Volume 50, Issue 5 - May 2015



Western Window Systems Receives ASU Honor

Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business selected Western Window Systems president and CEO Scott Gates for its first-ever Sun Devil Select event, a celebration that honors top businesses owned or run by ASU alumni.

The door and window manufacturer is among 17 firms from across the country that were recognized at an invitation-only luncheon March 20 at ASU’s campus in Tempe, Ariz.

“We’re honoring organizations that demonstrate innovation, growth, and entrepreneurial spirit,” says Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “The inaugural Sun Devil Select class includes firms from Chicago, the Los Angeles area, Kansas City, Dallas and the Phoenix area.”

Gates, who joined Western Window Systems in 2011, holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and will graduate this month with an MBA from Arizona State University.


Cameron McGinley is the new vice president of commercial sales and president of EFCO Corp., a Monett, Mo.-based Pella Company. He replaces Mike Farquhar, who is moving on to own and operate a Pella independent sales branch.

McGinley was most recently the director of international business development at Pella and has spent 12 years with the company in several plant manager, general manager and director roles. According to the company, McGinley was also instrumental in helping develop Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions.

Farquhar held a variety of roles in his 20-year career with Pella and has been leading the Pella EFCO Commercial Solutions business since Pella acquired EFCO in 2007.

HHH Tempering Resources Inc. has named Mike Synon as its new president. Synon has spent the past two years as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing.

The previous majority owners, Leon and Rick Silverstein, are converting ownership to an employee group of glass industry veterans and outside investors, according to a release. The group of principal employees includes Synon, Terry Hessom and HHH founders John Haws and Keith Hunt. As part of this “planned organizational evolution,” the Silversteins have stepped down, and the company is now mostly employee-owned.

Kawneer Co. Inc. appointed Robert Huffman to U.S. Southern region sales manager.

Huffman brings more than 20 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry. He began his career with Kawneer in 1993, first serving as an estimator and later as an architectural sales manager for territory sales. In 2001, he transitioned to a project management role with ASI Ltd. and later moved to Midwest Glazing, where he became executive vice president. Prior to returning to Kawneer in February, Huffman served as general manager of curtainwall and skylights with Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® in Terrell, Texas.

Huffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University after double-majoring in political science and environmental design/urban planning. He also holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Iowa.

Jenison, Mich.-based dynamic glass manufacturer Pleotint LLC appointed Joshua Perilstein as regional sales manager. In his new position, Perilstein will lead sales efforts in the Southwest, covering Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Perilstein, who has 13 years of industry experience, has held sales positions at Arch Aluminum, Arch Deco Glass, C.R. Laurence and most recently W.A. Wilson. Perilstein’s father, Steve Perilstein, is W.A.Wilson’s executive vice president.


Longtime Vos Glass Employee Patricia Merryweather Retires

After more than three decades with Vos Glass, Patricia Merryweather is retiring from the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based glass company.

Merryweather joined Vos Glass in 1982 and has served in a variety of functions over the past 33 years, including sales, safety and administration.

“This is a bittersweet occasion for us,” says Vos Glass president Linda Vos-Graham. “We are happy that Pat has exciting plans for a fulfilling retirement, but we will miss her and the sense of history she brought to the workplace. She was close to the company’s founders, Jake and Barb Vos, and she has great stories to tell about the early days.”

According to a company statement, “Throughout her career, Merryweather inspired co-workers with an unwavering dedication to the company and its customers. Her decades-long tenure [and] contemporary standards is a testament to both that loyalty and her exceptional, ever-evolving skills.”


Industry Veteran Norman Herd Passes Away

Norman D. Herd, regional manager for Custom Window Co. in Seattle, passed away March 31 after a four-year battle with cancer.

Herd, 77, spent 53 years in the glass industry. He was the first president of the Washington Glass Association. He had been with Custom since 2007. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as the president of Northwest Glass. He was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and colleagues alike,” says his son, Paul Herd.

Herd his survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynda; four sons, two daughters, their spouses, 12
grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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