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YKK AP America Inc. promoted Joey Bernardto branch manager of the Texas and Western regional office in Dallas. Bernard will spearhead the company’s efforts to expand its visibility and drive sales within the Texas and Western U.S. regions.

Bernard brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his new role. He joined YKK AP in 2011, where he served as the operations manager. Bernard then held a leadership role as branch manager for the Midwest region. In addition to his years of experience at YKK AP, Bernard’s industry expertise includes over-seeing customer service teams, service center operations, as well as more than ten years of direct oversight of a major industry production and distribution plant.

The company also named John Rovi sales representative for the Dallas market. Rovi has more than 15 years of business development experience in the construction and architectural products industry.

He previously served as director of marketing and business development at Childress Engineering Services in Richardson, Texas, and also spent time at Tepco Contract Glazing, SAPA North America and Curtainwall Design Consulting.

Appointments

Columbia Commercial Building Products (CCBP) has appointed Antonio Aftimos as vice president of sales and marketing.

In his new role, Aftimos will be responsible for leading CCBP’s sales, estimating and project management personnel, and also integrating with the sales teams across Consolidated Glass Holdings’ (CGH) family of companies.

In addition, Sam Benowitz was appointed vice president of point-supported glass/metal sales at CGH.

He will be responsible for managing the sales team for CGH’s complete line of Invisiwall glass systems, including key personnel at CCBP, J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal and Dlubak Specialty Glass Corp.

Graham Architectural Products, Curtain Wall Solutions, of Merrill, Wis., has named Ken Schmidtchen general manager and Fred Grunewald national sales manager.

As general manager, Schmidtchen will oversee the main functions of the business. He joined the company in May 2015 as engineering manager. In February 2017, he was named operations manager of the facility.

Grunewald joined the company in September 2012 as vice president and general manager. Most recently, he has been the main sales contact for the business.

New Hires

Pulp Studio has hired Kirk Johnson as director of operations, a new position at the company.

“[Johnson’s] history in more commodity-based glass production has given him a unique ad-vantage in phasing into the world of decorative glass,” says a statement from Pulp Studio.

Johnson has 23 years’ experience in the industry. He previously worked for ACI (now Trulite) and Hartung Glass Industries.

National Glass Products (NGP), a provider of interior glass products and glass fabrication services, has hired industry veteran Tony Eschmeyer as vice president of sales and business development.

Lou Filippone has joined Graboyes Commercial Window Company and Graboyes Smart Buildings as business development manager. He will work with building owners, architects and engineers to support and assist them in creating and maintaining high-performance buildings through the commercial window, architectural glazing and smart building services provided by Graboyes.

Kudos

R. Christopher Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. in Asheville, N.C., will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors.

A member of ASTM International since 1986, Mathis is a member of the committees on sustainability, thermal insulation and performance of buildings. He holds a master’s degree in architecture studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

In addition to ASTM International, Mathis is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, and co-founder and past director of the National Fenestration Rating Council. He has also served four terms on the International Code Council energy code development committee.

Erin Harris, advertising coordinator for Key Media & Research (KMR) received the company’s 2017 Award for Extraordinary Service. KMR is the parent company of USGlass magazine. The honor is presented annually and was named after vice president of media services Holly X. Biller who has been with the company almost since its inception, and epitomizes the definition of extraordinary service.

“Erin is the glue that holds our office together,” says Debra Levy, president. “She balances an incredible amount of duties, as well as working diligently with our advertisers. She always does so in a very sunny, detailed way, and I’m delighted to see her receive this award.”

Harris serves as the point of contact for print display advertisements, classifieds and suppliers guides. She has received this award previously in 2013 for her dedication and attention to quality with a positive disposition.

Obituaries

John “Jack” Morris III, the man behind Tennessee-based Jack Morris Auto Glass, passed away on January 12 at the age of 87. Morris was known throughout his hometown as a civic leader and businessman, always putting the happiness of those around him first.

Today, the company is run by his two sons, John and Paul. Since 1999, the company has expanded from four locations throughout Tennessee to nine, including one location in Kentucky. And though Morris retired some 20 years ago, his mantra of keeping the customer happy carried on, as evident by the company’s nearly 100-percent customer referral-based business model.

Morris is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane; his two sisters, Ann Heffernan and Carole Bizot; his four children, John (Laura), LuAnne Burkett (Wayne), Linda, Paul (Mary); and eight grandchildren, Jeff Burkett (Taryn), Ryan Burkett, Sarah Morris, Buck Morris, Bailey Morton, Sydney Morton, Courtland Morris, and Alison Morris; and two great-grandchildren.

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