Volume 50, Issue 7 - July 2015


comings and goings

Kevin Frisone is now the Midwest territory manager at Sage Electrochromics Inc.

Frisone spent the last three years as sales and marketing manager, North America, with Vetrotech Saint-Gobain.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Sage team,” says Frisone. “SageGlass is an exciting, cutting-edge product, and switching companies within Saint-Gobain gave me a great opportunity, so I’m really appreciative of that.”

Frisone has been involved in sales within the architectural sector for 20 years. He and his family relocated to the Chicago area, where he will be based for his new position.

new hires

Annette Panning has joined Viracon as the company’s new director of marketing. Panning brings director-level experience leading global marketing, marketing communications and brand initiatives. She also has experience in product development management and international marketing management practices.

Panning most recently spent more than seven years with Andersen Corp., where she served as its segment marketing manager. She has also worked for companies such as PENTAIR and Graco Inc.

She received her undergraduate degree and MBA at Minnesota State University, and has also taken programs at the Carlson School of Management and international business coursework at the Minnesota World Trade Center.


Binswanger Enterprises LLC, a Grey Mountain Partners portfolio company, named Tim Curran as CEO. Curran replaces Norm Plotkin, who is transitioning to a role supporting other Grey Mountain Partners portfolio companies.

Curran brings a 30-year track record of successfully managing and growing companies in a number of different industries, according to the company. He was most recently the senior vice president of U.S. operations at G&K Services, a publicly traded company in the uniform and facility services business.

Prior to G&K, Curran served in various leadership positions with ExpressBill, a division of WebMD Health Corp., Omnova Solutions and AlliedSignal Inc.


CH Holdings USA Inc. promoted Rick Hamlin to president of Cupples and Bill Trainor to vice president of operations.

Hamlin first joined Cupples in 1981 in the engineering group, before moving to estimating and project management. He then went on to chief estimator and director of project management positions. In the early 2000s, Hamlin left Cupples, but continued to work in the exterior fenestration industry at companies such as Architectural Wall Systems, Traco and Trainor Glass. In 2012, CH Holdings USA Inc. “reorganized Cupples as a domestic contractor focused on advanced facade applications in regionalized markets,” according to the company, and Hamlin returned as estimating and pre-construction manager.

Trainor began his career in project management at Trainor Glass Co., where he worked his way up to the firm’s regional manager position for the Rocky Mountain district. In 2012, he joined Cupples as a senior project manager and was eventually promoted to operations manager.

PPG Industries announced two executive appointments effective June 1. Vince Morales, previously vice president, investor relations, has now added treasurer to his title. Since joining PPG in 1985, Morales has advanced through various finance leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Morales earned his bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University and his master’s in business administration from Ohio State University.

Eric Thiele, who previously served as corporate treasurer, is now vice president and business controller, global architectural coatings and protective and marine coatings. Thiele has been with PPG for nearly 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

Also announced was the appointment of Scott Minder to director, investor relations. Minder joined PPG in June 2009 and previously worked for General Motors and Penske Logistics.

John Jankowski, assistant treasurer, will continue to provide leadership to the global treasury staff and in key areas of the treasury function.

Harter Family Holds Online Fundraiser for Todd Harter

The family of Donn Harter, former president and technical director of the California Glass Association/America’s Glass Association (CGA/AGA), recently launched an online fundraiser for Donn Harter’s son, Todd Harter, who recently was diagnosed with Stage 3C colon cancer.

Todd Harter, a restaurateur from Austin, Texas, will not be able to work for at least nine months due to this diagnosis, with no disability insurance, according to the online donation site. His out-of-pocket medical expense is more than $12,000 per year and he spent seven days in the hospital without health insurance.

“We have learned so much (too much) about this cancer and the cost of treatment,” writes Todd’s sister, Denise Werner. “Todd is trying to do the right thing and pay his medical bills without filing for medical bankruptcy. We’ve learned that 75 percent of the bankruptcies in the U.S. are due to medical bills and 75 percent of the people who filed those bankruptcies HAVE medical insurance. Todd and [his wife] Summer have so much integrity and I’m so proud of their decision not to file bankruptcy if they can manage the debt. I hope the community of their family, friends, acquaintances and all of their contacts will also admire their resolve to pay his bills and will help him rebuild his life.”

Visit http://bit.ly/1JZylIo to read more and/or donate.


The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, honored Linetec paint operations manager Paul Bratz with a Patriot Award. According to a release from Linetec, Bratz was nominated by Sgt. Bradley Pochinski, who serves in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, assigned to the A Company 1-128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd lnfantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Menominee, Wis.

The award was presented to Bratz on April 22 by John Rhyner, area chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR, at Linetec’s facility in Wausau, Wis.


Industry Expert Tom Minnon, Derry, N.H.

Thomas Edward Minnon, 63, of Derry, N.H., died Friday, May 15, 2015, surrounded by his family at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. He was diagnosed recently with lung cancer that was too advanced to cure. A respected leader in the glass industry, Minnon was an architectural specifications manager with Tubelite Inc., where he was employed the past four years.

Minnon joined Tubelite as a regional sales manager and was promoted in 2013 to serve as architectural specification manager. “Tom was a key driver in dramatically improving our specification presence in the architectural community,” says Mary Olivier, director of marketing at Tubelite. “Tom was passionate about the business and has given numerous educational seminars and keynote addresses at national, regional and local industry events.”

Along with delivering dozens of educational presentations each year, Minnon also authored industry articles. He was a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified FenestrationMaster through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.

Minnon was born in Exeter on February 16, 1952, and was a son of the late William J. and Marie B. (Curran) Minnon. He was raised and educated in Exeter and was a graduate of Exeter High School. He attended Georgia Tech and New Hampshire Technical Institute.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Hope (Johnston) Minnon; a son, Mark Minnon; two stepsons, Derek and Colin Cass; two brothers, Robert Minnon and wife Joan, and John Minnon; as well as six step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

ACE Glass’ Johnny Aaron, Little Rock, Ark.

Johnny L. Aaron, longtime general field supervisor at ACE Glass Construction Corp., of Little Rock, Ark., passed away May 16. He was 57.

Aaron was a fixture in the central Arkansas construction community and spent more than 27 years with ACE. He had received numerous certifications from technical and leadership training over the years and was recognized as the go-to source of information for many general contractors, architects and building owners for difficult situations involving glass and glazing systems.

“As the leader of all commercial glazing projects for ACE Glass, Johnny has left a legacy of working safely, working smart and most of all, working hard. There were few people around who could match his pace over the course of a work week, and he had the ability to seemingly be several places at once during his daily travels,” an obituary from ACE reads.

“He was passionate about the people who worked with him and served not only as a mentor in the technical aspects of curtainwall, storefront and ACM panel installations, but was also a true friend with a genuine concern for what was going on in the lives of his co-workers.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Bud Aaron, and his brother, Ronny Aaron. He is survived by his mother, Mary Hudgins; son, Logan Aaron; two sisters, Becky Peter and Vicky (Rick) Newton; fiancée, Jo Jones; fiancee’s children, Bobbie Perry and Rick Tidwell; and her grandchildren Nathan and Anthony Perry.

Memorials may be made in honor of Ronny Aaron to Out of Darkness Walks, www.afsp.org or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org.

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