Ones to Watch March 2019

July 14th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

ORGANIZATIONS

NFRC Adds New Board Members

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) elected two new members to its board of directors for 2019— John Gordon and Ravi Srinivasan. Gordon has been with the Council for four years, participating in multiple work and task groups. Srinivasan serves on the ANSI standards committee and is a tenured associate professor, teaching info about low-energy and net-zero buildings at the M.E. Rinker School of Construction Management at the University of Florida.

AAMA Appoints Krafka Harkema

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has hired Kathy Krafka Harkema as its codes and regulatory affairs manager. In addition to her primary responsibility of helping the organization to evaluate the impacts of various code and regulatory agencies. She began overseeing the efforts of the association’s code consultants on January 14, 2019.

Krafka Harkema has worked with the association’s engineering, codes and regulatory teams to understand the technical and performance aspects of fenestration products and, “is adept at translating this information into easily understood language,” AAMA’s technical manager Steven Saffell says.

Krafka Harkema will serve as a staff liaison for a number of AAMA code and regulatory groups and will lead member activities to facilitate the development of consensus AAMA positions on key issues. She will also develop AAMA social media posts, industry media articles and columns based on the overall scope of codes and regulatory work, as well as coordinate possible AAMA interactions with the International Code Council and state agencies, such as Florida, Texas and California.

MANUFACTURERS

Viwinco Advances Duncan’s

Viwinco recently announced the appointment of Michael Duncan Jr. as its new general manager, succeeding former general manager Michael Duncan Sr., who now serves as chief operating officer. Officials for the Morgantown, Pa.-based company says Michael Duncan Jr., who will now serve as its director of sales and marketing.

Duncan Jr. has been with Viwinco since 2007, gaining experience across customer service, sales, marketing, research and development. At the start of 2018, he was selected to be on the company’s board of directors.

Duncan Sr. has been with the company since 1982, initially as plant manager, then across additional positions, ranging from marketing to manufacturing. Company officials say he is responsible for many of Viwinco’s products and features, including its patented Tilt-n-Lock technology.

Hart Retires from Billco

Officials for Billco announced in December 2018 that Bobby Hart has retired from the company. Hart began with the company 44 years ago—the day after his 18th birthday— initially in general labor, running errands, sweeping floors and doing whatever was needed, his peers say. After about a year, he then moved into assembly, where he spent his entire career with the company. Hart recalls that he started at the wage of $3.12 per hour.

Although he is looking forward to his retirement, Hart said he will miss his friends, noting that many of them are closer than family to him.

MACHINERY COMPANIES

Stürtz Announces Two New Appointments Stürtz Machinery Inc. recently announced two new additions: Tony Mehringer as vice president of sales and marketing, and Brendan Kirven to the newly-created position of operations manager.

Mehringer has been in the fenestration industry for more than 25 years, will be responsible for managing and further developing machinery sales in North America. Kirven, who has more than 20 years of experience in the PVC machinery industry, will be responsible for engineering, project management, manufacturing and service. Kirven initially joined Stürtz as a mechanical engineer and has served in many roles, most recently including project management, providing interface between sales, engineering, manufacturing and customers.

GED Closes 2018 with 30 New Hires

Officials for GED Integrated Solutions Inc. (GED) reported hiring more than 30 employees over the course of 2018,including several key management positions. As director of customer service, Bradly Duguay now plans, and manages service department operations.

Other additions to the company include Daniel McLean, who joined in a new product marketing manager position, Dean O’Malley, who was hired as manufacturing manager, and Trevor Kropf now serves as a regional sales manager for the company’s Canadian territory.

In the software and mechanical engineering departments, the company added Ryan Malov, Evan Moore and TJ Sae-Kho.

IAS Names New President

Ryan McHugh was recently named president of Integrated Automation Systems (IAS), a glass fabrication and gas filling equipment solutions provider that’s based in Bedford Heights, Ohio. McHugh previously served as the company’s vice president of sales.

“Ryan has been doing this for five years and performing most of the tasks of running the company,” says IAS founder and CEO Mike McHugh.
“People have stopped referring to him as my son and started calling me his father. It’s time to make it official.”

During Ryan’s tenure with the company, it has seen substantial growth, company officials say—doubling in size to nearly two dozen products and an additional building.

EXECUTIVE CHANGES

KMR Names Casey Flores European Sales Manager

Casey Flores has been named the European sales manager for Key Media and Research’s (KMR) titles, including DWM magazine, effective (www.dwmmag.com) January 1, 2019. Flores has been with Key Media and Research (KMR) since June 2014 and served as an editor for the company before moving into a full-time sales role in 2016. He succeeds Patrick Connelly who retired at the end of last year after more than 30 years with the company.

Flores was already responsible for sales in the Asian, South American, Middle Eastern and African territories for DWM and KMR’s five other publications.

Flores is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communication studies and is currently enrolled in Harvard Extension School online pursuant to a graduate degree in international relations. He is based in Pittsburgh.

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