Viracon has announced new recruits for its field sales trainee program, as well as the expansion of its external sales team with new hires and reassignments in several key territories.
Jack Kneeland and Jeff Johnson, are the company’s newest recruits to its field sales trainee program. The two recently completed the training program and are assigned their own sales territories. Kneeland will cover greater Illinois area, key cities within southern Wisconsin and the Eastern Quad Cities area. Johnson will be responsible for Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and the Florida panhandle.
“Jack and Jeff met the challenge to learn our products, capabilities and services, all while working remotely during the COVID pandemic. We’re awfully proud of how far they’ve come over the last six months. This is a very exciting time for both of them and we are excited for these two as they begin their field sales careers,” said Garret Henson, Viracon’s vice president of sales and marketing.
In addition, Allen Davidson with ADD & Associates was hired as an independent representative and will be responsible for
Davidson brings a history of experience within the glass and glazing industry, most recently serving as an architectural products manager for W&W Structural Glass Systems for the past 17 years. Before that, he held sales and leadership positions within Crane Revolving Door.
Brian Stephens will have architectural field sales responsibilities for Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Stephens joins Viracon after spending the last 10 years of his career with Architectural Glazing Products in Utah and Technoform.
“We are thrilled to have Brian on board. He will bring a fresh perspective and approach to our sales organization,” said Henson. “Brian has demonstrated an ability to harvest the limitless options the industry has to offer and provides value to each client interaction. Our clients within this territory know Brian well; this was a solid talent acquisition for Viracon.”
In addition to the four new sales representatives, Viracon announced the reassignment of responsibilities for four of its veteran sales representatives: Matt Krier, Nicole Martineau, Mitch Hawkins and Ryan Hoffman.
Krier will relocate from Utah to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to serve the Iowa, North and South Dakota and northern Wisconsin territory.
Martineau, formerly a Viracon employed sales representative, and her husband Jeff, have created a new independent representation team, Martineau and Company, where Hawkins, also a previous Viracon employee, has accepted a position. The Martineau team will have territory responsibility for all of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (excluding Pittsburgh).
Following the recent retirement of Ron McCann, Ryan Hoffman has accepted the responsibility of sales leadership of the company’s key window and specialty OEM accounts.
“Ryan has served in several sales roles for Viracon and his product knowledge and years of field experience is the perfect fit to take on the legacy that Ron has built, serving these key accounts for Viracon,” said Henson.
“We extend a sincere thank you to Tom Heidrick, David Hessel and Ron McCann and the best wishes for their retirement. That’s over 100 years of experience retiring. Their loyalty and long-term commitments to Viracon should inspire all of us.”