Plumbing and Mechanical

On The Move

May 1, 2007

  • Richard (Dick) E. Posey, president and CEO of Moen Inc. for the last five years, announced his retirement, effective Oct. 1, 2007. Succeeding him will be David B. Lingafelter, Moen’s president of U.S. businesses.

    Lingafelter joined Moen in 1990 as manager of retail service. Since that time, he has served in a variety of capacities of increased responsibilities, most recently as vice president and general manager for Moen’s U.S. Wholesale Business Unit.

  • Richard Manoogian, chairman and chief executive officer of Masco Corp., plans to give up the CEO position this July and become the company’s executive chairman. Manoogian is only the second chairman and CEO in Masco’s nearly 80-year history, after taking over for his father, Alex Manoogian.

    Manoogian has recommended to the board of directors that Timothy Wadhams, Masco’s chief financial officer, be named CEO.

    In other changes at the top, Alan Barry, Masco’s president and chief operating officer, plans to retire early next year when he reaches the company’s normal retirement age.

  • Masco Corp. also announced that Keith Allman will be president of its Delta Faucet Co. division. Allman joined Masco in 1998 as vice president of manufacturing for the company’s Merillat Industries. He recently served as executive vice president of operations for Masco’s Builder Cabinet Group.

  • 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.

  • Blackman Plumbing Supply Co. Inc. (Bethpage, N.Y.) announced the election of Robert Mannheimer as president. He succeeds Richard Blackman, who is retiring and relocating to Florida. Blackman will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

  • Rheem Manufacturing Co. announced the following management changes: JR Jones has been promoted to corporate senior vice president and COO of the company. He has overall responsibility for the Air Conditioning and Water Heater business units. Douglas Mannion was promoted to the new position of vice president – general manager for the Water Heater Division; Bill Hanesworth was promoted to the new position of vice president – general manager for the Air Conditioning Division; and Jack Sinkler will assume the role of vice president – sales for the Air Conditioning Division.

    In addition, Robert Roth has been named to the new position of corporate vice president – marketing; Alan Kessler has been named to the new position of corporate vice president –research and development; and Bill Lux has been named to the new position of corporate vice president – business development.

  • KWC/Hansa Group named Chris Marshall president and CEO of its North American operations. Prior to this, Marshall held various executive positions in the kitchen and bath industry, including group vice president of Masco Corp. and president of Hansgrohe.
  • Burnham Hydronics appointed Christopher Drew as president of U.S. Boiler Co. Inc., and also appointed Paul Spradling to the position of vice president of operations.

  • Eddie Lunn III, grandson of Boiler Supply Co. founder Eddie Lunn Sr. and son of current president Eddie Lunn Jr., has been named the third president of the company, located in Nashville, Tenn.

  • A.O. Smith Water Products Co. named M. Jay Harms as vice president-service operations and customer satisfaction. Harms rejoined A.O. Smith in 2006 after nearly 10 years as executive vice president of sales and marketing with American Water Heater.

  • Julien promoted Lloyd LeBlanc as vice president and hired Heidi Finch as national sales manager.

  • Watts Water Technologies Inc. announced that Rick Ferguson has been promoted to the position of national sales manager-backflow products. He began his career with Watts in in the position of western regional manager-backflow products. Prior to that he held various sales positions within the waterworks industry.

  • ComfortPro Systems LLC appointed Doug McElwain to national sales manager. Formerly Eastern regional manager, he brings more than 25 years of experience to the national scene.

  • Harvel Plastics Inc. recently appointed sales veteran Roy Burpee as national sales manager for fire protection products. He has been an integral member of the Harvel sales team for nearly 20 years.

  • Leonard Valve Co. appointed Peter Gobis III as national sales manager, responsible for all sales in the United States and Canada. He was previously employed as sales manager for Senior Aerospace, a supplier of engineered products for aircraft and weapons systems.

  • Stewart Hammond has been appointed to commercial sales manager-Eastern region for Chicago Faucets. Hammond has more than 15 years of sales management experience in the plumbing industry, most recently as Eastern regional manager for Symmons Industries.

  • Todd Mason joins TAC Field Device Division as OEM regional sales manager for the Midwest region. He comes from Invensys, which sold its Invensys Building Systems business to TAC, thus creating the new company.

  • Armstrong appointed Kevin Laidler as regional sales manager of Commercial Design Build for Ontario.

  • Bart Hamilton was named Southeast regional sales manager of Briggs Industries. Hamilton joined Briggs as national commercial accounts manager in 2006. He previously held managerial positions with Kohler and Rothenberger.

  • Rheem Mfg., Heating & Cooling Division appointed nine-year industry veteran Mark King to residential outdoor product manager.

  • John Barba, a well-known hydronics/radiant trainer, joined Taco Inc. as the company’s residential products training director. Before joining Taco, Barba spent 11 years as a trainer for Uponor.

  • Steamist appointed Fred Fedewa as its national training manager. Prior to joining Steamist, Fedewa spent more than eight years at Grohe, where he designed and delivered the training programs used to train all levels of the sales process.