Vitro America, Memphis, promoted Arturo Carrillo to president. Chief financial officer since 2005, he has been with Vitro for seven years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University. He replaces Luis Gonzalez, president since 2003, who elected to leave Vitro effective Feb. 28, 2010. Throughout his 25-year career, Gonzalez held positions with both the Glass Container and Flat Glass divisions in different capacities.
Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., named Scott Thomsen group vice president for North American flat glass operations, a new position at the company. Thomsen will oversee all aspects of flat glass including facilities, fabrication, marketing, sales, financial, business development and services. Additionally, he will continue to oversee Guardian’s Science & Technology Center in Carleton, Mich.
Thomsen's first initiative was to establish his North American Flat Glass leadership team. This includes:
Martin Powell, vice president, sales and marketing. Powell has 27 years of experience at Guardian, most recently at Guardian Building Products where he created world-class sales, marketing and distribution programs.
Jim West, senior director, channel and business development. West developed Guardian’s solar product segment from inception. In this new role, he will be responsible for market research and business analysis to help the company define its business model for the mature North American market.
Jim Pettis, senior director, North American fabrication facilities. Pettis has a long tenure with Guardian domestically and overseas. He will oversee Guardian’s fabrication plants and create a commercial paradigm for their success.
Joe Bruce, vice president, flat glass services, which includes purchasing, logistics, regulatory, environmental and related activities. Bruce has held numerous roles in his 25 years at Guardian, and will also retain his responsibilities as vice president of global purchasing.
Before joining Guardian, Thomsen held senior R&D, operations and management positions at Optical Imaging Systems, Honeywell and Hughes Electronics.
Infinite Edge Technologies
Infinite Edge Technologies, White Bear Lake, Minn., appointed Raimo Nieminen president. He comes to IET with more than 25 years of global sales and management experience in the glass equipment business, most recently as vice president of solar energy at Glaston Oy, Finland. He will manage the company and oversee the introduction of IET’s warm edge spacer systems to the commercial and residential markets.
Rebco Inc., Paterson, N.J., promoted Anthony Stolarz to president. He succeeds Peter Bonzani, who will remain with the company in a part-time consulting capacity. Stolarz began his career with Rebco more than 25 years ago and has served as a salesman and vice president of sales during his tenure.
Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, promoted Ramsey Bader to director, international sales and marketing, from international market manager. He will cover the company’s expansion efforts in various markets, including all international areas outside of the Americas, Europe and the United Kingdom. He has been with Edgetech since 2003.
The Wagner Cos.
Andrew Chatfield joined the Wagner Cos., Milwaukee, as director of architectural glass systems. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for the strategic growth of the new department, focusing primarily on stainless steel, structural glass assembly products produced by Linox Technology of Australia. He comes to Wagner with more than 25 years of technical and sales management experience in the international glass hardware industry. Previously, he was affiliated with Dorma-Glas Geze GmbH and WSS GmbH as a director of their architectural glass systems.
Giroux Glass Inc.
Giroux Glass Inc., Los Angeles, hired Caleb King and Don Farrar.
Farrar joined the company as manager of the sales and estimating team. With more than 25 years in the industry, he has held numerous sales and project management positions, having worked for PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; Model Glass, Anaheim, Calif.; Harmon, Minneapolis; and MEI.
YKK AP America
YKK AP America, Austell, Ga., created two positions to further reinforce and expand its ProTek and enerGfacade product families. Officials named Mike Gilbert as brand manager of the company's hurricane and blast mitigation line of commercial products, ProTek, and David Warden as brand manager of its recently launched enerGfacade energy-efficient fenestration line.
Gilbert and Warden will focus on product positioning and offer training and education in the marketplace about the growing relevance and important role of fenestration in the protection and energy efficiency of the built environment.
Gilbert joined YKK AP in 1993 as a customer service representative and for the past 12 years has helped Georgia’s architects and glazing contractors in his position of architectural sales representative.
Before his assignment to enerGfacade brand manager, Warden held numerous positions at YKK AP, including product marketing engineer, applications engineer and special projects engineer.
Tim Sartori joined Basco Shower Enclosures, Mason, Ohio, as sales account manager. His primary responsibilities will include managing accounts in Basco’s glass division in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. He joined the company nine years ago, handling sales for the local builder market. He was recently elected president of the Home Builders Association of Cincinnati.
Erdman Automation, Princeton, Minn., named Michael Schmidt as its new IG Machine sales specialist. He will focus on expanding the Erdman IG equipment offering for residential and commercial applications. In addition to managing a glass fabricating facility, he spent many years in the glass industry applying process solutions and equipment sales for Lisec America Inc.
C.R. Laurence Co.
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. promoted Dora Lara to the position of Spanish business manager. She will spearhead efforts to translate CRL’s Web site and computer files, as well as other documents and materials, to Spanish. Previously, she worked for more than three years as a trainer and translator in CRL’s human resources department, where she translated CRL marketing media, including print and video products, into Spanish. She also supported CRL’s overall training program.
Stylmark Inc., Minneapolis, added Gary Gray Sales, Kelly Associates Inc. and C.A. Haller Inc. to its sales organization. Gary Gray Sales will promote and market Stylmark's aluminum, steel and lighting products to the glass and glazing industry in Northern California and Nevada. Kelly Associates will promote and market its products in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Southern Illinois. C.A. Haller will promote and market Stylmark products to the glass and glazing industry in Michigan.
Robert Mitchell (Mitch) McQueen, an architectural sales representative with Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., passed away unexpectedly Jan. 25 at the age of 47. He worked closely with Viracon clients throughout the south-eastern United States.