Volume 35, Number 3, March 2000

People

 

leave of absence

Kelso Takes Leave from
PQ Corporation

PQ Corporation of Valley Forge, Pa., has granted a three-month leave of absence to president and CEO Richard W. Kelso. As reported by The Associated Press, Kelso and his wife, Dawn, have been charged with child abandonment by Delaware authorities for allegedly leaving their 10-year-old disabled son at a hospital with a note that they could no longer care for him. Hospital officials did not detail the boy’s condition, but said he needs constant medical attention.

Stanley W. Silverman, executive vice president and chief operating officer for PQ Corp. will serve as acting chief executive officer.

 

kudos

Chen is the Queens Business Person
of the Year

Thomas Chen, president of Crystal Window & Door Systems of Flushing, N.Y., was named the 1999 “Business Person of the Year” in the large business category by the Queens County Chamber of Commerce. Chen was selected for his contribution to the Queens community, economy and quality of life.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Queens County Chamber with this distinguished award,” said Chen. “I have always been proud to be a New York City manufacturer, and I have found the business community and government of Queens to be especially supportive of Crystal’s efforts to develop and grow its business.”

 

appointments

Three New Faces
at EFCO®

EFCO Corporation of Monett, Mo., recently announced three appointments. Bill Mitchell, a 25-year veteran of business-to-business sales, has joined the company as director of marketing. Mitchell will oversee the development of all advertising and promotional materials. Dean Orem has been named director of human resources and will administer all facets of the human resource function for EFCO’s more than 1,800 employees. Orem previously served as human resource manager for Schreiber Foods Inc. for 21 years. Darren Kimzey has joined the company as director of safety and health. Kimzey is recognized as a Certified Safety Professional, the highest level of certification awarded to safety professionals. He comes to EFCO after several years in a similar position for Lozier Corporation in Omaha.

 

BEMA Announces New Communications Director

Kimberly Gerlach has joined the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association (BEMA) in the newly created position of communications director. Gerlach brings five years of marketing and public relations experience to BEMA. Her primary responsibilities will focus on publication and promotion efforts.

 

on the move

Harold Kaye Joins Hygrade Metal Moulding

Harold Kaye has joined Hygrade Metal Moulding Manufacturing Corporation as senior vice president of business development. Kaye has nearly 30 years experience as the chief executive officer of two leading window fabricators. “We expect Harold to lead us into innovative new products and markets and in the development of comprehensive marketing programs that will assure dynamic sales of our components through our customers’ products,” said company chairperson Vince Pagano. He said Kaye will also work with extruders to design new features and products for fabricators.

 

corporate

Solutia’s Board Reorganizes

The board of directors of St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. has announced changes to its board of directors. John C. Hunter III, the current president and chief executive officer, has been named chairman. Robert G. Potter has stepped down as chairman but will remain a member of the board. Michael E. Miller, Solutia’s vice chairman, has been elected to the board and will also take on the responsibility of chief operating officer.

 

departures

Dick Voreis Leaves
U.S. Aluminum

Richard (Dick) Voreis has left U.S. Aluminum and his position of group executive vice president. Voreis has been replaced by Doug Ellerbrock, former vice president of operations.

 

A Minute With ...

* an industry leader

Tom Chamberlain

Frank’s Glass Services Inc.

Tom Chamberlain is the vice president of Frank’s Glass Services Inc. located in Lake Bluff, Ill. He went to work for his father’s glass company after high school, and has been in the business for 21 years. In addition, he also serves as an elected trustee in the town of Gurnee, outside of Chicago.

Q. What kind of business changes have you experienced since you began in this field?

A. I think consumers have become much more demanding and not willing to pay the price for good services. Also when I first started, it was easy to go out and fix a broken window, now there’s too much overhead. Now, more and more windows are made so only the company that made them can fix them.

Q. What do you think are the rewards?

A. The nice part about being a small company in the glass industry is that we are able to set our own agendas and create our own niche. In this area, small businesses can compete business-to-business as professionals. We aren’t competing with the big chains.

Q. Is there anything unique about your job?

A. I have the opportunity to do whatever I want, but that doesn’t mean I can. I may be able to go out for coffee or breakfast with my wife, but that doesn’t mean I can leave all the paper work on my desk and go. In a way we control our own destiny, but it may also be an illusion.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. My favorite part about my job, is when you have a genuinely, excited customer who tells you how pleased they are. Unfortunately, it happens less and less frequently. We try to see that all our customers are happy, and assume that if nobody complains then they are. And when someone takes the time to write a note or let us know we did a good job, that feels good.

Q. How does being an elected official affect your role as vice president of Frank’s Glass?

A. It doesn’t, really. My shop is not in the town I serve in, nor do I do much business in that town. If we did, I wouldn’t serve as a trustee there. In many ways, it could affect the amount of work I get.

Q. What one thing would you change about this industry if you could?

A. I would see that all glass dealers were licensed and more controlled. There are too many without insurance and not following safety codes.

Q. Sum yourself up in three words.

A. Opinionated, dedicated and fair.


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