People: February 2011
Hyde Tools has promoted sales directors Robert B. Clemence and Louis A. Oleksy Jr. to vice president of sales in their respective channels.
Plastering contractor Joseph J. Jefferson & Son Inc. has named Richard Jackson operations manager and Shawn Lyness sales manager.
Blazeframe Industries has recently hired Aaron Rosin as its architectural representative.
NCFI Polyurethanes announced the addition of James Doose as a senior technical advisor. Doose, former chief chemist, founder and president of The Resin Technology Co., will work with NCFI’s leadership team in analyzing and reviewing current products, and new product development.
Wind-lock announced several additions and changes to its team. Denise Dean has been named national accounts manager for Drywall Tools. Matthew Thomas is the national product manager for Drywall Tools. Ashley Feit was named director of marketing for Wind-lock and Black Lab Apparel. Donny Cavallo has accepted the new position of national Dow sales representative.
ObituariesMichael Sweeney, media relations manager for Sto Corp., passed away on January 4. He was 47. He was responsible for public relations and advertising at the company, where he worked for 10 years. His skills in developing a web of relationships with vendors and the media will be missed, but his humor and good nature will be missed even more. He was dedicated to Sto’s future, and worked hard to create a better company and even more enjoyable working environment for all.
Sweeney had a long career in the building products industry. He served as communications director for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; associate publisher and trade show manager of PK Marketing Inc., where he was editor for Georgia Builder magazine; marketing manager for Hebel Building Systems, and editorial director for Electronic Packaging and Production magazine. He was a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Sweeney was active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, Ga. He enjoyed camping with the family and teaching his daughter, Suzanna, how to play tuba. From those at Sto, that got the privilege to work with him and his friends at Walls & Ceilings, our hearts go out to his wife, Joyce, his daughters, Abigail and Suzanna, his parents, and his sister.
Russell J. (“R.J.”) Kenney, 74, passed this October in Boston, MA. He was the beloved husband of Aline (Lorrie) Kenney for 48 years.
Russell was president and director of testing services at R. J. Kenney Associates Inc., a construction consulting firm, in Plainville, Mass., since founding the company more than 40 years ago. He has served on numerous ASTM committees and was a nationally recognized construction expert. In 1994, he received a special recognition from ASTM for outstanding service in the development of voluntary consensus standards. He was instrumental in achieving changes in building codes that resulted in better construction quality throughout the country.
Russell served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro where he participated in the collection counters ministry. Russell devoted his life to serving his community and the world. He donated his resources and time to countless individuals and charities. He has been involved in humanitarian work in Haiti, investigating numerous earthquake damaged buildings, and is sponsoring the construction of Haitian school project.