Volume 48, Issue 1 - January/February 2009


AMD Appoints Board and Executive Committee
he Association of Millwork Distributors announced its Board of Directors and executive committee at its annual convention this past October. Board members are James Bounds of DMC in Lancaster, Pa.; Kristy Bumgarner of King Sash & Door, Inc. in Mocksville, N.C.; John Crowder of Milliken Millwork in Sterling Heights, Mich., Kelly Dame of Woodgrain Millwork in Fruitland, Idaho; Thomas B. Highley of The Empire Co. in Zeeland, Mich.; and John Kerr of Reeb Millwork in Kent, Wash.

The executive committee is comprised of AMD president Jeff Johnson of Western Pacific Building Materials of Portland, Ore.; first vice president Dan Warren of Warren Window & Supply, Inc. in Rapid City, S.D.; second vice president Audrey Dyer of ECMD in North Wilkesboro, N.C.; treasurer George Kessel of Morgan-Wightman Supply Co., Chesterfield, Mo.; immediate past president Larry E. Ray of GHDC Inc. in Tupelo, Miss.; and associate vice president Sam B. Steves of Steves & Sons in San Antonio, Texas.

Retiring from the board are Craig Hall of Lumber Products, Tualatin, Ore.; Ted Mahoney of Boston Lumber Co. in Bridgewater, Mash.; Peter McIlwee of McIlwee Millwork in Itasca, Ill.; and Jay Schrock of Woodwork Mfg. & Supply Co. in Hutchinson, Kan.

Gossen® Names New Sales Manager
Arden Fullen
has joined Milwaukee-based Gossen Corp. as its national sales manager for the WeatherReady® decking and railing group. Arden has more than 15 years of alternative deck and railing industry experience in a variety of sales and marketing positions, including national sales manager, vice-president of sales and marketing and director of sales training. He has represented such industry leaders as Fiber Composites LLC, Royal Group Technologies Ltd. and Heritage Vinyl Products.“Arden is uniquely qualified to lead our national expansion of this exciting new product group,” says John Green, director of business development.

WDMA Elects New Officers and Board Members
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced several new officer appointments and additions to its 2008-2009 board of directors. Steve Tourek, senior vice president and general counsel for Marvin Windows and Doors, was appointed chairperson of the board. Rob Jablonski, vice president of engineering and quality at Pella Corp., has been named vice chairman of the window division.The WDMA Board also appointed two new directors to fill recent mid-term vacancies in the board. Ron Saxton, senior vice president of external affairs for JELD-WEN, and J. Glasnapp, vice president of corporate sustainability and quality for Andersen Corp., joined the board on October 29.

“WDMA is fortunate to have such a distinguished and well-respected board,” said WDMA president John Stoiber. “Each member brings different experiences and industry knowledge to the table, and I am looking forward to working with each of them as we transform WDMA in the coming years.”

Robert Westfall Named President at Solatube
Solatube International Inc. has promoted Robert E. Westfall, Jr. to the position of president. Westfall started with Solatube more than 12 years ago as vice president, sales and marketing.

"Robert Westfall has been an integral part of Solatube’s growth, innovation and profitability,” said Solatube International chief executive officer David Rillie.In his new role, Westfall will be responsible for running the North American operation and supporting the newly formed joint venture with the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation. 

Interior Designer Finds Design Solution 
Florence (Pottinger) Inman worked with many high-profile clients, including commercial and hotel buildings in the United States. Many projects required historical replicas or detailed plaster/hand-carved design motifs. When working on these projects, Inman noted that there was a real need for a lightweight alternative to the heavy and brittle plaster ornaments and mouldings she used in many of her projects. She, along with technical help from some friends and colleagues, began to work on a compound formula consisting of polyurethane. This team first worked on casting molds from original architectural details. They found that the polyurethane replicas were an excellent solution for their problem. The products were light-weight, yet sturdy enough to withstand shipping. They installed using the same basic tools as wood mouldings, combined with polyurethane adhesives to bind the joints and seams. The first formulations were made in a garage at a local airport in the Atlanta-area where she lives, and it was shortly after this that J.S. Garrison, an Atlanta architect and builder, and Inman founded Focal Point Architectural Products in January 1970. Inman’s first business cards for the company were actually polyurethane moulding samples with her contact information attached. “Inman is accredited with building the original brand qualities that made Focal Point products second to none in America,” says Sherrie Towne, marketing specialist for the company. “She took great pride in offering architecturally-correct designs, easy-to-install products and excellent customer service.”

Towne says that Inman had the initiative to find a solution for a better designed product, and that’s why she nominated her to be featured as a “Pioneer in Millwork.” 

“Her solution, polyurethane molding details, was far superior to the plaster and wood build-up products that were available on the market,” Towne says. “The detail was crisper, the product was sturdy and it was much easier and cost effective to ship and install.”If you have someone that you feel should be profiled as a Pioneer in Millwork, please e-mail editor Samantha Carpenter at scarpenter@sheltermagazine.com.

People Making News
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