Comings and Goings

Walker Glass Co. Ltd. has announced that Brian Wiles, Ontario sales representative, is retiring at the end of 2019. Matthew Christie will take on Wiles’ sales responsibilities effective January 1, 2020.

Wiles joined Walker in 2012 and was responsible for all sales accounts in the Greater Toronto area. Prior to that, he had two decades of experience and knowledge in the glass industry, having worked for different glass fabricators in Southern Ontario, including ProTemp.

Christie, who is currently an architectural representative for Walker in the Toronto market, rejoined the Walker team after spending time in various roles in the glass and architectural markets, notably with Western Windows Systems and Goldray.

Western Window Systems president Scott Gates will depart the company on January 31, 2020, to form an entrepreneurial clothing company with the social goal of helping inmates gain new skills, earn fair wages and provide for their families. Mike Wothe became the new president December 2, 2019, responsible for all aspects of the business, including strategy, sales and marketing, operations, and profit and loss statements. Gates and Wothe will work together over the next two months to help ensure the smooth transition, the company reports.

“Scott is a dynamic figure in the fenestration world and his role in Western Window Systems’ significant growth cannot be overstated,” says PGT Innovations CEO Jeff Jackson, “from delivering record-breaking sales to overseeing growth enablers, such as new products, to market expansion to development of sales and marketing strategies and a
strong company culture. Western Window Systems will continue to benefit from Scott’s talents through the ongoing work of the amazing leadership team he has built. I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and look forward to seeing Scott realize his dream.”

Prior to beginning his role as president in August 2015, Gates served as Western Window Systems’ president and chief operating officer following assignments as vice president and general manager and marketing director.

Speaking of Wothe, Jackson added, “Mike is a collaborative leader with a strong record of success, and we are pleased to welcome him to PGT Innovations. Mike brings decades of operations and industry experience, as well as a strong understanding of customer relations.”

Prior to joining PGTI, Wothe was president at Cardinal LG Company.

Appointments

Kinestral Technologies Inc. has appointed Alok Gupta as its new chief strategy officer. Gupta brings more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, engineering and operations to Kinestral. He previously headed the semiconductor and electronics investment banking group at Mizuho Securities and spent several years with the
tech investment banking team at Citigroup. His engineering experience includes senior roles at Denso, Honeywell and Northrop-Grumman.

Doug Mangus, longtime machinery sales director with Salem Distributing Co., has been selected to head up Bovone North America as general manager.

Mangus was selected due to his deep knowledge of Bovone and its history, values and processes, combined with experience as machine sales director for Salem, distributor of Bovone machinery in the North American market.

Matthew Hargather was recently appointed Pilkington North America’s regional sales and marketing manager for architectural glass North America covering the East Coast region. Hargather joins Pilkington after working as the regional sales director in the Eastern U.S. for Paintzen/PPG.

Daniel Sutton is Vitro Architectural Glass’ new national architectural manager for the Great Lakes region. The company also recently hired Brian Lurie as its new national architectural manager for Northern California.

Sutton joined the Vitro commercial marketing group in 2017. In his new role, he will focus on delivering product, technology and service solutions to architectural designers and other customers in commercial construction markets in western Pennsylvania, western New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

As a member of Vitro Glass’s national architectural team, Lurie will deliver product, technology and service solutions to architects, designers, specifiers and other customers in the commercial construction industry. He has more than 15 years of experience in specification sales with three Fortune 1000 companies. Lurie will be based in the San Francisco area.

Quanex Building Products has made several changes to its executive leadership as well as to its board of directors. Scott M. Zuehlke, Mark A. Livingston and Paul B. Cornett have all taken on new leadership roles while Meredith W. Mendes has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and Chris Campbell has been named its new territory sales/national account manager for the Northwestern United States.

