Comings and Goings

Those who are used to working with Ren Bartoe at Vesuvius will need to make a fly fishing appointment to meet with him from now on. Bartoe, who served as the director of glass and industrial technologies at Vesuvius, retired May 31, 2019 after four decades in the industry.

“I am concluding a 43-year career, with the last 30 years dedicated solely to Vesuvius, that has been full of excitement, opportunities, many victories and my share of defeats,” says Bartoe. “Together we have shared many good times, laughs, challenges, disappointments, wonderful dinners and perhaps some differences, but mostly successes over the years.”

“He’s always been recognized as the face of Vesuvius Fused Silica by all of our customers around the world,” says Marcus Bancroft, sales manager for the Americas with Vesuvius. “People associate Vesuvius with Ren because he’s been such a familiar face and he’s well-liked by everyone he’s dealt with.”

Bancroft credits Bartoe with having been at the forefront of promoting Vesuvius’ tempering roller technology to customers in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He also says that Bartoe is an easy and straightforward person to work with.

“You can discuss all of your problems and issues with him and he would help you to find solutions in both your professional and personal life. He’s like our granddaddy. We will miss him but we’ve all developed in our careers by working with him. We’ll take the valuable lessons that we’ve learned from him and use them in the future to carry on with the mission of the company,” says Bancroft.

Bartoe says that while he’s retiring from the industry, he’s not retiring from the friends he has made over the past 43 years.

“I value the relationships that have been developed, and appreciate the support and trust that the industry has given to me, but I cherish most of all the friendships. I will never be far away as I do not believe we ever retire from our friends and colleagues,” he says.

Bartoe will use his time post-retirement to pursue his hobby and passion of fly fishing, spend time with his family and grandchildren, and travel for pleasure instead of business.

John Regan retired from Accura Systems on May 31, 2019 after 40 years
in the curtainwall industry.

“The best part of being in the business is the many people I have worked with and customers I have served in the last 41 years, many of whom have become dear friends and cherished acquaintances,” says Regan.

He began his career in 1978 with Starline Inc. in the engineering department, eventually working for the manufacturing department. A few years later, Regan joined Alumawall, working in the engineering area. In 1980 he joined Howmet where he also worked in engineering. Regan remained with Howmet through the transition of Vistawall where he worked as an engineering manager, project manager, senior project manager and, finally, lead project manager.

Regan joined Accura in 2006 and spent the past 13 years as senior project manager.


IWR North America, a building enclosure contractor based in St. Louis, has launched its sheet metal fabrication department. The company hired Jim VanBecelaere to be the director of sheet metal fabrication and has promoted Sage Lehr to operations manager of sheet metal fabrication. VanBecelaere brings 49 years’ experience in design, fabrication and installation of architectural metals. Most recently, he was president of a local architectural sheet metal manufacturing and installation company. Lehr, formerly engineering manager at IWR North America, has been with the company for nearly 20 years. He has experience in design, engineering and procurement of architectural and industrial metal building products.

IGE Glass Technologies Inc. has promoted Jeff Spicer to general manager and chief operating officer. Spicer has been a key part of the IGE organization for almost 14 years and has a deep knowledge of the products, services and machinery that the IGE represents and offers throughout North America, according to the company. He will support
IGE president Martin Bracamonte and will also be heavily engaged with
founder and CEO Michael Spellman in the company’s day-to-day operations.


Klaus Lother was recently named Permasteelisa Group’s new group CEO and managing director of Permasteelisa S.p.A. Lother brings 26 years of industry experience to the position, primarily in management roles at Permasteelisa. He joined the company as an engineer in 1993, was promoted to CEO of Josef Gartner GmbH in 2002 and more recently served as Permasteelisa Group CEO for the Europe region. In his new role, he will be in charge of developing and implementing a business plan aimed at strengthening the company’s leadership and profitability, according to the company. He will work with the management team and have the full support of its parent company, Lixil.

Everlam has reorganized its management team and appointed Albrecht Luick as its CEO. Marc Slock has been appointed to business development and technical service manager, a new position in the company.

Luick has experience in the global chemical and automotive industries, having held successive managerial positions in international companies such as PPG, Accenture, DuPont and Axalta, in Germany, South Africa and Switzerland, respectively, according to the company.

Slock has spent the majority of his career in the PVB film business and has knowledge of the laminated glass industry. He has held various senior positions in the PVB business at Monsanto, Solutia and Eastman, and is specialized in metal-organic and polymer chemistry.

Paul Bush, Patrick J. Kenny and Mark Seeton have all been appointed to vice president positions at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass). The company has also appointed Bradley P. Boone to director of the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) segment for the residential glass and specialty glass markets.

As vice president of quality and technical services, Bush will be responsible for product quality and quality processes, and for providing technical support and guidance to Vitro Glass customers and field sales personnel. Bush has served various management and executive roles in quality and technical services since joining Vitro Glass/PPG in 1997. He has been a director of the quality and technical services department for the past five years.

A 39-year veteran of Vitro Glass/PPG, Kenny is the new vice president of marketing. He will oversee segment and product marketing, innovation, brand and communications, channel programs and new product initiatives. He has held many senior marketing leadership roles for Vitro Glass/PPG, including his most recent as director of marketing for the Vitro Glass construction team.

