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Appointments

HMI Cardinal has named Chris FitzGerald chief executive officer. Based in Louisville, Ky., Cardinal is a domestic manufacturer of shower enclosures, premium cast and tempered glass commercial storefronts and curtainwalls. FitzGerald brings more than 25 years of relevant general management experience. He began his career with large multinational firms such as Goodyear, United Technologies and Pitney Bowes, serving in senior general management roles. Since 2010, FitzGerald has been CEO for three successive business-to-business manufacturing firms, eventually leading two of these organizations through successful ownership changes.

Philadelphia-based building performance firm Graboyes Smart Buildings (GSB) has named Robert Debski as president. Ellis Guiles, owner and president of sister company Graboyes Commercial Window Company, will serve as director and building performance advisor for GSB. Debski joins GSB from Siemens Building Technologies, where he served as senior sales and business development manager.

Promotions

Walker Glass Company has promoted Danik Dancause to manager of marketing operations. Dancause has been with Walker since 2002 and has held various business development and marketing positions. In 2011, he assumed the architectural representation responsibilities for Eastern Canada. He will now be responsible for establishing Walker’s marketing vision as well as managing the day-to-day marketing operations and essential support to the architectural and sales directors.

Janice Williamson was promoted to plant manager of Quanex Building Products in Cambridge, Ohio. Williamson has been with the company for more than six years, most recently serving as mixing production manager. Prior to joining Quanex, Williamson worked in the rubber and plastics industry for more than 20 years.

New Hires

Rowe Fenestration has hired Laura Avina to represent MM Systems in Southern California. She has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry with an emphasis on project management, estimating, business development and management of customer relationships.

Steven Klein has joined Brio USA as a business development manager and will be responsible for sales and customer development in the western region of North America.

Klein has more than 30 years of experience in the building materials and fenestration industry.

Previously, he was a solution sales manager for AmesburyTruth, and prior to that spent eight years as an independent factory sales representative focused on the fenestration industry. He was also a sales manager at Morse Industries for 18 years.

Associations

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) announced the results of the annual election of officers and directors during its 69th Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference last month in Coronado, Calif.

R. Scott Kelley, president and chief executive officer of Service Center Medals in Prince George, Va., was elected chairperson. Kelley has been a member of the AEC board of directors since 2013 when he served as an independent extruder director until he was elected to the executive committee in 2016 as vice chairperson of the Council.

Brook Massey, president of MI Metals in Oldsmar, Fla., was elected vice chairperson. Brook Hamilton, president of Bonnell Aluminum in Newnan, Ga., was elected to the at-large position on the executive committee. Matt McMahon, president of Pries Enterprises in Independence, Iowa, was elected immediate past chairperson, and Martin Bidwell, president and CEO of Magnode Corp. in Trenton, Ohio, was elected past chairperson. Jeff Henderson was re-elected to the nonvoting position as president of the Council.

In addition, two new members of the board of directors were elected. Joe Jackman, president of ALMAG Aluminum in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and Peter Hedman, director of advanced product development and communications of Hydro Extrusion North America, headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., were elected to three-year terms as extruder directors.

Armand Sanguigni, president of Matalco Inc. in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was re-elected to a two-year term as producer director.

The AEC also presented awards to two individuals recognizing their contributions to the Council: Lynn Brown and Neil Chrisman III. The Distinguished Service Award was given to Brown, managing principal for the mid-Atlantic office of consultancy specializing in market planning and strategy implementation.

The AEC Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Chrisman, president and owner of Spectrum Metal Finishing Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio. He has been involved with AEC finishing committee since his company became an association member in 1999. Chrisman became vice chairperson of the committee in 2006 and team leader in 2013 after the Council reorganized the committee structure.

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