Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

When Liz Haggerty was named president of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®’s (OBE) architectural glass and metal division in January 2020, she immediately hit the road. Haggerty had visited approximately 40% of OBE’s glass and glazing facilities before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Then her focus changed quickly.

While Haggerty may be new to OBE and the glass industry, she has brought many transferable skills to her new role from more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Prior to joining OBE, she was vice president and general manager of global ducted systems for Johnson Controls. She also served as regional president for Carrier Enterprise.

Haggerty says that when she stepped into the role, her main focus was continuing to develop and grow the front end of the business and improve customer service at the local service level. By the time the company was impacted by COVID-19, she understood how it operates in a normal environment. Now, several months into the pandemic, Haggerty says
OBE has been looking at market predictions for non-residential construction, anticipating how it may need to pivot toward remodel work and what that would look like. She plans to continue finding ways to support customers by building more digital capabilities and interfaces.

Glaston Corp.

Glaston Corp.’s board of directors has appointed Anders Dahlblom as its president and CEO. Dahlblom joins Glaston from Owens Corning where he has been working as vice president and managing director of the European insulation business unit since 2019. Prior to this position he was managing director and CFO at Paroc Group, which was acquired by Owens Corning in 2018. Dahlblom will assume his new position in February 2021.

Sasu Koivumäki has been serving as the company’s acting CEO since June 2020 and will continue in this role in the interim, and will continue in his position as COO, head of sales and integration, deputy to the CEO and member of the executive management group once Dahlblom begins.


Washington Glass Association

The Washington Glass Association (WGA) has announced its WGA 2020 Scholarship Awards. The winner of the WGA Third of More scholarship, worth $2,500, is Tiarra Fereday, whose connection to the WGA is through Rod Imamura with DeaMor. The winner of the WGA 2019 Golf Funded Scholarship, worth $2,138, is Christian Kaiser, whose connection to the WGA is through Joe Kaiser with Herzog Glass. Finally, the winner of the WGA General Fund Scholarship, worth $1,100, is Haley VonGoedert, whose connection to the WGA is through Paul VonGoedert with Sealant Specialists.


Bill Hannay

William “Bill” M. Hannay died on August 11 from a brain hematoma after a weeklong vacation with his family. Hannay served as legal counsel for the Safety Glazing Certification Council (SGCC), Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC) and the Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI).

His relationship with the SGCC began in 1987, “where he not only advised with his astute legal mind, but he also mentored, and delighted all those he met with his humor, wit and good nature,” said John Kent of AMS, administrators of SGCC and AGMCC.

“Bill was unique in many ways. Not only did he enjoy every aspect of his life, both professionally and personally, but he excelled in each,” said Peter A. Weismantle, director of Supertall Building Technology at AS+GG Architecture. “Both SGCC and FTI would not be the organizations they are today without his steady and thoughtful input. He was more than each organization’s lawyer; he was a member of our professional family.”

Hannay is survived by his wife, Donna, and his children, Capron, Blaike and William. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which granted wishes for his daughter and grandson, and the Fisher House Foundation, which builds homes to house military and veteran families while their loved ones are in the hospital.

Comings and Goings

Apogee Enterprises Inc.

Joseph F. Puishys has communicated to Apogee Enterprises’ board his intent to retire from his role as chief executive officer (CEO) and member of the company’s board of directors effective February 27, 2021, the conclusion of the company’s fiscal year. Puishys has served as CEO and a member of the company’s board since 2011. The board has initiated a process to identify the company’s next CEO and has retained an executive search firm to support the process.

Sto Americas

Sto Corp. has named Randall Steven Johnson chief financial officer (CFO) for Sto Americas, replacing Torben Wetche, who announced his planned retirement earlier this year. Johnson will oversee all of the company’s financial functions, including accounting, audit, treasury and information technology.

Prior to joining Sto Americas, Johnson served as CFO for PermianLide, an oil and gas service company. For the 25 years before that, he held a variety of CFO or vice president of finance positions for private-equity-backed and publicly traded companies in North America.

Wetche, who had been CFO since 2014, will continue to have a role with Sto as a member of the board of directors for SkyRise Prefab, a Sto Panel Technology affiliate.

Research Frontiers Inc.

Research Frontiers Inc. has announced the retirement of board member Gregory G. Grimes, who had been a member of the board since 2011. He was the chairman of its Compensation and Stock Option Committee and was a member of the company’s Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. After an extensive search, the board of directors approved the appointment of William Graham Settle as a director. Settle has 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.


Morse Industries

Larry Larsen has been promoted to general manager of Morse Industries. After his time in public accounting, he spent 12 years as CFO for two private companies before joining Morse Industries as chief financial offer in March 2003.

The company also announced that it has added five new customer service representatives: Katie DeVore, Gary Dalie, Santiago Jaramillo, Patrick Martin and Daniel Morales. The company also hired Cecil Boyd as Western territory sales manager. DeVore has a background in sales, with more than ten years of experience involving various administrative roles. Dalie has more than ten years of customer communication experience in various customer relations roles. Jaramillo also has more than ten years of sales experience and has begun to build relationships with his new clients. Martin has more than 24 years of customer service experience, including both inside and outside sales. After working for s major wireless tech company, Morales transitioned into sales to have more time with his family. Boyd has more than 20 years of outside sales and business development experience.

New Hires

Graboyes Commerical Window and Glass Solutions

Graboyes Commercial Window and Glass Solutions has hired Gregory Ore as a glazing and fenestration estimator. Ore has worked as an estimator in the Division 08 and 10 trades and offers more than 20 years of estimating experience. He most recently worked for LF Driscoll in estimating and purchasing.

Salem Fabrication Technologies

Salem Fabrication Technologies has added Anthony Worobe to its sales team as regional account manager for the Northeast U.S. Worobe will be responsible for maintaining existing customer relationships and developing new prospects for tooling, supply and machine sales. His territory, covering the entire Northeast, will continue to be serviced through the company’s East Coast corporate facility located in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Worobe brings knowledge of the glass industry, including the tabletop glassware market, effective sales experience and a demonstrated track record for accomplishment, according to the company.

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