Volume 47, Issue 7 - September 2008


SMA Names
2008-09 Board of Directors

The Stairway Manufacturers’ Association recently held its election for seats on the Board of Directors. Jim Mattox of JRM International was reelected to the board, Brad Rippel of Southern Staircase and Paul Wishnoff of United Rockland Stairs also were elected. Both Rippel and Wishnoff have served on the board in years past.

Mattox serves as president of JRM International Inc. The company, founded in 1985, provides application engineering, sales, service, spare parts and training for Maka 3- and 5-axis CNC Routers for staircase and stair parts manufacturing.

Rippel is the national sales manager for a Southern Staircase subsidiary, Stair Parts Inc. of Adairsville, Ga. Stair Parts Inc. is a manufacturer of custom stair part components, specializing in off-species, custom profiles and 5-axis CNC component parts.

Wishnoff is a third-generation stair builder and president of United Rockland Stairs, located in Suffern, N.Y. The company, founded in 1961, manufactures and installs made-toorder, custom and semicustom stair and rail systems.

Wishnoff joined the SMA in 1999. In 2000, he was elected to the Board of Directors, where he served a number of terms, including holding the positions of treasurer and president. He currently serves as the chair of the SMA Code and Research Committee and is the SMA alternate for the A117 Accredited Standards Committee.

Once seated, the board elected officers for the year. Jim Trice, Tom Stilp and Scott Edwards were re-elected to their positions as president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Paul Wischnoff was elected to the position of vice-president. They will serve a one-year term in these positions.

JELD-WEN Names Homrighaus New COO

The JELD-WEN Board of Directors has promoted window division president Barry Homrighaus to chief operating officer (COO).

After initially being hired as a temporary production employee 35 years ago, Homrighaus graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and entered the company’s management trainee program. He worked in five of the company’s window plants from Pennsylvania to Oregon, and experienced a multitude of successes including product design and production improvements. He has also inspired the professional development of hundreds of employees.

“Barry’s approach to leadership is a unique blend of science and art,” says vice president Tom Takach, who has worked under Homrighaus’ direction for 16 years. “He is a logical and systematic decision maker, but a true artist when it comes to motivating his team and casting vision.”

Homrighaus resides in Klamath Falls, Ore., where the company is headquartered. JELD-WEN’s former COO is Bob Turner, who continues in his vice chairman role on the company’s board of directors.

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