As vice president of sales, Seeton, who joined Vitro Glass/PPG in 2003, will lead glass sales efforts throughout North America, including for the company’s four glass fabrication plants in Canada. He has been director of sales for Vitro Glass since it acquired PPG’s flat glass business in 2016. He began his career with National Gypsum and was the divisional sales manager for Pella Corp. in Pittsburgh before joining PPG as national accounts manager for window and door.

A 39-year company veteran, Boone has spent his entire career in the glass business, primarily in glass manufacturing and in the technical support, sales and marketing of glass products. For the past seven years, he has served as market manager for Vitro Glass’s residential glass segment, where he was responsible for product and marketplace development, and marketing of the company’s proprietary Intercept insulating spacer technology. He will continue to manage and support this proprietary technology in his new role. During his career, Boone spent more than ten years in float- and fabricated-glass manufacturing and has provided technical and customer support for Vitro Glass brands such as Solarban and Sungate low-E glasses. He also was manager of Intercept spacer technology for five years.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems has named Amadou Sar as the new vice president of sales and marketing. Drawing from 17 years of experience in sales and marketing, corporate finance and operations management, Sar most recently worked as the Mid-Atlantic division director at Hilti East’s office in Bethesda, Md. Wausau has also added five architectural sales representatives. The new members of the sales team are: Chris Norris – Pacific Northwest; Jason Marquez – Southern California and Hawaii; Josh Cullen – Ohio, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia; Thomas Klutho – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska; and Robert Hawlk – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and Upstate New York.

New Hires

The Glass Guru welcomed the organization’s newest franchise owner in the month of April. Scott Tatum completed his initial franchise training at The Glass Guru’s company headquarters in Roseville, Calif. Upon his return from training, Tatum is focused on completing the final steps of starting his franchise, The Glass Guru of Chattanooga, Tenn. Tatum’s Chattanooga location is now one of three franchise locations that The Glass Guru has in Tennessee, with the other two located in Knoxville and Memphis.

Scott Goodman is Bohle America’s new Southeast regional sales manager. According to a company statement, Goodman has a long and successful past in the glass industry and will bring a positive presence to his territory. Goodman will be covering his territory from a base in Orlando, Fla.

Melia Nichols has joined Salem Flat Glass & Mirror, a division of Salem Distributing Co., as regional account manager for the Florida, Southern Georgia and Alabama territories. Nichols, a Florida native, has more than 28 years of combined industrial distribution/supply sales and manufacturer’s representative experience.

She comes to Salem from Dynabrade, where she was a territory sales manager. Nichols has extensive knowledge of pneumatic tools systems, abrasives, cutting tools and machinery, as well as vendor managed inventory programs, according to the company.


I.M. Pei, co-founder of the international architectural firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and the architect behind the famous glass pyramids at the Louvre in Paris, died May 16. He was 102.

In addition to the glass pyramids, some of Pei’s notable works include an addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Two of his last major projects were the Museum of Islamic Art in 2008, located off the waterfront in Doha, Qatar, and the Macau Science Center in China, which opened in 2009.

Ieoh Ming Pei (YEE-oh ming) was born April 26, 1917, in Guangzhou, China. He came to the U.S. when he was 17 to study architecture. Pei received his bachel0r’s degree from MIT in 1940 and his master’s from Harvard in 1946, where he remained as an assistant professor until 1948, when he became the director of architecture for Webb & Knapp, a New York real estate development company. Pei established his own architectural firm, originally known as L.M. Pei & Associates, in 1955 (he became a U.S. citizen in 1954) with colleagues Henry Cobb and Eason Leonard. The firm eventually became Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989.

He received the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1979, and won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983. In 1988 he received a National Medal of Arts, and in 1992 President George H.W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Pei officially retired in 1990 but continued to work on projects. Two of his sons, Li Chung Pei and Chien Chung Pei, former members of their fathers firm, formed Pei Partnership Architects in 1992.

Pei‘s wife, Eileen, who he married in 1942, died in 2014. Ason, Ting Chung, died in 2003. He is survived by sons Chien Chung Pei and Li Chung Pei, and a daughter, Liane.


At the Insulating Glass Certification Council’s (IGCC) 2019 annual meeting in Tampa, Fla., the organization elected public interest board member Dennis Johnson of Raths, Raths & Johnson Inc. in Willowbrook, Ill., to IGCC president. Johnson is a veteran industry expert with a more than 45-year career as a technical leader in investigation, repair design and performance testing of exterior wall and fenestration systems, and glazing materials.


USGlass magazine won the Gold Award in the webcast series category from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. The award, presented in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 9, 2019, recognized the work of USGlass editor Ellen Rogers, assistant editor Jordan Scott and video producer Chris Bunn.

The videos included USGlass magazine’s newscast about Thad Ziegler’s 150th anniversary, glasstec coverage from the show floor, and a look at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ new college of hospitality building.

“I am so proud of our team for this recognition,” says editorial director Tara Taffera. “The competition is always fierce and it is so great to see everyone’s work recognized with Gold.”

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