Dwyer Group To Be Acquired By TZP Capital Partners I, L.P. The Dwyer Group (Waco, TX), a holding company of seven franchise businesses — Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, The Grounds Guys, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter (Drain Doctor in the UK and Portugal), and Rainbow International — entered into a defi nitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by TZP Capital Partners I,L. P., a New York-based private equity fund. Dina Dwyer-Owens, chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group, will remain in place along with the entire executive team. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE F. W. Webb Co. (Bedford, MA) hired Alicia Criniti as director of marketing. The Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) said that Don Frendberg will transition to chairman and Talbot Gee will succeed him as executive VP and chief operating officer.Frendberg recently was presented with the AHRI Public Service Award. The Flex-Tek Group of Smiths Group PLC promoted Dave Oehlers to VP and general manager of its Construction Group, which includes Thermaflex and Gastite.Superior Radiant Products Ltd. Appointed Kris Kadlecek to sales manager, engineered projects.Grundfos Pumps hired Jackie Sharrock as West regional sales manager for the Buildings Business Unit.Ferguson (Newport News, VA) said that Paul Willmus, who works at its Fargo, ND, location, was honored as 2010 Service Manager of the Year by Johnson Controls. OBITUARIES Henry C. Panza, 81, who trained 10 men to become presidents of Win companies and served as a wholesaling icon for 38 years in the WinWholesale organization, died Nov. 23 in Connecticut. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he spent 22 years with West Haven Plumbing as office and purchasing manager.Panza joined WinWholesale in 1972 when it operated as NO Nelson and in 1975 became president of Derby NO Nelson. Over the years he sponsored the startup of other Win companies. At the time of his death, he worked and served on the board of directors at Shelton Winnelson, where his son, Prisco Panza, is president. Jerry Don Norton, 47, died Nov. 30 after a long battle with cancer. Over the years he served as a board member of the Decorative Plumbing & Hardware Association and was also a member of two other buying groups, Forte and Group USA; spent three years in Germany as the U.S. export manager for Jado; implemented code development of the European plumbing products for the U.S. markets for IAPMO; and was president of Designer Hardware by Faye. Gus Soltis, 32, a valued member of the sales team at Neuco, died Nov. 7 after heart surgery and complications from a staph infection. He spent 17 years at Neuco and was highly regarded by customers and co-workers. Donations for the “Soltis Family Fund” can be mailed c/o Neuco Inc., 5101 Thatcher Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515. BITS AND PIECES REP UPDATE Mr. Steam appointed ProLine Sales (Wyncote, PA) for Delaware, the eastern half of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey; B & B Enterprises (Green Bay, WI) for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; MDN Sales Co. (Bloomington, MN) for Minnesota, North and South Dakota; and Meridian Marketing (Phoenix, AZ) for Arizona and southern Nevada. GRAFF added Vision Marketing for Arizona and New Mexico, and ST Sales Corp. for New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Briggs Industries hired KSM Delta (Tucker, GA) for Georgia; Mid Atlantic Sales (Shelby, NC) for North and South Carolina; S&S Sales (Birmingham, AL) for Tennessee; Disney McLane (Cincinnati, OH) for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; and H20 Mechanical Resources LLC (Covington, WA) for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Dellon Sales (Albertson, NY) now represents Stockham Valve in metro New York and New Jersey and Roth Industries in upstate New York.Cinco Solar has hired 16 new independent manufacturers reps and now services 32 states and the District of Columbia. Dellon Sales Hosts Young Professionals Dellon Sales hosted a Young Professionals Event in New York City in December, attended by more than 80 engineers and mechanical contractors and sponsored by vendors. Pictured (L-R): Gary Koon, Stockham Valves; David Dellon, Dellon Sales; Thad Hicks, Tyler Pipe; Jonathan Clark and Harris Clark, both with Sanitary Plumbing. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE Emerson Climate Technologies named Pratap Chavan president of Emerson Climate Technologies – Middle East and Africa. ECR International said that its board appointed Ronald J. Passafaro as chief operating officer and board member and determined that he will become president/ CEO after completion of a management transition which will include Mike Paparone’s separation from the company. Reliance Worldwide USA, manufacturer and distributor of Cash Acme and SharkBite branded products, named Paul Sellars VP of sales. Hansgrohe North America promoted Sharon Murray to national sales manager – projects and hospitality. Silent Knight by Honeywell named Jonathan Beach regional sales manager for the U. S. northwest territory. The ASA Education Foundation said the 2011 Board of Trustees will be led by President Mark Hanley of Hajoca Corp., President-Elect Joe Maiale of InSinkErator and Treasurer John Mills of WHCI Plumbing Supply Co. Kohler Co. Said that Robert Zimmerman, manager – engineering, water conservation & sustainability at Kohler, has joined the board of directors of the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments. INDUSTRY NEWS Johnstone Supply (Portland, OR) announced a strategic partnership with Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International that will establish HARDI membership status for all Johnstone stores across the country, increase accurate tracking of industry performance between the two organizations, and involve Johnstone in HARDI committees and advocacy leadership positions. Moen, as part of the Home & Security business segment of Fortune Brands, is expected to break away from the parent company. Fortune Brands’ Board of Directors has approved in principle a separation of the company’s three consumer businesses. The Unified Group will host a Service Management Forum for independent HVAC commercial contractors Jan.24-27 in Carefree, AZ. Also, the group welcomed Climate Engineers as a member. The National Association of Oilheating Service Managers invites all professionals (regardless of membership) to its annual convention/ trade show in Hershey, PA, May 22-26, 2011. ITT Bell & Gossett won the 2011 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the Plumbing Category for its ecorcirc hot water circulator. Baker Distributing Co. Will host North American Technician Excellence certification testing at AHR Expo 2011 Jan. 31, 2011. The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating welcomed manufacturers Cambridge Brass and Texel Geosol and master distributor Canature North America as members. Webstone Valves now offers a “Where Would You Use Webstone” diagram on webstonevalves.com that depicts proper plumbing of systems and specifies the time and leak paths saved by using its products in hydronic heating systems. Forte Buying Group said Scott McKain, author of Collapse of Distinction: Stand Out and Move Up While Your Competition Fails, will be the keynote speaker at its conference Feb. 24-26 in New Orleans, LA. Al Levi, a third-generation contractor, and Ellen Rohr, a columnist and wife of a plumber, will kick off a new Teleseminar Series Feb. 14, 2011 to help businesses turn around: Step by Step, 12-Step Success Program. EXHAUSTO, a supplier of environmentally-sustainable ventilation and exhaust systems changed its name to ENERVEX effective Jan. 1, 2011. Jomar Valve, a division of the Jomar Group, has revamped its Web site at www.Jomar.com. It now features quick links to its most popular products, a site-wide search function and a sales rep locator. Progress Supply (Cincinnati, OH), an air conditioning, refrigeration and controls wholesaler, introduced The Progress Web Store at progresssupply.com. Customers can check orders, pricing, inventory or place orders online 24/7.
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