New Hires

Kovach Enclosure Systems

Scott Bourdo has joined Kovach Enclosure Systems, of Chandler, Ariz., as president.

Bourdo has extensive experience in the construction business, especially with glass and metal panel enclosure systems. He started his career with Kovach working part time during college and became an owner in 2007. He briefly exited the company in 2017.

Riot Glass Inc.

Ron Nyce has joined Riot Glass Inc., of Huntington Beach, Calif., as vice president of operations.

Nyce previously served as vice president of operations and customer experience for the Consumer Services division at Transdev North America.

Consolidated Glass Corp.

Brad Bartley has joined Consolidated Glass Corp. as general manager. Previously, he worked at AGC Glass Company as an architectural representative and a commercial sales manager.

Bartley has been in the glass and glazing for more than 20 years.

Obituaries

Jerry Carter King, Window Systems of Texas

Jerry Carter King passed away on December 28, 2021. He was 81 years old. King had a long and storied career in the construction industry, before finding a place in the commercial glass industry in the 1960s. He began his career in the industry in 1971 as a sales representative for PPG Architectural Metals.

In 1978, he acquired Southwest Glass of Houston and was president until he sold his interest to its current owner in 2006.

In 1986, he was a founding partner in Houston fabrication shop Brake Shapes until its full acquisition by Glass Wholesalers, now a wholly owned portion of the OBE family.

In 1995, he and an industry friend founded Window Systems of Texas, which his friend solely managed as its general manager until passing in 2016.

In 2016, King came out of retirement to manage Window Systems of Texas. Its stock sale acquisition by its current owner in 2018 had King retire once more.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; son Steven H. King (Helen); son Trevor W. King (Mary Beth); and daughter Melissa C. Solomons (Paul); sister, Sabra Gent; eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Appointments

PPG

Tim Knavish, executive vice president at PPG, has been named chief operating officer, effective March 1, 2022. Knavish joined PPG in flat glass engineering in 1987. He then held increasing responsibility in flat glass and former automotive glass businesses before joining the architectural coatings business in 2000 as plant manager in East Point, Ga.

Knavish returned to Pittsburgh in October 2017 as senior vice president, industrial coatings. In January 2019, he was appointed senior vice president, architectural coatings and president, PPG EMEA, before being named executive vice president in October 2019.

Knavish earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

TSI Corporations

TSI Corporations has announced the board appointment of Thomas Cornellier as CEO.

Cornellier joined TSI Corporations in 2009 and spent the last 12 years serving in multiple capacities, including chief financial officer, chief operation officer and chief strategy officer. He earned his MBA from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware.

The TSI board also includes Victor Cornellier, David Bearden, David Cornellier and Jay Bowman.

Now Representing

Pulp Studio

Pulp Studio, a manufacturer of decorative and specialty glass products, has announced five new independent representatives to provide project support across the U.S.

Tim Finley of T.Fin Building Solutions will cover Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota; Scott McCoy of MJ Solutions will cover Indiana and Kentucky; Chris Janson, also with MJ Solutions, will cover Illinois and Wisconsin; Jolie Cawelti of Dyer Lesja LLC will cover Arizona; and Allen Davidson of ADD Associates will cover New England.

Kudos

H.B. Fuller

Lena Chernyak, who joined H.B. Fuller in 1979 after moving to Canada from Russia, has served in a technical capacity supporting the window industry for four decades. Her involvement in the industry has earned her the Industry Pioneer award from Fenestration Canada, which “honors those who have helped to shape the window and door industry and paved the way for others.”

The award, given every five years, is Fenestration Canada’s way of recognizing those who have led the charge through their leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

Rhyno Glass

Wyatt Castellvi, president and founder of Florida-based Rhyno Glass, was named one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees.

The 40 Under 40 Awards recognize young professionals within their communities and work in the Tampa Bay area. The winners were featured in a special issue of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Elections

National Fenestration Ratings Council

Helen Sanders of Technoform, North America, and Zachary Flora from the Center for Active Design have been elected to the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) board of directors.

The NFRC also acknowledged two members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and shown determination to move NFRC projects and priorities forward. Kevin Dix, of Manko Window Systems, was named the winner of the Dariush Arasteh Member of the Year award. He received multiple nominations for having shared his
time and expertise in the commercial fenestration industry to help design the new program. Jean-Michel Dessault, from Veridis Solutions, was recognized with the Emerging Leader Award. Dessault was also nominated by numerous people for his role in developing the Condensation Index Rating, according to the release.

Associations and Organizations

The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council

The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC), the organization that oversees the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) and Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) programs, announced three new board positions.

Rodney Harvey is principal with Curtainwall Design Consulting of Dallas. He brings a stakeholder perspective to his new role as board president and previously served as vice president.

Jim Maggiore is the executive vice president/principal with Royal Glass Co. Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. He brings a certified contractor perspective to his new role as board vice president. Royal Glass has been NACC certified since 2015, and Maggiore has been an AGMCC board member since its inception.

Steve Whitcomb is the senior vice president, sales and operations for C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. of Los Angeles. He brings a manufacturer and supplier perspective to his new role on the board.

Founding board president, Demetrious (Jim) Stathopoulos, who served for eight years in the role, will remain on the AGMCC board. He is the CEO of Ajay Glass Co. of Canandaigua, N.Y.

In related news, the AGMT certification and NACC programs have also grown. Jason Simonette is now field operations manager for AGMT and Scott Kennett is program manager for both programs.

In his role as program manager for AGMT/NACC, Kennett will communicate with all the stakeholders involved. Simonette will serve as “boots on the ground” for AGMT, leading teams of examiners and testing center staff throughout the country to ensure all testing criteria is met.

Comings and Goings

Quanex Building Products

Quanex Building Products Corp. has appointed Jason Lippert to its board of directors. William Griffiths, 70, was expected to retire as executive on February 21, 2022. Griffiths plans to continue serving as non-executive chairperson of the board. Additionally, Joseph Rupp, 71, plans to retire as a director at the end of his current term and not stand for re-election.

Lippert, 49, became CEO of LCI Industries in May 2013. He was also appointed president of the company in May 2019, and has been CEO of Lippert Components since February 2003. He has more than 25 years of experience with LCI and its subsidiaries, beginning his career with the company as a management trainee and subsequently serving in a wide range of leadership positions since. Lippert earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, accounting and business management from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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