Comings and Goings

Ross Christie, who served as vice president of sales and marketing for Walker Glass Co. Ltd., is retiring. He was also a member of the board of directors. Business development director Charles Alexander will serve in the position upon Christie’s retirement on December 31, 2019.

Christie will remain active as a board member and take part in the company’s strategic direction. He will carry the title of executive vice president. During his 30-plus years as vice president of sales and marketing, Christie was instrumental in Walker’s evolution, according to the company. Under his leadership both the sales and the marketing teams have grown significantly.

Alexander, who has been serving as business development director since 2017 has gained significant knowledge of Walker’s product line and the glass industry through his business travels and his involvement with industry associations. Prior to joining the company, Alexander’s experience came from the industrial products and construction/green building industry sectors where he held senior management positions in sales, marketing, business development and operations for companies such as the Canam Group.

Promotions

Sergio Garcia has been promoted to general manager at Crystal Window & Door Systems’ Riverside, Calif., production facility. In this role, Garcia oversees operations, administration and strategic sales direction for Crystal’s West Coast production activities and markets.

Garcia has 20 years of operational experience in the window manufacturing field. He joined Crystal in 2015, and before that he was operations manager at Superior Windows & Doors in Ontario, Calif.

Jason Wroblewski is Haley-Greer Inc.’s new executive vice president, making him second in command to company president Letitia Haley Barker.

He has been with the company since 2004 and combines his long-standing business experience with a passion for the industry, according to the announcement.

Appointments

Peter Varevice has been appointed to territory sales manager at Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGH). In his new role, Varevice will work with the CGH Architectural Division—including J.E. Berkowitz, Dlubak Specialty Glass, Columbia Commercial Building Products and Solar Seal—to grow key accounts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Varevice was a sales representative for J.E. Berkowitz from 2001–2005 and has also held positions at Lindner Facades, Graham Architectural Products, APG International, Solar Innovations and Schüco USA.

Bill Hickman and Kim Kloss will now support YKK AP America Inc.’s customers in the Southwest region. Both will be based out of the Dallas branch.

Hickman has a background in sales and operations, and experience in estimating, product knowledge and business development.

Kloss joins the company with experience in the contract glazing industry and the ability to build lasting business relationships.

New Hires

American Insulated Glass (AIG) has hired Bill Evers to manage its expansion in the Knoxville, Tenn., market. Evers will be the plant manager for the Knoxville fabrication and distribution facility, using his 35 years’ experience in the glass industry. He began his career with Southern Wholesale Glass, learning the glass fabrication business from the ground level and advancing to management. He was previously the general manager of Trulite Glass & Aluminum in Knoxville.

Steve Brisbin is also joining the AIG Knoxville team. He will serve in a dual role as sales representative and project manager, handling project work from start to finish for customers served from this new facility. Brisbin brings more than 30 years’ experience in the architectural glass and aluminum industry, with hands-on experience in customer service, estimating, sales and project management. Most recently, he was the sales manager for Trulite Glass & Aluminum.

Mennen Suleiman has accepted the operations manager position at EFCO’s Verona Service Center. Suleiman joins the company with many years of leadership experience, including his service in the U.S. Marine Corp. Most recently, he served as operations manager at Emerson Electric.

Lou Pongia is Matodi’s new area sales manager for the Northeast U.S. region. He is based in Philadelphia and will cover states from Maine to Virginia. The company also recently hired Caitlyn Banks to serve as social media marketing specialist. Banks holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is involved with Matodi’s online presence, and in-office account management, liaising with
both suppliers and customers.

General Glass International (GGI) has hired two new sales representatives. Zachary Carrubba is the company’s new field sales representative for its Mid-Atlantic region. Gloria Lewis is the new sales representative for specialty glass and custom glass fabrication in the Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y., territory.

Carrubba has 15 years’ experience working with glass and glass-related building products. He has worked in various roles during his career, allowing him to gain knowledge in sales, estimating and preparing CAD drawings. Carrubba worked most recently as a sales representative for Maryland Shower Enclosures.

Lewis brings 15 years’ experience in the glass industry, and will soon graduate from the Metropolitan College of New York. Most recently, she worked for NYC Glass Corp.

The Giroux Glass Inc. board of directors has two new members: Steve Cadigan and Laurie Dreyer.

Cadigan, who founded the firm Cadigan Talent Ventures, advises a wide range of domestic and international companies including Twitter, Google, GoPro, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the BBC.

Dreyer is currently on the board of directors and is the director of development at Taylor Design, an architecture, interiors and design strategies firm with offices in California.

Obituaries

Michael Glover, the original founder of Edgetech and co-inventor of Super Spacer, passed away on September 1, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and vision that helped shape the fenestration industry into what it is today, according to Lauren International’s and Quanex Building Products’ leadership.

Glover incorporated Edgetech I.G. Ltd. in Canada in 1987, and it became a subsidiary of Lauren Manufacturing in 1989. It remained a subsidiary of Lauren International until 2011 when it was purchased by Quanex Building Products.

“Michael was first a family man who was was full of kindness and second an entrepreneur who was always looking for new solutions to old challenges. It was an honor to have worked with him for many years and to watch his vision become reality. My condolences go out to Michael’s family, colleagues and many friends. He will be missed,” says Kevin E. Gray, CEO of Lauren International and former and initial president of Edgetech I.G.

Erin Johnson, marketing director for Quanex, adds, “Michael was the visionary behind Edgetech and Super Spacer, and his legacy lives on today through his family and through his contributions to creating higher-performing building products. After 30-plus years in the field, his invention is still making a tremendous impact in homes and buildings around the globe. On behalf of Quanex and all of us who knew and worked with Michael, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Glover is survived by his wife, Annie Dalton-Glover; children Alexandra Glover (Ryan Ward) and Christopher (Natalia Panyushkia); step-children Leslie Dalton (Brittany) and Rachael Price (Gregory Price); and several grandchildren.

Bill Keen, former president and CEO of Tepcoglass, passed away on July 29, 2019 at the age of 64 after a battle with hepatic angiosarcoma.

Keen was once a professional civil engineer with PPG Industries before moving to Harmon Contract Glazing. In 1998, he joined his brother, Harold “Fred” Keen, at Tepco Contract Glazing as vice president, and became president and CEO in January 2013. He also spent many years as an active member of the Glass Association of North America. Keen retired from Tepcoglass on June 30, 2019. According to his obituary, he was most proud of his work on the Notre Dame Football Stadium renovation and the Dallas Convention Center, among other projects.

Keen is survived by his wife, Lucinda Marie Giersdorf; three children, Christopher Keen, Catherine Keen and Victoria Williams; brother, Harold Frederick Keen; sister, Martha Neighbors; and nine grandchildren.

Promotions

IWR North America, a building enclosure specialty contractor based in St. Louis, has promoted Michael Smalley to director of business development and Eric Youngblood to vice president of metal.

Smalley, formerly preconstruction manager at IWR North America, has been with the company for seven years and currently serves as the vice chair for the Building Enclosure Council of St. Louis. He will be responsible for identifying and analyzing opportunities for strategic growth and supporting company leadership in targeted growth and development initiatives.

Youngblood has been with the company for five years and was previously the director of project management. In his new role, Youngblood will be responsible for managing all resources, revenue and development projects within IWR’s metal division.

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