Volume 48, Issue 2 - March/April 2009


Allied Building Products Names New CEO 
Allied Building Products Corp. in East Rutherford, N.J., named Bob Feury Jr. as its new chief executive officer (CEO). He succeeded Michael Lynch on January 1. Lynch will continue his involvement in the company as executive chairperson.

Before becoming CEO, Feury served as the company’s chief operating officer (COO) for eight years. The role of COO will be integrated into that of the two new division presidents: Donald Toth, president of exterior products and Ron Pilla, president of interior products. Bob Feury Sr. will continue his role as general advisor and strategist with the new title of president emeritus.

“I have every confidence that Allied will flourish under Bob Feury Jr.’s leadership, as it has done under his stewardship as COO,” said Michael Lynch, former CEO and new executive chairman of Allied Building Products Corp. “He possesses the wisdom, judgment, energy and acumen to guide the company successfully through these turbulent times and toward great success in the future.”

Ace Hardware Appoints New Directors
Hardware cooperative Ace Hardware Corp. has promoted Jack Murphy to director of sales for Ace Global Distribution (AGD), Asia. AGD is the retail distribution arm for Ace International.

In his new position, Murphy will direct the AGD sales teams in Oak Brook, Ill., and Shanghai, China, while also working closely with Ace’s 4,600 stores and the AGD merchandising teams.

Contact Industries Adds Two North American Sales Managers
Contact Industries in Clackamas, Ore., recently named Greg Wiltjer and Ernie Glanville as two North American sales managers. Wiltjer and Glanville will work with Contact’s existing sales managers to expand the company’s presence in architectural, OEM and distribution markets.

Wiltjer, a former Canadian Olympic athlete and professional basketball player, has 12 years of sales experience with LbL Windows, Starline Windows Inc. and Milgard Manufacturing.

Glanville, brings 30 years of wood industry sales experience to Contact. His background includes wholesale distribution and sawmill experience, and he has worked for well-known companies such as Boise Cascade, Bohemia & Pope and Talbot. 

From CFO to CEO

Jack Cortese, president of Bridgewater Wholesalers Inc. in Branchburg, N.J., has been nominated as one of Shelter magazine’s Pioneers in Millwork. He began his career in millwork in 1998 when a mutual friend introduced him to the owner of Bridgewater Wholesalers, who, at the time, was looking for a chief financial officer (CFO). “As luck would have it, we hit it off very well and I came to work here,” explains Cortese. Cortese has been in the construction industry most of his working life. 

“After leaving the service in 1969, I worked on the World Trade Center buildings for two years as an elevator constructor. In 1972, my brothers and I started a mechanical contracting business that I stayed with until 1985. Then I joined a father and son team as CFO and helped run their three businesses (the largest was an electrical contracting business working throughout the New York metropolitan area). I left that business in 1998 to join BWI. I became president in 2001 when the former president resigned. Our growth to six locations, over that time period, has followed the housing boom,” he says.

Cortese has inspired others within the building products industry, such as Jeff Wedge, vice president of sales and marketing for FAFCO Inc., who nominated Cortese for this honor.

“Jack is the opposite of ‘old school,’ and after entering an industry sometimes associated with that term, he has approached it with technology, non-traditionalism and continuous improvement,” Wedge says.

Wedge goes on to explain that after a short time in the industry, Cortese was asked to become a board member of the Association of Millwork Distributors. 

“His progressive views and ideas took seed, and helped speed up, change and improve the industry,” Wedge says. “He’s hired top-notch people, adopted superior technology and has accomplished everything other than ‘business as usual.’”

Wedge says that Cortese has motivated him personally by his non-traditional nature.

“Jack’s ‘non traditional’ nature caught my attention from the beginning and I appreciated the fresh ideas and viewpoints he brought to the millwork industry. He’s adopted the best technology, has implemented excellent channel strategies and appears to run his business with all the care and concern of someone who places people first.” 

Wedge gave three words to describe Cortese: “Change-agent, innovator and people-person.”

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