Promotions

Troy Johnson will become president at Harmon Inc. effective March 1, 2020, following the retirement of Brad Austin.

“Our Harmon business has clearly established itself as a leader in its market and is well positioned for further success,” says Joseph F. Puishys, chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises Inc., Harmon’s parent company. “I’d like to thank Brad Austin for his many contributions to Harmon and all of Apogee. One of Brad’s lasting achievements has been building a strong leadership team at Harmon. Troy Johnson has been a part of that team since 2011 and is a highly-effective and respected executive who will lead Harmon in its next chapter of profitable growth.”

Austin joined Harmon in 2010 as president. He started his career in 1978 with Viracon, another subsidiary of Apogee, and helped to establish the company as a leader in glass fabrication, according to the company.

“It has been an honor to serve as president of Harmon and I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished together,” said Austin. “Since we completed our strategic shift to project execution, we have nearly doubled the size of our business and positioned the company well for future growth.”

Johnson joined Harmon in July 2011 and has been a member of the executive leadership team responsible for driving the businesses’ strategic focus and direction since October 2011. He has more than two decades of experience in the glass and glazing industry.

“I want to thank Brad for his leadership over the last nine years and I look forward to building upon his achievements,” says Johnson. “We have an exceptionally talented team at Harmon that brings experience and knowledge to every project we work on, making us a valued partner throughout the building process. I am honored and excited to assume this new role and lead the Harmon team with a focus on growth, productivity and operational excellence.”

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has named Dan Stipetich sales director for the eastern region, where he will lead a team of commercial account managers in the Eastern U.S. serving the commercial construction industry.

Stipetich joined Vitro Glass in 2016 as senior account manager for the southeastern region. Prior to his time with Vitro Glass, he worked in the flat glass and architectural coatings business with PPG, where he served in a series of increasingly responsible customer service, project management and sales roles, according to the company. Stipetich moves into a role previously held by Mike Haupt, a 41-year veteran of PPG and Vitro Glass, who retired in May 2019.

Appointments

Jim Smith is the new director of Invisiwall engineered glass systems for Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc. (CGH). Smith will be responsible for expanding the market for Invisiwall engineered glass systems and working with the CGH Architectural Division, including J.E. Berkowitz, Solar Seal and Columbia Commercial Building Products. Previously, Smith held positions at Armor Masonry, Eureka Metal & Glass, Pioneer Contracting, ASK Plastics and C&M Builders.

Walker Glass Company Ltd. has appointed Alan Harrison to sales director. He began transitioning into his new responsibilities October 1. Harrison began his career with Walker over 13 years ago as a member of the costing team. He was promoted to customer service where he gained a strong knowledge of Walker’s customer base as well as its product offerings, according to the company. In 2008 he was named regional sales manager for the New England market. He has continued to strengthen Walker’s visibility while opening up new accounts from Pennsylvania to Florida.

John Giusti has been named logistics manager for Tubelite Inc. in Walker, Mich. He will report directly to Tim Salach, vice president of finance.

Giusti joins the company with a background in supply chain and logistics, most recently serving as the North American director of supply chain at Gordon Food Service, a wholesale food distributor in Wyoming, Mich.

He has also served as the director of global logistics sourcing and supply
processes at Harman International, an automotive technology manufacturer in Farmington Hills, Mich., before being promoted to the director of global supply chain.

New Hires

Pulp Studio has hired John Wright as technical director. Prior to joining Pulp Studio, Wright held positions as a general manager and sales manager for various brands. He brings with him the ability to interpret and quickly and efficiently respond to changes in the industry standards of glass usage and proper procedures, according to the company.

“John has served the industry in various positions over the last 40 years and brings with him the type of knowledge we have been looking for to shore up our exterior glazing business and specification development,” says Bernard Lax, CEO of Pulp Studio.

Shane Carmadella has been hired by Kinestral Technologies Inc. as Halio North America’s senior market manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. Carmadella has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He was previously with Ruppert Landscape, where he spent 15 years as business development manager for the landscaping construction and management services company. Prior to that, he was a site estimator at
Kinsley Construction Inc. Carmadella has broad expertise in strategic sales and partnerships, project management and is a LEED accredited professional, according to the company.

Safti First has added Kevin Frisone to its growing sales team as glass business development manager. He has an extensive background in fire-rated glass sales and marketing. His experience includes 32 years in sales management, sales consulting and field sales, 18 of which directly relate to the architectural building products industry.

Kudos

Tempco Glass Fabrication sales manager Tiffany Wan was one of several individuals to receive the Top NY Power Women in Business Award at a gala reception on September 25, 2019. The award recognizes influential women leaders from the business, non-profit, and government sectors whose major achievements and participation in the business community are having a positive impact on the Borough of Queens and the City of New
York. During the event, Wan also received recognition certificates from Congresswoman Grace Meng and New York State Assemblyman David Weprin.

Associations

The Façade Tectonics Institute (FTI) announced its new Special Advisory Council (SAC), which is comprised of 28 individuals selected through a competitive application process. These individuals are meant to embody the disciplinary and geographic demographics of the Institute’s membership, international mission and inclusionary practices. The SAC will function as a supportive body to the FTI board of directors on strategic issues and initiatives that seek to drive growth and engagement.

2019 SAC members include: Bob Cangemi, Renaissance Building Products; Nick Carillo, WWCCA; Joe Conover, Clark Construction Group; Alex Cox, Permasteelisa North America; Chris DeHaven, McCarthy Building Cos.; Chris Drew, AS+GG Architects; Florian Doebbel, Sika Corp.; Stéphan Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield; Ron Hull, Kuraray America; Jon H. Kimberlain, Dow Silicones; Mikkel Kragh, University of Southern Denmark; Sameer Kumar, SHoP Architects; John Neary, HOK New York; Becher Neme, Neme Design Studio; Matt O’Malley, DPR Construction; Sophie Pennetier, Enclos; Lisa Rammig, Eckersley O’Callaghan; April Rawson, National Fenestration Rating Council; Brienna Rust, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Matt Staublin, HOK; Sanjeev Tankha, Walter P Moore; Marty Trainor, Ventana Design-Build Systems; Hamid Vossoughi, WSP; Ye Wang, Join; Audrey Wu, Gensler; and Stephan Wurster, Pohl Group.

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