Ones to Watch May/June 2022May 20th, 2022 by Nathan Hobbs
Jeld-Wen Announces CFO Transition and New Leader for European Business
Jeld-Wen announced that William (Bill) Christensen joined the company as executive vice president and president of Jeld-Wen Europe. David Guernsey, currently executive vice president and president of Jeld-Wen Europe, will serve as acting chief financial officer (CFO) following the resignation of John Linker as the company searches for a permanent replacement.
Guernsey joined the company in 2019 as senior vice president and president, Europe, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2020. Before joining the company, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand), including vice president and CFO for residential and commercial business in North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Christensen most recently served as CEO and group executive board chair of REHAU AG, a privately held Swiss-based global manufacturer. He has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management roles comprising general management, finance, sales and marketing in both public and private companies.
Cholley Takes the Reins at SWISSPACER
Francis Cholley was named managing director for warm edge manufacturer SWISSPACER, part of the Saint-Gobain group. Cholley succeeds Victoria Renz-Kiefel, who assumed the role of director of systems and solutions at Saint-Gobain Germany.
Renz-Kiefel took over management of SWISSPACER in spring 2020, steering the company through the coronavirus crisis and laying the foundations for many important transformations, officials said.
Cholley, who has been with Saint-Gobain for 28 years, worked in various positions and organizations, most recently in the region of Asia. He recently served at SageGlass, a specialist for electrochromic glazing. In his first few weeks, he will manage SWISSPACER together with Renz-Kiefel to ensure a smooth transition.
ODL Welcomes Volkema as VP of Finance
ODL Inc. named Dan Volkema as vice president of finance. In his new role, Volkema provides leadership for all financial activities. He comes to ODL from Whirlpool Corp., where he spent six years in commercial reporting and analytics, sales channel finance, and managing financial operations for 14 North American manufacturing locations.
Previously, Volkema worked at Deloitte as an audit manager before receiving a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Billco Hires Rogers as Glass Solutions Specialist
Billco hired Tracy Rogers to serve as a glass solutions specialist. As a fenestration industry expert, Rogers has worked for both manufacturers and component suppliers over the years in various technical, sales, and marketing capacities. Prior to Billco, he served as vice president of sales and marketing for Keystone Certifications, director of industry relations and advanced technology for Quanex Building Products, and technical director for Edgetech IG. Throughout his career, Rogers has been actively involved in leadership positions with multiple industry associations, including board positions. In his new role with Billco, he is responsible for sales and customer support for fenestration customers throughout North America.
Lamatek Introduces New Sales Rep for Eastern Canada
Lamatek welcomed Mathieu Hébert, owner of Lolex Sales Agency, as one of its newest sales representatives. Hebert specializes in fenestration sales for the French-Canadian market.
A New Brunswick native, Hébert is dedicated to lending bilingual sales support to manufacturers in the Eastern provinces of Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.
Powell Joins A+W Software as Project Manager
A+W Software appointed Loren Powell as project manager for A+W Cantor and A+W Clarity.
A veteran of the glass and fenestration industries, Powell has experience in project managing installations. He communicates with all stakeholders, mapping timelines, assessing project risks and opportunities, and executing each phase of the project life cycle.
“I am excited to make a difference with the A+W Team,” Powell says. “I have worked in glass manufacturing for the past seven-plus years. During that time, I’ve implemented software solutions across multiple locations. Now I’m eager to employ my experience on the other side of the equation—the vendor side.”
Plant Manager Promotion at Milgard
Milgard Windows & Doors promoted Patrick Heninger to plant manager at its Simi Valley facility.
Heninger joined the company as a temporary worker more than 20 years ago, then was promoted numerous times over the years after becoming a permanent team member. He began as a file clerk before moving to screen expediter. From there, he worked in purchasing and was a senior buyer before advancing to supervisor, now overseeing nearly 400 team members.
Weather Shield Mourns the Loss of Founder
Weather Shield Windows and Doors announced the passing of its founder, Edward “Lee” Schield.
Company officials describe Schield as having had a “passion for this industry” and attribute the company’s success to his “entrepreneurial spirit.” Schield took a hands-on approach to his business and was most comfortable when he was touring his manufacturing facilities, they add, suggesting that “Lee loved to talk windows and doors with anyone who would listen. He especially enjoyed spending time with the people making his windows.”
When Schield was not in a manufacturing facility, he could be found enjoying nature. Hunting and fishing were his favorite pastimes. Schield was a deeply religious man whose Christian values guided him to give back to the communities he served. In 1999, Schield and his employees established the Lives Inspired Through Employees (LITE) Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides local assistance to area organizations in need. Schield is survived by Clarice, his wife of 68 years, and his three sons, Brian, Kevin, and Mark. He was 88 years old.
Cornerstone Mourns the Death of Steinhafel
Art Steinhafel, president of U.S. Windows and Doors, passed away April 3.
“As president of U.S. Windows and Doors, Art’s accomplishments were many. More importantly, though, were the many people and lives he touched, the careers he helped shape, and the customers he was so committed to serving. He will be missed tremendously. On behalf of our executive management team and employees, we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to his family,” said Cornerstone Building Brands president and CEO Rose Lee. Steinhafel was 53 years old.
Quanex Announces Promotions
Quanex promoted several members of its customer service team.
Irish Rubright was promoted from customer service manager to inside sales manager. In her new position, she is responsible for directing the development of standardized processes. She continues to manage the customer service team.
Tonya Edwards was promoted from senior customer service representative to customer service supervisor. In her new position, she supervises the customer service team throughout IG Systems to develop a strong rapport with internal and external customers.
Sarah Swigert was promoted to import/export compliance manager for the North American Fenestration sector. In her new position, she is responsible for developing import and export compliance programs across North America.
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