Ones to Watch May/June 2019

July 15th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

Human Resources

PGT Innovations: hired Rachel Evans as vice president of human resources. As such, Evans is now responsible for all activities across the company’s Southeast region. Evans has more than 25 years of experience within the sector, including as vice president of human resources for Ohio-based Fortune Brands Home and Security. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a professional certification in human resources.

Sales and Marketing

The Marvin Companies: recently appointed Jackie Schneider vice president of marketing. Schneider works directly with president Darrin Peterson to support the organization’s growth among door and window sales. She has more than 15 years of building industry experience and will be responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of marketing strategies. Schneider was previously the director of brand marketing for the Heat and Glo brand at Hearth and Home Technologies.

Sunrise Windows and Doors: promoted Nikki Domanus to marketing communications manager. Domanus joined the Temperance, Mich.-based company in July of 2015 as a graphic designer, but quickly moved into a marketing communications specialist role. A 1993 graduate of Illinois State University, officials say she’s excelled at copywriting and branding over the years. In sales, the company brought in Daniel McPeake as a territory manager for Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of the Florida panhandle, and Brian Kemp as  territory manager for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. McPeake has 20 years’ worth of experience in building materials, including the last ten years with Simonton Doors and Windows as a district sales manager. Kemp has a background in home improvement retail sales and spent 14 years as an entrepreneur.

OmniGlass SCT: landed Tracy Rogers as its director of U.S. sales and marketing. Along with the development of programs aimed at promoting the company’s fiberglass fenestration products across the U.S., officials say Rogers is also responsible for expanding and building new relationships on several of its most important accounts. He came to OmniGlass from Keystone Certifications, where he held the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Officials say he significantly increased year-over-year sales growth at Keystone. Rogers has more than 30 years’ worth of experience on both the supplier and manufacturer sides of the industry.

P.H. Tech: hired John St. John to serve as its new regional sales manager for the Northeastern and Midwestern markets. St. John, who has been in the industry for 27 years, is now responsible for the company’s existing customer base, while expanding its P.H. Tech line of products.

Roto North America: Promoted Juergen Schairer from a managerial position to the role of director of product innovation and sales engineering. As such, Schairer’s focus will include development of European products, and sales engineering for products sold across North America.

YKK AP America: recently expanded its residential sales and customer service team with the addition of three new hires. Twenty-year industry veterans Michael West and Kyle Peterson are now residential sales representatives for the states of North Carolina and Florida, respectively. Meanwhile, Shurnell James joined the company as its customer service manager for the residential division.

Operations

Winco Windows: announced the promotion of Woody Miller to vice president of operational and facilities development. With plans to evolve its manufacturing systems, officials for the St. Louis-based producer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows say Miller will work closely with Brian Scott and Sharon Gamble to integrate new equipment, technologies and processes. As a former owner and operator of a construction company, as well as a property developer and consultant, Miller was named among St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2019.

Associations

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA): made numerous personnel-related announcements in the first half of 2019—starting with recognitions. At the close of February, the association paused amid its 82nd annual conference to recognize Mike DeSoto, chief operating officer for MI Windows and Doors, with its Outstanding Member Award. Meanwhile, the Distinguished Service Award for the architectural products group was presented to Robert Jutras, principal engineer of building envelope performance for CLEB Laboratory Inc., and Mark Fortun, manager of code compliance for Endura Products Inc., was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for residential products. The Distinguished Service Award for marketing went to Josh Wignall, director of marketing for EFCO Corp.

In March, the association’s board of directors voted unanimously to designate former association leader Kim Flanary an honorary member. Flanary, who passed away in November, is now the 14th person in AAMA’s history to receive such a designation.

In April, association officials announced that Donnie Hunter, director of global product management for Kawneer, had been appointed its new chairman. At the same time, Janice Yglesias was named executive director. Yglesias has now served the association for 20 years, most recently as its executive vice president.

Fenestration Canada: recently announced that Mike Bruno, president of Everlast Aluminum Ltd., has been appointed to its executive committee. Bruno will serve for the remainder of the 2018-19 term.

The Vinyl Institute: hired Domenic DeCaria, a chemical engineer with a business background, as its new technical director. Reporting to Rich Krock, vice president of technical and regulatory affairs, DeCaria works on technical, standards and regulatory matters related to material science, recycling, sustainability and other core priorities, officials say.

Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA): announced in early April that Bob Lewis, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Masonite International Corp., was elected the association’s chairman for the next two years. The election was held at the association’s Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Executive Appointments

Forel North America

Marco Schiavon was appointed CEO of Forel North America, where he now oversees the operations of the company’s St. Paul, Minn., and Toronto, Ontario, locations.

Schiavon has been with the company for more than 30 years, across numerous positions. Officials say he was selected for his abilities to further the company’s development in North America, while increasing the efficiency of its customer service across the U.S. and Canada.

Fortune Brands Home and Security Inc.

In what company officials suggest is a focus on continued growth, Fortune Brands Home and Security Inc. (parent company to Therma-Tru Doors)
announced in March several promotions to key leadership positions—including the appointment of Nicholas Fink to president and chief
operating officer.

Fink, who joined Fortune Brands in 2015, reports to CEO Christopher Klein, who continues to lead core portfolio strategies and focus on broader
opportunities. Since its inception in 2018, officials say, as president of the global plumbing group, Fink posted nearly $1.9 billion in sales.

Milestones

Nick Luchonok: a co-manager from Oakland, N.J., was named by 84 Lumber as the company’s Rookie of the Year. Luchonok began with 84 in
January 2018 as a manager trainee in Lords Valley, Pa., before being promoted to co-manager in Oakland, N.J., last August.

Glenn Miner: director of construction for Vitro Architectural Glass, retired recently. Over the course of his 39-year career with the company,
Miner says that the biggest joys and strengths came from the people he worked with every day. In retirement, he plans to visit both of his daughters,
who live in Europe, and to hike and travel around the U.S. with his dog and camera.

Robert Doyon: cofounder and creator of Atis Group, has announced that he will retire in the second quarter of 2019. “The strength of Atis
Group is that we put the team before the individual,” Doyon says. “There are not enough words to express my gratitude for everyone’s excellent
work and support over the past 16 years.”

Board Changes

The Marvin Companies: recently announced the addition of Kirsten Castillo and Russ Becker to its board of directors. Castillo previously served as the CEO of Logistics Planning Services (LPS) and now serves on the board of advisors for the Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke University. Becker is the president and CEO of APi Group Inc., a North American-based specialty contractor. He also serves on the Children’s Hospitals Foundation board, and the Liberty Diversified Industries and Advisory board of directors for the Engineering School at Michigan Technical University.

Roto Group: announced several key shifts lately, including the appointment of Marcus Sander to the role of chairperson of the board of directors for Roto Frank Window and Door Technology GmbH. An external candidate, Sander brings both management and international expertise to the position, officials say. He most recently served as president and CEO for VAG Group, a global supplier of valves and hydrants for the water industry.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC): added two members to its 2019 board of directors, amid its three-day spring committee meeting in Baltimore. Anthony Cinnamon, principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., joined the board, as did Lisa Winckler, director of product management and industry affairs at Eastman Chemical Company.

Jeld-Wen: announced in February that Kirk S. Hachigian, non-executive chairman, would retire from its board of directors in May of 2019. The board selected Matthew Ross (who joined the board of directors in 2011) to succeed Hachigian.

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