Viracon Announces Reorganizes Sales Team
Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon has reorganized its sales leadership team.
Seth Madole has assumed the newly created role of director of
customer services. In this role, Madole will be responsible for managing
all activities of the sales funnel, from lead generation to sales estimating
and project management for the company’s domestic and international business.
Madole previously served as an inside sales manager, a role now assumed
by Sandee Keane. For the past eight years, Keane has worked in
a variety of roles at Viracon, including order technician, estimator,
Six Sigma Black Belt and Epicor core team member. In her new role, she
will be responsible for the estimating team.
Jeff Minear is the new field sales representative for Kansas,
Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. He replaces the retiring Dudley Otto.
Minear has been a member of the Viracon sales department for the past
Garret Henson will assume the expanded role of director of sales
and will be responsible for all field sales representatives in the United
Ron McCann will assume the new role of director of sales initiatives
responsible for the company’s window, interiors, point-supported and security
glass business. In his role, McCann will have key account responsibility
for certain accounts and will work with Henson and the field sales organization
on product management and growth initiatives.
Joe Effertz, director of sales, will focus on developing Viracon’s
international sales channel. He will work closely with Madole and the
international inside sales team to provide customer service to this growing
Vitro America Expands Sales Force
Vitro America LLC in Memphis, Tenn., has promoted Kevin Potts to
the position of Envision® Glass Systems product line manager. He will
be responsible for guiding the expansion of this product offering. Potts
has been with the company since 1986, serving as door sales manager at
the Dallas fabrication facility
In addition, the company hired Wayne Williams as an estimator for
the Envision sales department in Dallas. Williams will be responsible
for estimating and technical support. He has more than 30 years experience,
most recently as a sales manager with C.R. Laurence.
Martin Boonstoppel of Las Vegas was hired as a sales representative
for the Southwest market. He brings more than 20 years of experience in
the sales and marketing of architectural products, most recently as the
western regional sales manager for Dorma Group North America.
Catherine Finney also was hired in Las Vegas, and joins the company
as an architectural sales representative. Finney will be responsible for
promoting the sale of fabricated products in a multi-state territory.
She most recently worked for Oldcastle Glass, having been a senior architectural
sales representative there for 13 years.
JEB Hires Conlon to Represent New England Market
Ed Conlon has joined the J.E. Berkowitz (JEB) sales team as an
independent sales representative for the New England market. In this role,
Conlon will be focusing on growing and expanding the company’s complete
line of architectural glass products.
Conlon joins the company with more than 35 years of experience in the
commercial construction industry. His prior experience includes more than
20 years as an independent sales representative for architectural glass
Salem Distributing Adds to Technical Support Staff
Salem Distributing in Winston-Salem, N.C., has added Ashley Price
to its technical support staff as a diamond tool sales engineer. Price
will work with outside and inside sales as well as directly with customers
to introduce new technologies and improve the efficiency of existing diamond
wheel applications. Price comes to Salem with broad-based experience and
knowledge of diamond tool applications and technologies.
McElroy Named New VP of Alumil N.A.
John McElroy, LEED AP, has been named vice president of engineering
for New York-based Alumil N.A. In his new position, McElroy will develop
and expand the engineering support and capabilities for the company’s
North American market.
McElroy has more than 25 years experience in the design and engineering
of glazing and curtainwall systems. He previously served as director of
engineering for Enclos Corp.
Southern Glass Wholesale Introduces New Manager
Southern Wholesale Glass located in Americus, Ga., has hired Chuck
Owenby as the manager of its Metro Atlanta operation. Owenby will
initially be responsible for sales and distribution for Southern Wholesale
in and around Atlanta. Owenby brings more than 20 years of glass and glass-related
experience to his new position.
Binswanger Tech Becomes National Hero; Rescues Six from Burning Building
When Robin DeHaven began his day at Binswanger Glass in Austin, Texas,
February 18, he probably expected to have an ordinary day. But such was
not the case. As the 28-year-old glazier was driving to an afternoon job,
he observed a plane crashing off the highway and immediately went to help.
“It seemed out of the ordinary,” DeHaven, a native of Logansport, Ind.,
told USGlass during an exclusive interview. “I was on my way to a job
to replace a single-pane window. The plane went south and it was going
down and I didn’t know what was going to happen. A big cloud of smoke
That’s when the U.S. Army veteran’s instincts kicked in and he decided
to try to help.
“I exited right away and flew into a parking lot,” he recalls. “I tried
to call 911, too, but of course they were busy with all the calls.”
Though he finally got through to 911, he continued to head into the direction
of the building where the plane had hit. (It was later discovered that
pilot Joseph Stack had crashed the plane into the Internal Revenue Services
As DeHaven pulled into the parking lot, another bystander noticed he had
a large ladder on the truck and asked if he would help out. Without hesitation,
DeHaven says he propped the ladder against the building and began his
climb up to the second story where five people were waiting.
“We tried to put it near a brace … I got to the top and the ladder slipped
a little bit and started dropping a few inches,” he says. “I grabbed the
ledge and eventually got into the building through the window.”
Knowing the ledge he’d used wouldn’t work for the climb down, DeHaven
quickly looked for another option and saw that there appeared to be a
sturdier ledge at the next window over.
“There was a window still intact over it, so we had to break out that
window,” he says.
Once DeHaven attached the ladder to the second window, he began to attempt
the rescue mission, escorting each employee out the window, onto the ledge
and then onto the ladder. He rescued six people in total.
By that time, the local fire department had arrived on the scene, so DeHaven
gathered his ladder (after getting the okay from the fire department)
and thought he’d sneak away to have a quiet lunch break, catch his breath
and continue on to his next job.
“I took my ladder, called my boss and told him I helped some people when
a plane crashed,” DeHaven says. “I thought I was just going to get my
ladder and go. I didn’t say my name [to anyone there], but I guess someone
called the corporate office and corporate found out and called me.”
Though he remembers the details clearly, DeHaven says the rescue took
approximately five minutes in total; the fire hadn’t yet entered the office
in which he assisted, but the hallways had already begun to fill with
smoke at the point he arrived.
DeHaven attributes his ability and quick-to-assist nature to his time
in the U.S. Army. During his six and a half years in the military, he
was deployed to Iraq twice.
“I was a combat engineer and I’ve been in combat situations,” he says.
Since then, DeHaven has been interviewed by Fox News, ABC, NBC and appeared
on Good Morning America.
Despite his newfound fame, DeHaven remains humble.
“I didn’t figure anyone would find me, but they did, and now I’m just
trying to fill the shoes people want me to,” he says.
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