Volume 50, Issue 3 - March 2015



David B. Navikas, senior vice president, strategic planning and corporate development with Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, retired March 1. Navikas joined PPG as controller in 1995 and was elected vice president in 2000. In June 2011, he was appointed senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and has held his current senior leadership role since August 2013.

“PPG has benefited greatly from David’s deep knowledge of our company’s strategic priorities and financial framework,” says Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and chief executive officer. “He has been a key leader in driving the growth and transformation of our coatings business portfolio through his functional leadership and as a member of our executive and operating committees.”

Prior to his time with PPG, Navikas spent 22 years with accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was a partner and professional practice director of the Pittsburgh office.


Flat glass fabricator Dillmeier Enterprises promoted Garrett Ames to chief operating officer. He has been with the company since 2011, serving as vice president of sales and marketing.

According to a company statement, “With the growth of Dillmeier Enterprises in both sales volume and new markets, Garrett Ames’ talents are needed in a more broad-based application …”

Western Window Systems promoted Scott Gates to chief operating officer. Gates was previously the company’s vice president and general manager and has been there since 2010. In his new role, he will continue to be responsible for the engineering, marketing, operations, and service departments, as well as ensuring operational excellence across the company.

Gates earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 2004 and is expected to graduate with an MBA from there in early 2015.

Matthew Kraus
was promoted to senior vice president at Skyline Windows, which was founded by his family in 1921. He is being groomed by his father, current Skyline Windows CEO Steven Kraus, to eventually take the reins as CEO, according to the company.

Kraus is currently responsible for facilitating internal structure development for future growth, dealing with systems development and factory improvements. In his new role, he will lead all sales and marketing initiatives. He will also help guide the company’s strategic direction and assure that planning is in place to support sales efforts.

Sika Industry promoted Russell Livermore III to vice president marketing, industry target market USA. He will report to Dan Hilliard, senior vice president, industry target market USA.

Livermore joined the company in June 2004 as senior marketing coordinator and has held positions of increasing responsibility over his tenure. According to the company, Livermore has been responsible for strategic market planning and programs, product management and service support to transportation, appliances and components, and façade, fenestration, insulating glass (FFI) sales personnel.

In Livermore’s new role, he will manage all marketing-related efforts, strategic product management and successful product commercialization efforts for industry target market USA, which includes aftermarket, transportation, appliances and components and FFI business segments. Livermore holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Ferris State College.


North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Gardner Glass Products Inc. named Jim Ventre vice president of flat glass sales. In his new position, Ventre will be focused on the growth and management of distribution and installer sales accounts. He has been with Gardner as national accounts manager since 2011 and has been in the glass industry for more than 30 years. John Myers, senior vice president of Dreamwalls sales group, will focus on commercial glazing, OEM and specialty distributor accounts.

Gardner also promoted Chris Reavis to vice president of logistics and sales support. He previously served as director of business development for the South Atlantic region.

In addition, Mike Edwards was appointed director of glass and coatings technology. He will be responsible for the North Carolina and Texas silvering operations, as well as special projects and new coating technologies.

Additionally, Randall Parsons was named director of human resources. He joins Gardner from Lowe’s Companies and will be directly responsible for human resource needs, as well as safety management for Gardner locations in North Carolina, Texas and Indiana.

new hires

Dennis Csehi was appointed managing principal of the Consulting Collaborative’s Western office in Denver. He is a past president of the Glass Association of North America, and has more than 30 years of general and technical management. His background includes executive experience in startups, turnarounds, and established companies operating nationally and internationally.

“Dennis is especially effective in improving operations through the use of people and technology,” reads a company release. “He has led organizations and teams to create a clear focus on objectives and accountability, which has led to increased sales, revenue, and profit growth.”

Csehi earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo.

Clover Architectural Products hired Aaron Johns to oversee all project management related to the company’s
sunshade and custom metal projects.

Johns has been in the architectural metal industry since 2007, starting with Doralco, where he served as a senior project manager. Most recently, Johns spent time at Metal Edge, a division of Olsson Roofing, gaining experience within subcontracting.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Butler University.

Coastal Shower Doors hired operations manager Steve Middleton to lead its expansion into the European market. Based in England, Middleton will be responsible for developing a distribution network within the European Union by appointing importers and distributors in various countries, according to the company.

Middleton brings a range of industry experience, having been an installer before owning his own retail showrooms.

Tara Brummet is the newest sales representative for Vitrum Glass Group. She is based at the company’s Langley, British Columbia, head office and will be responsible for key accounts throughout the Western United States.
Brummet has more than 15 years’ experience in the glass industry, is currently a Fen-BC board member and is involved with the Glass Association North America at the committee level.

She will also be representing Vitrum’s sister company, Apex Aluminum Extrusions, by providing support on strategic sales to glazing customers throughout the Western United States.

AMG Architectural Glass and Glazing has made several new hires.
Paul Kitching has joined the company as general manager. He brings 24 years of experience in high-volume operations in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lakehead University and received his certificate as a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada.

In addition, the company hired two new project managers, an assistant project manager and one drafter. As a project manager, Nick Cohawitz brings six years of construction experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Temple University and is a certified accredited glazing specialist. Also a new project manager, Joe Theisen has 14 years of glazing experience and holds a degree in management from St. Scholastica.

Brandon Bomar was hired as an assistant project manager. He brings four years of construction experience, and has an associate’s degree in applied science in architectural drafting and construction estimating. He is expected to complete his bachelor’s degree in construction management at Dunwoody College of Technology this year.

Bee Lor is a new drafter, and has four years of drafting experience in the construction industry. He has a computer drafting and design degree from ITT Technical Institute. n.


Lawrence Carbary Elected to ASTM Board of Directors

Dow Corning Corp. industry scientist Lawrence D. Carbary, who works on the company’s facade engineering and architectural design team for high-performance building solutions, was elected to serve a three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors.

Carbary has been an ASTM member since 1999 and is a past chairman of the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations. He is chairman of two subcommittees in Committee C24 and serves on several other C24 groups. He is also a member of Committee C16 on Thermal Insulation.

Carbary has been recognized for his ASTM contributions with the Award of Merit and title of fellow, and the Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award.

He began work at Dow Corning in 1982 after graduating from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He was responsible for opening the firm’s first regional testing laboratory in California and built a construction technical service team in South Korea.

Carbary recently co-chaired the Fifth Symposium on Building and Construction Sealants and Adhesives, sponsored by ASTM Committee C24 and the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures.

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