Comings and goings

After more than 40 years in the glass business, with the last five years spent as director of architectural services at Walker Glass, Steve Morren has announced that he will retire effective December 31, 2019.

Morren kicked off his career with PPG (formerly Canadian Pittsburg Ind.) in 1978 and then joined Walker from 1982 to 1989 as a sales representative. From there, he went on to Fulton Windows in various sales roles. In 1995, Morren was named president of Eastern Float Glass where he led the company’s growth for more than ten years. Prior to re-joining Walker in 2014, Morren held a leadership position as vice president and general manager with Triple Seal Ltd.

Morren will remain active through the end of 2019, mentoring Walker’s architectural team and working with architects, fabricators and glaziers on numerous Walker-specified projects, notably the company’s AviProtek line of bird friendly products.

Promotions

Tubelite Inc. has promoted Steve Green to the role of president. Green will report to Joe Puishys, chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises Inc., Tubelite’s parent company.

As president, Green oversees the company’s operations and its facilities in Walker and Reed City, Mich.; Dallas; and Warwick, R.I.

Green began his career at Tubelite as a sales representative in 1990 and was promoted to regional general manager after his first year with the company. In the following years, he became the vice president of sales and was co-owner of the company before Apogee purchased Tubelite in 2007. In 2018, he was named general manager.

Appointments

Mark Spoorenberg has been appointed chief operating officer of Vitrum Glass Group. Spoorenberg’s leadership and operational experience spans more than 15 years with large multi-national companies.

Prior to joining Vitrum Glass Group, he acted as COO for Clearly.ca. As COO, Spoorenberg implemented and met many operational challenges during a period of accelerated growth, according to Vitrum. He also spent four years as senior operations manager with Amazon, where he drove quality and process change initiatives leading to many plant efficiencies.

Spoorenberg will report directly to Thomas Martini, president, and Gemma Martini, CEO of Vitrum Glass Group. Moving forward all branches and departments will report to Spoorenberg, which will allow the executive team to remain focused on growth opportunities and broader strategic planning, according to the company.

Marco Schiavon has been appointed CEO of Forel North America. As CEO, Schiavon will oversee the operations at the St. Paul, Minn., and Toronto, Ontario locations.

Schiavon has been employed at Forel for more than 30 years and has gained extensive experience in the glass industry, according to the company. During his career, he has held various positions of responsibility within the organization, and has extensive experience within the North American market.

Kudos

Structures Unlimited Inc. has named Tofee Shamatta as its 2018 Salesperson of the Year.

Shamatta joined the company and its strategic partner, Kalwall Corp., in 2016 as sales representative for most of eastern Massachusetts including Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

“Tofee’s understanding of the region and the relationships he built in the industry have boosted our sales in eastern Massachusetts,” says Mark McNichol, director of sales for Structures Unlimited.

Kalwall Corp. recognized Steve Del Guercio with its 2018 Salesperson of the Year award. It was the ninth time he has been honored as the top sales producer for the diffused natural daylighting solutions company.

Del Guercio, Kalwall’s sales representative for New Jersey, has been with the company since 1999. He has also been recognized as Salesperson of the Year three times for Structures Unlimited.

“Steve is a passionate and dedicated leader in our sales force,” says Jim Andrus, Kalwall’s vice president of sales in North America. “His understanding of Kalwall products continues to help him build and sustain relationships in the region.”

Associations

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference in February, Donnie Hunter, director of global product management for Kawneer, was recognized as the new chairperson of the board of directors. Hunter takes on this role following a two-year term led by outgoing chairperson Mike DeSoto, chief operating officer for MI Windows and Doors.

Additionally, Janice Yglesias was named executive director of the association. Yglesias has served AAMA for 20 years and previously held many positions within the organization, most recently executive vice president.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) added two members to the 2019 board of directors during its spring committee meeting in Baltimore.

Anthony Cinnamon, principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., and Lisa Winckler, director at Eastman Chemical Co., joined the NFRC board.

These individuals will fill one new fenestration industry/unspecified seat and one at-large seat. The new fenestration industry/unspecific board member will serve until the board election in the fall, at which point they could be reappointed. Since 1995, Cinnamon has worked in inspections and investigations of building facades, exterior wall systems and fenestration systems. His current work with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. covers
high-rise residential and office buildings, institutions, sports arenas and historic structures.

Winckler is director of product management and industry affairs for Eastman Chemical Co., performance films. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the window film industry in the areas of quality, technical marketing, product management, product development and research.

Obituaries

Martin “Marty” Zawatsky, former owner of multiple glass companies throughout New England, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019. He was 89 years old. Zawatsky owned ShoorElias Glass (SEGCO) and Merit Glass in Rhode Island, as well as Northeast Glass and Aluminum with three locations in New Hampshire.

Zawatsky and his team grew SEGCO into the 28th largest contract glazing company in the U.S. (USGlass, April 1996) before selling his portfolio of glazing, fabrication and erection companies to Karas and Karas of Boston.

Zawatsky grew up in the glass business, installing storefront in the 30s, 40s and early 50s with his father. He was a third generation glazier who applied his experience to solving complex building enclosure challenges. Zawatsky authored numerous technical articles and was a visionary within the architectural glass and metal industry, developing systems to pre-glaze, deliver, hoist and install ribbon window units with great efficiency. He was also at the forefront of union/owner relations, finding common ground and developing positive long-term relationships with organized labor for the benefit of all, according to his obituary.

He was the son of Sarah and Julius Zawatsky of Providence, R.I., and is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hope Pritsker Zawatsky; their three sons, Jay, Paul and Marc; eight grandsons; two granddaughters and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Leona Spilka.

Vick Channel passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the age of 62. During the 40-plus years of his career Channel worked with several automotive glass companies, including Safelite, Southern States Glass and Libbey Owens Ford before transitioning to the architectural glass side of the industry at Harding Glass. Since then he worked for Gardner Glass Products, Glas-Tech Industries, Summit Glass Coatings,
Shape Products and, most recently, Trulite.

Channel is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lisa; daughter, Carissa (Channel) Moening; son, Eric Channel; and eight grandchildren.

“He was loved and respected by many throughout the glass industry. I would like to thank everyone  who has reached out to my family. … Your thoughts, prayers, and kind words are sincerely appreciated,” said his son Eric, who is the president and CEO of Global Glass Solutions. “He was deeply loved by his family, friends and co-workers.”

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