► Oatey Co. announced the promotion of Scott Voisinet to senior vice president, supply chain.
Voisinet has been with Oatey for more than 10 years, most recently serving as vice president, sourcing. He is a strategic supply chain and product management leader with more than two decades of significant experience, Oatey noted. Prior to joining Oatey, he worked at Matco Tools where he held a range of supply chain and product management positions.
In his new role, Voisinet will be responsible for planning, purchasing, distribution and global logistics, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Neal Restivo. Voisinet will partner closely with Charles Scholl, senior vice president, global sourcing, to optimize processes and partners across the supply chain and sourcing functions.
“Having a strong supply chain function is essential to Oatey’s ability to provide outstanding service to our customers and grow our business,” Restivo said. “Scott brings the proven expertise and leadership acumen we need as we continue to enhance our capabilities in this critical business function.”
► Viega announced new leadership for its sales and marketing operations. Scott Wallace was named chief commercial officer and Jared Mackrory was named marketing director.
“Having the right leadership team in place is crucial for the growth and well-being of any organization,” Viega CEO Markus Brettschneider said. “I’m pleased to have found two new members of that team in Scott and Jared. They bring a breadth of experience and knowledge that will help take Viega to the next level.”
As chief commercial officer, Wallace sets the go-to-market strategy and oversees the sales and marketing departments. He brings to Viega experience across multiple industries and companies in wholesale and distribution, omnichannel and retail sales, and is experienced in data-driven sales management.
Before coming to Viega, he worked at Danone, Kellogg Co. and Procter & Gamble in a variety of sales management positions. He holds a bachelor's of science in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an MBA with global leadership concentration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. A former captain in the U.S. Army, he is passionate about leadership, Viega stated.
“I’m thrilled to join such a dynamic and fast-growing team. I look forward to serving our customers and leading our team to unlock accelerated growth,” Wallace said.
As marketing director, Mackrory is responsible for driving marketing strategy and leading the department. He brings to Viega a variety of experience in brand management, including work in developing, launching and managing consumer products in many categories. His specialties include brand management, project management, consumer products, new product development and direct sales.
Prior to Viega, Mackrory worked in shopper marketing at Danone, as well as in multiple marketing and management positions at Kimberly-Clark. He holds an MBA in marketing and a bachelor's of science in business management.
“I’m excited to join the company that brought pressing to North America, and I look forward to making the benefits of that technology available to even more users,” Mackrory said.
► Rinnai America announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its vice president of innovation.
“My passion is transforming data and technologies into cool, new products and that passion is sure to come through while at Rinnai,” Eddy said. “I look forward to driving development for innovative technology, leading the team towards new idea creation and outside of the box thinking.”
Most recently, Eddy was director of innovation, methods and operations at Eaton, leading up to 200 employees. During her time at Eaton, she created the innovation, methods and operations team from the ground up, developing a strong, collaborative culture within R&D across 26 divisions. Prior to her time at Eaton, Eddy developed products across a number of industries for Fortune 100 companies and customers, including residential and commercial HVAC, transport refrigeration, telecommunications and aerospace.
“Renee’s diverse product knowledge in a variety of industries is invaluable for Rinnai,” said Frank Windsor, president of Rinnai America. “Her vision and expertise will spearhead the development of technologies in new markets, aiding in Rinnai’s growth strategy, as well as producing products that support our commitment to creating a healthier way of living.”
► APR Supply Co. donated a Friedrich ductless and a Fujitsu Halcyon ductless system to the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association’s Middletown location to help support the organization’s ongoing training efforts.
The facility on Eisenhower Blvd. in Middletown, Pennsylvania boasts Oil Heat, AC, Propane, Electrical, Transportation & Storage, Hazmat Trainings, as well as NATE certifications.
“The hands-on training is not only for our contractors and their technicians, but also for individuals looking to gain industry knowledge to enter the trade. While we’re focused on growing our own training program at APR, we are also committed to help other organizations looking to invest in trade education do the same,” said Jeff Thompson, vice president dealer products at APR. “It’s these educational facilities that are going to give people life-sustaining jobs after school, as well as support the growing need for workers in the plumbing and HVAC trade.”
APR attended the PPATEC ribbon-cutting event on Aug. 26 to help celebrate the renovation of three rooms within the facility that added donated products and systems from various industry partners, including APR. In addition, the facility recently became a privately licensed school that will be adding a 10-week class in January 2022.
► David Weekley Homes, one of the nation’s largest privately held homebuilders, announced its 2021 National Preferred Partner winners, and Uponor North America was one of 24 companies out of 150 to receive the honor. This is Uponor’s eighth consecutive year as a David Weekley Homes National Preferred Partner.
“Congratulations to Uponor for being named a David Weekley Homes National Preferred Partner. We are so grateful to them for being a strong partner and helping us navigate the uncharted waters of this past year,” said John Schiegg, vice president, supply chain, David Weekley Homes. “Our reputation has been built on providing our homebuyers with a quality product and a positive customer service experience. As a National Preferred Partner, Uponor has played a critical role in helping us acquire and maintain that reputation.”
