Volume 49, Issue 3 - March 2014

NewsMakers

appointments

Chris Reavis is the new director of business development covering the South Atlantic region for Gardner Glass Products Inc. He will be responsible for the company’s efforts in North Carolina, and will head up initiatives related to government sales, export sales and the hospitality market. Responsibility for all sales and marketing efforts to glass shops, distributors, glaziers and OEM accounts in the state are included as well.

A graduate of Appalachian State University with degrees in both business and computer information systems, Reavis brings more than 17 years of experience in retail as a former director at Lowe’s Companies. Most recently, he spent six years in the furniture industry as chief operating officer and vice president of sales for Key City Furniture.

partnerships

Thomas Moore of Glass Expert Services and 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, who serves as a columnist and blogger for USGlass magazine, 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.

retirements

Ted Krantz had little reason to suspect some 40 years ago that the sudden closing of one opportunity would lead to the opening of an even greater one.

A young Nebraska police officer who was on disability at the time after being shot while in the line of duty, Krantz worried about how he would financially take care of his wife, Jeanne, and two young children. Unsure what to do, he mentioned his precarious situation to some people from PPG that he had come to know at a restaurant he often frequented following the conclusion of his midnight to 8 a.m. shift.

That was all it took to initiate a brilliant career that spanned nearly 40 years at PPG, covering a series of assignments in the company’s flat glass segment, including commercial contract sales and management, project management, commercial product sales and national sales manager for fabricated products.

Now PPG’s director of skyline quality standards, Krantz retired March 1, capping his rise from an assistant warehouse superintendent in the company’s Omaha, Neb., branch to one of the most influential voices in the architectural glass industry.

“I happened to talk to those guys I knew who worked at PPG about needing a job and they were the ones who suggested that I go over to the warehouse … and look into something there,” Krantz recalls. “So I went and applied with the warehouse manager and I got the job. It worked out pretty well.”

In 2003, Krantz was promoted to the newly-created position of national manager of the key projects team, where he managed four national architectural managers, as well as directing construction activities in the Southwest.

In October 2008, USGlass magazine named him among the 50 most influential people within the architectural glass industry.

“It’s been great,” Krantz says. “I can’t say enough about a great company that gave me a chance.”

His colleagues lauded his efforts over the years to please PPG customers, while always best utilizing company resources.

“Ted has witnessed and experienced tremendous change with PPG’s scale and scope of our glass operations,” says Patrick J. Kenney, PPG’s director of marketing, in a company statement. “Yet throughout his entire career, Ted has maintained an unwavering commitment to the customer and to doggedly organizing PPG resources to satisfying their needs fully and profitably. He provided a unique voice of the customer that was sorely needed in all his many assignments and will be highly missed. Ted’s long-standing and friendly relationships with the nations’ leading owners, architects, glazing contractors and customers are legendary and facilitated the sale of many PPG glass projects that grace and define the skylines of every major U.S. city.”

Krantz is looking forward to spending more time with his family and says he’ll probably soon begin looking for a part-time job of some sort to make the conversion into the next phase of his life a little bit smoother for everybody involved.

“I think there’s going to be a transition period from all the meetings, travels and being away from home all the time,” he says. “I hope my wife is ready.”

 

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