PEOPLENEWS • Master distributor Jones Stephens announced a bevy of recent personnel moves, including the naming of WADE BOECKMANN as business unit controller. Boeckmann will lead the Jones Stephens finance team. LAURA BURKHOLDER assumes a new role of area sales manager, Southeast, covering Georgia and the Carolinas with a focus on single and multifamily contractors across all product categories. ALEX LONG is the company’s new Central regional sales manager for the wholesale sale team. LESLIE MORRIS joined the sales support team as Southeast region sales support specialist. • Aquatherm North America hired LARRY HOPE as an area manager covering Alberta, Canada, for the polypropylene piping company. Hope worked in the plumbing and heating wholesale industry for almost 20 years at the Red Deer, Alberta, branches of Crane Supply and the Westlund division of EMCO Corp. • Watts appointed DAVE STITCHER to the newly created position of business development manager — drains, West. Based in Arizona, Stitcher is responsible for the sale of Watts, Orion and BLUCHER brand drains in the Western United States. • T&S Brass and Bronze Works named ALBRECHT ROELANDTS director of sales for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and India. • Flint & Walling introduced PHIL HERNANDEZ as its new district manager for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. • ALAN ZANIDEAN joined Axiom Industries as national sales manager for North America. Zanidean is responsible for increasing Axiom’s market presence through its independent rep network. • Air Conditioning Contractors of America named TODD WASHAM director of industry relations and director of external relations. • The DPA Buying Group hired DON REYCROFT as its new vice president of public safety. • Chicago-based GIL CARINGELLA is the owner of the recently revealed York Affinity variable-capacity residential system after winning an American Quality photo contest from Johnston Controls. Photo submissions showcasing American values of pride, quality in work and service to country were accepted through late May and were voted on from June 1-30. COMPANYNEWS • SONNHALTER, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, partnered with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for an eighth year during its annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive, which ran the month of August and collected $30,000 worth of tools and building materials. Since Sonnhalter began its efforts in 2010, it has collected more than $220,000 in donations. Among the trade industry participants were GERBER PLUMBING FIXTURES, KNIPEX TOOLS, VIEGA, LAKESIDE SUPPLY and WOLffBROS. • UPONOR is now a four-time winner of the Partners of Choice Awards program, receiving an “A” ranking in both quality and service from Houston-based David Weekley Homes. Of the 200 companies assessed in the homebuilder’s supplier evaluation program, only 17 received an “A” ranking in both quality and service, Uponor noted. Weekley Homes is the largest privately-held home builder in the U.S. • Texas-based ABC HOME & COMMERCIAL SERVICES recently received the LENNOX Ultimate Comfort Partner of the Year Award from Lennox Industries. The award is presented in each Lennox sales district and honors dealers that are industry and market leaders committed to the Lennox brand, the company explained.
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