Anchor-Ventana Glass

Richard F. Danek, vice president of commercial operations at Anchor-Ventana Glass, passed away on November 20, 2019 at the age of 60 after a brief battle with cancer.

Danek is survived by his wife, Lisa, of 37 years; his children, Brandon Danek and fiancée Mariah Tandy, Kimberly Middleton (Danek) and husband Brian; granddaughter Madeline Marie Middleton; brothers, Jodie (Patsy) Danek, and Raymond (Jane) Danek; sister Dorothy (Larry) Kokel; and many nieces and nephews.

Goldray Glass

Greg Saroka, co-founder of Goldray Glass, died on March 4, 2020 at 61 years old. He began his long career in the glass industry when he co-created the company in 1985.

Saroka is survived by his sons, Michael and Adam Saroka; his daughter, Laura Little; four grandchildren, Parker, Charlotte, Casey and Jada; his partner, Cathie Saroka; and his siblings, Marie Dyer and Mark Saroka.


Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Chad Hoffman has been promoted to the role of president of Wausau Window and Wall Systems, and is also responsible for Toronto-based Sotawall Limited. Both companies are a part of Apogee Enterprises Inc.

Hoffmann has 23 years of industry experience in leadership roles including operations, sales, engineering and project management. Previously, Hoffmann served as Apogee’s vice president of operations and supply chain management. He also spent 18 years with Harmon, where he held many roles including vice president of engineering and manufacturing.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems also has hired three new sales representatives: Andy Bowers, Kenneth Cox and Antonio Aftimos. In addition, Chad Walter will be serving customers in Illinois and Indiana.

Consolidated Glass Holding Inc.

Chris Randisi is Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc.’s (CGH) new vice president of architectural sales. Randisi will lead the sales teams for the CGH architectural glass division, comprised of J.E. Berkowitz, Dlubak Specialty Glass, Solar Seal and Columbia Commercial Building Products. Most recently, Randisi was director of national accounts and architectural specifications for CGH. He previously served as Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager for J.E. Berkowitz, and held architectural sales roles with Guardian Industries, Shildan Group and Armstrong World Industries.


Linetec has promoted Jeff A. Fochs, Jr. to vice president of sales and marketing and Phil Hanke from buyer to senior buyer.

Fochs will oversee national outside sales, inside sales and marketing teams, and will continue to serve as the East-Central regional sales manager. He has been with Linetec since 2012.

Hanke joined the company in 2013, working in the architectural coatings and packaging departments.


Pulp Studio

Pulp Studio has named Aileen Odabashian, Heather Davis and Rick Phillips as new account managers for East Coast territories. Odabashian and Davis will cover Northern New Jersey and New York, while Phillips will cover Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

Rodney Wilson has joined Accura Systems as senior project manager and Jerry Griffin is senior CAD technician. Wilson previously was employed at Accura for 15 years, serving the last six of those as an engineering manager. Griffin was with Fergusson Engineering Services for 20 years as a CAD technician. He has been in the curtainwall industry for 35 years.



Fabrizio Cattaneo will replace Laura Biason as GIMAV’s director. Biason left the association at the end of 2019. Cattaneo will assist the board and president in guiding the glass processing machinery manufacturers association along a pathway of international outreach, according to the association. Cattaneo’s background includes an active role in founding Federtec—the association that grew out of the merger of ASSIOT


The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has hired Nathalie Thibault as technical manager of glass products and Canadian industry affairs. Thibault will shadow FGIA glass products and Canadian industry affairs director Marg Webb to prepare to take on her duties upon Webb’s retirement in early 2021.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) has hired Michelle Blackston as senior director of communications and marketing.

The NFRC also has elected new members of the board of directors for 2020: Robert Tenent, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (new member); Steven Marino, Vitro Architectural Glass (new member); Sue Schreiber, Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. (new member); Lisa Winckler, Eastman Chemical (returning member); Charlie Curcija, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (returning member); and Joe Hayden, Pella (returning member).

The board of directors also elected new corporate officers; John Gordon, National Certified Testing Laboratories, chair; Anthony Cinnamon, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., vice chair; Ravi Srinivasan, University of Florida, secretary; and Greg McKenna, Kawneer, treasurer.



Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has named Martin Bracamonte vice president of operations. In his new post, Bracamonte will oversee operations for the company’s four U.S. plants located in Carlisle, Pa.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Fresno, Calif.; and Salem, Ore. His primary responsibilities will include increasing operational efficiencies, production output, product quality and overall customer satisfaction. Bracamonte joins Vitro Glass from IGE Glass Technologies, where he served as president and chief operating officer.

The company also has hired three new national architectural managers for different regions of the U.S. David Saunders is manager for the Southeast, covering territories in Florida, Georgia and Alabama; David Trautman is manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, covering Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.; and Tim McGonagle is manager for the Mid-South region, covering North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.


Michael Reiman is Cricursa’s new sales manager in New York. He will serve the North American market. Reiman has a decade of experience practicing architecture in New York and sales experience resourcing building products for architects, designers and developers.


Ensinger Building Products, a subsidiary of Ensinger GmbH Group in Germany, has appointed Peete J. Kikerpill as its new West Coast sales representative for Ensinger Building Products North America. Kikerpill succeeds retiring former West Coast representative Mike Gainey. Kikerpill has more than 15 years of industry experience, most recently with several leading West Coast manufacturers.


Glass Guru

Todd and Kristi King are now the owners of a new Glass Guru franchise in Clarksville, Tenn.

Todd is currently the owner of his own home inspection business and Kristi holds a degree in early childhood education. While Kristi’s career in education was rewarding, the two began looking at business opportunities that could provide more flexibility and a greater opportunity to control their financial future. Both will be involved in the business, but Kristi will be the primary driver for the franchise. Todd will continue to lead their home inspection business.


USGlass Magazine

USGlass magazine is a finalist in the annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition for editorial excellence. The winners are scheduled to be announced March 27 during the Neal Awards ceremony in New York City.

USGlass editor Ellen Rogers was recognized in the Best Technical Content category for her articles, “Disruptive Innovation,” “Behind the Façade” and “Gridlocked.”

“This is two years in a row for Ellen and we are so proud of her and her accomplishments. Both of her nominations have been in the technical category, which is where she thrives. She does such a great job at taking complex subjects, then breaking them down for our readers in a way that’s useful and engaging,” says Tara Taffera, editorial director.

This is the sixth Neal nomination for USGlass.

Established in 1955, the Jesse H. Neal Awards recognize and reward editorial excellence in business media.


Major Industries Inc.

Major Industries Inc. recently announced a number of organizational changes and promotions. Jeffrey Voigt was promoted to vice president of operations. He joined Major Industries in 1999 as a contract administrator, was promoted to business operations manager in August 2002, and has been director of operations for the past 15 years.

Rick Towne was promoted to director of information services. During his 20 years at Major, he has worked as an accountant and was later promoted to accounting manager.

Major also promoted Jason Weber to director of manufacturing. He began in the sales department, later becoming an assistant plant manager. Since 2016 he has been plant manager.

Jeff Wirkus was promoted to technical support manager. Over the last 33 years, Wirkus has been involved in drafting, sales estimates, quality control and plant management. In his new role, he will provide technical support, review code requirements and testing procedures and assist in developing new products.

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