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Fall 2018

General Insulation’s Mark O’Neil Announces Retirement

Mark O’Neil, President of the Commercial Business at General Insulation (GIC), will be retiring on December 31, 2018. Mark joined GIC over 18 years ago and has helped lead GIC’s growth and expansion from 10 branches in the year 2000 to over 50 branches by 2018. In announcing the retirement, GIC CEO Frank Granara noted, “I want to personally thank Mark for all his energy, knowledge, and dedication to General Insulation. Mark has been a great asset to me and everyone at GIC. Having Mark for these 18 years has made General Insulation a better company.” Frank added, “I look forward to staying in touch and will reach out for his wisdom from time to time.” GIC is based in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been a member of NIA since 1998.

Johns Manville Announces New General Manager of Performance Materials and IIG

Johns Manville (JM) recently announced that Dave Skelly will assume leadership of the Performance Materials & Industrial Insulation Group (IIG) businesses as the General Manager. With over 36 years of experience at JM, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. He joined Johns Manville in 1980 and has worked in a wide variety of roles within JM’s insulation businesses, from field sales and sales management to product and marketing management. Dave assumed his current role as Director of Sales of Performance Materials and IIG in 2011. A Premier 12 Insulation Outlook advertiser, JM is based in Denver, Colorado, and has been a member of NIA since 1958.

Remembering Frank Barbee, 1935–2018

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Frank Barbee’s passing on August 23, 2018. A very active and involved member of NIA. He served on NIA’s Board of Directors from 1998–2002 and was the 1999–2000 Associates Committee Chair. Frank worked for NIA member company, Thermal Ceramics. After his retirement in 2000, Frank worked with NIA from 2003–2005 to help with our advertising sales. Frank was 82 years old and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor Barbee, and their 2 children and numerous family members.

Summer 2018

General Insulation Company Names New Operations Manager for Lewiston, Maine

Michael Giasson recently joined General Insulation Company (GIC), Inc.’s Lewiston, Maine, office as its new Operations Manager. He comes to GIC from Kamco Supply Corporation where he worked for 15 plus years and received multiple awards for outstanding performance and leadership. GIC is based in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been a member of NIA since 2008.

Brian Chambers Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Owens Corning

Owens Corning recently announced that Brian Chambers has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been President of Owens Corning’s Roofing business since 2014.

“The creation of a Chief Operating Officer and the appointment of Brian Chambers will create additional senior management capacity to accelerate our progress on growing the company,” said Mike Thaman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

A Premier 12 Insulation Outlook advertiser, Owens Corning is based in Toledo, Ohio, and has been a member of NIA since 1966.

Polyguard Products, Inc. Announces New Engineering Specialist

Polyguard Products, Inc. recently announced that Karen Sybil Zambrano was promoted to Associate Engineering Specialist for the Mechanical Division, the company’s fastest growing and now largest division. Karen’s primary responsibilities will be supporting Polyguard Products, Inc.’s specification effort targeting the engineering community; attending job installations; assisting customers with technical inquires; and introducing mechanical products throughout the Southern Region and other strategic opportunities in North America. The Mechanical Division specializes in anti-corrosion, vapor barriers, weatherproofing jackets, and insulation products for different mechanical systems in various industries.

A Premier 12 Insulation Outlook advertiser, Polyguard Products is based in Ennis, Texas, and has been a member of NIA since 1993.

NIA Welcomes Dan Bofinger as New President

Dan Bofinger began his term as NIA’s new President at the conclusion of the Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. Dan is the Regional Vice President–East of FBM-SPI, which is based in Tustin, California. His career with FBM-SPI and its legacy companies has spanned over 35 years. During his term as NIA’s President, Dan’s theme will be Making a Difference, which emphasizes the many ways the people in the industry, NIA, and mechanical insulation can have a positive influence on our relationships, our careers, and our environment. His term will conclude at NIA’s 64th Annual Convention, April 3–5, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas.


K-FLEX USA Expands Commercial Market Sales Team

K-FLEX USA, a manufacturer of flexible elastomeric foam, recently announced several regional additions to its Commercial Market Sales Team. All of the new additions will report to Steve Brown, National Sales Manager.

David Eidson is based near Atlanta and will be representing the company throughout the Southeast. David has been with K-Flex for 3 years and previously worked in the company’s HVAC wholesale sales division.  The Jeff-Co Sales and Marketing team, consisting of Jeff Rebholz, Chad Rebholz, and Ron Carlson will be representing the company in the Midwest. TALON Products Inc. sales team of Chip Johnston and John Harvey will be representing the company in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas.

K-FLEX USA is based in Youngsville, North Carolina, and has been a member of NIA since 1994.

Winter 2017

Mark Rayfield Named President and CEO of CertainTeed

Saint-Gobain, the parent company of CertainTeed, recently announced the appointment of Mark Rayfield as CertainTeed’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Mark will lead the CertainTeed family of products, which includes ceilings, insulation, gypsum, roofing, and siding. He will also serve as the Region CEO of Saint-Gobain Construction Products for North America. Since 2013, Mark has served as CEO of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution United Kingdom and Ireland. His goals for CertainTeed include continuing to strengthen its relationships with channel partners through increased focus on customer needs at all levels.

