Volume 49, Issue 6 - June 2014


The boards of directors of Building Envelope Software Technologies of Toronto and Building Envelope Software Technologies of Denver (Best Cos.) made several management changes.

Dan Andersen
, formerly president and CEO, will become chairperson of Building Envelope Software Technologies in Toronto. Barbara Andersen, formerly vice president of operations, will become president and CEO of the Best Cos. She also will retain her position as president and CEO of Building Envelope Software Technologies in Denver.

In addition, the company hired O. Alan Hamilton to become vice president of operations of the Best Cos. He has degrees in engineering and law, as well as experience in corporate finance.

Josh Rudd
also joined the company as general manager of sales. He is located in Denver and has experience in the commercial glazing industry as well as sales and marketing.

Virginia Mirror Company/Virginia Glass Products Inc. promoted Ben Beeler to executive vice president of product development and new ventures. He is a 30-year veteran of the company and will be responsible for adding new product additions.

Mike Dishmon was named vice president of sales and marketing for both companies. Since joining in 2011, he has been responsible for the outside sales force; with this promotion, he will be responsible for the inside sales team as well.

Reporting to Dishmon, Rodney Keats, director of customer service, will have direct responsibility for the inside sales and estimating teams. He has been with the company for 30 years and previously was responsible for production and logistics for both companies.

L.W. Deal was named vice president of administration and will now take on the additional responsibility of the accounting and finance departments. In his new role, the accounts receivable, accounts payable and accounting departments will report to him.

Jeff Lurges has been promoted as Azon’s new market development specialist. Lurges is a ten-year veteran in market development with the company and is responsible for communicating its thermal barrier technology to window manufacturers.

Quanex Building Products promoted Vince Warne to director of technical services. Warne is an industry veteran, previously working as part of the Quanex Insulating Glass Systems team and serving in many roles, including production supervisor, standard spacer business unit manager, operations manager and process engineering manager.

Most recently, he served as director of quality for Quanex Insulating Glass Systems where he worked in collaboration with the customer service, quality and production teams to overcome specific product quality challenges and enhance customer service levels.

In addition, Quanex named four people to new leadership positions, appointing Larry Patterson to director of operations, Steve Wright to logistics manager, Mike Smith to human resources manager and John E. Bendel to tooling manager of the Richmond, Ky., window and door profile facility.

Patterson joined Quanex in 2005 as the plant manager for the Richmond, Ky., location. In 2006, he was promoted to vice president, operations. He officially retired from Quanex in 2009 and since rejoined as the director of operations.

Wright, who will now manage operational performance, has more than 24 years of experience in logistics and operations management, with direct experience supporting manufacturing logistics. He holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational management and an Associate of Applied Science in industrial management.

Smith has more than 10 years of experience in human resources. Most recently, he was human resource manager for Joy Global. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business management/human resources.

Bendel has more than 20 years of manufacturing experience in vinyl composite profile extrusion, plastic injection molding and aerospace industries. Previously, Bendel worked as a CAD/CAM designer for GKN Aerospace.

The Wagner Companies appointed David Chermak accounting manager. He will be responsible for financial reporting and will oversee the business’s accounting department.

Chermak spent 11 years as an accounting professional with corporations such as US Bancorp, Penzeys, LTD and most recently Robert Half International.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from the University Wisconsin Whitewater, a master’s of accounting and finance from Keller Graduate School and is a certified public accountant (CPA). In addition, Dean Durow was appointed production control manager. He has more than 25 years of experience in production planning, including 15 years at the West Bend Co., and most recently with Milk Specialties in Adell, Wis.

Durow will serve as the master planner for company’s various production lines and will also work with purchasing, sales and departmental supervisors to coordinate on-time delivery to customers.

Yer Vang
was appointed as a modeling engineer within the architectural railings system division. Vang has more than 10 years of drawing, design and CAD® experience and obtained his associate’s degree in industrial model building from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 1996. He currently is enrolled in the mechanical engineering program at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee).

new hires
Viracon named Connor O’Neill as its newest architectural sales representative for the Midwest and Tyler Tennant for the West.

O’Neill, a LEED green associate, is a recent graduate of the University of Maine where he studied economics and business administration. O’Neill will cover Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Tennant is a recent graduate of Minnesota State University with a degree in marketing. In December 2013 he became a LEED green associate. He will cover Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.

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

Tubelite Inc. added Mike Peters and Kelly Townsend as client development managers. Peters replaces Steve Seeling, who recently retired, in serving clients in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Townsend assumes the responsibilities for clients in Oklahoma and northern Texas from Don Walker, who recently retired.

Peters has nine years of experience owning and operating his own business as an independent sales representative serving EFCO’s customers in Oklahoma and Kansas. Previously he worked for companies such as EFCO and Vistawall Architectural Products (now Oldcastle Building Envelope®).

Townsend draws from more than three decades of experience in the commercial glazing and architectural products industries. He most recently worked as a Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ Texas-based architectural sales representative. Prior to that, he was the national sales director for Columbia Commercial Building Products in Rockwall, Texas.

In addition, Jim McMahon joined as a client development manager. He is based in Houston and worked previously for C.R. Laurence Co. Inc./U.S. Aluminum as an architectural sales representative in the Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi area.

Also, Tim Doughty is now the Southeastern regional sales manager and Keith Hocutt joined as a client development manager with a focus in Louisiana and Mississippi. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Doughty will continue his role as client development manager for clients in Georgia with the addition of managing the sales representative of four other territories.

Hocutt is based in Mississippi and has nearly 15 years of experience in the industry. He most recently worked at YKK AP America Inc. as an architectural sales representative in the Southeast.

Centric Management and Consulting Inc., the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) for-profit subsidiary, elected its 2014-15 officers and board of directors.
Serving in officer positions are:

Chair: Jeff Nixon, Glass Coatings & Concepts;
Vice chair: Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius;
President: Bill Yanek, GANA;
Treasurer: John Dwyer, Syracuse Glass Co.; and
Secretary: Ashley Charest, GANA.

The following people will also serve as board members:
Jeff Nixon, Glass Coatings & Concepts;
Arthur Berkowitz, J.E. Berkowitz LP;
Kris Vockler, ICD High Performance Coatings;
Doug Kinsinger, Topeka Chamber of Commerce;
Stanley Yee, Dow Corning Corp.;
Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius;
John Dwyer, Syracuse Glass Co.; and
Tracy Rogers, Quanex Building Products

Rogers, Minn.-based Quality Metalcrafts LLC/Americlad® named Dean Wallace its “Salesperson of the Year.”

According to the company, he excelled in 2013 by being the top salesperson in the organization. Wallace has more than 30 years of experience in the architectural metal industry.

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