NewsMakers  
new hires  
president of a commercial decorative  
McGrory Glass has glass company for ten years.  
The new president  
of Gateway Extrusions  
is Thomas Ziegler. He  
has more than 30 years  
of experience in the alu-  
minum extrusion and  
fabrication industry and  
has been with the com-  
pany for 11 years.  
a new director of lam-  
inating sciences. Dan  
Laporte was previ-  
ously with Eastman  
Chemical Co.  
Jean-Francois Cav-  
alié has joined Consult-  
ing Collaborative as the  
firm’s managing princi- Thomas  
pal of its new European Ziegler  
office near Toulouse,  
France.He brings signif-  
Dan  
Laporte  
Laporte has more than  
27 years of experience in  
technical service/sup- Jean-  
He previously held general manager  
port, new product introduction, and Francois  
applications development in laminat- Cavalié  
ing materials. In addition to his ser-  
icant experience as the and vice president positions at the com-  
company launches its pany. Prior to that, he worked for Alcoa.  
services in Europe, ac-  
vice/support time at Eastman, he has cording to a release from the company.  
worked extensively with interlayers to  
Cavalie has experience in the build- plant manager at Graham Architectural  
produce laminated safety glass and im- ing products, construction, aluminum Products Curtain Wall Solutions and  
prove existing products.  
extrusion and manufacturing indus- Ethan Weber was hired as a designer.  
tries along with executive experience in  
As the plant operations leader,  
Joe Brown was recently promoted to  
Bringing more than start-ups,turnarounds and established Brown will manage the manufactur-  
three decades of expe- companies. His international experi- ing operations and develop “strategies  
rience in glass industry ence spans more than two decades of and approaches to drive enhanced  
sales and leadership po- general management positions in Eu- productivity, product quality, and a  
sitions,Victor Trnavskis rope, the Middle East and Asia.  
is IGE Glass Technologies  
safe, cost-efficient work environment,”  
Cavalie has held a variety of posi- according to a release from the com-  
Victor  
Trnavskis  
Inc.’s new vice president tions throughout his career including pany. He will also be responsible for  
of sales.He is responsible president/CEO, managing director, planning, directing and coordinating  
for directing the orga- sales and marketing as well as research the daily operations and work activi-  
nization’s sales growth with an initial and development director.  
ties of all manufacturing personnel.He  
joined the company in October 2012 as  
project manager and was promoted to  
Mike Boyd has been promoted as manager of project management in  
focus on growing its supply business,  
while maintaining the company’s cul- promotions  
ture and commitment to its clients.  
Trnavskis earned his bachelor’s de- an inside account manager at Strybuc July 2015.  
gree from the University of Waterloo, Industries.  
Weber will be responsible for design-  
He has a number of years of experi- ing project-specific products for custom  
Ontario, Canada. He also completed  
Military Staff School, and enjoyed a ca- ence in the door and window industry window, curtainwall, sunshades, alumi-  
reer in the Canadian military as a senior and works in Strybuc’s Pennsylvania num doors and storefront products.  
officer with the rank of major. After his sales office. He will be responsible for  
military career, Trnavskis joined the the Michigan,Tennessee,Indiana,West appointments  
glass industry in various roles,including Virginia and Canada markets.  
Vasso Tsopelas is the new chief op-  
erating officer for Gray Glass.  
kudos  
“Ms. Tsopelas is a seasoned and  
trusted leader who consistently de-  
livers results. She is uniquely quali-  
fied to drive strategic prioritization  
and accountability within Gray Glass,  
with an amazing focus on operational  
excellence,”says company chairperson  
William O’Bryan. “I have tremendous  
confidence in Ms. Tsopelas’ ability to  
align Gray Glass world-class inno-  
vation with industry-leading opera-  
tional practices to drive and extend  
Ron Wooten, director of product testing and certification at  
CRL-U.S. Aluminum, earned FenestrationMaster certification  
from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association  
(AAMA). FenestrationMaster is a national education and certifi-  
cation program for professionals in the industry.  
Ron  
Wooten  
Wooten has been in the fenestration industry for over three  
decades. In his current position, he plans and directs activities  
for a team of product engineers and technicians in the perfor-  
mance testing of various CRL-manufactured products. He also engages in the  
research and development of new products, and implements improvements  
to existing products. He currently holds seven U.S. patents, according to CRL.  
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volunteer organizations  
Bernie Tueringer of Pacific Glass is the new president of the Washington Glass  
the next-generation of Gray Glass Association (WGA). Tueringer replaces Rick Wakefield of Wakefield Glass.  
market leadership.”  