Zuehlke was appointed to senior vice president and chief financial officer. He joined the company in 2016 as vice president of investor relations and treasurer, and most recently served as interim chief financial officer. Livingston is now chief accounting officer in addition to his already held positions of vice president and controller, which he began in 2019. Cornett will replace Kevin P. Delaney in the role of secretary. He has also been appointed to the role of senior vice president in addition to the already held position of general counsel. Cornett joined the company as a staff attorney in 2005 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, according to the company.

Campbell brings more than 14 years of professional design and engineering experience to the role and has worked within the fenestration industry for more than ten years. He most recently led the engineering team at Thermo-Tech Windows in Minnesota, where he helped implement automation initiatives, improving quality and production while heightening manufacturing efficiency, according to the company. Campbell is an AAMA-certified Fenestration Master and holds Solidworks Simulation Professional and Advanced
Assembly CAD certifications.

Mendes serves as an independent director and member of the audit committees of Kronos Worldwide and NL Industries.

Michael Dell’Olio is Rheinzink America’s new regional sales manager serving architects, contractors and other building team members seeking architectural-grade zinc materials for their commercial and residential projects. Dell’Olio transitioned into the position under the guidance of his long-time colleague, Charles “Chuck” Bell, who recently retired from the role. Dell’Olio will manage sales and support for customers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dell’Olio most recently worked with Engineered Wall Systems Midwest Inc.’s New York office as a project manager and operations director.

New Hires

Joe Carlos is Pulp Studio’s new sales agent and director of major projects in the Western regional states. He brings 35 years of experience and industry gravitas to his new position, says CEO Bernard Lax, who adds, “As Pulp Studio continues to expand, it was important to fi nd technically educated individuals who are well respected in the glass industry and whose acumen and commitment to the craft equals our own. We feel we’ve found that with Joe.”

Kensington Glass Arts Inc. (KGa) has hired Naumann Dowdy as senior project manager and Kostiantyn Leonov as estimator for its new building envelope team. Joining the glazing industry in 1999, Dowdy began as a draftsman doing shop drawings by hand. He has worked for several glazing companies since then but most of his experience
was with Maryland-based Custom Glass Services. Leonov also joins KGa with an extensive background in the glazing industry, beginning in 2005 in his home country of Ukraine. In the last 14 years, he has worked in many different capacities including project management, sales, AutoCad design and more.

Obituaries

Jack Sussman, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 93 on August 5, 2019, with his family by his side.

An innovator in architectural products and windows, Jack Sussman helped to take his father’s New York City business, then Sussman Ornamental Iron Works and turn it into the nationally known J. Sussman Inc.

Jack was born on December 3, 1925. He learned the metal trade from his father who first learned iron-working in Poland, then window making in England. In the late 1940’s Jack took over the business combining his father’s old-world techniques with new processes. In the 1950’s Jack revolutionized the church window industry by designing aluminum extrusions specifically for stained glass windows.

According to his family, it was a huge investment for a small metal shop, but the gamble paid off; Jack was able to produce a better window for less money, making the company the leading church window manufacturer in the country. Seeing the demand for custom windows, Jack expanded to make custom architectural windows for commercial buildings. He retired in the late 1990s.

He was awarded the Stained Glass Association of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in 2007.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie, of 57 years, and is survived by his three sons, Steven, Richard and David, as well as eight grandchildren, Jaime, Dana, Michael, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua, Robin and Jake, as well as great grandchildren Jennie, Ethran, Paxton, and Keenan.

Ruth Dunstan, co-founder of Azon, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Kairos Dwelling Hospice. She was 91 years old. Dunstan and her husband, James Dunstan, co-founded Azon in 1977 in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was active in the company as vice president on the board of directors until March of this year. The life and company they both built included much international travel and the establishment of several global locations for Azon.

She is survived by her husband of 48-plus years, James; children, Judy Louise, Patricia (Wade) Hetrick, Jeffrey Lugres, Lisa (Rodney) Lodenstein; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; special daughter-in-law Debie Lurges; step-children: Patricia Dunstan, Kathy Butler, Nancy Peterson (Bob), Beth Akemann (Vic), Neil Dunstan; and many step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, James Lurges.

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