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American Standard names Gould president and CEO American Standard Brands’ growth phase includes a change at the top of its management structure.The company recently named Jay D. Gould its new president and CEO. Gould replaces Don Devine, who left to pursue other opportunities. Gould most recently was president of the Home & Family Group of Newell Rubbermaid and previously held senior executive roles with The Campbell Soup Co., Coca-Cola and General Mills. “American Standard successfully weathered the challenging business environment over the past several years, emerging as an even stronger business and now prepares for a more assertive growth agenda,” Gould said. American Standard Brands Chairman of the Board Tom Taylor praised Devine’s work, which included successful mergers of American Standard, Crane Plumbing, Eljer Plumbing, Safety Tubs and Decorative Panels International. “While Don has done an outstanding job in building and repositioning the company, Jay will lead the next phase of the company’s development, which will focus on growth,” Taylor said. Briggs is purchased by its own management Bob Robison and other U.S. executives with Briggs Plumbing Products saw the opening and seized it. Six months later, the management team completed a deal with Santiago, Chile-based Cisa to purchase Briggs Plumbing, making it a fully American-owned company. “We realized there was a huge opportunity and we started to pursue it,” Robison told Supply House Times. Robison, Briggs’ vice president of sales and marketing, said it was a “constant struggle” over the last 14 years with Briggs being owned by a foreign company. Briggs’ success and market share was at the mercy of the South American market, he noted. “The biggest (problem) was when business in South America was going well, they weren’t going to give us as much product,” Robison said. “That limited us many times.” Briggs plans a major new product launch, a freedom Robison and President/CEO and co-owner Chuck Dockery said they find refreshing. “We truly are a new company focused on new products, quality and service,” Dockery said. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE American Supply Association Education Foundation hired Doug Dillon as its director of professional development. Dillon will be responsible for formalizing the new education and training advisory model for the Foundation, as well as overseeing the Branch Manager Certification Program. Affiliated Distributors promoted Jack Templin to president of its industrial supply division and hired Jeffrey S. Beall for the new position of president of PHCP divisions. The National Kitchen & Bath A s s o c i a t i o n appointed Alan W. Zielinski to president. Zielinski currenly serves as president and CEO of Niles, Ill.-based Better Kitchens. Knoxville, Tenn.- based Modern Supply hired Rob McInturff as its Johnson City, Tenn., branch manager. Madison, Wis.-based First Supply named Ted Meyer general manager of the company’s facilities in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Platteville, Wis. LA-CO Industries/Markal Co. Named George Bowman its new president. PVF distributor Deacon Industrial Supply hired Shawn DeLuca as an industrial account executive. He will develop Deacon’s presence and build new and existing customer relationships in the Marcellus Shale region. BrassCraft promoted George Werner to vice president of retail sales. Werner began his career with the Masco Corp. family of companies in 1994 as a sales manager at Alsons Corp. Bradley Corp. appointed Bryan, Erik and Christopher Mullett to the company’s board of directors. It’s the fifth generation of the Mullett family to have board roles with Bradley. Bryan Mullet is the president of Bradley Fixtures; Erik Mullett is vice president of Division 10 sales; and Christopher Mullett is regional sales manager of Division 22. OBITUARIES Mike Bales, president of Salem, Ore.- based Prier Pipe and Supply, died Jan. 3 at the age of 58. Former A. O. Smith chairman and CEO Thomas I. Dolan died Dec. 25 at the age of 84. Edward R. Hardison, the former president of Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, died Dec. 15.
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