Rick Koeller of OCBE was appointed vice president, Bonnie Fay of NWI, secre-  
Tsopelas adds, “… I am incredibly tary and Ed Howell of Hartung, treasurer.  
energized to help lead the company to  
WGA directors include Bud Henson of Window Tech Inc., Patricia Hernandez of  
its next phase of innovation tied with Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Jon Larson of Larson Glass, Mark Pasion of All New Glass  
operational excellence.”  
and Mike Reydell of SGS Glass.  
Guardian Glass appointed Ricardo  
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) elected a new executive com-  
Knecht general manager for South mittee and welcomed a new board of directors. The newly seated board of direc-  
America. tors appointed the following board members to the executive committee:  
Knecht was most recently general Paul Bush, chair, Vitro Architectural Bipin Shah, WinBuild Inc.;  
manager of SABIC – South America,  
where he was responsible for sales and Daniel Huard, vice chair, Humann  
application development for specialty  
Building Solutions, USGBC;  
and core materials, as well as supply Kevin Vilhauer, secretary, Milgard  
chain,manufacturing and business de-  
Manufacturing Inc.;  
velopment activities for the region. Be- Kerry Haglund, treasurer, Efficient  
Glass;  
• Mahabir Bhandari, Oak Ridge Na-  
tional Laboratory;  
• Payam Bozorgchami, California En-  
ergy Commission; and  
• Catherine Best, Benson Industries  
Inc.  
fore that, he was chief financial officer  
of GE Plastics for Latin America.  
Windows Collaborative ;  
The ex-officio body of the board in-  
• Jeff Baker, immediate past chair cludes the ombudsman and the chairs  
and ombudsman, WESTLab; and of the following committees:  
Quanex Building Prod- Greg McKenna, member, Kawneer Regulatory Affairs Committee (formerly  
ucts appointed Carrie  
Scheetz marketing proj-  
ect manager. She will be members:  
Co. Inc.  
NFRC’s board includes the following  
the Regulatory Affairs and Marketing  
Committee), Garrett Stone, Stone  
Mattheis Xenopoulos & Brew, PC;  
responsible for day-to- Joe Hayden, Pella Windows and Technical Committee, Mike Thoman,  
day marketing requests Doors; Intertek-ATI; and  
from customers, as well Charlie Curcija, Lawrence Berkeley Ratings Committee, Steve Johnson,  
Carrie  
Scheetz  
as managing the compa-  
ny’s trade shows, events  
National Laboratory;  
Andersen Windows Inc.  
and lead-management programs.  
Scheetz holds a master’s degree in  
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) named its 2017  
business administration and executive board of directors during its recent annual national conference.  
management from Ashland University Mike DeSoto (MI Windows and Doors) is the new chair of the board, and Don-  
and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on nie Hunter (Kawneer) is the vice chair. Carl Troiano (Trojan Powder Coatings)  
marketing, speech communications accepted Hunter’s previous board position as an architectural representative.  
and accounting from Muskingum  
In addition to DeSoto and Hunter, members of the 2017 AAMA board of direc-  
College. She is an AAMA-certified tors include:  
Fenestration Associate and Net Pro- Officers  
Affiliated Association Representative  
Margaret Webb, IGMA  
moter-Certified Associate.  
Steve Strawn, treasurer, Jeld-Wen  
Georges Thiret, immediate past Ex-Officio Board Members  
chair, Graham Architectural Products John Brunett, Paradigm Window  
Icon Exterior Building Solutions,  
an AC Dellovade company, appointed Architectural Representatives  
Shawn Traylor executive vice presi- Mark Silverberg, Technoform  
Solutions  
Kim Flanary, Milgard  
dent. His main responsibility will be Carl Troiano, Trojan Powder Coating Steve Fronek, Apogee Enterprises/  
Icon’s curtainwall division.  
Mike Turner, YKK AP  
Wausau Window and Wall Systems  
Chuck Gilderman, Vision Extrusions  
Rod Hershberger, PGT Innovations  
Chris Magnuson, Wasco  
“Shawn is an excellent addition to our Residential Representatives  
company as we continue to grow and Cristen Baca, Simonton  
expand,”says Pat Riley, vice president of Kevin Gaul, Pella  
AC Dellovade. “Shawn has successfully Rob Luter, Lippert Components Inc. Gantt Miller, Winco n  
won and executed on many intricate fa- Supplier Representatives  
cades throughout the United States and Jeff Graby, AmesburyTruth  
we expect many more to come.”  
Kevin Seiling, VEKA  
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