Obituaries

Don Walker, Southern Stretch Forming

Southern Stretch Forming announced their valued employee and friend Don Walker has passed away. Walker was a well-known and beloved figure in the architectural metal industry, spanning nearly 50 years.

Prior to working in the metals industry, Walker was an officer of the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1972, serving in Cameron Bay, Vietnam, and other overseas countries. After leaving the military, he settled in the Dallas area with his wife, Lynda. They had been married for nearly 55 years.

The company announcement noted that his “weekly sales call report was always a source of reading enjoyment as he detailed his many conversations with those in the metal business. Often described as ‘my good friends,’ he enjoyed reaching out to customers and prospects. His kind nature and easy-going approach to solving business challenges came naturally. He will truly be missed.”

Retirements

BJS.Différences

Bernard Savaëte, industry consultant and founder of BJS.Différences, has retired and closed his consulting business as of March 31, 2021. He has been a well-known speaker at many glass and glazing industry events, including Glass Performance Days, where he covered topics such as the world float glass industry in the 21st century.

Savaëte, 75, celebrated 50 years in the glass industry in 2019, beginning his career with Boussois-Souchon-Neuvesel, a French flat glass, container glass and fiberglass company. In 1982 he went to work for PPG. His final position there was director of quality for PPG Glass Europe. In 2004, Savaëte created BJS.Différences, a consulting company that creates market surveys focused on the global flat glass industry.

Savaëte says he will remain an observer of the glass world, which he calls an “outstanding field.”

Appointments

GlasPro

Mary Huber is set to bring more than 20 years of sales performance and leadership to GlasPro Inc., a California-based architectural, structural and decorative glass fabricator. She fills the newly created national sales manager position. Previously, she was the territory manager and business development, Los Angeles region, at Clarus Glassboards LLC.

Huber earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in physical education from Mount Mercy University. She also earned an advanced degree in general management from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Glass+Metal Craft

Glass+Metal Craft (G+MC) based in Wixom, Mich., announced the new position of architectural sales director will be filled by Pete Varevice. Varevice previously held a senior manager role in different industry positions and has more than 20 years of experience in sales, project management and cost estimation for commercial glass and metal systems.

In his new role, he will lead the promotion of the company’s new line of pre-engineered systems, and will work directly with glazing contractors in the Northeastern U.S. for custom applications.

YKK AP

Jim Zester is the new Northeastern regional manager for YKK AP America of Austell, Ga. He will lead branch sales, production and distribution operations for Baltimore and Boston. Zester has more than 20 years of direct sales and operations, and most recently served as regional operations manager at Quikrete Companies, a manufacturer of concrete products.

Jason Wilke, who has been with YKK AP for 20 years, is the company’s newest sales representative for the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region. Wilke joined YKK AP in 1999 and served as a fabricator and customer service representative before becoming the lead estimator for the Cincinnati branch.

Glass.com®

Glass.com®, the popular website that helps consumers find top quality vendors of glazing services, has named Daniel Snow its vice president of operations. Snow will manage the daily operations of the website, including work with consumers as well as Glass.com’s affiliate glass companies. Snow is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in business management. He joined Glass.com after a stint at Key Media & Research.

New Hires

Quanex Building Products

Quanex Building Products has named Cristina Murray its new North American director of marketing. Murray brings significant experience driving brand awareness and achieving market excellence in the B2B marketplace.

She has 20-plus years of marketing and branding experience, with her most recent tenure at PPG Industries. During that time, she worked in a variety of capacities, including sales, business development, product development and customer service.

Rowe Fenestration and Airolite

Scott Hollingsworth has joined with Rowe Fenestration and Airolite in a collaborative effort to design, promote, and sell Airolite products in Southern California.

“Scott has been a titan in our industry for as long as I have known him. When the opportunity arose to dissuade him from his possible retirement, we jumped at that chance,” said Scott Rowe, principle at Rowe Fenestration. “We are thrilled about this collaboration and know Scott’s expertise and long-standing relationships will bring value to our customers and partners in our Southern California markets.”

Roto North America

Roto North America recently added Kevin O’Connor and Suban Ari to its team. O’Connor joined Roto as the business development executive, and will help Roto further develop the commercial aluminum market. He has held several leadership positions including the responsibility of a subsidiary in North America. Ari joined Roto as a design engineer. He has experience in the aerospace and machine design sector.

Morse Industries

Morse Industries has hired DeJarrette “DJ” Woodruff as its new customer service experience manager. Originally from Spartanburg, S.C., Woodruff has worked in the customer service industry for over ten years and is a 12-year U.S. Army veteran. He spent time as a supervisor with a state government agency where he developed standard processing goals and introduced hiring tools and production standards.

Associations

Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has hired Amy Roberts as its new director of Canadian and technical glass operations. Roberts will train with Marg Webb, FGIA glass products and Canadian industry affairs director, who plans to retire this year. Roberts has more than 20 years of industry experience in both residential and commercial window manufacturing, as well as glass and insulating glass manufacturing.

In addition, FGIA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the Virtual Annual Awards Ceremony during its annual conference.

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Joe Hayden, principal engineer at Pella Corp.;

The Architectural Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ivan Zuniga, product manager at Kawneer Co.; the Glass Products Council Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Helen Sanders, general manager, at Technoform North America and USGlass magazine contributor; the Residential Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Todd Stratmoen, corporate engineering initiatives manager at Larson Manufacturing Co.; and the Marketing Distinguished Service Award was presented to Carl Troiano, owner and president of Trojan Powder Coating.

Comings and Goings

Syracuse Glass Co.

After 30-years of service, Tim Kelley is retiring from Syracuse Glass Co. (SGC).

“Tim has been a dedicated member of our organization who has lived and breathed all things glass over the course of his long career. Tim has always been an advocate for our valued customers, and we will make certain that we build upon this strong foundation he helped to establish, to continue the Syracuse Glass success story in the service of our customer and team members,” says SGC chair John Dwyer.

Steve Legg has joined the company and will be taking the reins of architectural glass sales manager. Legg is joining after spending the last decade with Guardian Industries in various sales management roles.

“We are extremely pleased to have a well-respected industry veteran like Steve join our team. We have had the great fortune of working closely with him for a number of years, and always found him to be an exceptional supply-chain partner. Steve is a strategic mind, and we are confident that he will bring significant value to the clients that he has responsibility for supporting,” adds SGC CEO Joe Gudenburr.

Kudos

ICD High Performance Coatings

Kris Vockler, president and CEO of ICD High Performance Coatings, is the recipient of the Portland, Ore., 2021 Vistage Leadership Award, which celebrates CEOs and business owner members who demonstrate significant achievements and enduring excellence in leadership. Vockler navigated ICD through 2020 with no loss in production days, improved profitability across product lines, and forecasts significant growth for 2021, according to the company.

Also at ICD, DJ Widmer, global sales director, was recognized on the Portland Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 list.

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