G&S Architectural Products

St. Louis-based Golterman & Sabo has promoted Chuck DeFosset to vice president of project management and engineering at its G&S Architectural Products division. DeFosset will be responsible for building maintenance, safety, engineering and product development, as well as manufacturing equipment acquisition and set up. He will continue managing the project management department, for which he was previously responsible. He has been with Golterman & Sabo for 23 years, starting as a project manager for the national sales group.

Kalwall Corp.

Kalwall Corp. has named Michael Keller its sales manager for part of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. Keller replaces Bob Beganie, who is retiring after more than 38 years with the company.

Keller has been the Kalwall sales representative for southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware for the past two years. He is a grandson of Kalwall founder Robert R. Keller. Keller’s region covers eastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and part of Connecticut, as well as Washington, D.C. He is based in Philadelphia.

Chris Beahan will replace Keller as sales representative. Beahan’s territory covers eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. He has more than 20 years of manufacturing and architectural experience. Beahan was most recently an architectural consultant for Super Enterprises, the residential and commercial distributor of Marvin Windows, in a region that includes eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Comings and Goings

Guardian Glass

Ron Vaupel, president and CEO of Guardian Industries, has assumed leadership of the company’s glass business, following the departure of Kevin Baird who had served as president and CEO of Guardian Glass since 2014. Baird joined Guardian in 2008 as CEO of SRG Global Inc., an automotive trim business. He recently was appointed chief operating officer of powertrain manufacturer Tenneco.

In further C-level changes, Rick Zoulek and Guus Boekhoudt have each been named executive vice presidents for Guardian Glass. Zoulek oversees the company’s operations in North, Central and South America, while Boekhoudt will now add operations in India, the Middle East and Africa to his previous responsibilities in Europe and Asia.


Deceuninck North America

Deceuninck North America has named Joren Knockaert as its new president and CEO. The company appointed Knockaert to succeed Filip Geeraert, who announced his retirement as president and CEO in June. Knockaert joins Deceuninck from flooring company Mohawk Industries where, as vice president of operations, he ran Mohawk-IVC’s North American operations in sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl flooring. Prior to Mohawk, Knockaert had executive roles with Bekaert, the global steel wire transformation and coatings company, managing operations in China and production in Belgium. He started his career with Solutia, the American manufacturer of chemical-based materials, working with its PVB and artificial turf extrusion division.

Apogee Enterprises Inc.

Apogee Enterprises Inc. has selected Nisheet Gupta as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 15, 2020. Gupta succeeds James Porter, who announced his planned retirement in December 2019. Porter will remain with the company through a short transition period, before beginning his retirement. Gupta joins Apogee from Land O’ Lakes Inc., where he served as vice president, global finance operations since 2017.

Vitro Architectural Glass

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has appointed Daniel Plotnick as commercial account manager for the New England/Metro New York City region in the U.S. as well as all of Europe. He will provide sales and service support to the non-residential, commercial construction market. Plotnick was most recently vice president of sales and marketing for Solar Seal and has more than 20 years of experience in commercial sales.

New Hires

Crawford-Tracey Corp.

Crawford-Tracey Corp., a contract glazier and unitized curtainwall manufacturer based in Florida, has hired Dennis Campbell as its new safety director. He replaces the recently retired Hank Coombs, who was previously both a safety director and superintendent for the company. Campbell will focus strictly on safety. His role is to ensure the company’s
office, shop and field employees are safe and comply with OSHA guidelines and the company’s safety program.

Campbell has over 23 years’ experience in project management, occupational safety, construction/emergency management services, safety prevention programs and worker’s compensation claims management.

Soft Tech

Soft Tech has hired Kyle Hendrickson as its new strategic account manager for North America. He has 16 years of fenestration CNC experience. Hendrickson’s primary area of expertise is in computer-aided manufacturing with a focus on the needs of the fenestration and extruded aluminum industries. Before joining Soft Tech, Hendrickson managed sales and customer experience for two machinery manufacturers servicing the window, door and curtainwall community of manufacturers.


WinTech has hired Matthew Doty as a customer service specialist. He has experience in customer service and production management, and will be involved with all WinTech product lines.

Vitrum Glass Group

Vitrum Glass Group has hired Del Bankston and Patricia Hernandez as outside sales representatives. Bankston has more than 40 years of experience in the fenestration industry. He will use his background in glass and glazing to support the company’s existing customer base while developing new relationships in the South Washington and Oregon region. Hernandez has 30 years of experience in the glass industry and will support the company in the Northern Washington and Alaska regions.

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