Volume 50, Issue 6 - June 2015


comings and goings

Bohle AG CEO Dr. Heinrich Ostendarp, who was appointed to the board of directors in 2006, resigned from his position with the consent of the company’s supervisory board. Arne Kloefkorn, chief operating officer, will take over his duties until a decision has been made regarding a successor.

“Under his leadership, the company has continuously rebuilt and further developed its structures,” reads a release from the company. “ … The supervisory board would like to thank Dr. Ostendarp for his strong contribution to the company’s successful development over the past nine years.”

Ostendarp will continue to advise the company on further developing new business and products through the end of 2015, according to the company.

new hires

Alumil N.A., a subsidiary of Europe-based Alumil Aluminum, established a new North American business unit and tapped industry veteran Steven Acker to take its reins. He will serve as the director of business development.

Acker will be based out of the company’s New York City office and brings more than 25 years of experience in the glass and aluminum industry.

Before earning a LMAC degree from Ohio State University’s Fischer School of Business, Acker graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Global Security Glazing, a Consolidated Glass Holdings company, named Chad Snyder its security products manager. Snyder will lead the company’s sales effort, focusing on sales and product development within the security products division.

Snyder has a bachelor’s degree from Point Park University and a master’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Doug Schaefer is the new manager of architectural railing systems for the Wagner Companies based in Milwaukee. Schaefer brings more than 25 years of experience in lighting design, product line management and engineering new product development, having worked with companies such as Visa Lighting, Kohler Company, SPI Lighting and Manning Lighting Inc.

Schaefer has a Bachelor of Science in industrial design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

In his new role, he will direct and coordinate the customer order and fulfillment processes.

Ryan Noble is the new Eastern regional sales manager for Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Noble, who brings more than a decade of sales experience in the building products industry, will focus on supporting local sales representatives in meeting architectural and construction teams’ needs for new construction and renovation of institutional facilities, as well as high-rise residential and office towers.

He most recently worked as a Southeastern regional sales manager at AGC Glass Co., and before that in business development for James Hardie Building Products. Noble earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The company also hired Luke McCullough and Terryl Cronin as architectural sales representatives in the Eastern region.

Located in Atlanta, McCullough will serve customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia. Most recently, he worked as an inside regional sales manager for Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions. He also has previous experience as an architectural sales representative with AGC Glass Co. McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Scranton, Pa.

Based in the District of Columbia, Cronin’s territory includes Washington, D.C., Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. She brings a decade of experience as an architectural sales representative. Her previous employers include Kawneer Co. Inc., where she served customers in D.C. and Boston, and YKK, where she managed the Northeast region.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a LEED Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council.


Diana Bolt Perreiah
was promoted to president of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems (BCS). She replaces Glen Morrison, who has accepted a position to lead a North American subsidiary of Tarkett, an international flooring and sports surfaces company headquartered in France.

Perreiah has served as the leader of BCS North America since 2010 and has been responsible for the company’s operations, sales and product development in North America, including the integration of the Traco acquisition. She has been with Alcoa for 28 years and has held a series of increasingly responsible leadership roles in the company’s global packaging and extrusions businesses as well as managing the consolidation of Alcoa’s North American information services and an assignment with the company’s operations management consulting team. Last year, the Manufacturing Institute selected Perreiah for its Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award, which recognizes women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their manufacturing careers.

Chris Fronsoe has joined the ICD High Performance Coatings sales team. According to the company, Fronsoe has a vast management and sales background. He will be responsible for market development and new products globally.

Owatonna, Minn.-based glass company Viracon appointed Thomas Cater and Tyler Firme as new architectural sales representatives.

Cater’s territory includes Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Previously, he worked as a project manager for Quality Structures and as a regional sales executive with Doralco Architectural Metals. He graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Construction Management at Clemson in 2008.

Firme is a LEED green associate and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Most recently, Firme participated in a nine-month sales training program within Viracon. He will service the state of Michigan, along with accounts in Chicago, upstate Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

now representing

Tubelite Inc. selected DSW Architectural Products LLC to serve its clients in New England. Dave Williams, president of DSW, will work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems as part of the agreement.

Based in New Milford, Conn., Williams has more than three decades of experience in sales and architectural aluminum products. For the past four years, he worked at Schuco USA as a senior vice president. Previously, he served as a territory sales manager with Kawneer.

Williams earned his master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Family, Friends, Co-Workers Mourn Tim Harris

Tim Harris, Quanex Building Products’ technical services manager who passed away in late April from injuries sustained at a customer’s door and window facility, is being remembered by colleagues for his dedication to the fenestration industry.

Harris spent more than 40 years as an industry professional, holding positions at Norton Sealants, Besten, Tremco, Truseal and, most recently, Quanex Building Products.

Harris was well known throughout the industry because of his passion for service, regular visits to customer facilities and his active involvement with various organizations, including the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (SIGMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). He chaired several committees for both organizations, produced the first glazing video used by IGMA, and helped write and publish the original SIGMA glazing guidelines, which are still widely referenced today.

His long career and list of accomplishments also included managing a technical services department and helping to develop and launch new products, including the Dura Spacer product lines, according to a statement from Quanex.

“Tim worked tirelessly and was always the voice of the customer, whether at industry committees, internal meetings or on the customer’s shop floor,” said Jim Baratuci, Harris’s long-time co-worker and Quanex’s recently retired vice president of research and development. “He had contacts at hundreds of companies and counted many co-workers, customers and even competitors as friends. But more than accomplishments, Tim valued relationships and his family. He will be sorely missed.”

“We are truly saddened by this tragic loss of our friend and co-worker. Tim was a kind, supportive, positive and caring person who was always a pleasure to be around, and his passion for our industry and for our customers won’t soon be forgotten,” said George Wilson, general manager, Quanex Building Products IG Systems. “Safety is a core value of who we are at Quanex, and we hope everyone in the industry will reflect on the safety of all operations within any plant or warehouse associated with fenestration. Our condolences go out to Tim’s wife, Gail, and the entire Harris family during this very difficult time.”

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