Cathy Hartley, a 24-year veteran of the glass industry,
has joined Agalite Shower & Bath Enclosures of Anaheim, Calif., a
division of Hartung Glass Industries, as territory sales manager. She
will be responsible for leading the sales of the company’s line of shower
enclosures in the Southern California market from Santa Barbara to San
Hartley worked with Vitro America for 19 years, starting off as accounts
payable coordinator, growing to credit specialist and then territory sales
manager for the greater Los Angeles area. She also worked for Arch Aluminum
& Glass for almost five years as sales representative in Los Angeles.
Drew Garner has joined Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions
of Deerfield Beach, Fla., as chief financial officer (CFO). He most recently
served as CFO for Ames Taping Tools, a company that rents and sells construction
tools and supplies. Prior to that, he held the position of senior vice
president and CFO for Pike Family Nurseries. He also spent 16 years with
Coca-Cola, starting as a senior accountant and holding positions of increasing
responsibility up to U.S. controller.
Garner succeeds Grace Kurowska, who left the company to pursue other interests.
Linetec of Wausau, Wis., has named Jeffrey Fochs Jr. as an associate.
He will provide customers in the East-Central territory with paint and
anodize finishing services for products such as aluminum windows wall
systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components. Based
in Wausau, Fochs has more than two decades of experience in the building
products and services industry. Most recently, he worked as a western
U.S. territory manager for Vicwest Inc. headquartered in Ontario, Canada.
Viracon of Owatonna, Minn., recently promoted Garret Henson to
vice president of sales. He worked as the director of sales for the past
five years and will continue to report to Kelly Schuller, president of
Viracon. Henson joined Viracon in 1993 as a field sales trainee, and became
a field sales representative based in Colorado.
In a planned restructure, officials at LCG Facades of Salt Lake City,
Utah, have promoted Gary Dabb to the role of president. He was
previously in charge of company operations. Dabb succeeds Earl Linford,
who was instrumental in the formation of LCG Facades, and has resigned
from the position.
Joe Kalisz is replacing Tom Thorum as operations manager.
Kalisz has experience in the curtainwall industry and is a Six Sigma Green
Belt in lean manufacturing. He worked for several years for Harmon Inc.
as a project manager and operations manager.
Officials at the Häfele Group have named Paul K. Smith as
president of Häfele America Co. in Archdale, N.C., the company’s
North American subsidiary. Smith succeeds John Hossli, who is retiring
as president after serving in that role since 1999. Smith comes to the
role with 25 years of management experience. He joined Häfele in
2011 after working as vice president for Haworth Inc. In addition, the
company has promoted Keith M. Knolmayer to the newly created position
of business development for glass business. He brings more than 15 years
of glass application experience.
Terry Hessom has joined HHH Tempering Resources in Vancouver, Wash.,
as an equity partner. Hessom has held management positions across the
industry, including at PDC Glass & Metal and the former Arch Aluminum
& Glass and Vitro America. He will assist with plant flow and efficiency
Jay Phillips, national architectural sales director at Guardian
Industries Corp., assumed the presidency of the Glass Association of North
America (GANA) at its annual conference, held in February in Sarasota,
Fla. (see related story on page 36). Phillips, who previously served as
vice president for GANA, succeeds Jon Johnson of Trulite Glass and Aluminum
“I am pleased to assume the presidency of the Glass Association of North
America,” says Phillips. “GANA has been the voice of the glass industry
for more than 20 years through the tireless work of our member companies.
GANA’s mission has even greater relevance today as continued technological
advances increase the number of glass applications that enhance the consumer’s
life. As one voice, our members come together to recommend the appropriate
application of these various technologies and advocate greater use of
Phillips has been with Guardian for the past two and a half years, serving
as business development manager for commercial products prior to his current
position. Prior to joining Guardian, he worked as director of business
development for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and previously held several
key sales positions with PPG Industries
Fred Jeschke, Jeschke Consulting, Baytown, Texas
Fred Jeschke of Baytown, Texas, passed away unexpectedly in mid-February.
He was 70.
Jeschke worked with Kawneer until about 1980 when he was hired at Howmet
as engineering manager, according to longtime business associate Mike
Rubner, chief operating officer at Accura Systems Inc. in Sunnyvale, Texas.
He remained at Howmet through the transition to Vistawall Group (now part
of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope of Santa Monica, Calif.). In 1987, he left
to work for American Glass and Metals (AGM) in Detroit as executive vice
president. He worked at AGM until 2010 when he semi-retired and moved
to Baytown. He then opened a consulting business called Jeschke Consulting
LLC, where he worked until his passing.
“Fred Jeschke was my mentor when I came into the business in 1982 with
Howmet,” says Rubner. “Fred was possibly the best design guy I have ever
known the curtainwall industry and was friends with everyone—consultants,
architects, general contractors, glazing subcontractors, engineering guys
and metal suppliers … He will be greatly missed.”
“Fred didn’t so much show me or teach me about big-time commercial contract
glazing— he taught me how to think about it, how to approach problems,
how to understand how things worked and when they didn’t work why that
was,” says Tom Powers, project management/engineering department at Midwest
Glass Fabricators in Highland. “He never wanted to acknowledge it but
I credit him tremendously for whatever success I have had in the industry.”
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