Volume 36, Issue 7, July 2001
Comings and goings
J.D. Williams Joins the Vistawall Group
J.D. Williams, former general manager for U.S. Aluminum and president of Inter-national Aluminum, has joined Terrell, Texas-based Vistawall Group taking on a position in which he will work on special projects. His first assignment will involve the promotion of Vistawall’s new impact products.
Williams had retired this past February to spend more time on his hobbies (see related article in March 2001 USGlass, page 68). “I always wanted to retire … while I was still young enough and healthy enough [to] do my favorite hobbies—scuba diving, jogging and staying physically fit,” Williams said. However, according to a news release from Vistawall, Williams found he missed the business, and therefore took on the position with Vistawall.
Tubelite Announces Several New Hires
Kathy Radford has recently joined Tubelite of Reed City, Mich., as the company’s new manager of client services. Radford will be responsible for overseeing the company’s intake and project management of stock and custom orders, as well as estimating potential orders. She will also supervise the company’s technical services group. Radford has master’s degrees in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and in adult education from Cleveland State University.
Also joining Tubelite as the company’s new human resources manager is Kay L. Bowen. Bowen brings more than 25 years experience in employee services and human resources with Wolverine World Wide. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davenport College and an associate’s degree from Ferris State.
Steven E. Klinge is also new to Tubelite as a plant manager. Klinge has more than 30 years of experience with Textron Automotive in Evart, Mich. In his most recent position, he was responsible for the production and financial performance of the c ompany’s lighting business unit.
Guardian Names New Director of Communications
Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich., has named Gayle Joseph as its director of communications. In this position, Joseph will be responsible for Guardian’s public relations and marketing activities.
Before joining Guardian, Joseph served as senior vice president at John Bailey & Associates Inc., Public Relations, Troy. She also has experience in internal and external communications, program development, reputation management, crisis communication and media relations.
U.S. Aluminum Names New Vice President
U.S. Aluminum, based in Waxahachie, Texas, has announced the promotion of a new executive vice president. Doug Dellerbrock, former group vice president of operations moved into the new position March 5. He has been with the company since 1977.
Interpane Announces Two Promotions
Interpane Glass Co. of Clinton, N.C., has recently made two promotions. Thomas Koehler has been named the company’s new managing director. Formerly, Koehler served as the company’s chief financial officer and has been with the company since 1990. He has a Master’s degree in business from Duke University.
In addition, Frank Forgione has been promoted to the position of national sales manager. Forgione has been with the company since 1998, previously serving as regional sales manager for the Western region, and has 23 years of experience in architectural product sales.
Copper Sales Appoints President
Copper Sales Inc. of Anoka, Minn., has appointed Mike Wallace as its new president. Wallace has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry with a background in sales, marketing and operations, according to a news release issued by the company. He joined Copper Sales in 1985 and has held a variety of positions there, including sales division manager, vice president of architectural sales and, most recently, executive vice president.
EFCO® Announces Several New Hires and Promotions
EFCO Corp. of Monett, Mo., recently announced the promotion of Todd Stanfield as its new vice president of customer service and the addition of Todd Joubert as its new national sales manager. Prior to his new position, Stanfield served as the company’s director of customer service. He has also held the positions of estimator, project manager, estimate manager and EFCO Express manager.
Joubert brings to EFCO 16 years experience in product sales, marketing and manufacturing industry. He has held previous positions with U.S. Aluminum as its vice president of sales and marketing, and also as Vistawall’s regional sales manager.
In addition, EFCO has also consolidated its quality assurance efforts into one group, directed by Robert Nation.
As quality director of the group, Nation is responsible for the quality systems at the Monett and Barnwell, S.C. production facilities. Other members of the team are Ron Brown and Carey Lawton, who serve as quality managers at the Monett and Barnwell facilities.
Don McGuiness Passes Away
Don McQuiness, who served as Craft Diston’s of Wichita, Kan., national sales manager, passed away in April of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He had more than 40 years experience in the shower door industry, beginning his career in 1957 at the Long Engineering Co. of Lincoln, Neb. In 1960 he helped establish Craftman Shower Door Co. in Lawrence, Kan., which became Craft Fabricators Inc. through a partnership with Extrusions Inc. in 1972. Eventually, through sales and mergers, the company became Craft Diston Industries, a subsidiary of Architectural Art Manufacturing
A Minute With...
Vistawall Architechtural Products, Terrell, Texas
Tom Harris joined what was then Howmet Architectural Products Group as a computer programmer in 1975. Today the company has evolved and is now known as the Vistawall Group and Harris has worked his way up the ranks to be named president. Prior to his promotion, he served as the company’s national sales manager, and as its president looks forward to what the future holds.
Q. As the company’s new president, what are some of the goals you are setting for Vistawall and what are some of the challenges the company faces?
Our number one goal is to serve the customer and that allows us to grow our business—our second goal. The biggest challenge is the economy. The second is finding qualified people to work. That’s always an issue.
Q. What do you think some of your personal challenges will be?
Moving from a sales-oriented career to one that’s more of an operations mode is a new challenge. As Vistawall has grown it has developed an excellent team [of those in] functional areas … so we have a good group of people for me to lean on. Learning those aspects will be my challenges, but I also plan to continue interacting with the sales team and the customers.
Q. What are some of the changes you’ve seen take place in this industry since you started?
The biggest change is the speed of the business. Everything used to move much slower. Today it moves at a hyper-speed and some elements move faster than others. Complexity is also a big change—jobs weren’t as complex when I first started. There weren’t as many finishes and considerations involved in the project.
Q. If you weren’t involved in this industry, what would you be doing?
Probably something construction-oriented. I always liked construction growing up; I like the factory concept and I like people who make things. I would probably struggle if my whole product was just a service.
Q. Describe what you consider to be the perfect job?
One that allows you to be involved and lead strategic thinking and long term planning, but still keeps you close to the equipment, the workers and the customers.
Q. What do you like to do when you are not working?
Well, I have one son in college and one who is still in high school and I enjoy [taking part] in their athletic programs. I also enjoy golfing and fishing.
Q. What was the last book you read?
Raving Fans, which is about customer service and I also read recently Lean Thinking, which isn’t a weight loss book. It’s about manufacturing.
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