Best Project Manager Finalists
In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program includes people award categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep. After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors are asking you to decide the winners.
Here are the nominees for the new Best Project Manager Glass Magazine Award. The nominees are counting on your votes so read all about them, then CLICK ON THE VOTE BEST PROJECT MANAGER ICON at the bottom of the page.
VOTING CLOSES JULY 31 AT 5 P.M. EST.
R. Wayne Drysen, Project Foreman, Center Glass Co., No. 3
Drysen supervised the glass installation at the East Contra Costa County Justice Center in California.
Job responsibilities: As project foreman for Center Glass Co., Drysen oversees, coordinates and manages the company’s 17 installers on all major projects.
Winning qualities: Drysen started working in the glass industry in 1990 in Orange County, Calif. He has been part of the Center Glass team in Honolulu since 1994, first as a journeyman glazier, and since 2007 as the company’s lead foreman. “Wayne has a unique ability to organize and lead a team in a manner that optimizes their performance while accommodating the needs of the customer, always with an eye on the bottom line,” says Ron Leaverton, president of Center Glass. Glaziers are happy to follow Drysen’s lead, and customers and subcontractors enjoy working with him. Leaverton says Drysen is an accurate and forward-thinking planner who can balance the long-term best interests of his employer, coworkers, customers and family. “Two things sum up Wayne’s expertise: his projects come in on time and on budget, and our repeat customers ask for him on their projects,” Leaverton says.
Achievements: “Wayne has supervised the installation of Center Glass Co.’s most visible projects, including the Capitol Place and Trump towers in Honolulu, and the East Contra Costa County and South County Justice Centers,” Leaverton says. Since last September, Drysen has been busy on Center Glass’ Porterville Courthouse project, personally performing much of the layout work and assuring that the work done by the 17 glaziers he oversees is done properly.
Stanley (Stan) Levinson, senior estimator and project manager, Glassolutions Unlimited Corp.
Levinson oversaw the $16 million renovation of Westchester Community College.
Job responsibilities: Levinson is the senior estimator and project manager for Glassolutions. He also oversees the company’s drafting department and is involved with material purchasing and shop fabrication.
Winning qualities: With more than 60 years of experience in the glass and metal industry, Levinson brings unmatched knowledge and expertise to Glassolutions, according to his coworkers. Before joining Glassolutions 12 years ago, Levinson owned and operated a contract glazing firm in Sullivan County, N.Y. “Stan’s special skills include his superior ability to communicate with our major vendors to ensure cost-effective purchasing and critical on-time delivery of materials to meet project schedules,” says owner and CEO George Distefano. Distefano also notes that Levinson’s long career has led to his strong reputation throughout the Hudson Valley as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in his field. “I feel Stan’s contributions to our industry, as well as to the success of our business, combined with his energy…warrants recognition,” Distefano says. “I think this award would be a fitting one for a man who has been so well respected during his career and is still working at 80 years young.”
Achievements: Levinson has managed many significant projects during his career, including several hospitals, schools, government facilities and large commercial buildings. Most recently, Levinson managed a $16 million renovation of Westchester Community College in Valhalla, N.Y. For this project, Levinson oversaw the estimating, design, fabrication and installation of the curtain wall, entrances, architectural metal, and exterior and interior glazing. Distefano says, “His outstanding ability to coordinate the scope of his work with other trades, the general contractor and construction manager made the project a profitable and successful one.”
Ryan Thomassen, project manager and regional supervisor, EFCO Corp., a Pella company
Thomassen recently oversaw the Wrigley Building and Historical Landmark renovation project.
Job responsibilities: As a project manager for EFCO, Thomassen oversees product from the design stage through structural review, contract negotiations, manufacturing and installation. He also supervises three other project managers on assigned projects.
Winning qualities: Thomassen’s supervisor, Erick Randles, senior special projects operations manager, says, “Ryan is diligent in executing customer satisfaction through high-performance teamwork.”
Achievements: “It was Thomassen’s management of the recent Wrigley Building and Historical Landmark renovation project that spurred his supervisor to nominate him for a Glass Magazine Award. “Ryan has been involved with the project from the onset of renovation,” Randles says. “Based on the extreme logistical challenges required to not only produce but to stock the material at the jobsite, extensive work had to be done upfront to ensure the production schedule aligned with the customers’ expectations. [Ryan expertly managed the project] among daily challenges that included unforeseen conditions due to removal of existing openings, occupied space tenants, evolving schedules and inclement weather.”