Volume 46, Issue 1 - January/February 2007

Laskas Appointed NWDA Executive Director
The Northeast Window and Door Association (NWDA) recently appointed JoAnna Laskas as its executive director. She replaces Lori Nasatka who resigned from the association after seven years and left to pursue other opportunities.

Laskas recently joined the Creative Marketing Alliance (CMA), a full-service marketing and communications firm in Princeton Junction, N.J., as the association manager. Prior to CMA, she spent four years providing project management, program development and strategic planning services to social service agencies in the non-profit sector. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Penn State University and is currently working towards an MBA at Rider University.

PPG Promotes Kenny to New Position
PPG Industries, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based supplier of coatings, chemicals, optical products, glass and fiberglass, has promoted Patrick Kenny to the newly created position of general manager, corporate marketing and construction markets.

Kenny has served as manager of PPG’s construction market team since 2003 and has assumed the additional responsibility of leading its corporate marketing initiatives. According to the company, the corporate marketing group will manage market studies in support of growth initiatives and development activities. 

Kenny earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and an executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

He joined PPG’s marketing department in 1980, then progressed through project management, sales and sales management positions in the company’s performance glazings business. In 1989 he moved to Hong Kong as director of sales for a joint venture. In 1993 he became marketing manager, flat glass, and was later promoted to director of marketing in 1999.

AAMA Promotes Walker to President and CEO
The American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association (AAMA) based in Schaumburg, Ill., has appointed Rich Walker as president and chief executive officer (CEO). The organization says he will direct and oversee all of its objectives and program operations in a realignment that was approved during its national fall meeting by the board of directors as recommended by both the board executive compensation and strategic planning committees. Chairperson of the board John Brunett says Walker’s promotion is part of an effort by the strategic planning committee to advance AAMA’s position as a leader in the fenestration industry.

Walker has served as AAMA’s executive vice president, technical director and Southeast region director. As the organization’s Southeast region director, it says he ensured member interests were addressed in regulations promulgated in the Southeast U.S. and particularly the states of Florida, North Carolina and Texas and the Florida counties of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Walker graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut.


Bob Persha Rejoins ViWinTech
Vinyl Window Technologies (ViWinTech), a manufacturer of patio door and window products in Paducah, Ky., announced that Bob Persha has returned as its general manager and chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeded Kevin Knotts who left to pursue other interests in early October.

From 1997 thru 2000, he served as general manager and CFO for ViWinTech’s sister company, AlumaKraft. He has 25 years of senior management experience and served as CFO for Paducah and Louisville Railroad, and vice president of finance for VMV Enterprises.

Finke Joins Great Lakes Window
Tim Finke recently joined Great Lakes Window, a custom-manufacturer of vinyl replacement windows and patio doors, as the Midwest regional sales manager. He will manage the Midwest sales team, with customers throughout a 19-state region, and lead business development initiatives from Carmel, Ind. 

Previously, Finke served as a marketing manager, then regional sales manager, for Caradco® Windows and Doors. 

Silverman Leaving Andersen — Silver Line Subsidiary
Andersen Corp. of Bayport, Minn., has announced that Kenneth Silverman, president and CEO of its subsidiary, Silver Line Building Products Corp., is leaving to pursue a new business venture in private equity and real estate development. Silver Line, a vinyl window manufacturer in Toms River, N.J., was acquired by Andersen Corp. last year.

Randy Iles, executive vice president of Silver Line, will succeed Silverman as president and CEO. Iles had served as corporate vice president and general manager of Kimball International Inc., a manufacturer of furniture and electronic assemblies in Jasper, Ind., and joined Silver Line in July 2006. He also spent 11 years with Pella Corp. in several roles including president and chief operating officer of its entry systems division. Prior to that, he worked for Armstrong World Industries for 16 years in a variety of marketing, national sales and general management roles.

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