Plumbing and Mechanical

On The Move

April 1, 2007

  • Jacuzzi Brands, maker of bathtubs and plumbing products, has named Thomas Koos president and CEO. Koos replaces Al Marini, who is leaving Jacuzzi to join Rexnord Corp., the company that recently acquired Zurn, Jacuzzi’s plumbing products business. Marini will continue to serve on the Jacuzzi board of directors.

    Koos formerly served as corporate officer and group president of consumer products worldwide for Black & Decker. He has also held senior posts at Newell Rubbermaid.

  • Masco Corp. named Jerry Volas the group president of Plumbing and Heating Products. Prior to this position, Volas was a group vice president for the Plumbing and Heating Platform. He succeeds John Wills, who has resigned. Wills will continue to assist the company in a consulting capacity. Volas joined Masco in 1983 through the acquisition of BrassCraft Manufacturing Co., and over the past 15 years has held various executive positions.  


  • Moen recently promoted Mark Loeper to vice president and general manager of Creative Specialties International, which makes decorative bath accessories and bath safety products. Previously, Loeper had been vice president sales, retail.


  • Jeffrey Davis joined Uponor as vice president of sales and a member of the Senior Management Committee. Davis served the last four years as national sales manager for the Leatherman Tool Group. Prior to that he spent eight years with Kohler Co., including four years as sales manager for its Home Depot Northwest/Expo West Coast.

    Separately, Mary Beth Manninen, formerly of the Carlson Marketing Group in Minneapolis, was named to the newly created position of training manager.


  • T&S Brass and Bronze Works promoted Ken Gallagher to vice president of sales. Gallagher joined T&S Brass in 2000 and has previously served in positions including marketing product manager, marketing manager and most recently, director of sales.


  • Watts Water Technologies promoted Bruce Parrott to vice president of sales administration for its wholesale markets. He had been national sales manager-fire protection and water works markets.


  • NIBCO promoted 17-year company veteran Jeff Shreiner to vice president, wholesale sales. He had been serving as director, specialty channels.


  • MJSI hired Tony Maranto for its newly created position as domestic sales manager. Previously, he was the manager of corporate marketing at T.C.B. Entertainment.


  • Chicago Faucets announced that Art Petracco joined the company as director of market development, responsible for identifying and developing new markets for the company’s concealed cistern product line within the United Sates. Petracco was most recently director of project commercial sales with Grohe America. The company also promoted Jim Nahin to national sales manager for OEM and residential products. Nahin joined Chicago Faucets in May 2004 as regional sales manager – residential, with his most recent responsibility being the company’s West region.


  • SFA Saniflo Inc. recruited Christopher Peterson as West Coast regional manager. He previously worked with Sprint PCS as a sales consultant. Also hired was Debbie Eisenbrey as office manager of the Edison, N.J., facility. She has 15 years of sales and office administration experience, most recently at Eastern Freightways. Also, Robert Irvin was named technical services manager. He comes to Saniflo from the Marriott Corp


  • Shane Templeton was appointed as OEM regional sales manager for TAC Field Device Division, the division born from the Invensys Building Systems business acquisition.


  • Prier Products hired Steve Berry, P.E., as research, development and engineering manager. Before joining Prier, he had been president and managing partner of a consulting engineering firm. The company also welcomed Bob Beilfuss as the new director of manufacturing. Beilfuss returns to Prier after five years as manufacturing manager for Black and Decker.


  • Hansgrohe-North America announced that Al DeGenova has joined the company in the newly created position of director of marketing. Prior to joining Hansgrohe, DeGenova spent nearly 18 years with Grohe America.


  • Danfoss appointed Robert Hennessy as director of wholesale sales and marketing. He comes to Danfoss from Invensys Controls, where he was director of HVACR Wholesale.


  • The Gastite Division of Titeflex Corp. named Craig Barry as its new director of marketing. Prior to joining Gastite, Barry held a similar position at LENOX, a manufacturer of power and hand tools.


  • Noveon hired Jeffrey Trimpe as a FlowGuard Gold ® CPVC Pipe & Fittings piping systems consultant for its East Midwest territory.


  • Elkay Manufacturing Co’s Plumbing Products Division named Marilyn Morgan as retail marketing manager, Mark Hird as marketing manager for the wholesale residential segment, and Rod Magnuson as commercial marketing manager.

  • Steamist named Fred Fedewa as its national training manager. Prior to joining Steamist, Fedewa spent more than eight years at Grohe, a global brand for sanitary products and systems.