Volume 49, Issue 1- January 2014


new hires
Erie, Pa.-based Kane Manufacturing recently added Michael Gilbert, owner and operator of M A Gilbert Inc., as an independent sales rep. Gilbert has three decades worth of experience within the building products industry, including time spent with YKK and Kawneer.

He will handle the company’s Southeastern territory, including Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Insulated Glass of America Inc. in Dallas, N.C., has hired Darrell Freeman.

A North Carolina native, Freeman began his career in the glass industry with Pritchard Paint and Glass. He has 32 years of experience in the glass industry with expertise in estimating and project management.

Guardian Names New President of Global Flat Glass

Kevin Baird has been named president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries Corp., and will assume full P&L responsibility of this business. Baird replaces Scott Thomsen, who has resigned for health reasons.

Most recently, Baird has been president and CEO of SRG Global Inc., a Guardian company.

SRG Global is a manufacturer of chrome plated plastic parts for the automotive, commercial truck and household appliance industries. According to the announcement, since joining the company in 2008, Baird created a world-class leadership team and strengthened and expanded SRG Global’s manufacturing position in major world markets including North America, Western and Central Europe and China.

“This will be a seamless transition for our customers and Guardian,” says Ron Vaupel, CEO of Guardian Industries. “Kevin brings to our Flat Glass Group a proven record that parallels our objective to create long-term value with a strong focus on innovation. He will be supported by a seasoned global leadership team ready to reinforce this vision. Our customers can be assured of Guardian’s continued commitment to their success.”

Dave Prater, SRG vice president of engineering, commercial and program management, will move into the position of president and CEO of SRG Global Inc.

Scott Thomsen joined Guardian at its Science and Technology Center in 1999 and was responsible for directing research and development initiatives while playing a vital role in bringing innovative products to market. Before being named Global Flat Glass President in 2011, he was group vice president, North American Flat Glass Operations, and chief technology officer.

“Scott’s vision, leadership and boundless energy have helped transform Guardian into an industry leader in product research and innovation,” says Vaupel. “He was instrumental in the development of our Science and Technology Center and went on to lead North America and then Global Flat Glass with an unrivaled passion and dedication to our customers, this company and its people.”

According to Vaupel, Thomsen continues to work with Guardian on critical initiatives on a consultancy basis, adding, “We all stand behind Scott’s decision and are excited that he will support Guardian moving forward.”

Syndi Sim is the new director of marketing for Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI).

Sim brings more than 15 years strategic marketing, client acquisition and business development experience to DFI. In her role, she will be responsible for developing and executing worldwide marketing strategies to build the company’s brand.

Previously, she served as the director of marketing for several companies, including Lexipol, Penco Engineering and New Century Financial. Amy Jefferey is the new technical sales representative for Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel, Mont. Jefferey graduated from Montana State University–Billings with a bachelor’s degree in math and elementary education. Most recently, she was employed in sales management.

Jennifer Highfield is a new architectural design specialist at Viracon and Marni Windschitl was promoted to architectural design associate within the design department.

Highfield joins the company with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn., and more than 15 years of design experience, including running her own interior design business.

Windschitl has been with the company since 2004, first as a member of the inside sales team and for the past 18 months as a specialist in the architectural design department. She will be responsible for meeting with architects to provide education about Viracon’s product offerings and consulting with architects on project specific glass selection.


GCI Consultants LLC has hired Valerie Del Toro as its new business development representative. Del Toro has more than five years of experience in sales, marketing, e-business strategy, business development and recruiting in a variety of industries. She studied marketing at the American Intercontinental University in Weston, Fla., and business administration at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Del Toro also has a speech and debate certification from Florida Forensic Institute in Davie, Fla., where she was a national debate team champion in the Lincoln Douglas competition.


Waco, Texas-based Glass Doctor hired Thomas “Tommy” Patterson as its newest Sure Start coordinator. Most recently, Patterson served as market manager for Hayward, Calif.-based Mygrant Glass, but has also previously served as a senior sales manager for Pilkington North America.

He holds an associate’s degree in in electrical engineering technology from Pennsylvania State University and a two-year certification in heating ventilation and air conditioning from Beaver County Vocational Technical School.


Dietmar Maginot has joined the Thermoseal Group based in the United Kingdom as the company’s new exports manager. Maginot’s previous experience includes nine years as the head of technical service at Kömmerling, seven years as sales manager at Profilglass and seven years as the sales director at of t-si-i.de GmbH, according to the company. 7/17/13

YKK AP America has hired Leslie Sadler as an architectural sales representative for the newly created San Antonio/Austin territory. YKK says its increased Texas presence will allow YKK AP more opportunities to showcase its fenestration products, including curtainwalls, storefronts, entrances, balcony doors, operable windows and sun control systems. 8/20/13

Gardner Glass Products Inc. hired Anne Haller-Wildfong and Randy Dornburg to its Midwest sales team. Haller-Wildfong, who came from C.A. Haller Inc., will work as a sales representative in Michigan. Dornburgh, whose previous job was at RanCo Architectural, will cover the Indiana territory.

n addition, the company hired Sue Gallagher to serve as its Dreamwalls Bath Enclosures Program director. Gallagher, who previously was with Southeastern Aluminum Products, has 25 years of experience in the bath enclosure industry and will work out of Gardner’s Indianapolis location. 11/25/13

The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame recently welcomed two glass industry representatives, Linda Vos-Graham, president of Vos Glass Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich., and E. Edward Williams, the retired president and CEO of Edwards Glass Co. in Livonia, Mich. They were inducted during a ceremony in late October at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

Vos-Graham has helped her company to double in size, employing nearly 60 people and achieving more than $10 million in annual sales, according to a release from Ferris State University. She was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michian in 2010 and 2012, and was the first female president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan. She is the founding president of the Michigan Glass Association.

