Contractors and Vendors in the News - February 2006

Contractors Tom Maniuszko of Day-Night Plumbing & Heating Co. in Richmond Hill, N.Y., received the Quality Service Contractors' first Contractor of the Year award for 2005 during QSC's Power Meeting Feb. 25 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Executive Director Charlie Wallace received QSC's first Founders' Award at the same meeting. QSC elected Keith Bienvenu of Bienvenu Brothers Enterprises in Metairie, La.,

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Tom Maniuszko of Day-Night Plumbing & Heating Co. in Richmond Hill, N.Y., received the Quality Service Contractors' first Contractor of the Year award for 2005 during QSC's Power Meeting Feb. 25 in St. Pete Beach, Fla. Executive Director Charlie Wallace received QSC's first Founders' Award at the same meeting. QSC elected Keith Bienvenu of Bienvenu Brothers Enterprises in Metairie, La., chairman. He succeeds Patty Frank of Milton Frank Plumbing in Spring, Texas. QSC is a subgroup of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association.

Ike Casey, executive vice president of PHCC-NA, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the national Small Business Legislative Council. The SBLC is an independent coalition of more than 60 trade and professional associations that lobbies on the small business issues that affect plumbing and HVACR contractors and others in the industry.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Wisconsin elected the following officers at its Jan. 11 meeting: President Joe Hengel, Hengel Brothers, La Crosse; Vice President Jim Eron, Eron & Gee/Herman's Plumbing & Heating, Wisconsin Rapids; Secretary Ron Kohls, Kohls Plumbing & Heating, Vesper; and Treasurer Mike Merryfield, Mechanical Inc., Tomahawk. New board members include: Brad Kita, Malbrit Heating/Cooling/Plumbing, Wausau; Mike Oleson, Van Ert Electric, Wausau; Mike Shultz, Coulee Region Mechanical, La Crosse; and John Swenson, Sheet Metal Enterprises, Chetek. Gail Gerhardt serves as executive director.

SMACNA Arizona has elected its 2006 board of trustees. Kathy Kingsland of Kinetic Systems has been elected to serve a one-year term as president. Others holding board positions are: Terry Flood of Q.C. Analytical Services, Nick Ganem of Metro Mechanical, John Sapien of Bel-Aire Mechanical and Carlos Ramirez of Ramirez Mechanical Systems.

J. Richard Wagner is chairman of the IAPMO Standards Council. Wagner, who is with The Poole & Kent Corp. in Baltimore, has served on IAPMO's Uniform Plumbing Code Committee and Standards Council. Three new members of the council are Jim Crawford, Phil Ribbs and Terry Swisher. Crawford is fire marshal for the city of Vancouver, Wash.; Ribbs has served more than three decades as the chief plumbing, mechanical and electrical inspector at the San Jose, Calif., Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement; and Swisher is the chief plumbing official for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, a position he has held for more than 17 years.

Jim Barker has been named president and CEO of Hillcrest, a leading provider of HVAC controls, plumbing and pipefitting services in the Bakersfield, Calif., area. Hillcrest is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group. Barker has more than 20 years experience in mechanical services in the San Joaquin Valley.

Vendors

Moen has added Tim Millay as director of commercial sales. Before joining Moen, Millay worked at Swan Corp. for 15 years as vice president/sales, national sales manager and Midwest regional manager. Allen L. Talley has been appointed director of marketing and product development for the company's commercial division. Tally joined Moen in 1994, working extensively in product research and development. Mike Bauer has been promoted to senior director/wholesale marketing. Previously, Bauer was senior director/marketing, product development and quality for Creative Specialties International, a Moen division.

In-Sink-Erator has announced that Rob Grim is shifting to vice president/wholesale sales and Robert Tsuchiyama is returning to the company from its parent, Emerson, as vice president/retail sales. Grim, an 11-year In-Sink-Erator veteran, previously served as vice president/retail sales after his promotion from retail sales director. Tsuchiyama has been with the company for the past nine years.

John Aykroyd has been named national sales manager for Sloan Valve Co. Aykroyd's was national sales manager for Halsey Taylor. Before that, he was a district sales manager for Mueller Industries.

Amtrol's board of directors has named Larry T. Guillemette as chairman of the board, president and CEO. The board also named Joseph L. DePaula as executive vice president, CFO, treasurer and secretary. The appointments were made after the resignation of Albert D. Indelicato, who cited personal reasons. Guillemette was executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of the company from August 2000 through January.

Hansgrohe brand manager Richard Grohe has been elected to the board of directors at Hansgrohe AG, the parent company of Hansgrohe-North America, which is based in Alpharetta, Ga. The grandson of company founder Hans Grohe will be responsible for key account management as well as the Hansgrohe brand on the board. Russ A. Wheeler is the new president of Hansgrohe-North America. He succeeds Chris Marshall, who was promoted in August 2005 within the Masco Corp. Wheeler had served as vice president/sales for Your "Other" Warehouse in Baton Rouge, La.

Danfoss has appointed John Galyen president/sales and marketing for North American refrigeration and air conditioning. Galyen joined Danfoss in 2001 as business development manager, and was appointed vice president/commercial refrigeration OEM sales and marketing in 2003. Jamie Kitchen is the new training manager. Kitchen is responsible for developing, implementing and executing customer-training programs for contractors, wholesalers and OEMs. He has been with Danfoss since 1999 as a rotational trainee.