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Comings and Goings

Arthur Berkowitz, who previously served as executive vice president at J.E. Berkowitz (JEB), stepped down from his operational management responsibilities at JEB on June 30. He originally announced he would no longer serve as executive vice president last December, and emphasized that the move was not a step into retirement. Rather, Berkowitz will concentrate on his retrofit window system business.

“I have been truly fortunate and am appreciative over my 42-year career to have worked with the hard-working, professional and talented people that make JEB an industry leader,” he said in a letter to customers dated June 25. “I have tremendous respect and admiration for both our customers and vendors, for their sophistication, skills and the challenges they have in operating their businesses, and how they have supported JEB and contributed to our success. Thank you for that support.”

Berkowitz has since been focusing on his retrofit window system business, Renovate by Berkowitz and has established offices in Narberth, Pa.

“I hope to become a larger customer of JEB for its glass products, and grow the relationships with both installers and material component suppliers,” he said.

As a minority owner of JEB/Consolidated Glass Holdings and a member of its board of directors, Berkowitz will re-main both interested in the company’s continued performance and growth and in contact with the JEB team.

“There have been many lessons learned from the past 42 years and I had great mentoring from my father, and was surrounded by a loyal, caring and very competent team. I’m pleased that the EJB Scholarship Fund, named in honor of my late father, has provided scholarships to deserving children of our employees, both union and non-union, and provided tuition grants that have exceeded $200,000 for their higher education,” said Berkowitz. “‘Do the right thing’ has been my driver and practice and culture we established at JEB. I trust that it will continue after my departure.”

Promotions

Faour Glass Technologies, a fabricator in custom architectural glass and glazing systems for high-end residential and commercial markets, named Annette Trevisan Nuhfer the new regional sales manager for Southeast Florida.

Nuhfer has been with the company for three years and has supported the business in many roles, including sales, marketing, estimating and operations.

Appointments

The board of directors of the Prelco Group has ratified the appointment of Dominic Lavoie as the company’s president and CEO. He is the son of the current president, Roger Lavoie, and took office on June 28.

“Ensuring the sustainability of the company while keeping its head office here in Rivière-du-Loup has always been at the heart of my expectations and my thoughts,” says Roger Lavoie. “After 46 years at the head of the company, it is with great pride that I pass the torch to my son, Dominic … To maintain a smooth transition, I will reserve my involvement as executive chairperson of the board of directors and provide support to Dominic and his management team to enable the Prelco Group to take the next step.”

“It is obviously a great pride and honor to take charge of the Prelco Group and to contribute to the development of the family business,” says Dominic La-voie. “I have been personally involved in the operational and administrative sectors of the company in recent years. This has allowed me to understand the issues that the company is currently facing along with those that will need to be dealt with in the future.”

YKK AP America Inc. has named Patrys Wiid as the vice president of organizational excellence. Wiid brings more than 20 years of experience to this newly created position, which will help move YKK AP forward with added resources and an increased focus on its human capital, according to the company.

Wiid will be responsible for strategic-level human resources development activities for the entire organization. She will focus on talent acquisition and development, employee engagement, and the advancement of employee-facing technology.

Wiid has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources field, and has held leadership roles in both manufacturing and professional services organizations. Most recently, she served as a senior human resources leader for Panasonic Automotive Systems.

Daniel Plotnick is the new vice president of sales and marketing for Solar Seal and will lead the company’s sales, estimating and project management personnel. He also will serve a key role in marketing the Invisiwall glass systems product line and integrating with the sales teams across Consolidated Glass Holding’s (CGH) family of companies.

Plotnick has more than 15 years of experience in the glass industry.

Kudos

Quanex Building Products has awarded Lynnsey Erb its annual William A. McHattie Scholarship, named in honor of Quanex’s former president William A. McHattie. The scholarship is given each year to the children of Quanex employees who are selected by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to receive a four-year grant for undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.

Lynnsey is the daughter of Quanex’s Joe Erb. She graduated from Indian Valley High School in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, where she excelled academically while participating in a variety of extracurricular activities including drama club, basketball and the National Honor Society. She also participates in her church’s Bible study program and youth group.

She will attend the Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences full time this fall, where she has already studied for credits in high school. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and become a registered nurse.

New Hires

Morse Industries has hired Andrew Chatfield as director of sales, Josh Perilstein as territory manager for Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, and David Lingard as materials and project estimating professional.

Chatfield brings decades of glass industry experience to the Morse team. He has fulfilled a variety of sales management and technical roles across both Europe and North America.

Larry Morse, vice president of Morse Industries, cited Chatfield’s dynamic leadership and understanding of the technical aspects of the company’s product lines as reasons he is excited to welcome him to the team.

Perilstein has more than 16 years of experience as a fifth-generation glass industry professional.

Lingard has extensive experience in the field of construction estimating, including leading and training estimating teams.

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