Mark succeeds Benoit Bazin, who served as President and CEO of CertainTeed since January 2017. Benoit will continue to serve as President and CEO, Saint-Gobain’s Construction Products Sector and Senior Vice President, Saint-Gobain Corporation. CertainTeed is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and has been a member of NIA since 1995.

General Insulation Company Names New National Business Manager of Safety and Consumable Products and New Fort Worth General Manager

General Insulation Company, Inc., recently announced Chad McBride as its new National Business Manager of Safety and Consumable Products. In September 2014, Brad was hired as the Operations Manager for the Fort Worth, Texas, branch and after 6 months was promoted to General Manager. In October 2017, Chad was promoted to the National Business Manager of Safety and Consumable Products. The new General Manager of the Fort Worth, Texas, branch is Trent Parsons, who joined General Insulation in 2015. General Insulation Company, Inc., is based in Medford, Massachusetts and has been a member of NIA since 2008.

Howred Corporation Welcomes New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Howred Corporation welcomes John Calogrides as its new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. John will be responsible for driving sales as well as general management responsibilities. He joined the Howred Corporation team located in Houston, Texas, and Neuvo Laredo, Mexico, on December 1, 2017. John was most recently was with Business Development/Estimating for K2 Industrial Services. Howred Corporation is based in Houston, Texas, and has been a member of NIA since 2013.


Irex Corporation Announces New President and CEO

The Boards of Directors of Irex Corporation and North Lime Holdings Corporation recently have elected Lori Pickell to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Lori joined Irex as Assistant to the Treasurer in 1987. After several promotions, and most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and was elected Corporate Secretary. During the years she has served as the company’s CFO, revenues more than doubled and operating income increased more than fourfold. When Lori became Irex President and CEO, then President and CEO W. Kirk Liddell became the President and CEO of Musser Park Holdings Corporation. Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Irex Contracting Group has been a member of NIA since 1982.


Fall 2017

Distribution International Announces Appointment of New President and CEO

Distribution International, Inc. (DI), a distributor and fabricator in the mechanical insulation market, recently announced the appointment of Steven N. Margolius as President and CEO. Steve is an experienced distribution executive with leadership experience gained at HD Supply, Arrow Electronics, and GE. Throughout his tenure at HD Supply, Steve served in various roles including Senior VP at HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, President and CEO of HD Supply Power Solutions, President of HD Electrical, and COO of HD Supply Utilities. Fields of experience during his career include sales, finance, information technology, operations, and supply chain. His efforts resulted in increased sales growth and EBITDA as well as the success of many transformative initiatives streamlining essential support functions and operational practices. A member of NIA since 1998, DI is based in Houston, Texas.

FBM-SPI Announces New VP

FBM-SPI announced the appointment of John Moten as Vice President, Investor Relations. In this role, John will oversee the development and management of the Investor Relations department for Foundation Building Materials, including communications with shareholders and sell-side analysts. FBM-SPI is based in Tustin, California, and has been a member of NIA since 1984.

Gribbins Insulation Adds Safety Coordinator

Gribbins Insulation recently announced the addition of Kent Kafka as Safety Coordinator. Kent brings over 20 years of expertise to Gribbins, including prior experience as an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer, as well serving as an Industrial Hygienist/Safety Consultant. Kent noted, “What I find most impressive about Gribbins’s projects is the use of the latest technology and state of the art methods of producing and installing insulation, all while using the safest methods and going beyond what the OSHA standards require.” A member of NIA since 1990, Gribbins Insulation is a commercial and industrial mechanical insulation contractor serving the Midwestern United States. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, the company has 5 branch offices in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Ronald L. King Inducted as Honorary Member of NIA

By unanimous decision, the NIA Board of Directors inducted Ronald (Ron) L. King as a permanent honorary member of NIA. Ron is a Past President of NIA, the World Insulation and Acoustic Congress, and the Southwest Insulation Contractors Association. He was awarded the NIA’s President’s Award in 1986 and again in 2001. Ron has served NIA with distinction, including service to NIA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as a Past President Advisor, and as a member of numerous NIA Committees, most notably the Foundation Steering Committee, which he co-chaired from 1998 to 2002. Ron is a 50+ year veteran of the commercial and industrial insulation industry and retired in 2004 as the Chairman, CEO, and President of a large national insulation distributor/fabricator. He currently serves as a consultant to NIA on a variety of educational, outreach, and governmental initiatives, including coordinating many association alliance-partnership activities. Ron is the second recipient of this prestigious honor, the first being P. Thomas Fraatz, who received the award in 2010. This designation allows the individual to be recognized as a member of NIA in all ways regardless of their employment status. NIA extends our sincerest thanks to Ron for his leadership and his dedication to advancing NIA and our industry