Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 6                                        July/August  2005


Focus Hires Sophie Marquis 
Focus Doors & Windows has announced its hiring of Sophie Marquis as vice president for human resources.  

Marquis has more than 15 years experience in labor law, human resources and legal affairs.  She has held many senior positions with manufacturing companies and is a labor attorney.

Groves Joins Truth Hardware
Truth Hardware of Owatonna, Minn., has announced the recent hiring of Steve Groves to the position of senior vice president of marketing, sales and new business development. Groves comes to Truth Hardware from the Donaldson Co. in Bloomington, Minn., where he served for the past five years as global director of industrial products. 

Prior to this, Groves worked at Andersen Windows for 20 years in a variety of roles from territory manager, to director of strategic planning with stops along the way in Andersen’s residential division, commercial division and corporate marketing areas.

Windsor Windows & Doors Welcomes New Product Manager
Windsor Windows & Doors has announced the appointment of Eric Holm as product manager, based out of the company’s West Des Moines, Iowa, facility. 

Holm comes from within the industry, where he most recently served as a product marketing specialist. Holm’s experience includes strategic planning and tactical project management interfacing with customers. 

“His work with several high profile products and knowledge of guided commercialization will serve as a clear sign that Windsor is focused on our customer business,” said Mark Rieser, vice president of sales and marketing.

SHELTER Founder Jim Powell Passes
James (Jim) David Powell, founder of SHELTER magazine and publisher for more than 40 years, died recently at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer. Jim was well known in the woodworking, furniture and homebuilding industries, having served these markets in the publishing business since 1952 when he began his career in journalism as an editor for Miller Publications in Memphis, Tenn. 

Jim started his own publishing business with the launch of Modern Woodworking in 1954, serving the furniture and millwork industries. Shortly after the initial publication of Modern Woodworking, he started a new publication, whose name would later be changed to SHELTER magazine, to serve the needs of the Southern Sash and Door Jobbers Association membership. 

When the Southern and Northern Sash and Door Jobbers Associations merged to become the National Sash and Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA), he renamed the publication to the NSDJA Digest, and it became a nationally-circulated magazine covering all aspects of the industry nationwide. Later, he would change the name again to SHELTER magazine to better describe the focus and readership of the publication. He continued to publish SHELTER magazine until 2002 when it was purchased by Key Communications Inc. of Stafford, Va.

During his 50 years in the publishing business, Powell successfully launched many publications, including Modern Woodworking, Millwork Manufacturing, Upholstery Manufacturing Management, SHELTER magazine, Cutting Tool Business, Plastics Fabricating and Forming, Building Components Manufacturing and USGlass magazine. 
He served each of these industries in many ways, as writer, editor and publisher.

Throughout his years of service, he made it his passion to keep the industry informed of the latest news, products and technology available, and his desire was to retain the “old school” method of transacting business, one friendship at a time, striving to provide personalized service and attention to each individual’s needs.

In addition to his many friends in the industry, he leaves his wife and business partner, Joyce, his three children, Jim Jr., Michael and Janet Wolford, and six grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be sent to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, and cards may be sent to his family at P.O. Box 2755, Cordova, TN 38088.

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