Volume 48, Issue 3 - May 2009

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NEW HIRES
Dick Egan Joins Sunrise As Newest Territory Manager

Sunrise Windows, a vinyl window and sliding door manufacturer based in Temperance, Mich., has added Dick Egan as territory manager to the company’s sales force. 

Dick has more than 35 years of sales experience in the fenestration industry, and is responsible for the acquisition of key accounts in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. He is a Toledo native who attended the University of Toledo, and also served the United States in the Navy.

“Dick has a unique role with Sunrise,” says Mike Roncato, vice president of sales. “His experience is a huge asset as we move forward in our growth. We are enthusiastic about the opportunities currently available to us, and we are well set to pursue them.”

Crystal Looks to Kaye for New Vision in Business Development

Crystal Window & Door Systems has named Harold Kaye as senior vice president of business development. Kaye brings more than 20 years of experience in the vinyl window industry with particular success in sales and marketing programs and distribution channel management.

“Crystal originally brought Harold on board to facilitate the start-up and market introduction of our new Sashlite insulating glass technology vinyl line and capitalize on his vast experience with these products,” says Steve Chen, crystal executive vice president. “His role has since expanded to cover our entire vinyl sales and marketing team. He is a tremendous asset to Crystal and has brought new innovations and renewed excitement to our sales efforts.”

Kaye had been executive vice president and co-owner of Focus Point Windows, a New York-based specialty high-performance window manufacturer utilizing Sashlite technology. Kaye has also led Kaye Associates, a window industry consulting firm, directed operations at window manufacturer Survivor Technologies and was president of Remington Aluminum.

Despite the challenging economic climate, Kaye is very optimistic about Crystal’s continued sales growth. 

“There are many opportunities right now for window companies that use innovative techniques to meet market needs,” says Kaye. “Crystal is not only retaining existing customers but is attracting new customers with its broad product line, focused and well-trained customer service teams, ultra-energy efficient products, user-friendly sales support materials and can-do employee attitude.”

PROMOTIONS
Ace Hardware Appoints Bossmann to Supply Chain Planning

Hardware cooperative Ace Hardware Corp. recently appointed Lori Bossmann, a 23-year Ace veteran, to vice president, supply chain planning. The company has also hired John Surane to fill Bossmann’s role as vice president, merchandising/advertising/marketing.

In her new position, Bossmann oversees integration and efficiencies of the supply chain, merchandising and finance areas. She works closely with officers in charge of the various departments, including Dan Prochaska, vice president, supply chain logistics. The inventory management group reports to Bossmann.

“Lori brings years of experience in a wide range of departments to this newly created position,” says Ray Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Ace Hardware Corp. “She is a strong leader with the focus and knowledge needed to implement and integrate valuable upgrades to our business processes and systems.”

Bossmann joined Ace from KPMG Peat Marwick in 1986 and served as general accounting manager before being promoted to assistant controller, then controller, and later, in 1997, vice president, controller. In October 1999, Ace promoted Bossmann to vice president, finance, and a year later, to vice president, merchandising. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. 

Surane has filled Bossmann’s position overseeing merchandising, advertising and marketing.

Surane joined Ace from Robert Bosch Tool Corp., where he was president of the Skil Power Tool division for three years, managing the Skil Power Tool Company throughout North America. Prior to joining Bosch in 2003, Surane had worked in various merchandising roles, most recently as global product merchant at The Home Depot. 

“We have been seeking a balanced blend of executives from both inside and outside the company,” says Griffith. “John’s experience with other global brands and merchandising in the hardware category will serve our retailers well.”

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., Surane earned a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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