Mike Miazga 2016-02-04 02:58:39
KELLY PIPE CEO GROSS RETIRES After more than 40 years in the plumbing and piping Industry and the last six years as president and CEO of Kelly Pipe Co., Leonard Gross is retiring as of March 31, 2016. The company noted Gross has decided to pursue other adventures that hold his interest, such as spending time with his grandchildren, mountain climbing and zip lining. During his tenure Kelly Pipe grew to a company that currently has 15 locations and employs 250 people. Kelly Pipe is headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and has branch offices and yards across the U.S., Canada, UK and Columbia. Kelly Pipe also announced the appointment of Steve Livingston as president and CEO effective Jan. 1. Livingston joined Kelly Pipe in 2003 as Denver branch manager and was promoted to executive vice president of the Central Region in in 2010. Livingston has more than 50 years of industrial pipe experience. Additionally, Kevin Roberts has been appointed to replace Livingston as vice president of the Central Region. Roberts joined Kelly in a sales position in 2006 and quickly was promoted to Houston branch manager in 2008. Kelly Pipe was organized in 1898 and was purchased by JFE Shoji in 2014. DEACON INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES Deacon Industrial Supply recently announced several personnel changes in the company. Lee Sharpless, a 36-year veteran of the company, was named director of sales operations. Most recently he was director of commercial sales and inside sales. Effective immediately Chris Teti will take on the role of director of commercial sales, while Danny Sharpless is now valve automation and controls specialist. Sharpless has been with Deacon Industrial Supply for 10 years. OBITUARY: WEBSTONE PRESIDENT MICHAEL RECK Webstone Co. President Michael Reck died Dec. 24, after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer, the company announced. Reck’s successful career led him to Webstone in the 1990s. He later purchased the company in 1999 and together with current Executive Vice President Fernando Mireles created a new vision for what was to become “Webstone Innovation,” the company noted. Under this leadership, Webstone became known for strategic product development — designing innovative products while securing numerous patents. Reck was involved in many charitable organizations, neighborhood groups and industry causes. Until a suitable replacement is appointed, Webstone will continue operation by its senior management team. Founded in 1954, Webstone designs residential and commercial valves used in plumbing, hydronic, radiant, solar and geothermal applications with a focus on time- and space-saving concepts that simplify future maintenance and upkeep of piping systems. CHICAGO TUBE & IRON ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE MOVES Romeoville, Ill.-based Chicago Tube & Iron, which begins its 102nd year of operation in 2016, recently announced a number of key management moves. All organizational changes were effective Jan. 1. Bill Zielinski has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Zielinski is a 30-year industry veteran, which includes 24 years at Chicago Tube & Iron in roles of increasing responsibility and success. In his new role, Zielinski will be responsible for the performance of all distribution divisions. Curt Roe is transitioning to the role of senior vice president and is targeting a May 2016 retirement. Roe will assist Chicago Tube & Iron President and CEO Don McNeeley in navigating key management transitions in a number of company divisions. His primary focus will be on Des Moines, Iowa, Quad Cities (Illinois and Iowa) and Indianapolis opportunities. McNeeley also announced Mike DiNanno will continue in his leadership role as chief financial officer. In addition to his ongoing responsibilities over the company’s financial activities, Chicago Tube & Iron’s information technology department will now report through DiNanno’s office. McNeeley, Zielinski and DiNanno will function as Chicago Tube & Iron’s Executive Committee and provide strategic vision for the company. “I am excited about coupling Mike DiNanno’s financial acumen with the significant commercial ability of Bill Zielinski,” McNeeley said. “The three of us, CEO, COO and CFO, will function as the Chicago Tube & Iron Executive Committee, providing a strategic vision for our company as we move forward through our second century. Always impressed with the depth of Bill and Mike’s thought process, I am excited about our future.” In other moves, 14-year company veteran Randy Holndoner was promoted to corporate manager of IT. Sean Vietti was promoted to assistant general manager of the company’s Romeoville division where he will continue to lead the sales effort. Rod Van Rite was promoted to assistant general manager of the company’s Fond du Lac (Wis.) Division, while Rob Powers was promoted to director of marketing, pipe, valves and fittings.
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