Ones to Watch Dec/Feb 2019July 12th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs
Soft Tech Hires Imbrigiotta for New Position
Soft Tech recently hired Ray Imbrigiotta as business development manager. Based out of its Florida office, company officials say the new position was formed in response to recent growth opportunities across the region.
“We are delighted to have Ray Imbrigiotta joining the Soft Tech business to support our growth plans for North America,” says Tyron Ball, group commercial director of Soft Tech. “Ray brings a wealth of experience in both fenestration and technology, so [he] will be well positioned to support our customers to achieve their goals.”
Imbrigiotta has more than 25 years of major accounts sales experience with Xerox and Ricoh in hardware and information technology services. He also previously owned and operated Advanced Windows and Shutters, a South Florida-based company that sells impact-rated door, window and shutter products. In his new role, he will work to grow the company’s base of door and window clients across North America.
Loewen Names New VP of Sales and Customer Experience
Loewen recently appointed Steve Donner as senior vice-president of sales and customer experience. Donner reports to president and CEO Al Babiuk and has assumed responsibility for the company’s sales organization. As such, he will work closely with Kim Marchuk, vice-president of sales, and will have responsibilities including customer order services, drafting and field and installation services.
Donner has close to 15 years’ experience on the architectural side of the industry, as a former chair member for the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), general manager of Weiland Sliding Doors and Windows, and in his most recent role as director of Big Doors within the Andersen Architectural Collection.
Quanex Names New Territory Manager
David Hill was recently named Eastern territory sales manager, machinery and screens, for Quanex Building Products. Company officials say Hill, who’s been with the company for more than 10 years, has proven a true asset, with his many years of knowledge and experience. In his new role, he helps customers add new efficiencies into their operations, while continuing to cover equipment sales.
“David has made outstanding contributions to our business during his time with Quanex, and has helped countless customers succeed,” says Larry Johnson, vice president of IG sales for Quanex. “We’re confident he’ll flourish in this new role.”
Jeld-Wen Announces New CFO
Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. recently announced the promotion of John Linker to executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective November 8, 2018. Linker, who previously served as senior vice president (SVP), corporate development and investor relations, replaced L. Brooks Mallard.
“I would like to thank [Mallard] for his four years of dedicated service to Jeld-Wen,” says Gary S. Michel, Jeld-Wen’s president and chief executive officer (CEO). “[He] played several key roles in preparing Jeld-Wen to become a public company. We all wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Linker joined Jeld-Wen in 2012. Prior to his role as SVP, he served as treasurer and interim finance leader for the company’s Europe and Australasia branches.
Western Window Systems CFO Named CFO of the Year
Heather Zorge, chief financial officer for Western Window Systems (a PGT Innovations brand), was named 2018 CFO of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). The award honors outstanding financial executives in the business community who demonstrate excellent financial management.
Zorge, who has been with the company since 2016, overseeing its financial and legal activities, is credited for improving the brand’s profitability, while developing operational strategies that improve infrastructure and processes.
“Heather has done a phenomenal job in reshaping how we approach our decision making, reporting, analysis, legal assessments, pricing, costing, budgeting, product launches, market entry and strategy,” says Scott Gates, president of Western Window Systems. “There isn’t a part of our business she hasn’t helped to make better. More than that, she has built an incredible team that makes our company better every day.”
Zorge was recognized at an awards dinner held November 1.
Industry Remembers Kim Flanary
Members of the door and window related industries mourn the death of long-time American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) member Kim Flanary. Flanary, who was director of engineering at Milgard Windows and Doors, where he worked for 25 years, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, of a heart attack.
Flanary attended his first AAMA event in 2004 and was recognized with the Outstanding Member award in 2014, which is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves in their work and dedication to the advancement of AAMA and the industry. He also served as Chairman of the Board from 2013-14, in addition to numerous other leadership, committee and task group positions, and was a member of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA).
Flanary’s wife, Janet, also attended AAMA events and is well loved by its members, their spouses and staff. He is also survived by two daughters— Danielle and Desiree.
A celebration of Flanary’s life was held for extended family and friends, December 9.
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