New CEO at Champion; Company Remains ProfitableApril 9th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Champion Windows and Doors, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a new CEO, Jim Mishler, and chief marketing officer Dave Harrison says the company remains profitable. DWM followed up with Harrison last week to discuss some of the executive changes as rumors swirled last week that the company was in trouble.
“Quite the opposite,” says Harrison. “While other competitors have had significant financial difficulty during this troublesome economic environment in our industry, Champion has remained profitable.”
He acknowledges that the company did consolidate a few sales showrooms to “streamline our operations and to become even healthier.” He adds that the company serves more than 75 markets.
In response to rumors that the company is in trouble due to closing a few locations, Harrison says, “McDonald’s closes under-performing stores – are they in trouble? Doesn’t even General Electric close some operations and grows others? Champion is strong – and positioned for significant growth with a business model delivering superior value with an ‘Our Factory 2 You’ capability resulting in a value proposition “Premium Quality – Wholesale Value.”
Dennis Manes, former CEO, has been replaced by Jim Mishler, who brings more than 25 years of marketing, sales, service, distribution, operations and general management experience in the building products manufacturing and distribution industries including leadership roles with Lennox Industries and Pella Windows and Doors. Most recently, Mishler served as president of Goodman Sales and Distribution at Goodman Global Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products for residential and commercial markets.
“I’m honored and excited to join Don and the entire Champion Windows team,” says Mishler. “With the best team in the industry, quality products, and unsurpassed customer service, Champion holds a significant competitive advantage in the industry. I see a tremendous opportunity to both grow the company organically and am committed to expansion into new markets.”
Marty Hiatt, former vice president of administration, has moved on as well and his position is being absorbed within the current management structure, according to Harrison.
“Denny and Marty have done a remarkable job leading the company through to its current business platform,” says Harrison. “There is a stage at which a company grows to a size that requires differing skills to take the team to the next level. Champion has achieved that stage in its evolution where the entrepreneurial spirit must remain, while embracing shared best practices and processes that can deliver the leverage and manageability required to double in size.”