Retirements

Nancy Peterson Retires from Azon

Following more than 30 years in the fenestration industry, Azon’s director of market communications, Nancy Peterson, retired in June. She joined Azon’s marketing department in 1995, and says the fit was seamless. Not only was Peterson’s father the co-founder of Azon, but she had previously managed a satellite office for a wholesale distributor of doors and windows. She also had held a builder’s license working to sell envelope materials to commercial and residential contractors.

Even in retirement, Peterson plans to remain busy. She volunteers and also runs a small business that offers continuing education programs as independent, self-study courses for all inspector classifications. She spoke to USGlass magazine about her career in the industry and shared some highlights.

Q. Did you always think that you would join the family business?

I joined Azon a year after the company became an ESOP. About 15 years later, I was appointed to the board of directors. My father is always a natural storyteller and entrepreneur, and he had a mindset of having good leadership at all levels in the company.

Azon had a marketing communication position open in 1995, and with my prior career in sales in a related industry, it was a natural fit.

Q. What kept you in this industry for so long?

That’s easy: I appreciate architecture and enjoy working with others in a construction-related industry. The contribution of thermal barrier technology by Azon to saving energy in buildings and the ability to communicate about innovations in the industry has been extremely rewarding.

Q. What do you plan to do now?

For several years I’ve been the owner/partner of a small business offering continuing education programs (CE) as independent, self-study courses for all inspector (construction trade) classifications. Our clients need to earn a number of CE credits to fulfill licensing requirements in Michigan. I also volunteer with several organizations.

Q. What are some of your fondest memories?

Having worked with some wonderful individuals and being part of the successful growth of a company is gratifying, particularly when you reflect on so many good times. Watching the newer employees springboard Azon into the future is going to continue to be amazing. Attending and exhibiting at tradeshows was always a highlight. Making connections with others in the industry is something I will miss.

Obituaries

William “Bill” Briese, GED

GED Integrated Solutions announced the passing of William “Bill” Briese, former research and development engineering manager. He was 55.

A 25-year GED veteran, Briese was diagnosed with cancer in early 2022.

“He was a successful innovator with many patents and was always looking to improve our customers’ products and systems. Bill was known in the industry for his contributions with IGMA and most recently serving on the FGIA board of directors. Bill will be missed by the GED family, not only for his contributions to the business but most of all for his friendship,” reads an announcement by the company.

According to his obituary, he was an active fisherman, restorer of pinball machines, and someone who “loved goofing around and had a secondary lifelong career in (mostly) harmless fun.”

Frederick “Fred” Fulton, Fulton Windows

Frederick (Fred) Joseph Fulton, founder of both Fulton Windows and Sealite Glass Ltd., died on May 16, 2022. He was 90 years old.

Born in Toronto in 1932, Fulton was raised in the High Park area and started in the glazing industry when he was 20, working the sales desk at Pilkington Glass. In 1959, Fulton and the late Joe Shapiro launched Sealite Glass Ltd., one of the first independent insulating glass manufacturers. Fulton and Shapiro led Sealite until the mid-1960s, when Glaverbel Glass acquired the company. Fulton served as executive vice president of Glaverbel Canada until the company exited the Canadian market in the mid-1970s. Fulton opened Fulton Windows in 1978, and it stayed in the family until Oldcastle Glass purchased it in 2006.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane (nee O’Donnell) and is survived by six children, 17 grandchildren, “a growing army of great-grandchildren,” and his wife of several decades, Linda Taras-Fulton.

Appointments

Forel North America

Forel North America appointed Scott Knisely to vice president sales and service.

Knisely has many years of relevant glass industry experience and has held various roles, including business development and technical assistance.

AkzoNobel

Daniela Vlad is the new managing director of AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings. Vlad will lead the strategic direction across a diverse product portfolio, including coil and extrusion coatings, packaging coatings, wood finishes and wood adhesives. She joined AkzoNobel in 2019 and has held a variety of key leadership positions within the company’s coatings businesses since then, including its automotive and aerospace activities.

Promotions

Giroux Glass

Giroux Glass Inc. announced the promotion of Michelle Fainberg to the newly-created role of director of pre-construction design and technology. Fainberg is now responsible for design-build/design-assist projects and manages a team of technicians in the company’s commercial computer-aided design group in California. She also oversees all systems and decisions involving information technology and software.

Fainberg joined Giroux as an intern in 1996 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in architecture.

In addition, the company promoted Andrew Dvorak to senior project manager in its Phoenix location. Dvorak relocated to Phoenix last summer from downtown Chicago where he previously worked for Architectural Glass Works and Crown Corr. He earned his Bachelor of Science in construction management from Purdue.

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