Ones to Watch September 2021

September 7th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

Associations

WDMA Recognizes Mikkelson with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) presented Mark Mikkelson with the James Krahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Mikkelson is director of corporate regulatory affairs for Andersen Corp. First given to James Krahn from Marvin, the award recognizes individuals who have devoted significant time, energy and effort to creating and achieving the strategic initiatives of the association, and who are distinguished in their selflessness and vision for both WDMA and the industry as a whole. Mikkelson received the award for his many years of service to WDMA, where he currently serves as chair of its regulatory affairs committee. He has also held other leadership roles with the association, including on several codes and standards committees.

Mikkelson was presented the award by last year’s recipient, Steve Strawn.

“Mark has great personal integrity and competency in knowing his subject matter. These traits have led to him earning the personal respect of his peers, and that is the true characteristic of a leader,” said Strawn.

FGIA Restructures Staff

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announced a restructuring of several staff positions. As part of the restructuring, Kathy Krafka Harkema was promoted from U.S. codes and regulatory affairs manager to the newly-created position of U.S. technical operations director. Krafka Harkema retains her work pertaining to regulatory monitoring and reporting, but cedes some codes work to International Code Council (ICC) and Florida code consultant Jen Hatfield, officials said.

“Kathy has been a wonderful addition to FGIA’s staff since joining the technical department,” said Janice Yglesias, FGIA’s executive director. “I look forward to seeing her apply her unique skillset and experience to this new role with an increased focus on operational management, including financials, project management and employee development.”

Krafka Harkema began her tenure at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in January 2019. Rich Rinka, FGIA’s technical manager, fenestration standards and U.S. industry affairs, now focuses on technical document development and industry organization collaboration.

Executives

Ultrafab Names DeMello CEO of Global Weather Sealing Company

Ultrafab, manufacturer of textile-based and extruded sealing products, named company president Alan DeMello its CEO. DeMello, who joined the company as a product manager in 1996, was named vice president of sales, marketing and product development in 1999, serving as president of Ultrafab since 2009. He also has served on Ultrafab’s Board of Directors since 1999. Prior to joining Ultrafab, DeMello held management and technical roles in the area of coextruded profiles. He holds Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in business
management and industrial arts education.

Tom Horton, who previously held the joint titles of CEO and chairperson, will now focus on serving as Ultrafab’s board chairperson, also overseeing critical infrastructure and IT projects.

Management

FeneTech Adds to Management

FeneTech Inc. named John Markowski to the newly-created position of director of implementation services. The Aurora, Ohio-based software company also promoted Alex Dangelo to group manager of its applications team.

Markowski, a graduate of the University of Toledo, joined FeneTech in 2004, where he has held positions as an applications engineer and an applications group manager. In his new role, he is responsible for the collective operations of the applications groups and the customer care group. Dangelo is a graduate of The Ohio State University, but began his career with FeneTech as a co-op. After graduating from college, he joined the applications group full-time and became an applications engineer and project manager.

“It’s always exciting to celebrate talent, especially the talent of two individuals who have contributed so much to the success of our business,” says Ron Crowl, president and CEO.

Kudos

EY Names Altieri a Finalist for Entrepreneur of The Year 2021

Joe Altieri, founder and president of FlexScreen, is a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 East Central Award. Now in its 35th year, the program honors “business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult us from the now to next and beyond,” according to the company. Altieri was selected by a panel of independent judges.

Award winners were announced amid a special virtual celebration held August 5, 2021.

“This is a dream opportunity, and I’m honored to be a finalist,” said Altieri.

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