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Gottfried Brunbauer has been named the CEO of Lisec Group. He succeeds Othmar Sailer, who left the company after six years. Sailer focused on the development of strategy, culture and structures. He also oversaw the introduction and optimization of processes and the further development of product management. Other focal points were the successful expansion of the service business and intensive work on digitization in the glass business.

Brunbauer was previously chief operating officer.

EFCO Corp. has promoted John Bendt to senior vice president of sales and marketing. He will report directly to EFCO president John Klein. Bendt joined Apogee in 2002 and has held several leadership roles across the organization. Most recently he served as vice president of building retrofit strategy.

Previously he worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Wausau Window and Wall Systems from 2008 to 2012, and was vice president of service and special projects for Harmon from 2002 to 2008.

Apogee’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team has promoted Kevin Robbins to director.

Robbins will lead Apogee’s retrofit team in a nationwide effort, in conjunction with the company’s businesses, to assist building owners and property managers in evaluating the benefits of window renovation and upgrades.

During his 33 years with Wausau, Robbins worked on hundreds of renovation and new construction projects as a regional sales manager and estimating manager. His earlier positions included plant manager for manufacturing Wausau’s curtainwall and architectural windows, and as scheduling manager.

W&W Glass has promoted Michael Awadfrom project manager to director of project management. Awad is a licensed engineer and has been a project manager with W&W Glass for approximately 14 years.W&W Glass also promoted ten project managers to senior project management roles.

Jesse Whitenight, Karl Lown, Matthew Keefe, Owen McCarthy, Damon Mercay, Kevin King, Uwe Umbach, Bruce Hernsdorf, Maria Colucci-Hudgins and Chuck Beckle were all promoted.

Appointments

Pleotint LLC has appointed Namrata Vorato chief revenue officer overseeing all aspects of sales and marketing. Vora joins the team with a background in the dynamic glass world.

Vora spent eight years at electrochromic glass manufacturer View where she played various key roles including product marketing, product management and sales.

Kensington Glass Arts (KGa) has named Ray Buchheister director of building envelope. For more than 16 years, Buchheister has man-aged the design, fabrication and installation of building envelope systems in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia markets.

He will work with the building envelope team to meet clients’ growing architectural needs for both interior and exterior applications.

Joséphine Mickwitzhas been appointed Glaston Corp.’s vice president of investor relations, communications and marketing, as well as a member of Glaston’s extended management group. She will report to president and CEO Arto Metsänen.

Mickwitz joins Glaston from Tokmanni Group Corp. where she was head of investor relations and communications. Prior to that she served in communications, investor relations and human resources leadership roles at Detection Technology, Miltton Oy and Wärtsilä Corp.

New Hires

Bohle America has added Michael Vinnikto its organization in the capacity of inside sales glass hardware manager. Vinnik has extensive building product experience and knowledge and his past includes leadership roles in sales, customer service and operations, according to the company. He worked most recently at automatic door manufacturer, Record-USA.

Obituaries

Steve Frankewicz, owner of Joe’s Refrigeration in Withee, Wis., passed away at the age of 65 at his home in Throp, Wis. Frankewicz joined the supplier of cleanrooms for laminating lines in 1973, which was then operated by his father, Joe.

“He was a very sincere and special gentleman, who I’m glad I had the privilege to call my friend,” says Bob Lang of Billco Manufacturing.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; two sons, Jason and five grandchildren.

Dale Randolph, president of Martin Glenn Glass in McMinnville, Tenn., passed away August 8, 2018 at the age of 64 after an extended illness.

Randolph became owner of Martin Glenn Glass in 1995, following in his father’s footsteps. His father, Homer Randolph, owned Sparta Glass & Mirror from 1968 to 1991.

Dale Randolph is survived by his wife, Deborah; son, Justin; daughter, Whitney; sister, Susan; and three grandchildren.

Former Griffin Glass President Donald Ward passed away at age 75 on September 3, 2018.

Ward spent more than 16 years with Canadian Pittsburgh Industries, later PPG, which he first joined in 1965. He joined Griffin Glass Industries in 1981 as vice president.

Ward was heavily involved in committees and boards in Calgary, Alberta, the Canadian Construction Association and at numerous other glass industry organizations. He worked tirelessly toward the betterment of the industry, and was honored many times for his commitment and dedication.

Ward is survived by his wife, Dianne; his sons, Jeff, Travis and Kevin; his daughter, Shelly Billard; and five grandchildren.

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