Williams began his career in the glass industry in 1952 when he joined his brother-in-law, Peter Iovan, to form the Iovan Glass Co. In 1955, he launched Edwards Glass Co., and his company won the Detroit Glass Dealer of the Year Award in 1972 and 1973, National Glass Dealer of the Year Award in 1972, and was inducted into the National Glass Dealer Association’s National Glass and Metal Hall of Fame in 1998. He also helped develop the Michigan Safety Glazing Code.

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Glass Doctor president Mark Liston presented the company’s “Top Gun” award to Stephen Beavers, owner of Glass Doctor of North Central Arkansas, at the Beavers’ business in Greers Ferry, Ark.

The Top Gun award goes to franchise owners who achieve top sales and reach operation benchmarks. The Top Gun recipients represent the top 10 percent of Glass Doctor franchise owners across North America, according to the company. 11/21/13

Nominated and elected by membership, the following people will join the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) board of directors or have been re-elected in the following seats: Joe Jonely will assume a Fenestration Industry (unspecified) seat. He has been with AMSCO Windows in Salt Lake City, Utah, since 1975. He currently serves as vice president of engineering;

Paul Bush takes the Fenestration Industry (primary glass manufacturer) seat. He is the technical services manager for the flat glass business of PPG Industries in Cheswick, Pa.;

Christian Kohler has been re-elected to the General Interest (not-for-profit institution of research or higher learning) seat. On the NFRC board since 2010, Kohler represents the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California; and

Bipin Shah takes a general interest (unspecified) seat. A former NFRC employee, Shah is now president of WinBuild Inc. in Fairfax, Va.

Board members leaving in January 2014 include Ross McCluney of SunPine Consulting, Joseph Hayden of Pella Corp., and Steve Farrar of Guardian Industries Corp.

In addition, NFRC named Michael J. Thoman, director of thermal testing and simulations at Architectural Testing Inc., as the 2013 Dariush Arasteh Member of the Year. The NFRC Member of the Year award is named in memory of Dariush Arasteh, an early and vital contributor to the creation and development of NFRC. 9/25/13; 10/23

Kevin Zuege of Quanex Building Products was the first person to successfully complete the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) FenestrationMasters™ program, earning the FenestrationMaster™ professional certification.

Currently, Quanex has nearly 40 students enrolled in AAMA’s FenestrationMasters program, with five successfully passing the certification exam. 10/30

Thomas Moore of Glass Expert Services and USGlass magazine columnist and blogger Richard Voreis of Consulting Collaborative have formed a strategic alliance serving the glass and fenestration industry. Both serve architects, general contractors, subcontractors and building product manufacturers, but in different and complimentary ways, according to a release issued by the two.

Moore has more than three decades of advising members of the building construction team on matters of concern in ways that will prevent or resolve problems in the design, construction and functioning of buildings utilizing in-house and field service consultation. His expertise is in the building envelope including glass, curtainwalls, windows, entrances and related products as well as all-glass doors/frames and hardware market segments.

Voreis also has more than three decades of management and strategic planning experience in the glass and fenestration industry. The firm’s staff has extensive executive expertise in management, marketing, sales, advertising, marketing communications and related functions with a focus on industry “best practices” that are continually being updated. 12/3/13 retirements The chair of Pella Corp.’s board of directors, Charles (Charlie) Farver, will transition from board leadership when Adam Farver advances into the role. Shareholders of the privately-held company have named Adam Farver to become board chair in 2015, succeeding his father. Adam Farver is planned to serve as the board’s vice-chair, starting in May of 2014, to allow him to work alongside Charlie Farver in an officer role while Charlie continues to actively serve on the board. 11/7/13

The chair of Pella Corp.’s board of directors, Charles (Charlie) Farver, will transition from board leadership when Adam Farver advances into the role. Shareholders of the privately-held company have named Adam Farver to become board chair in 2015, succeeding his father. Adam Farver is planned toEven at 87, Albert Hershkopf was thinking of the future. “Three weeks ago he called me and said he was going to buy a new machine, he said it was one that bends metal … he was an innovator of product lines …,” says his wife. 12/4/13

serve as the board’s vice-chair, starting in May of 2014, to allow him to work alongside Charlie Farver in an officer role while Charlie continues to actively serve on the board. 11/7/13

Obituaries Remembering Albert S. Hershkopf “My husband was a legend in the glass industry,” says Donna Hershkopf of her husband, Albert S. Hershkopf, 87, who passed away December 1. He was the president and 65-year employee of Novelty, Columbia and Energipane Glass in Lombard, Ill. He joined the family business, which has been in operations since in 1915, when he was 22 after he was discharged from the service. “And he remained with the company until [three] days ago,” says Donna Hershkopf. “The company made mirror at the beginning … added insulating glass and was a distributor. They were already talking about 2015 and what they would do to celebrate 100 years of operations.”

She adds, “He loved glass; his knowledge and history goes back 65 years. He worked six days a week, 12 hours a day until four years ago.”

Even at 87, Albert Hershkopf was thinking of the future. “Three weeks ago he called me and said he was going to buy a new machine, he said it was one that bends metal … he was an innovator of product lines …,” says his wife. 12/4/13

Penn Glass Co. Owner Passes Away Graham C. Parsons, owner and operator of Penn Glass Co. in Erie, Pa., recently passed away. He was 75. Parsons purchased Penn Glass in 1969, incorporating in 1976. He was heavily involved in the company’s commercial glazing department up until his death. Parsons had enjoyed boating for years and recently began spending his winters in Ft. Myers, Fla., with his wife of 55 years, Roslyn. He had five children. 11/6/13.






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