Comings and Goings

Wood’s Powr-Grip

Gary Bond, chief engineer at Wood’s Powr-Grip (WPG), has retired after 32 years. He started with WPG in Wolf Point, Mont., after graduating from the University of Iowa. Bryan Strobel, a 24-year veteran of WPG, will fill the role.

One of Bond’s early projects was to design a new lifter with more versatility and function than a Powr-Frame, but at a similar cost. Thus the MRT4 was born about the same time as the company moved to Laurel, Mont. Bond was also an active member of the ASME safety standards committees.

Bond’s next move includes relocating to the Oregon coast, where he will remain as a consultant in the industry, with an emphasis on providing training, equipment servicing and repairs.


The Glass Guru

The Glass Guru franchise recently promoted Rob Lopez to vice president of franchise business development. Lopez joined the Glass Guru franchisor team in 2015. The Glass Guru organization identified significant value in the path Lopez has taken during his first five years with the organization, and the success franchise owners are seeing when following his guidance, according to the company. In addition, Mike Kirkindoll joined the company as a new franchise owner, having purchased the Glass Guru of Longview, Texas.

Quanex Building Products

Quanex Building Products promoted Wendy Rostad to senior inside sales manager and Jack Meluskey to Western regional sales manager within its North American Fenestration (NAF) group. Rostad joined the company in 1995, and Meluskey has 29 years of fenestration sales management experience.

In her new role, Rostad will be responsible for leading all pricing activities and customer communications across NAF.

Meluskey will drive growth for key accounts within the Western region while maintaining responsibility for several national accounts.


Ashton Industrial

Richard Green, senior manager of business development at Ashton Industrial, is celebrating 25 years with the company. He joined Ashton in 1995 as its first dedicated CAD design draughtsman, having completed an apprenticeship in mechanical and production engineering some years before. He was promoted to design manager two years later. Since then he’s worked as engineering manager until taking on his current role in 2014. In April 2020, Green established a permanent North American office for Ashton Industrial in Canada.

YKK AP America

YKK AP America recognized its top performers of 2019 during its first-ever virtual annual sales meeting. The recipients were selected based on performance and growth during the 2019 fiscal year, as well as embodying the company’s core values.

The Baltimore branch received the Branch of the Year Award. Architectural sales representatives Tom Shook of the Greensboro, N.C., branch and Jeff Turicik of the Batimore branch were honored with the company’s most prestigious individual honor, the President’s Award.

The company also has named Juan Hernandez as architectural sales representative for the southwest market. Hernandez will play an integral role in expanding the company’s efforts in Houston and the southwest region, providing sales support and resources for architects and glazing contractors, according to the company. Hernandez joins YKK AP with more than ten years of sales experience.


Safti First

Safti First has named Joe Schiavone as director of sales. In this role, he will be responsible for directing all inside and outside sales activities while working closely with research and development, operations, marketing, engineering and project management. Schiavone also will lead the sales efforts for Titan Metal Inc., the company’s custom metal door and framing division, and O’Keeffe’s Inc., its architectural aluminum ladder division.
Schiavone has 39 years of experience in the architectural glazing industry. Previously he held sales and project management positions at EFCO, C. R. Laurence, DORMA Group North America, Vistawall, Walters and Wolf and Paisano Glass and Mirror.

Frameless Hardware Company

The Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) has named Armando Rodriguez vice president of manufacturing. Rodriguez has more than 30 years of glass industry manufacturing and fabrication experience. Most recently he served as senior vice president of manufacturing at C.R. Laurence. Prior to that, Rodriguez held leadership roles at Tajima Corp. and International Architectural Metal Works.

Rodriguez will steward FHC’s entry into the manufactured products sector, managing staff and production.

New Hires


Building envelope subcontractor Kovach has hired Brian Davis as its director of marketing and sales operations. Davis has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and sales. He most recently worked for Okland Construction where he served as the marketing director. Davis will help the AEC industry leverage Kovach’s preconstruction estimating and design engineering and will manage the marketing strategy.

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