Hires, promotions and appointments
January 28, 2009

PPG Industries

Officials at PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, announced that Gary Danowski, director, global operations, aerospace, became vice president, performance glazings. He reports to Senior Vice President Victoria M. Holt and is based at the Harmar, Pa., glass business and discovery center. Danowski joined PPG in 1982 as a production engineer, became an automotive glass sales engineer in 1988 and a superintendent at a former PPG automotive glass plant in 1991. In 1994, Danowski moved to Paris as director, market development, for PPG's European glass business, returning to the United States in 1997 as plant manager of PPG's former Meadville, Pa., glass manufacturing facility. He was appointed director, new products and services, flat glass—now the performance glazings business—in 2001; director, production, automotive OEM glass, in 2003; and director, global operations, aerospace, in 2007.


IBA Consultants

IBA Consultants Inc., Las Vegas, named Gary Shaw regional account manager for the West Coast. Shaw works out of the company's Las Vegas office and is responsible for projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Shaw, who joined IBA in 2001, previously served as regional account manager, West Florida. He has 23 years experience in the glass industry.


Curtain Wall Design and Consulting

Curtain Wall Design and Consulting Inc., Dallas, announced the promotion of Ronald Ochotorena to associate. Ronald previously served as a senior project manager at CDC for more than nine years. He has been in the curtain-wall business for more than 20 years.  


The Glass Guru

The Glass Guru Franchise Systems Inc., Roseville, Calif., hired Chris Montgomery as vice president of operations. A window and door specialist, Montgomery has 12 years of experience working with manufacturers, industry professionals and homeowners in product performance, design and consulting roles. With a focus on franchisee support, he aims to increase productivity and national sales through advanced training, improved vendor relations and the implementation of new systems.

JE Berkowitz LP

The Rutgers Institute for Management and Executive Development, Camden, N.J., has named Edwin J. Berkowitz chair of JE Berkowitz LP, Pedricktown N.J., as the 2009 Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Rutgers Family Business Institute.

Berkowitz will contribute direction at Rutgers to help shape effective programming for members of family-owned and closely held businesses in southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. He also will participate in public events and CEO roundtable sessions offered by the Rutgers Family Business Institute.


Bohle America

Dana Barberet joined Bohle America Inc., Charlotte, N.C., as director of sales for industrial cutting. He is responsible for developing the Silberschnitt brand of products and growing its market share in North America. Prior to joining Bohle America, Barberet spent 18 years at Fletcher-Terry.

The company has also opened a West Coast office headed by Rick Nelson, a longtime product manager for various global suppliers to the glass industry. As the sales and operations manager for the West Coast facility, he develops the customer base on the West Coast and provides client services and technical support.

In addition, Bob Disney joins the company as southeastern sales manager operating out of the head office in Charlotte, N.C. He is responsible for strengthening the company’s presence in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, South Virginia, Georgia and Florida. He has more than 21 years experience in the glass and glazing industry.


Bystronic glass

Officials at Bystronic glass appointed Giuseppe Viggiani regional market director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He succeeds Martin Heim.

Viggiani's previous positions include area sales manager, Latin America, for Siemens, as well as management positions with elevator manufacturer Schindler and the Swiss rail freight provider SBB Cargo.

Grenzebach Corp.

Grenzebach Corp., with American headquarters in Newnan, Ga., made two appointments: Gerry Fischer is now vice president, general counsel, and Xaver Hake is vice president, technical operations.

Fischer is a licensed attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and brings more than 17 years of experience in engineering and management to the position.

Hake has extensive technical and consulting experience in manufacturing, logistics and operations. He has both international and domestic degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering as well as previous experience as director of operations.  


Association people

Glass Association of North America

The Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., made four appointments.

The GANA Laminating Division elected Jon Johnson, general manager, Arch Deco Glass, Columbus, Ohio, as secretary. He represents the division on the GANA board of directors as an officer and is scheduled to become GANA president in 2012. He takes over for Scott Surma, DecoTherm, Amherst, N.Y., who now becomes the GANA treasurer. Johnson began his career in the glass and glazing industry on the line at a Ford Motor Co. float glass facility in 1979. After working in the field with architects and glazing contractors at Apogee Enterprises, Minneapolis, he was hired by Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. in 2002 to manage its facilities in Waukesha, Wis. In 2009, he became the general manager at Arch Deco Glass, according to the release. Johnson also chairs the Marketing Committee of the Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan.
Henry Taylor, Architectural Services Team manager, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga., became chair of the GANA Building Envelope Contractors Division.  He brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing within the building and construction industry to the position. At Kawneer, Taylor and his team keep in close contact with the United States Green Building Council, disseminate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design  information and address questions for customers. He supports Kawneer’s efforts at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo by providing architectural services support and works with the American Institute of Architects to keep Kawneer’s Continuing Education System programs current as well as create new CES programs.
 Tracy Rogers, technical director, Edgetech IG, Cambridge, Ohio, became chair of GANA's Insulating Division, comprising insulating glass unit manufacturers and suppliers. Rogers brings more than two decades of experience and knowledge of the fenestration industry to the position. While working in both the technical and sales/marketing segments of the fenestration industry, he was technical marketing manager for Schlegel, with North American headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.; general manager for ETC Laboratories, Rochester, N.Y.; director of sales & marketing for Amesbury Foam-Tite, Amesbury, Mass.; research and  development manager for The Peachtree Cos. Norcross, Ga.; and business development manager for Intertek Testing Services, before taking his current position with Edgetech IG.
In addition, the association named Christine Shaffer, marketing manager at Viracon, Owatonna, Minn., chair of the association-wide Marketing Committee. Shaffer started in the glass industry 18 years ago as a member of the customer service team at Viracon. She then worked as a supervisor of the international sales department prior to becoming the product manager for Viracon's protective glazing/security glazing products. Shaffer assumed the responsibility for Viracon's marketing activities in 2000.


PGC International

The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., announced the appointment of Bhaskar Adusumalli, a design engineer with the Research & Product Development Group at Traco, Cranberry Township, Pa., as its new Technical Committee chair. Adusumalli, who was also elected to the PGC International Board of Directors during its Annual Symposium last November, currently leads Traco's Blast Program.