Promotions

Juergen Schairer has been promoted to director of product innovation and sales engineering at Roto North America. With this new role, Schairer will be focusing on product innovation, sales engineering for European products and sales engineering for North American products.

Schairer joined the Roto North America team as manager of application engineering—Euro products in the summer of 2018 and has steadily led Roto’s European Tilt&Turn Group in Chester, Conn, according to the company.

Biesse has promoted Randy Jamison to executive vice president of sales and marketing in North America. He previously held positions in the company as vice president of sales for the wood division and as brand manager for Selco Panel Saws, Biesse America and Canada.

“Randy’s well-deserved promotion comes at a particularly exciting time in
the history of our subsidiary,” says president/CEO Federico Broccoli. “In 2019 we celebrate 30 years in North America as well as the 50-year anniversary of the Biesse Group. This milestone, as well as our extraordinary growth, is a reminder of how important it is for our company to keep investing in the development of high-level technology, dependable services and extremely qualified resources to enable our customers to reach superior standards. We are moving toward a one company concept which will allow our divisions to work cohesively, with common ground in best practices promoting more efficiency and effectiveness to our overall efforts. Randy’s promotion could have not come at a better time.”

Aluminum fabrication firm Gateway Extrusions, headquartered in Union, Mo., has promoted Simone Bradley to maintenance manager for the company’s manufacturing facility. Bradley and her staff are responsible for all maintenance and repair of production equipment and building systems for the entire 170,000-square-foot Gateway facility.

Appointments

Margaret Roberts is the new chief operating officer (COO) for the Azon
companies. Roberts will work with production, customer relations, information technology and overall assistance with the Azon international operations.

She has been with Azon for more than 30 years, serving most recently as the chief financial officer overseeing all financial operations for the global company. Her corporate responsibilities include serving on the board of directors and the Azon management committee.

Kensington Glass Arts (KGA) has named Julie Whitehair chief of staff. The company also hired Kevin Robertshaw as fabrication sales manager.

Whitehair, who previously worked at prime trades contractor ISEC, joined KGa with 18-plus years of experience in the trades. Beginning her career as a project engineer, Whitehair eventually transitioned into purchasing and later served as the preconstruction services manager overseeing the estimating and purchasing teams for the last five years. As the chief of staff, she will oversee the sales and estimating team as well as the materials management team. Robertshaw joined the company after spending the last 15 years with American Energy Services where he served as the vice president of sales and operations.

In addition to the personnel changes, KGA CEO and president, David Stone, was named to the Top 50 CEOs of Frederick County for 2019. The list is designed to serve as a guide to the CEOs who utilize their leadership and expertise to contribute to Frederick County, Md.’s economy. KGA relocated its facilities to Ijamsville, a town in Frederick County, in 2013, and last year expanded into another facility within Frederick County.

Tara Brummet is the new business development manager for U.S. markets for Vitrum Glass Group. She will be responsible for the overall implementation of growth strategies for Vitrum’s continued expansion into various U.S. markets.

Brummet has more than 20 years of experience working in the architectural glass industry, and her experience and in-depth knowledge of the industry is broad and comprehensive. She has been a critical team member on various significant projects and has led teams in multiple capacities, according to the company. Brummet has also held various board positions for North American glass associations and continues to dedicate her time to several committees.

The company has also hired Jennifer Conrad as a new sales representative
and Russell Williams of Architectural Insider as a sales and architectural representative. Conrad has nearly a decade of glass industry experience within the Washington State region, and has demonstrated a great understanding of architectural glass, according to the company. She will focus on sales growth for Vitrum in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Williams will focus on client representation in the Southern Californian, Southern Nevada, and Hawaiian markets.

In response to increased demand from the glass industry for access and egress door control solutions, SDC has tapped its central regional sales manager, Mary Hester, a 17-year glass industry veteran, to lead a new initiative for easing the adoption and practical application of electrified hardware to glass doors. Hester is overseeing the consolidation of
SDC’s many code compliant, electrified hardware products—door operators,
exit devices, access controls and locking devices—into complete electronic system solutions for glass doors.

Laura Head is Vetrotech’s new Western regional sales manager and Amber Jones is the company’s new South Central regional sales manager.

Head’s territory includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico,
Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. She has both architectural glass and construction project management experience and is located in California.

Jones is responsible for all sales activities in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. She has a background as a manufacturer’s representative specializing in fire-rated glass.

Architectural Glass Works (AGW), a Chicago-based glazing contractor,
has announced Matt Trainor, Neil Trainor, Marcus Phillips, Danielle Johnson and Ryan Smith are now serving as principals to the company.

New Hires

OmniGlass SCT, a fiberglass fenestration product company, has hired Tracy Rogers as director of U.S. sales and marketing. His responsibilities will include the development of sales and marketing programs for the  promotion of OmniGlass products to the U.S. fenestration industry. Additionally, he will be responsible for expanding relationships on several of Omniglass’ most important accounts while building new ones.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the fenestration industry, Rogers has
held positions on both the supplier and manufacturer side of the industry and has extensive expertise in the technical, sales and marketing aspects of fenestration products, according to the company.

Rogers joins OmniGlass from Keystone Certifications, where he held the
position of vice president of sales and marketing. During this time Rogers
had full responsibility for all sales and marketing activities of an international product certification body and brought multiple manufacturer representative groups on board for the promotion of certification services. As a result, he significantly increased year-over-year sales growth at Keystone, according to the company.

YKK AP America has expanded its residential sales and customer service team with the addition of three new hires. Twenty-year industry veterans Michael West and Kyle Peterson are new residential sales representatives for the state of North Carolina and the state of Florida, respectively.

In addition, Shurnell James joins YKK AP as the customer service manager
for the residential division.

Obituaries

Frank Garland, the first secretary of the Washington Glass Association, died on December 12, 2018 at the age of 96 following a brief illness. Garland was retired from Eubanks Glass in Centralia, Wash. He served in World War II with the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945. Garland then returned to Centralia to operate the family business, which was started in 1883. According to his obituary, he was known for his generosity and involvement in social and civic groups. He is survived by his children Judy Lyon, Kathy Kambich and Randy Garland; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Announcing

Casey Flores has been named the European sales manager for Key Media and Research’s (KMR) titles including USGlass magazine. Flores has been with KMR since June 2014 and served as an editor for the company before moving into a full-time sales role in 2016. He succeeds Patrick Connelly who retired at the end of last year after more than 30 years with the company.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Patrick all these years, yet I understand he is ready for more time to enjoy his family. We are thrilled to have someone like Casey, who cares deeply about his customers, stepping into his shoes and have been planning for this transition for almost two years,” says Debra Levy, KMR president.

Flores was already responsible for sales in the Asian, South American, Middle Eastern and African territories for USGlass and KMR’s five other publications: Door and Window Market (DWM) magazine, Window Film magazine, PPFMag, AGRR magazine, and Architect’s Guide to Glass and Metal. He will remain in the role of account executive for KMR’s regional Glass Expos and annual Auto Glass Week™ and International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™.

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