Obituaries

Connie Ashcraft, ACE Glass

Connie Ashcraft, safety director of ACE Glass, passed away on May 23, 2021, at 76. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Ashcraft; his daughters, Kim Ashcraft Gregory and Kelly Long; grandchildren, Max and Sam Long; siblings, Jolene Dunn, Marylon Kushmaul and Glenda Smith.

Ashcraft was born on October 10, 1944, and began his career with ACE Glass in October 1992. He rose through the ranks to become the project superintendent who would supervise most of the monumental projects that the company worked on.

“Connie always took his work personally. He felt responsible for making sure that the people on his crew not only knew the proper methods for completing the work efficiently and correctly, but he also wanted things done safely. His management strategy evolved with the changes in the workforce and the construction industry, as he became more diplomatic in educating the people who worked on his jobs. He took things very personally
and felt a huge responsibility for not only the aesthetics of a project, but the performance of the building, and the growth of the people on his crews,” according to a company statement.

Mitch Bell, Winco Window Co.

Mitchell “Mitch” Bell, owner of Division 8 Designs and a Southern California and Arizona sales rep for Winco Window Co., passed away at 57 on March 29, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Jenny; sons Maxwell, Samuel, Derek and Trevor; his daughter-in-law, Sara; and his three grandchildren, Wyatt, Jameson and Mylah.

Bell has been in the commercial glazing business his entire career, starting as a teenager. He first started in the stained-glass industry in Los Angeles. Before joining Winco, he moved to San Marcos, Calif., to open his first business, Moonlight Glass Inc. He started Division 8 Designs in 2015.

“Mitch was a great friend, an expert in his field and a straight shooter,” says Kurtis Suellentrop, Winco’s vice president of sales and marketing. “He would also spend time sharing his advice and opinions, whether you asked for it or not! Mitch enjoyed spending time with friends and family riding in the desert. He will be truly missed.”

Promotions

Quanex Building Products

Quanex Building Products announced some changes to its North American marketing team.

Carrie Scheetz was recently promoted to marketing manager, and has been with Quanex for nearly 16 years. She started as a sales and marketing assistant with Edgetech, prior to Quanex’s purchase of the company, and most recently as a marketing project manager.

Kelly Woodward is the new marketing manager for NACC as well as internal communications. She has more than 12 years of experience in several different marketing roles, most recently at YRC Worldwide.

Marcus Barnhart was recently promoted to marketing creative services project manager with a role focused on driving creative strategy throughout the organization. Barnhart has been with Quanex for five years, most recently as a web marketing specialist and graphic designer.

Jocelyn Faenza joins the team as the new digital marketing manager. She has 14 years of business to business digital marketing experience, most recently as the senior IT digital marketing analyst for PPG.

Ergo Robotic Solutions

Jerry Nudi and Bart Knotts, co-founders of Ergo Robotic Solutions, have promoted Ryan Nudi to president. Prior to joining Ergo in 2018 as head of administration and logistics, he worked with AYCO, a Goldman Sachs company, for five years.

“Ryan brings a background of professional management skills to our small company. We are confident that he will steer this business to not only remain as the leader in quality but in our expansion throughout North America,” says Jerry Nudi.

ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries

ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries, based in Ridgefield, Wash., has promoted Kate Stewart to architectural program manager. Stewart has been with ICD for four years as an architectural specialist. She has experience developing and presenting webinars on high-level industry topics.

Stewart has a Construction Documents Technology certification and is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute Portland chapter.

New Hires

Accura Systems

David Staley will be assuming the position of project manager for Accura Systems of Sunnyvale, Texas. Staley has about six years of building and construction experience since working with Terracon as a project manager in 2015.

Appointments

Tubelite

Tubelite Inc, based in Walker, Mich., has named Erika Heredia R. as continuous improvement director. Heredia draws from a decade of leadership in Apogee Enterprises Inc.’s family of businesses including at Viracon, Tru Vue and Tubelite. She most recently served as Viracon’s continuous improvement manager and previously as the coatings production manager. She has Six Sigma training and has completed Apogee’s 17-month Lean Six Sigma Black Belt management trainee program. In addition to her professional experience, Heredia earned a master’s degree in production and management, and industrial process improvement from OBS Business School through Spain’s Barcelona
University. She also has Master of Science/Technology in manufacturing and management with a concentration in occupational safety from Georgia Southern University. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial engineering from Ecuador’s University Army Polytechnic School and is fluent in Spanish.

Frameless Hardware Co.

Jesse Dorado is the new brand manager for architectural hardware with the Frameless Hardware Co. LLC (FHC). He will oversee technical support, specification consultation and estimating services for FHC’s architectural hardware division.

Previously, Dorado served as vice president of sales at Grand View Glass & Metal, and most recently as architectural hardware access control team leader for C.R. Laurence.

Kudos

View Glass

Ernst & Young LLP announced that Rao Mulpuri, CEO of View, was named an Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Northern California Region Award finalist. Mulpuri was selected by a panel of independent judges, and award winners will be announced during a virtual celebration on August 4.

Mulpuri has served as CEO of View since December 2008.

MY Shower Door/D3 Glass

Bill Daubmann of MY Shower Door/D3 Glass has been named Distinguished Entrepreneur of 2021 by the Florida Small Business Development Center. The awards are held annually to recognize three Southwest Florida small businesses for their innovation, advocacy and business growth.

Daubmann is the president of My Shower Door and D3 Glass.

Comings and Goings

Viracon

Viracon has announced new recruits for its field sales trainee program and the expansion of its external sales team with new hires and reassignments in several key territories.

Jack Kneeland and Jeff Johnson are the company’s newest recruits to its field sales trainee program. The two recently completed the training program and are assigned their own sales territories. Kneeland will cover the greater Illinois area, key cities within southern Wisconsin and the Eastern Quad Cities area. Johnson will be responsible for Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and the Florida panhandle.

Allen Davidson with ADD & Associates was hired as an independent representative and will be responsible for Massachusetts (excluding Springfield), New Hampshire, Vermont and Road Island. Brian Stephens will have architectural field sales responsibilities for Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington.

In addition to the four new sales representatives, the company announced the reassignment of responsibilities for four of its veteran sales representatives: Matt Krier, Nicole Martineau, Mitch Hawkins and Ryan Hoffman. Krier will relocate from Utah to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to serve the Iowa, North and South Dakota and northern Wisconsin territory. He takes over the territory of Tom Heidrick, who has retired. Martineau, formerly a Viracon employed sales representative, and her husband Jeff, have created a new independent representation team, Martineau and Company, where Hawkins, also a previous Viracon employee, has accepted a position. The Martineau team will have territory responsibility for all of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (excluding Pittsburgh). They take over the area of David Hessel, who has retired.

Following the recent retirement of Ron McCann, Ryan Hoffman has accepted the responsibility of sales leadership of the company’s key window and specialty OEM accounts.

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