Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2004
Where are They Now?
Long before the industry began spotlighting those in the industry under age 40, USGlass magazine was already chronicling the industry’s younger members. In July 1998 in our People to Watch article we included a list of Young Turks—ten industry up and comers, all under the age of 40. They, and the companies they were then with, were, Richard Campfiled, Ultra Bond Inc.; Joseph Gold, Gold Glass Group; Todd C. Joubert, United States Aluminum; Patrick Kenny, PPG Industries; Michelle Magyar, Mid-American Auto Glass; Thomas R. Mills, Arcadia Architectural Products; Leon Silverstein, Arch Aluminum & Glass; David Pirwitz, Urban Machinery; and Raymond Smith, Joseph Machine Co. At the time, auto glass was still included in USGlass magazine; today it has its own publication, AGRR.
So, where are they now? We found out how the lives and careers of those in the architectural glass industry have changed over the course of the past six years.
Todd Joubert, EFCO
Education: B.A. in finance, Southern Arkansas University.
Then: Vice president of sales and marketing, U.S. Aluminum.
Now: Vice president of sales, EFCO.
Biggest career change: Transitioning from a storefront/curtainwall background to include windows knowledge. Trying to keep up with all three types of product changes is quite challenging!
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: The technological advances in one industry with impact-glazed products, enhanced thermal products and the high-performance glazing options. The other major industry change I’ve seen is an overall faster construction schedule on our projects.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: Have an open mind! Things are changing very fast in one industry and one must be open and accepting
to change in products, delivery methods and sales techniques used to be successful in today’s market.
Joseph Karas, Karas and Karas
South Boston, Mass.
Education: B.S. in marketing, University of Hartford.
Then: President, Karas and Karas.
Now: President, Karas and Karas.
Biggest careers change: N/A.
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: N/A.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: When did I stop being an up and comer?
Patrick Kenny, PPG
Education: B.S. in management, Indiana University; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh.
Then: Marketing manager, Flat Glass Business Unit, PPG.
Now: Business manager, Construction Market Team, PPG.
Biggest career change: Leading PPG’s new construction market initiative.
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: Products using advanced PPG glass technologies, growth of formal customer and supplier alliances and market and customer consolidations.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: Learn from the past, know the entire industry value chain and regularly plan for the future.
Thomas Mills, Arcadia Architectural Products Inc.
Education: Two years of college, City College of New York.
Then: President, Arcadia Architectural Products Inc.
Now: President, Arcadia Architectural Products Inc.
Biggest career change: Being a manager for someone and making the big step in owning and opening my own company in 1993, Ultimate Architectural Products Inc.
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: The gradual spread of impact products along the coastal areas and what it takes to pass these rigorous tests.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: Make sure you really love what you want to do and stick with it until you achieve your goals. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t achieve those goals and that your dreams are impossible. If you feel that they are possible in your heart, then go for it. Always remember, though, it requires a big-time commitment and drive. Good luck!
David Pirwitz, Urban Machinery
Education: B.S.B.A in finance, Ohio State University.
Then: Director of U.S. operations, Urban Machinery.
Now: Vice president, COO, Urban Machinery.
Biggest career change: It was definitely getting into the fenestration industry 14 years ago.
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: From the equipment side, I think it has been the steady advances in motion and computer control technologies that allow the design of faster and more reliable machines and integrated systems.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: Always be honest and forthright in your business dealings.
Leon Silverstein, Arch Aluminum & Glass
Education: B.S. in communication, Northwestern University.
Then: President, Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc.
Now: President and chief executive officer (CEO), Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc.
Biggest career change: developing a management team so I can personally grow in the roll of successful CEO verses just having the title.
Biggest industry change you’ve seen: The replacement of John Woodstock with Ted Hathaway at Oldcastle. Arch modeled its company on the philosophy that quality and service would induce customers to pay a premium price for our products, which seemed to be the Woodstock approach at Hordis.
Words of wisdom to today’s up and comers: Work hard, play hard, have fun; but the only thing that really matters is your and your family’s health.
Then: sales manager, Joseph Machine Co. Inc., Dillsburg, Pa.
Now: No longer with the glass industry.
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