New Hires

Accura Systems hired Rene Strongas vice president of sales. Strong has had several positions over his long career in the curtainwall industry, including con-tracts manager for Thad Ziegler, general manager of Texas Wall Systems and vice president of sales and estimating with Accura. He most recently served as regional preconstruction manager for Alliance Glazing in Dallas.

Atlanta-based American Insulated Glass (AIG) has hired industry veteran Chris Gould as general manager of its newest fabrication facility located in Birmingham, Ala.

Gould brings more than 30 years’ experience, with 20 years’ involvement in sales, production and plant management. He served as Southern regional quality control manager for AGC Fabrication (now Trulite).

Gould recently relocated to Birmingham after working in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for M3 Glass Technologies and Clarus Glassboards.

In addition, Tommy McNeil is the new territory manager for the Birmingham service area. Most recently he worked for Coral Architectural Products as an architectural sales representative. McNeil’s 33 years’ industry experience in production, sales and management will be instrumental in driving sales for this new operation, according to the company.

Everlam has named Peter Kater as sales development manager, in charge of sales, market research and development of the PVB market in the U.S. and Canada.

Kater has more than 15 years’ experience in the architectural facade industry in the U.S., Asian and Australian markets.

Matt Krier is Viracon’s newest architectural sales representative. Krier’s responsibilities include strengthening relationships and marketing Viracon’s products and services to commercial developers and owners, the architectural community and glazing contractors in Utah, Idaho, Montana and select customers in Washington.


Tubelite Inc. has named Jeff Phillips as its national director of supply chain in Walker, Mich. He will focus on inventory process improvement and facilitate overall supply chain process standardization, while overseeing sourcing, scheduling, warehousing and transportation.

Phillips most recently served as the director of materials procurement at Dematic, a supplier of integrated automated supply chain technology located in Grand Rapids, Mich. During his more than five years with the company, he held various positions starting as a procurement/materials manager, was promoted to the global operations team as sales inventory operations planning supply lead and later, became the solutions department’s procurement manager.

Comings and Goings

Marc Deschamps, business development manager at Walker Glass, retired on March 30 after more than 20 years of service with the company. Charles Alexander has been hired to fill the position. Deschamps had been with Walker Glass since 1997. He became business development manager in 2003. Deschamps’ leadership role in the development and implementation of the Walker Textures brand was unsurpassed, according to the company. Under his direction, numerous products and programs were launched, and an architectural team covering North America was successfully built and fully trained. He was also responsible for the marketing team and the promotion of various products, including Walker’s AviProtek bird-friendly glass product line, which he mentored and managed. Deschamps was named to USGlass Magazine’s 2012 list of the “Industry’s Most Influential.”

In his new role, Alexander will be responsible for leading the company’s marketing and business development functions (including the architectural services group), as well as leading various strategic growth projects.

Previously, Alexander’s experience was in industrial products and construction/green building industry sectors, where he held senior management positions in sales, marketing, business development and operations for companies including the Canam Group.


Members of the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), a national trade organization rep-resenting construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors and suppliers, elected Courtney Little of ACE Glass Construction in Little Rock, Ark., to serve as the association’s 2018-19 president. His term begins on July 1.

Little is president and general counsel of ACE Glass. He was the liaison between inside sales and architectural sales for U.S. Aluminum before returning to ACE in 1997. Little opened the Northwest Arkansas branch for ACE in 1998 before at-tending the William H. Bowen School of Law. He closed his private practice in 2008 when he purchased ACE and was named president and general counsel.

ASA members also elected five individuals to the board of directors, including Gloria Hale of Hale Glass in Placentia, Calif.

The Washington Glass Association (WGA) has elected new officers and its board of directors. The officers for 2018 include:

President: Rick Koeller, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®;

Past President: Bernie Thueringer, Pacific Glass Inc.;

Vice President: Patricia Hernandez, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain;

Secretary: Bonnie Fay, Northwestern Industries Inc.; and

Treasurer : Mark Pasion, A l l New Glass.

The directors for 2018 include:

Bud Henson, Window Tech Inc.;

Andy Gilbreath, SGS Glass Co. Inc.;

Mike Reydell, Dahl Glass; and

Rick Wakefield, Wakefield Glass Inc.

Maryanne Howell continues as WGA’s executive director.

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