Wojan Window & Door Long-Time Sales VP to RetireFebruary 13th, 2023 by Editor
Wojan Window & Door has announced the retirement of vice president of sales Rick Pagano. A more than 50-year veteran of the fenestration and building products industries, Pagano has led Wojan’s sales team for fourteen years and will be succeeded by current regional sales manager Jeff Collis.
Pagano started in the lumber industry right out of high school and while earning his degree in college. He spent most of his career in operations and sales, working his way up through some notable organizations into general management and sales leadership roles. He’s been involved in numerous industry associations throughout his career and worked as a trainer for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA, now the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance). Pagano joined Wojan Window & Door in 2009, where company officials say he has been instrumental in cultivating significant growth.
“Rick was a tremendous asset for Wojan right from the beginning,” said Wojan’s vice president of business operations, Mike Wojan. “He’s played a pivotal role in expanding our reach not only by growing our sales team, but also by being closely involved when we’ve launched new products and by building our brand within the architectural community. We’ll miss him for sure … there aren’t many people with his kind of industry knowledge and influence.”
Pagano’s plan, like many retirees, is to enjoy his family and favorite pastimes.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating my 49th anniversary this year and spending some more time in service to my church and the community. I’ll be retired but expect to keep my toes in the water, so to speak, as an industry consultant on occasion,” he said.
His retirement will be effective February 24, 2023.
Collis, Pagano’s successor, first served as an independent sales rep for Wojan before coming on full time in 2012. He has served as regional sales manager since 2019, overseeing a number of reps and territories in the Midwest. He was also once a partner in a glazing business, so his knowledge and experience go well beyond the sales role, officials said.