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June-July  2004

Ones to Watch

NEW HIRES
Amesbury Group Hires Marketing Coordinator 
Amber Grayson
has joined the Amesbury Group as its marketing coordinator in Sioux Falls, S.D. Her role will include providing marketing/sales communication, developing representation and customer support programs, coordinating corporate advertising strategies and conducting market research. She will also oversee traditional marketing activities, such as trade shows, literature and advertising for the group’s eight companies. 

Ralph Vasami Joins BHMA
The Building Hardware and Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has hired Ralph Vasami has as its director of codes and regulatory affairs. Vasami, who began his career with Fiberlux, also served as chair of the Vinyl Window and Door Institute where he was responsible for gaining Model Building Code acceptance for vinyl as a fenestration product. He also played a large role in setting up testing and standards for the product ass well as the current industry certification program, according to the BHMA. 

Marshfield Hires New Marketing Director
Marshfield DoorSystems has added Darren Torr as its director of marketing and business development. Torr, who worked previously in General Electric’s marketing department, has implemented and enhanced international sales and development partnerships, e-commerce initiatives and product development and management programs. 

“Marshfield Door Systems has a solid foundation,” said Torr. “I’m looking forward to implementing some best practices that have proven successful in the past and accelerating the many initiatives underway.” 

DAC Hires New VP of Sales 
Todd Woods has been named vice president of sales and marketing for DAC Products Inc. Woods, who previously worked for a national window and door manufacturer for 13 years, will have a variety of duties including sales and marketing functions and product innovation. 


PROMOTIONS

Simonton Promotes Two; Makes One New Hire
Simonton Windows of Parkers-burg, W.Va., has promoted Greg Irving to vice president of sales. Irving previously held the Norandex national account manager position. 

“Greg’s 20-plus years of professional sales experience in the window and door industry make him the ideal person to lead our company nationally in our sales programs and efforts,” said Rick Keup, Simon-ton president. “2004 will be an important year for Simonton Win-dows as we prepare our company for continued growth. Having Greg head up our sales team positions prepares us solidly for that growth.” 

Paul Ostrowki has been promoted to replace Irving as Norandex national account manager. Previously, he served as central regional sales manager and national accounts manager. In his new position he will be responsible for the coordination of all sales, marketing, product and program support for Norandex, a large customer of the company, and will work to strengthen the program support for Norandex customers. 
In addition to the promotions, the company has also hired Mark DeSimone as a brand manager. DeSimone brings a wealth of industry experience to the company as he has worked for companies such as Truth Hardware and Imperial USA.

PGT Industries Names Rod Hershberger President
Rod Hershberger, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of PGT Industries of Venice, Fla., has been named president and COO. Hershberger takes over the presidency from Randy White, who remains the company’s chief executive officer.

“Rod is a leader in our industry. He is the ideal person to lead PGT into the future,” said White. “Rod’s new role recognizes his ability to design a winning corporate culture as well as winning products.” 
Hershberger has been with the company for 23 years. He also serve as second vice president, residential products group, for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. 

Briefly...

Vinyl Window Technologies has hired Tom Kluth as a sales representative for the Midwest and Southeast United States. He has 15 years of experience in the window and door industry … Peter Tuenker has joined Stiles Machinery Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., and will be responsible for projects and systems sales… Schuco Homecraft LP has appointed Richard Black as executive vice president of sales and marketing for its U.S. operations … Window Components and Supply Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based sales agency, has named Lance Lunde to its sales force in the Northwest … 


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