Schiegg goes on to state that while the past year presented an unexpected number of challenges for the homebuilding industry, David Weekley Homes was fortunate to have these exceptional National Preferred Partners that provided their products and services to help the company navigate obstacles and continue delivering a high-quality product to their homebuyers.
“We are honored to be receiving this recognition for the eighth year in a row,” said Carl Hines, national builder sales manager at Uponor. “David Weekley Homes has a strong commitment to providing their homebuyers with world-class products and service. Their pursuit of excellence closely aligns with Uponor’s dedication to enhancing our own customers’ experiences and moving the building industry forward.”
► Moen has been named one of the winners in the 17th annual National Preferred Partner Survey conducted by David Weekley Homes, one of the nation’s largest privately-held home builders. The survey recognizes field and manufacturing partners that have consistently operated at world-class levels, as determined by the home builder’s supplier evaluation platform, Moen explained. This comprehensive process evaluates companies in the areas of quality and customer service. David Weekley Homes presented Moen with the award for this significant achievement at a ceremony on Aug. 24.
“At Moen, we’re committed to going above and beyond for our customers, always thinking about what’s next to bring them the latest thoughtfully designed innovations while maintaining the highest level of quality and customer service,” said Mark Davis, senior strategic account manager at Moen. “We are so incredibly honored that David Weekley Homes has chosen to recognize our dedication by naming Moen as a National Preferred Partner.”
The National Preferred Partner Survey format was updated in 2020, with the new system featuring two questions with a 1-to-5 rating. The survey is sent to David Weekley Homes team members who are currently doing business with partners in their market. Every quarter, partners are shown their results and ranking relative to National Preferred Partners in their industry as well as the contact information for each David Weekley Homes team member who completed an evaluation for them.
The evaluation process involves a comprehensive system of feedback and discussion to measure excellence. Partners that receive the highest scores throughout the year are presented with the prestigious National Preferred Partners Award. While 140 companies were evaluated, only 12 – including Moen – were named National Preferred Partners in the manufacturing category, rising to the top of the ranks for exemplifying best-in-class support and superior products.
“Our reputation has been built on providing our homebuyers with a quality product and a positive customer service experience. As a National Preferred Partner, Moen has played a critical role in helping us acquire and maintain that reputation,” said John Schiegg, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes. “Simply put, our National Preferred Partners like Moen help to make our homebuyer’s dreams a reality. We are so thankful to Moen for a job well done.”
QuickDrain USA, an Oatey Co. company, is now an approved vendor partner for Luxury Products Group. The partnership between QuickDrain and LPG provides enhanced opportunities for independent showrooms across the U.S. to offer QuickDrain’s complete shower solutions, including its linear drains, WallDrain, SquareDrain, sustainable BenchSeat, decorative covers and finishes and more.
“We are excited to partner with LPG to help support its members and make QuickDrain available at some of the most exclusive showrooms across North America,” said Brian DiVincenzo, president, wholesale and commercial at Oatey Co. “We look forward to helping LPG members deliver the unique and sophisticated bathroom experiences their customers desire through our shower systems and design capabilities.”
LPG Executive Director Jeff MacDowell added: “As we continue to advance our mission to provide upscale luxury brands to our members, I am pleased to welcome QuickDrain to LPG. I know QuickDrain’s luxurious shower solutions will be a valuable addition to LPG, and we have significant opportunity for shared growth as we move forward.”
► Caleffi North America announced The Socha Co. as its representative for the state of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas. The new rep will sell and support Caleffi’s line of engineered components.
“Caleffi’s values, marketing and sales strategies align with The Socha Company’s vision of service and support to our customers,” The Socha Company President Gary Socha said. “With Caleffi’s passion around training and its innovative approach with the Coffee with Caleffi webinar series, we are excited to get in front of our engineers, distribution partners and contractors to show them why Caleffi is the product line they need to have successful projects.”
Roger Corrente, Caleffi’s director of sales added: “We are proud to add The Socha Company to the Caleffi family representing our line of products in the New Mexico market. Their group has been paving the way for hydronics and plumbing projects in the market for nearly seven decades. We look forward to expanding our reach with their deep technical expertise in a key market for Caleffi.”
► Rheem was named a National Preferred Partner Award recipient by David Weekley Homes, one of the nation’s largest privately-held home builders. The award recognizes field and manufacturing partners that have consistently operated at world-class levels, as determined by the home builder’s supplier evaluation platform.
“Rheem is thrilled to receive recognition as a National Preferred Partner from David Weekley Homes for the second consecutive year,” said Alan Cape, national sales manager at Rheem. “The satisfaction of our customers remains paramount and drives the innovative thinking behind every Rheem product.”
“Rheem Manufacturing Company has demonstrated world-class quality and service this year. They have gone above and beyond to provide us with the solutions needed to surpass the expectations of our homebuyers. It is our honor to name Rheem as a National Preferred Partner,” said John Schiegg, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes.
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