Volume 8, Issue 9 - October 2007
Ones to Watch
Hoiland Leaves WDMA; McFee Returns
The board of directors of the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has announced that president Joel Hoiland has left WDMA to pursue other opportunities.
“WDMA will continue with business as usual, with day-to-day management being led by two WDMA staff members, John Prentice, director of marketing, and Jeff Lowinski, vice president for technical services,” says WDMA board chair Dave Beeken. “The Board is confident that with the combined experience of these two individuals, WDMA will continue to move forward in the execution of the new strategic plan.”
The WDMA Board of Directors has started a search for a replacement.
In addition, the association has announced that John McFee has returned as director of certification programs. McFee will resume his responsibilities for the Hallmark Certification program, NFRC certification and staff liaison for key WDMA technical committees.
“I am very pleased to be back and look forward to working once again with the WDMA membership,” McFee said.
Lowinski says he’s also pleased to see McFee back on staff.
“We are excited about John rejoining WDMA’s management team,” Lowinski says.
Brown also founded Aluma-Kraft Inc. in 1952, and then founded ViWinTech in 1984.He received numerous business achievement awards, was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan, enjoyed bass fishing and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joretta Carlisle Brown, four adult children and a large extended family of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
“Tom is a valued asset to our team and we look forward to his continued growth within the company,” says Brian Kress, director of quality for Edgetech I.G. “He is a great leader with a tremendous background in continuous improvement initiatives, which will serve him well in his new role.”
Wood has been with Edgetech for three years and previously worked for Plastech for 11 years. He holds multiple computer training and supervision and management certificates in areas including principles of lean manufacturing, ISO process audit training, ergonomics and Six Sigma, according to the company.
Wood says he is looking forward to the work he will undertake in his new position.
“As quality improvement technician, I look forward to not only assuring the highest standards of quality for the company, but I also intend to implement new systems that enable us to track projects more efficiently,” says Wood.
Hammond Joins Truth Team
The Tafferas have two other daughters, Isabella, 7, and Sophia, 4.Taffera wasn’t the only Key Communications employee celebrating a milestone.
Brigid O’Leary, former editor of DWM sister publication AGRR magazine and the USGNN.com™ newsletter, gave birth to a 6-pound, 13-ounce baby boy on Friday, September 14.Warrick Anthony is the first child for O’Leary and her husband, David, who will celebrate their second wedding anniversary in October.
Following her maternity leave, O’Leary will continue to work for Key Communications as a contributing writer.