January-February 2003


Johansson Resigns as NSDJA Executive Director
LINNEA JOHANSSON Linnea Johansson, MNM, CAE, resigned as executive director of the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) effective November 18, 2002. Neither Johnson nor the association would comment on the resignation.

Leon N. Weiner Dies at 82
Builder and developer Leon N. Weiner, saluted this year by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the “conscience of the housing industry in America,” died November 17, 2002, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 82.

Weiner, a 53-year veteran of the housing industry, was a hands-on executive who remained active in his business, Leon N. Weiner & Associates Inc. of Wilmington, Del., until becoming ill in late October.

His experience as a builder and developer includes a variety of residential and commercial properties: single-family homes and townhouses, high-rise and garden apartments, hotels, office complexes and retail centers. 

Valley Joins the Taylor Building Products Team
Harold Valley has joined Taylor Building Products of West Branch, Mich., as director of engineering. He will provide strong leadership in product development and manufacturing process improvements and innovations, according to the company. Valley brings to Taylor more than 20 years of varied experienced in the engineering field with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in manufacturing management from GMI Engineering and Management Institute. 

Freeze Frame: G. Matthew Allen

Full Name: G. Matthew Allen.MATT ALLEN

Company Name: Mt. Taylor Millwork Inc. of Milan, N.M.

Title: Vice president of administration and personnel at Mt. Taylor Millwork Inc.; president of the Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association (WMMPA).

Date of Birth: November 5, 1959.

Hometown: Born in McNary, Ariz.

Education: Degree from University of New Mexico in political science with minors in Spanish and business.

Current City of Residence: Milan, N.M.

Family: Wife; four boys, ages 7 to 19.

Average Workday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

First Job Ever: Cleaning toilets and mopping offices at Mt. Taylor Millwork Inc.

Other Job You Would Like To Try: My job but with less stress.

Role Model: My father. He was a great businessman, highly intelligent and what we call "a real go-getter."

Favorite Book: "Les Miserables."

Biggest Regret: Regret is a wasted emotion. I have no time for that.

Proudest Moment: Marrying my wife and the birth of my children.

Biggest Risk: Taking over a moulding plant!!!

Favorite Drink: No real favorite, but I like a glass of white zinfandel at night.

Favorite Movie: "Braveheart."

Favorite Restaurant: Bobbie's Kitchen in Grants, N.M. It has the best New Mexican food around.

Would Like To Meet: Bill Clinton. Just to tell him how ashamed he ought to be of himself and his administration.

Drives: Either an old Ford truck or a very old Toyota Land Cruiser with a Chevy V8.

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere in Mexico.

One Word Self Description: I asked my wife, and she said, "Motivated." That would indicate that my drive comes from within. I think maybe "driven" is better. It might better indicate motivation that not only comes from within but also from the circumstances surrounding me. Either one, I guess. 



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