John E. Kalakos, a former executive vice president of Traco, passed away on April 13, 2023, at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 79 years old. Kalakos was well known throughout the commercial window industry, says Bill Wilson, CEO of Specified Systems Inc. He retired from the industry following Alcoa’s acquisition of Traco in 2011. However, he spent time consulting for Peerless Products Inc. and Specified Systems. “John was open and direct, kind and caring of others,” says Wilson. “He was iconic in his success and will be missed by many friends and family.

New Hires

GlassFab Tempering Services

Patrick Tuttle is the new chief operating officer for GlassFab Tempering Services Inc. Tuttle has more than three decades of experience in the architectural glass industry, and, according to the company, he is a results-oriented leader who has demnstrated an exceptional ability to lead top-performing manufacturing plants, growing leaders and empowering decision-making.

Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass has added three new managers to its team. Katherine Kidd and Geoff Shellard will serve as architectural design managers while Sam Ilewski will assume the role of territory sales manager.

Kidd will cover Texas and Oklahoma. She previously worked at Kolbe Window and Door as a regional sales manager. Shellard will work throughout the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He arrives from PFG Glass Industries. Ilewski will deal with commercial fabricators and glaziers in Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin and Southern Missouri. He joins Guardian from Baxter International.

The company also hired Kris La-Borde as a regional technical advisor, supporting the Western region sales team and Guardian’s Kingsburg, Calif., manufacturing facility. La-Borde has more than 16 years of experience in engineering and spent the past 12 years in the façade and building enclosure industry.

Deceuninck North America

Chuck Kuchinick has been named Deceuninck North America’s new central regional sales manager. Kuchinick has served in various roles in the glass and fenestration industries for more than 25 years. His territory includes Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He will serve as the main sales resource for existing Deceuninck customers and develop new relationships in those markets.

Unicel Architectural

Angela Olsen has joined Unicel Architectural Corp. as a regional sales manager for the South-Central U.S. region. She will oversee sales operations across Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and New Mexico. She has more than 20 years of product sales, technical support and business development experience in the building materials manufacturing industry.

Sightline Commercial Solutions

Allen Davidson has joined Sightline Commercial Solutions as its Northeast regional sales representative. He will lead sales efforts throughout Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Davidson is also president of ADD Associates Inc., an architectural manufacturer representative firm serving the New England market. He has more than 30 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry.

Vitrum Glass Group

Vitrum Glass Group has hired Dave Dukovich as its newest sales specialist. With more than 40 years of experience in the glass industry, Dukovich brings a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise to Vitrum. He will focus on the California and Northern Nevada markets and work closely with Russell Williams of Architectural Insider, Vitrum’s sales and architectural representative.

Roto North America

Roto North America welcomed Renee Coma to its customer service team. Coma previously worked with SAP in assisting customers. Her technical background lends itself to a role in customer service. She will work closely with the company’s customers to provide support in ordering, lead times, product availability and shipping details.

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