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Each year, the Center for Life Safety Education awards $7,000 in scholarships to two exemplary fire protection engineering students at the University of Maryland in College Park. The 2008 winners of the Philip L. DeCamara, Jr. Memorial Scholarship are Allison Carey and Kelly Opert. Graycor Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Graycor family of companies, has announced the appointments

Contractors

Each year, the Center for Life Safety Education awards $7,000 in scholarships to two exemplary fire protection engineering students at the University of Maryland in College Park. The 2008 winners of the Philip L. DeCamara, Jr. Memorial Scholarship are Allison Carey and Kelly Opert.

Graycor Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Graycor family of companies, has announced the appointments of Jeff Caldwell as senior vice president and business unit manager, and Brian Woods as manager of business development, both based in the company's newly established Charlotte, N.C., office. Caldwell's experience includes his most recent position as assistant general manager for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. Prior to joining Graycor, Woods was employed by Raleigh, N.C., engineering services firm Giffels Inc., where he managed business development for several Fortune 500 clients.

Manufacturers

Bradford White Corp. has recently announced the promotion of Nicholas J. Giuffre to the position of president and chief operating officer. Giuffre began his career with Bradford White in 1978. He has served as both a regional and national sales manager, vice president of sales and, most recently, executive vice president.

Anvil International has announced that John Smayda has been promoted to vice president, marketing. Smayda was previously AnvilStar's director of sales, eastern U.S. He is a 38-year industry veteran. Bill Gilliam is the new manager of Anvil International's Energy Division. He is a 35-year veteran of both the company and the oil industry. Shaun Dunn has joined the company as national engineering manager, working with Anvil's business development team. Previously, Dunn worked as a territory sales manager for McWane, Inc. Wendell Hays has transferred from the company's Mechanical Team to their Energy Division. John Dunnaker has joined the company as a mechanical specialist. He brings 25 years of industrial and mechanical sales experience to the job.

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute President Rod Ward of Speakman Company has made his selections for the new chairs to serve on Focus and Standing Committees: the Water Efficiency and Sustainability Focus Issue Committee will be chaired by CJ Lagan of American Standard and Rob Zimmerman of Kohler Company; the Government Affairs Standing Committee welcomes Steve Tokarz of BrassCraft, who will serve with Mark Bidinger of Elkay Manufacturing Company; the Technical Standing Committee has reappointed Casey Hayes from Haws Corporation to a chair position to continue serving with Klaus Fromme from Bradley Corporation.

Thermal Inc. of Saint John, New Brunswick, has announced their newly appointed vice president of sales, Charles (Chuck) Brewer. Brewer has held positions with TAC LLC, Invensys Controls, Rheem Air Conditioning, McQuay International, Westinghouse and MultiAqua, Inc., and has spent four years in the wholesale channel, working directly with contractors and specifying engineers.

Water Inc. has welcomed Michele Gravina as regional sales manager. Gravina, who has five years of sales experience, will be responsible for all of Water's sales efforts in Colorado and Wyoming.

MAAX has announced the appointment of Kyle Straub as vice president of sales, Professional Division for North American markets. Straub has over 24 years experience in sales in the electrical industry. Prior to joining MAAX, he held various positions with General Electric, Wiremold and, most recently, Legrand North America.

Superior Radiant Products has announced the appointment of Thomas Delp to the position of national sales manager. He has over 30 years industry experience, with the last five years spent developing a national distribution network as vice president of sales for a U.S. based zoning products manufacturer. Olena Shaposhnykova has been named controller for the company. She first joined SRP in 2004 as senior accountant.

LENOX announced that David Pirkle has been named its president of industrial products and services. Most recently, Pirkle was president of the Amerock business.

Watts Water Technologies has announced that it has appointed David J. Coghlan as its president of North America and Asia. Coghlan served as vice president of Global Parts for Trane Inc. from April 2004 through May 2008.

Klaus Grohe, son of the founder of Hansgrohe and the company's leader for more than three decades, recently announced that he was stepping away from day-to-day operational management of the 107-year-old manufacturer of bath and kitchen faucets, showers and accessories. The new chairman of the board and CEO is Grohe's colleague, Siegfried Gansslen, a 14-year veteran with Hansgrohe AG, based in Schiltach, Germany.