Industry consultant Bill Lingnell of Lingnell Consulting was recognized with the C. Gregory Carney Award during the National Glass Association’s Annual Conference, which took place January 13-15 in La Jolla, Calif. The award is the association’s highest honor and has been presented annually since 2014 to an individual dedicated to advancing
glass and glazing, promoting its use and advocating—doing what is right for the industry as a whole.

In presenting the award, Urmilla Sowell, technical and advocacy director, said that when Carney introduced her to Lingnell, he described him as “the go-to resource; someone who could keep things simple and easy to understand … with the tools to properly glaze the world.”

Lingnell and Carney worked closely on many projects, including the Glazing Manual and countless other resources and documents. Sowell said they had also worked together at what was then the Libbey-Owens-Ford Company, “and together advanced the use of proper glazing around the world.”

She added that Lingnell was “Greg’s hero and mentor. They were friends, partners and family over the years … He has a dedication and commitment to the glass and glazing industry that complement this award. Greg is beaming.”

In accepting the award, Lingnell was very humbled.

“Greg was quite a guy,” he said. “He was like a son … a brother. This is a great honor.”

In addition to the C. Gregory Carney award, Fabricating Committee chair, Aaron Thompson of Viracon, presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Sylvain Denis with Walker Glass. In presenting the award, Thompson said Denis was a person who doesn’t say no and has put together more than 25 glass technical papers.

In accepting the award, Denis said it’s an easy job.

“I just have the right people around to help me,” he said.

Three of Technoform’s employees have passed testing for the National Fenestration Rating Council Certified Simulator Program. They are Gabriel Louthan, Stephen Aki and Bart Hensley.

Participants must complete a 30-hour course, pass two exams and maintain annual continuing education. The training provides an understanding of heat transfer modeling software, as well as the Spectral Data Library. They learn to apply simulations for U-factors, solar heat gain coefficients, visible transmittance and condensation resistance factors.


Ensinger Building Products North America has appointed James Wright as its new vice president and general manager. Wright succeeds Bruce Tichenor, who has retired.

Wright has more than 12 years’ experience in sales, operations management, process improvement and business finance in the chemical industry. He will be responsible for sales and manufacturing of insulbar at Ensinger’s production facility in
Grenloch, N.J.

Glaston Group has made several organization changes, including appointments to its executive management group. The CEO and CFO positions remain the same but all
other personnel have changed positions.

The new executive team includes:
Arto Metsänen as president and CEO;
Sasu Koivumäki as COO, sales and integration;
Päivi Lindqvist as CFO;
Juha Liettyä as senior vice president of Glaston Heat Treatment Technologies;
Dietmar Walz as senior vice president of Glaston Insulating Glass Technologies;
Robert Prange as senior vice president of Glaston Automotive and Emerging Technologies;
Artturi Mäki as senior vice president of services; and
Taina Tirkkonen as general counsel and senior vice president of human resources.

Jim Hammond and Craig Lewis have been named architectural sales representatives for YKK AP America Inc. for the Boston branch and Tennessee market, respectfully. Hammond will support and service the company’s customers in the New England region. He joins YKK with a background in sales and territory management.

Lewis will work to expand the brand’s efforts in Tennessee and surrounding areas. He brings more than 25 years of business development experience in the building materials industry.

Mike Cochran, longtime member of the Washington Glass Association (WGA) and former owner of BFC Architectural Metals Inc. in SeaTac, Wash., passed away on January 9, 2020. He was 70 years old. Cochran joined the WGA in February of 1988 shortly after starting BFC Architectural Metals Inc. in 1987. According to his obituary, he retired from BFC in 2018. Cochran is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter, Wendy O’Connell (Steve); grandchildren, Grady Patrick, Calvin Michael and Oliva Rose; brother, Hans Forster; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

John Charles Carmody died December 9, 2019 after a long illness, at the age of 72. He worked for the University of Minnesota, was the founding director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research and helped to found the Efficient Windows Collaborative. Carmody was part of the building industry for nearly 50 years, starting his career as an architect with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic then becoming a student, researcher, mentor, teacher and professor for the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.

Long-time friends and collaborators voiced their sadness upon the news of his passing.

“We are devastated,” said Kerry Haglund, owner of Haglund Design Inc. and executive director for Efficient Windows Collaborative. “He was my mentor, former boss and a
very good friend.”

“I worked with him for over 30 years,” said Stephen Selkowitz, affiliate for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
“It’s not only a personal loss for many of us but a loss to the industry as well.”

A service to celebrate Carmody’s life and work is planned for spring 2020.

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