Volume 45, Issue 7 - September  2006


John Lewis Named Technical Director for AAMA
Fenestration industry veteran John Lewis Jr. has been named technical director for the American Arch-itectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Lewis will be responsible for the overall direction of AAMA’s technical departments and staff, including product certification, technical standards, and codes and industry affairs, according to Rich Walker, AAMA’s executive vice president.

Most recently, Lewis was vice president of engineering for TRACO, responsible for engineering, research and development and related areas. From 1997 to 2004, as vice president of engineering for Philips Products Inc., he oversaw product design engineering, testing and building code compliance for the door and window manufacturer. 

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science and education degree, Lewis taught Industrial Arts at Centennial High School, in Champaign, Ill. He entered the fenestration industry in 1983, joining the Caradco Wood Window and Door Co., where he held several engineering and manufacturing positions, including senior product design engineer. 

In 1994, he joined Malta Windows and Doors as director and vice president of engineering. Lewis received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2001, graduating Magna Cum Laude from its program for working executives. He will be relocating to the Chicago area with his family.

Hickory Hardware Names Three Key Sales and Marketing Executives
Hickory Hardware™, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of decorative and functional hardware, headquartered in Portland, Tenn., has announced the addition of three key executives to its sales and marketing team. The new appointments are Jon Valsvik as first vice president of retail sales, and David Fields and Tina Payne Hunt as channel marketing managers.

Valsvik comes to Hickory Hardware after 21 years as the director of national accounts for Ander-sen® Windows, where he focused on the company’s Home Depot® relationship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration-financial management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Fields joins Hickory Hardware following his position as senior research director of GfK, a global market research and consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville. 

Hunt comes to Hickory Hardware with ten years of experience in brand management at Newell Inc. and Fruit of the Loom. Most recently, she managed marketing in data and technology businesses, Provisio, a Nashville start-up company and Elsevier Life Sciences. Hunt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Belmont University. 

Medford Moulding Promotes Stinger
Lara Stinger has taken over the sales responsibilities for Medford Moulding of White City, Ore., in addition to continuing to work with Western Veneer & Slicing, a sister company to Medford Moulding.

Lara is replacing Greg Applen, vice president of sales for Medford Mouldings, who is doing more work with the company’s new laminating line which is focusing on stiles and rails for the wood door and window industry.

She has been with the company since 1994 and most recently handled customer service, trafficking and co-ordination with operations.

Homeshield’s Reorganization Means New Vice Presidents
Homeshield, a division of Quanex Building Products, has re-organized its eight separate manufacturing locations into one unified company.

To accomplish this, Robin Sorey has been promoted to the position of vice president of human resources, and will be responsible for safety, environment and human resources. Sam Lewis has been promoted to vice president of engineering. He is responsible for product development, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering and lean manufacturing. Steve Gagner has been promoted to operations/procurement manager. He is responsible for oversight of procurement. 

These management changes will complete the re-organization and allow the company to better leverage individual strengths into a lean organization that is nimble, innovative, and responsive to customers’ needs, according to a company release.

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