Obituaries

Founder of Sun Windows Passes at Age 84

Robert Edward “Bob” Anderson Sr. died peacefully in his home Nov. 17, 2020 following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 84.

Anderson was born in Detroit on Sept. 26, 1936, to Victor E. and Marion Anderson, and was a member of the family responsible for launching the window manufacturer V.E. Anderson Manufacturing Co. He and his wife, Nancy Pollard, raised three children in Owensboro, Ky., where he served as vice president and treasurer in the family business, until he left in 1979, following the death of his father. Later, Anderson bought back the company’s real estate, product lines and equipment, forming Sun Windows Inc., now run by his son and grandson.

Though he retired in 1995, Anderson continued to be involved in Sun Window’s success until hours of his passing. He served his community as a member of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, United Way and the Home Builders Association of Owensboro.

Anderson is survived by his children, Robert E. Anderson Jr. (Eddie) of Lakeland, Fla., Georgia Henkel of Lexington, Ky., and Frank Anderson of Owensboro, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five brothers, a sister, many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and puppy pal, Ginger.

Executives

Hudgins Joins Palmer-Donavin as VP of Finance

Building products wholesaler Palmer-Donavin announced that Robert Hudgins joined its corporate team as the new vice president of finance. Hudgins replaces previous CFO Robyn Pollina, who was named CEO earlier this year.

“I am excited to be joining the team at Palmer-Donavin,” Hudgins said. “It is an honor and privilege to be part of an employee-owned company with such a firm commitment to, and focus on, its mission, vision and values.”

Pollina pointed to Hudgin’s longstanding career in distribution, adding, “He brings deep financial and operational skills and knowledge that will help us reach our future goals and objectives

Management

McCord Joins Soft Tech

Soft Tech named Jim McCord business development manager. McCord began his career in the building materials industry right after graduating college, officials say, during which time he gravitated toward the fenestration industry, selling brands such as Andersen, Marvin and Loewen. In 2007, he made the switch to manufacturing, accepting a territory sales manager position with Simonton Windows and Doors, where he worked his way up to regional manager, Northeast with Cornerstone Building Brands.

Awards

Bryan Hovey Receives Award for Extraordinary Service to Key Media & Research

Bryan Hovey, web developer for [DWM]’s parent company, Key Media & Research (KMR), received the company’s 2020 Award for Extraordinary Service. The honor is presented annually and was named after vice president of media services Holly X. Biller, who has been with the company for more than 20 years, where she epitomizes the definition of extraordinary.

Hovey was presented the award by company president Debra Levy amid a virtual Christmas party.

“Bryan Hovey has been a contributing member of the KMR team for more than two decades. His constant drive to better our digital product line continually impresses,” Levy said. “Bryan plays an integral role in each department and assists in so many ways. He’s a joy to work with.”

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