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COMINGS AND GOINGS
NSG Group Appoints New Executive VP
Officials at the Japan-based NSG Group has appointed Keiji Yoshikawa
as the company’s representative executive officer, executive vice president
of the company, and chief project management officer. In addition, the
company has divided its automotive business unit into two strategic business
units (SBUs): auto glass replacement (AGR) and original-equipment (OE).
Tony Fradgley will lead the AGR unit as senior corporate officer,
and Phil Millichap has been appointed senior corporate officer of the
automotive OE unit.
Previously, Yoshikawa served as executive officer and head of the company’s
specialty glass division.
Fradgley has been with the company for nearly 14 years and has held a
variety of roles in the company’s auto glass replacement business, according
to information from his LinkedIn account. Millichap most recently served
as senior executive officer, according to a June 2011 financial report
issued by the company.
Frye Joins Guardian Auto Glass
Worthington, Ohio-based Guardian Auto Glass LLC hired Nik Frye as vice
president of sales and marketing. Frye most recently served as vice president
of sales for Chicago-based Glass America.
He has more than 35 years of retail auto glass experience and got his
start as an apprentice auto glass technician in his family’s business.
He is a certified continuing education instructor in 19 states and currently
serves as chair of the marketing committee for the Auto Glass Safety Council
(formerly the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council).
“I am very pleased to be joining the Guardian Auto Glass team and excited
about the growth opportunities offered by such a quality organization,”
adds Frye. “Guardian’s local ownership model attracted my interest … I
look forward to the future and working closely with all Guardian Auto
Glass employees and owners to grow the company.”
Guardian Auto Glass LLC was founded in September 2010 as a joint venture
between Guardian Glass Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian
Industries Corp., and LRST LLC to manage the Guardian’s retail auto glass
Frye says he’ll remain based in New Hampton, N.H.
Staff Promotions at Key Communications
Key Communications Inc. has announced that Sahely Mukerji has taken
over Penny Stacey’s position as editor of AGRR™ magazine beginning
with this issue (read Mukerji’s column on page
4). Katie Hodge O’Mara, editor of Window Film magazine, will
now serve as the editor of AGRR’s daily news service, glassBYTEs.com™.
O’Mara has been employed at Key Communications for the past three years.
Stacey, who has served as an editor for AGRR for nine years, has been
named editor of USGlass magazine, effective with the March 2012 issue.
“I am very excited to serve as the daily editor of glassBYTEs.com,” says
O’Mara. “I am already familiar with the auto glass industry as I have
always assisted with glassBYTEs so I look forward to taking over the reins.”
“I’ve really enjoyed serving the auto glass industry over the years, but
am excited to see AGRR magazine and glassBYTEs.com being placed into the
hands of Sahely and Katie,” says Stacey. “I know they’re both going to
enjoy it as much as I have, and I look forward to working closely with
them through this period of transition as I move on to a new role here
Megan Headley, who has served as editor of USGlass magazine for the
past eight years, will begin a new role as special projects editor, effective
with the March 2012 issue.
Following is the contact information: Penny Stacey, 540/720-5584, ext.
Katie Hodge O’Mara, 540-720-5584, ext. 130, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sahely Mukerji, 540-720-5584, ext. 194, email@example.com
and Megan Headley, 540-720-5584, ext. 114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Umble Named Director of Auto Glass Claim Solutions
Pittsburgh-based LYNX Services has named Chris Umble to the
newly created position of executive director of auto glass claim solutions.
He previously served as vice president of strategic initiatives. In addition,
the company has hired Richard A. Palmer III as vice president of
sales and marketing.
Umble will maintains his key account management duties and will take on
responsibility for defining and executing business strategies to bring
new value to existing client relationships and to drive growth in the
company’s auto glass claims management segment, according to a company
statement. Additionally, he will be responsible for managing and differentiating
the company’s auto glass retail partner networks.
Palmer most recently served as vice president corporate sales for Mitchell
International. Palmer’s responsibilities include directing sales, market
development, product management, and client integration and support functions.
“LYNX Services has grown, and is growing, in significant ways beyond its
original core glass claims business,” says Palmer. “I am excited about
joining this successful organization and the opportunity to further its
commercial growth in auto claims management, property claims management,
strategic first-notice-of-loss services and beyond.”
Umble started his career with PPG Industries in 1986, and has been with
LYNX Services since its inception in 1994. “As our portfolio of clients
and services has grown and diversified, we have a need to expand our capabilities
and yet also focus on the next generation of our core glass claims business,”
“We continue to invest in our business and to attract the talent needed
to continue to best serve the insurance industry. Richard and Chris are
two dynamic leaders, both with outstanding resumes and reputations in
this industry,” adds John Wysseier, president of LYNX Services and vice
president and general manager of parent company PGW’s insurance and services
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