Ones to Watch November/December 2021

November 9th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs


FGIA Mourns Rosenberg

Mendel Rosenberg, former president of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), has passed away. Rosenberg is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sandra, their children, Renee and Stuart, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was 92 years old.

“Mendel was both an inspiring person and a dedicated member of the industry,” said FGIA executive director Janice Yglesias. “He lived a long and successful life, coming from a painful upbringing during a dark time in world history to becoming emblematic of the American dream as a prominent business owner in St. Louis.”

Rosenberg was a German-born, Lithuanian-raised Holocaust survivor who detailed his experience in his memoir, “Thriver: My Journey Through Holocaust Nightmare to American Dream.” He was dedicated to speaking with children at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. Despite extreme hardships in his early life, he came to the U.S. and served in the military during the Korean War. “I very much wanted to serve the nation that had come to my rescue just six years before,” he said.

Rosenberg served as AAMA president from 1988 to 1989 and was the recipient of the association’s Outstanding Member Award in 1984. At that time, he was the owner of Deslan Aluminum Products in St. Louis.


PGT Welcomes Kowalewski

PGT Innovations has named Eric Kowalewski as executive vice president of Florida operations. Kowalewski has more than 20 years of experience in executive roles, including eight years in the building products industry, where PGT officials say he was successful in developing high-performance teams and cutting-edge global supply chains. He also led multi-site and multi-national manufacturing locations.

Most recently, Kowalewski served as senior vice president of operations for Cornerstone Building Brands’ residential group, where he was responsible for safety, manufacturing, strategic sourcing, purchasing, engineering, new product development, logistics, quality, forecasting, process improvement and automation for 23 plants.

Kowalewski received his M.B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Ohio University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is based out of PGT corporate headquarters in Venice, Fla.

Masonite Names Ball as President, Global Residential

Chris Ball has joined Masonite International Corp. as its president, global residential. Ball replaces James A. “Tony” Hair, who submitted his resignation in August.

Ball was most recently president of the americas for Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., where he led the North America, Latin America, and global commercial truck business units. Prior to joining Cooper Tire, he served in various roles at Whirlpool Corp., including leadership of sales and operations for the KitchenAid small appliance business and general management of the North America laundry unit,  Whirlpool’s largest unit.

Ball earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and international studies from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Information Technology

Roto Frank of America Adds to IT

Roto Frank of America Inc. welcomed two new specialists to its information technology team. Dmitrii Avalishvili joins the company as helpdesk specialist. He has more than 10 years of experience, proactively combating and reducing viruses and improving systems reliability, officials said, including seven years as senior IT administrator for Geyser-Telecom. David Hoffman is Roto’s new network administrator. He previously spent nine years with Propark Mobility, most recently as a network administrator and network engineer. Hoffman graduated from Manchester Community College with a degree in computer networking technology. Avalishvili and Hoffman both report to Jim Bisaccia, Roto North America’s IT manager.


ICC Elects New Board Members

The International Code Council (ICC) selected new officers and directors for its board of directors amid the organization’s annual business meeting at its annual conference in Pittsburgh.

Cindy Davis was elected president. Davis is deputy director of the Virginia Division of Building and Fire Regulations. She also serves on the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Michael Wich, director of Building Code Administration and chief building official of the South Central Planning and Development Commission in Houma, La., was elected vice president.

Stuart Tom was elected secretary and treasurer. Tom is the plan check coordinator for the City of Burbank, Calif., and a registered engineer in the states of Washington and California.

Other newly elected and re-elected members include Benjamin Breadmore, director at large, Kris Bridges, Section E director, Randy Metz, Section A director, Jim Sayers, director at large, and David Spencer, director at large.

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