Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 9                                       November/December  2005


Heritage Veneered Products Announces Key Executive Changes
Shawano, Wis.-based Heritage Veneered Products (HVP), manufacturer of WOODPORT® interior doors, has announced the appointment of Dan Pilon to the position of general manager. The company’s former general manager, Bob Nolan, will continue as an active board member and serve as a professional business consultant in key growth-related areas. Both leadership assignments, made effective in May, support HVP’s long-term strategic plan, according to a company release.

Pilon, who has been involved in manufacturing for 25 years, has direct knowledge about the window and door industry. In previous roles, he was plant manager at Nortek-SNE of Mosinee, Wis., and vice president of manufacturing at Marvin Windows & Doors of Warroad, Minn. His expertise includes a strong focus on customer service, production planning, supply-chain management, purchasing, engineering and quality control with an emphasis on teamwork. His professional certifications include Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Purchasing Management (CPM). 

To round out the company’s leadership team, HVP also intends to hire a production manager, a marketing manager and a financial-services specialist. 

Optimum Windows Names New York Area Sales Manager
Optimum Window Mfg. Corp. of Ellenville, N.Y., has appointed Elias Perez as manager of its New York metro-area sales. In this position, Perez will lead the company’s business development effort throughout New York City, Westchester, Long Island, Southern Connecticut and Northern New Jersey.

Perez joins Optimum with a career in the fenestration industry and construction. His experience includes door and window manufacturing, installations, repairs and large project field supervision throughout the New York City region. Prior to joining Optimum, he owned and operated his own window installation company.

“Optimum has made several organizational changes recently to expand its reach into new territories,” said Candido Perez, Jr., vice president of operations and a cousin of the new hire. “We needed a very strong leader based in New York to guide the metro area sales, which is our ‘bread and butter’ market, and to continue to expand it. Elias brings strong professional experience in the industry, and he is a tremendous asset both to Optimum and our discriminating customers throughout the area.”

SHELTER Celebrates Staffs’ Milestones 
Key Communications Inc. of Stafford, Va., publisher of SHELTER magazine, spent October 15 celebrating milestones for two of its staff members. 

Early on the morning of the 15th, Key Communications marketing director Holly Biller and her husband, Thomas, welcomed their first child into the world. Cameron Biller weighed an even nine pounds at birth. His parents, who have been married for two years, are overjoyed.

Holly will be on maternity leave until the end of the year.

Later that same afternoon, Brigid O’Leary, an assistant editor for the magazine, married David Couture in a ceremony in Ruther Glen, Va. The couple honeymooned in Maine for a week before O’Leary, who plans to keep her maiden name professionally, returned to the office.

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