Volume 48, Issue 10- October 2013


Guardian Industries has named Rick Zoulek as vice president for North American flat glass operations. According to Guardian, Zoulek will oversee all aspects of the North American flat glass business. He has established a strong track record of innovation and commercial leadership in growing businesses throughout his career, according to the company.

Zoulek most recently served as vice president of industrial coatings for the Americas at PPG Industries. He has a B.S. in management information systems from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University.

Walt Lifsey has joined View Inc. as its chief operations officer. Lifsey brings extensive experience in advancing new products into high volume manufacturing and developing their supporting systems and supply chains, according to the company.

Lifsey has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor, automotive, industrial and defense industries, according to the release. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In addition, a semiconductor industry veteran, Harold Hughes, is joining its board of directors. He previously held positions as CEO of Rambus and CFO of Intel and brings experience driving global commercialization of innovative technology-oriented products. Hughes, who has more than 30 years of experience in the high technology industry, has a liberal arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Andrew Haring has been appointed vice president of marketing for C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. Haring joined the company’s advertising division three years ago, and most recently headed web development and strategic marketing for the architectural business development department. His prior experience includes branding, design and project management at JB3D Inc., and advertising/marketing for KTGY Group Architecture and Planning.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in illustration and design from California State University, Fullerton.

Filip Miermans was recently appointed head of marketing and corporate communications of the Lisec Group. Prior to joining the company, Miermans, 39, was head of marketing and communications at Miba in Laakirchen, Upper Austria. Before that, the native Belgian had held executive positions in marketing and communications at Heradesign (Knauf Insulation) and Ceratizit (Plansee Group).

The Syracuse Glass Company lost a valued member of its family and a giant in the glass industry with the passing of Jim Dwyer following a lengthy battle with a chronic lung condition.

Dwyer first joined Syracuse Glass as a salesman in 1960 and played a pivotal role in the company’s decision to manufacture energy-efficient insulating glass back in 1972. He later ran the company before working for its parent company at the time, Vega Industries. He, along with his wife, Kathleen, eventually bought Syracuse Glass in 1979.

His devotion to the company never waned.

“He had been struggling with his health, but it’s just a shock when it actually happens,” says John Dwyer, his son who is the current president of the company. “He did a lot of good work.”

The Dwyers were affectionately known as “Jim and Mrs. Dwyer” when they ran Syracuse Glass, with Jim handling the management and sales roles and Kathleen overseeing the accounts receivable.

The couple successfully navigated the company through good times and bad and set the standard for their children to follow.

“He was a great guy,” says Doug Nelson, the CEO at Brin Northwestern Glass and a close friend of Jim Dwyer’s for 30 years. “We always shared a lot of information between us and he was always willing to let you know what he thought and give you suggestions. He couldn’t have been a better guy.”

new hires
Greco Aluminum Railings (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Greco Aluminum Railings LDT, has named Jim Ellsworth as president of its U.S. operations. Ellsworth, joined Greco in May 2013 and has more than 30 years of executive management experience.

Accura Systems Inc. hired Robert (Bob) Johnson as its CFO. Johnson brings more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. including 25 in the glazing industry. He most recently served as vice president of finance with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® in Terrell, Texas.

He spent 21 years at Vistawall Architectural Products, serving as vice president of finance while also overseeing accounting, credit, information systems and purchasing departments, as well as extrusion manufacturing plants in Terrell, Texas and Greenville, Tenn. He has an MBA in accounting from the University of Texas.

Keith M. Knolmayer joined Bohle America Inc. as its hardware development director. Knolmayer will be based in Charlotte, N.C., and previously worked for Häfele America Co. for 17 years. According to the announcement, he has product knowledge for sliding door applications, ANSI grade builder’s hardware and is pursuing his Architectural Hardware Consultant certification.

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