Obituaries

Gary Turner, vice president at HSG/CodeBlue, passed away on December 1 after a battle with cancer. “I have had the privilege of working with Gary over the past 14 years and have never met a better man,” said Paul Gross, founder of CodeBlue. “I loved Gary and I will miss him dearly.” Turner’s experience in the glass industry also included serving as vice president of Glass America from 1999-2003. He also served as vice president of Globe Glass & Mirror for 15 years from 1983-1998.

“We will miss Gary greatly and feel honored to have known him,” continued the statement. “We offer our love and condolences to the family during this tough time. Gary would want us to hold our heads high, tell a funny story about him, and treat one another the way he
always treated us.”

New Hires

Metropolitan Glass Inc. has hired Richard Doss as a senior project manager. Doss brings 27 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry. He has held various positions from engineering management/senior project management with leading architectural manufacturers including Kawneer, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, U.S. Aluminum Co. and Infinity Architectural Products. According to the company, Doss has experience in architectural design intent, senior project management and engineering management/procurement.

Comings and Goings

Quanex Building Products Corp. has announced that its chief operating officer (COO), George Wilson, has been elected by the company’s board of directors to succeed Bill Griffiths as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Wilson also joined the company’s board on January 1, 2020. Griffiths will remain as executive chairman of the board and will continue to support Wilson through the transition.

Prior to Wilson’s appointment to COO in 2017, he served as president of insulating glass systems from 2011-2017, and in the 18 years prior to joining Quanex he held various operational and financial positions of increasing responsibility at Lauren International and Federal-Mogul. Wilson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron.

James Dunstan recently retired as chairperson from the Azon board of directors and has become chair emeritus in good standing. Dunstan, 92, co-founded Azon, the privately held ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) company, in 1977, along with his wife, Ruth Dunstan, who passed away in October 2019. Azon CEO Dave Mills is the new chairperson of the board of directors. Mills has over 25 years in multiple aspects of leadership at Azon, including marketing, with expertise in both finance and global corporate business management.

The company also has made strategic changes to its board of directors, including the appointment of Tami Lee. Lee has been with Azon for over 35 years, serving most recently as director of human resources. Lee oversees the development of employee benefits and was instrumental in the information of the Azon ESOP, according to the company.

Randy Beard, longtime general manager and chief financial officer of Crawford-Tracey Corp., retired in December 2019. Beard joined the company in 2005 and has played a leadership role in Crawford-Tracey’s success and tremendous growth over the last 14 years, according to the company.

As general manager, Beard helped lead the company through some significant milestones and secure some of the company’s most significant commercial projects, according to a company statement. Beard was also instrumental in Crawford-Tracey’s plant expansion in 2018, which doubled the existing space and capacity, and helped lead the company through the 2007-2008 recession.

Beard and his wife, an avid photographer, plan to retire to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., to be with friends and family. He also plans to do volunteer work, boat, fish and enjoy nature.

Promotions

John Bendt has been promoted to president of EFCO, replacing John Klein who will retire at the end of the 2020 fiscal year. Bendt has officially begun the transition process with Klein so that he will be acting in the role fully for the FY2021 annual operating plan process and coordinate with Klein on an effective transition of responsibilities.

Bendt will take full accountability for the EFCO business on March 1, 2020. He will continue to be based in Minneapolis, but will ensure he has an effective plan to spend time in Monett, Mo., with the EFCO team and customers.

Bendt joined parent-company Apogee in 2002 and has held several leadership roles across the organization. Prior to joining EFCO as vice president of sales and marketing in August 2018, he served as vice president of building retrofit strategy. Previously Bendt worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Wausau Window and Wall Systems from 2008 to 2012, and he was vice president of service and special projects for Harmon from 2002 to 2008.

The company also hired Gary Tongco as a new sales representative for the Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana territory. Prior to joining EFCO, he served as the national sales manager for FreMarq and Graham Architectural Products.

Two machinery sales engineers have been promoted as sales directors at Salem Flat Glass & Mirror. Michael Rosato is now machinery sales director for the West Coast and David Anderson is now machinery sales director for the East Coast.

Rosato has over 36 years of experience, and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business administration. Rosato has held various posts within the industry including glass fabrication manager, plant manager and general manager. He joined Salem in 2012 as a regional account manager.

Anderson is a seasoned fabrication solution provider with 23 years of experience in the glass and stone industries. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and began working in the glass industry directly out of school. Anderson has held industry positions in production, operations, management and sales. He joined Salem in 2017.

Linetec has promoted Jon Close to president, succeeding Rick Marshall who will retire at the end of the company’s fiscal year. Marshall and Close have worked together at Linetec for 16 years.

Close started with Linetec in 2003 as a commercial sales manager. He was promoted in 2006 to his most recent role as vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Linetec, he worked at International Hardcoat as sales representative. He earned a degree in business administration and management from Upper Iowa University. He has applied his education and experience to numerous business leadership projects.

Appointments

Robert T. Cummings is Consolidated Glass Holdings Inc.’s (CGH) new president and CEO. Cummings has served as vice president of sales and marketing at CGH since June 2019.

A 30-year glass industry veteran, Cummings also has held executive level positions at Hartung Glass Industries, Guardian Industries, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions, United Glass Corp. and Standard Bent Glass Corp.

CGH has also appointed Tracy Rogers as its technical services director. In his new role, Rogers will work directly with the CGH architectural division, as well as support the CGH procurement, manufacturing and sales teams. Rogers also will provide technical assistance, design guidance and field support to customers and design professionals.

Most recently, Rogers served as director of sales and marketing for OmniGlass SCT. He also held positions at Keystone Certifications, Quanex Building Products and Edgetech I.G.

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