreis was chief operating officer of United States Aluminum Corp. near Dallas, where he had full responsibility for the company’s 16 operations throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to that he had served as president and CEO of Hebel Building Systems in Atlanta, where he had full operating responsibilities for North America, including the launch of the company’s $40 million U.S. manufacturing facility. He also previously served as vice president of marketing and sales for Kawneer Co. in Norcross, Ga., where he was responsible for all marketing and sales related functions, as well as training, research and development and engineering.

Voreis worked his way through Indiana University building homes and graduated with a BS degree in business management. He has been active in many industry-related activities, including 15-plus years on the Georgia Tech College of Architecture Advisory Board, two terms on the National Glass Association board of directors, and most recently was appointed to the advisory board of Pythagoras Solar, an innovator in building integrated photovoltaics. His other business interests include being co-owner of a residential and commercial glass company in Dallas.

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