October 2002


DINESOL Appoints New Vice President of Sales and Marketing
EVANS Dinesol Doorlites Ltd. of Youngstown, Ohio, recently promoted John M. Evans to vice president of sales and marketing. “With more than 25 years of experience and knowledge in the doorlite industry, John has proven to be an invaluable asset to the company,” said Bob Hendricks, president. Evans has extended his contractual commitment to the company through 2006.

American Millwork Adds to Sales Team
American Millwork of Elkhart, Ind., recently announced the addition of two members to its sales team. Dennis Derck joins the company as a territory manager in the Ohio and Pennsylvania markets. Derck brings more than 20 years of building products experience to the company. 

Fritz Dwyer of Dwyer and Associates will now carry the American Millwork line of hardwood mouldings in the Michigan and Wisconsin markets. Dwyer has more than 15 years of experience selling hardwood products. 

In other company news, in order to service these expanding markets and to facilitate the company’s exclusive express program, American Millwork recently added 38,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Setzer Adds to Sales Team
Setzer Forest Products of Sacramento, Calif., recently announced that Eva Chop has joined its sales team. Eva joins Setzer with many years of experience. She previously worked with Medallion Millwork of Marysville, Calif., and Ostermann & Scheiwe USA of Tacoma, Wash.

LowGradeLumber Adds New Traders
LowGradeLumber of Mercer Island, Wash., recently announced the addition of five new lumber traders to the company’s North American team.

DAVIDR David Rodriguez, who recently opened a LowGradeLumber office in Tijuana, Baja, Mexico, specializes in the Northern Mexico and Southern California markets. Rodriguez is formerly of Brothers Three Forest Products Ltd.

CARLOSV Carlos Villavicenio has joined the company’s office in Vancouver, British Columbia. Formerly of Natural Trade Ltd., Villavicenio specializes in Canadian imports into Mexico City and other industrial regions in Mexico.

Paul Brooks
recently joined the company’s team in Portland, Ore. Brooks specializes in both lumber and panel trading and comes to the company from North Pacific Group.

WAYNES Wayne Stevens   PETEA Pete Albritton  LYNNB Lynn Buckalew

Pete Albritton and Stan Majure have joined Lynn Buckalew and Wayne Stevens in the company’s Laurel, Miss., office. Albritton joins the company from Southwood Door Co., and Majure joins the company from Hood Industries. The Laurel office specializes in hardwoods, furniture frames and components, as well building material surplus.

U.S. Timber Company Appoints New Salesperson
U.S. Timber Co. of Eagle, Idaho, recently announced that Mike Blair has joined the company’s sales and purchasing staff. Blair previously worked at Boise Cascade and Intermountain Orient and has extensive experience, said company officials. He will be handling sales in the Midwest and Montana.

Trimline Hires New Sales Managers
  Trimline Building Products of Minneapolis, recently hired two regional sales managers. Luke Clary will manage the Southeast region and will be based in Atlanta. Tim Schmucker will oversee the Northeast region. Both Clary and Schmucker will manage independent representatives and will work to open distribution locations and increase sales of Trimline single-over ridge vents and related products.

CLARYClary has more than 28 years experience in the building materials industry. Formerly he served as territorial sales manager for Variform Inc., as a general sales manager for ABTCO and as a managing director of export sales and marketing for Certainteed Corp.

SCHMUCKER Schmucker has over 10 years of sales experience in the building products industry. Previously, he was with Alcoa Building Products, where he was responsible for territory sales through distributors and home improvement retailers.

Freeze Frame:  John Bradberry

Full Name: John H. Bradberry.BRADBERRY

Title: Vice president.

Company Name: Cameron Ashley Building Products.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1950.

Hometown: Knox City, Texas.

Education: BBA in accounting.

Current City of Residence: Charlotte, N.C.

Family: Wife, Anna.

Average Workday: Eleven hours.

First Job Ever: Grocery store bag boy.

Greatest Professional Failure: Never started a business from scratch.

Other Job You Would Like To Try: Fly fishing guide.

Role Model: Dr. Don Rice.

Favorite Book: “Customers for Life” by Carl Sewell.

Favorite TV Show: “Antiques Road Show.”

Biggest Regret: Not attaining an MBA.

Proudest Moment: Taking Cameron Ashley from a privately to a publicly-held company.

Biggest Risk: Purchasing ownership in Cameron Ashley.

Favorite Drink: Diet Coke.

Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman.

Favorite Restaurant: La French Bistro in Dallas.

Would Like To Meet: Katherine Graham, “Fly Fishing” television host.

Drives: Isuzu Trooper.

Favorite Vacation Spot: San Juan River, N.M.

Favorite Philosopher: Socrates.

One Word Self Description: Driven.

Crystal CEO Receives National Award of Excellence
Thomas Chen, the owner and president of Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., recently received the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s (USPAACC) Excellence Award in Business. This national award was presented at the organization’s Annual Excellence Awards and Scholarship Dinner held in May at the New York Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.

The USPAACC each year seeks out and recognizes notable Americans of Asian ancestry in the fields of business, law, community service, the arts, public affairs, international relations, entrepreneurship, science and sports.

Home Depot Vice President To Step Down
Home Depot of Atlanta said recently that Larry Mercer, who has been with the company for 23 years and who has most recently held the job of vice president of store operations, is leaving that position later this year, reported a recent Reuters article.

“Mercer’s move comes as some analysts who cover Home Depot have recently expressed concern [that] many veteran executives have departed since Nardelli was named chief executive in late 2000,” said the article.

Nardelli said in a statement that the company tried to convince Mercer to delay his retirement. “Larry opened the second Home Depot store and has held virtually every operating position over his two decades with the company,” said Nardelli.

Truth Hardware Reorganizes Personnel
Truth Hardware of Owatonna, Minn., recently announced the following personnel moves as a result of the company’s strategic plan to better enhance its product development, marketing and sales focus.

Doug Johnson is assuming the role of vice president of product research and development and will oversee the company’s new product design engineering, drafting and model shop teams, as well as their project management and research counterparts. Johnson, a 7-year employee of the company, has most recently been its director of product engineering.

Jim Quinlivan, who has served as the company’s sales manager for the past 19 years, is moving into the role of director of marketing. Quinlivan will lead product-focused teams that will include the necessary communications and engineering staff as they respond to customers’ demands for modified or derivative products, as well as hardware application assistance. In addition, this area will take a strategic role identifying market and new products opportunities.

Cindi Freidhof and Gerry Stout have been promoted to directors of sales for Eastern and Western North America, respectively. Freidhof has held various sales positions with the company for the past 21 years and most recently served as Truth’s national accounts manager. Stout has held various sales and marketing positions within the industry for the past six years and has been the company’s salesperson in the California territory for the past year. In their new roles, these two individuals will now oversee Truth’s regionally-based field sales teams.

Simonton Windows Promotes Lazor to Senior Brand Manager
Simonton Windows of Parkersburg, W.Va., recently announced the promotion of Bill Lazor to senior brand manager.

Lazor has been with the company for more than six years, serving as brand manager and filling a variety of positions in the marketing department. 

The company also recently appointed John Mitchell as director of product development.

In his new position, Mitchell is responsible for directing product development and enhancement programs, including product engineering, testing, certification and code requirements. His background includes more than ten years of developing new products and leading manufacturing operations, including engineering, industrial design, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.

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