Kawneer Highlights Commitment to People, Expands Talent Throughout North America

In the last issue of Sightlines, we addressed a key element to maintaining our industry leadership: the ability to hire and cultivate talented employees. We can only deliver high-performing, leading-edge products, systems and solutions to the people that matter externally – architects and our customers – by internally making people a priority. Therefore, we are constantly building a team of talented, creative and service-oriented people. We continue to foster the growth of our current employees and expand our pool of talent throughout North America, and we would like to introduce you to some of the newest members of our team:


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Ian began his career with Kawneer in 2006 in estimating and sales for Traco Windows. After spending time as a project manager and estimator with several aluminum fenestration contractors, Ian rejoined the Kawneer team as an architectural window specialist. In this position, Ian is responsible for aluminum window system design-build assistance, detail recommendations, specification consultation, AIA continued education training programs and customer support in the New England and Eastern New York markets.

A graduate of Triangle Technical School in Pittsburgh, Ian holds an associate degree in construction technology. In his free time, Ian enjoys fishing.


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Greg is the architectural sales representative for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan area and is responsible for the promotion and sales of Kawneer products and services.

Greg brings more than 19 years of diverse experience and knowledge to Kawneer. Previously, Greg worked with both DOW Building Solutions and Tremco/Weatherproofing Technologies in Winnipeg. Through his industry work, Greg has developed a strong understanding of the architectural and technical facets of roofing, building envelope products and systems, and project management within both residential and commercial construction. Greg enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves the great outdoors, and is a very committed hockey and soccer dad.


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Michael is an architectural sales representative for the Twin Cities market and is responsible for the successful promotion and sales of the Kawneer windows product portfolio. In his new role, Michael will consult and service architects, designers and contractors on Kawneer’s architectural line of window systems and products.

A 20-year veteran of the construction materials sales industry, including lumber, custom wood trim and door sales for residential building, he later transitioned to architectural windows, glass and glazing for the commercial construction field, working as an architectural sales consultant for Traco from 2007–2010 and in 2012.

Danette_LucasDanette LucasDanette has joined Kawneer as an architectural sales representative for the Southern California region. In this role, she is responsible for the successful promotion and sales of Kawneer’s extensive portfolio of products.Danette brings a wealth of experience in the commercial construction industry to her new role. Most recently, she served as the architectural representative for Arcadia Architectural in northern California.Danette, who recently relocated from northern California to the Los Angeles area, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University.


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Jennifer has joined the Kawneer team as an architectural sales representative for the Wisconsin territory. In this role, she is responsible for the successful promotion and sales of the Kawneer product portfolio.

Jennifer brings more than 10 years of experience in the commercial construction industry. Most recently, she served as an architectural and specification representative for Koroseal/RJF International. Jennifer is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and has held several leadership positions with the Milwaukee CSI branch. Jennifer is also a construction document technologist and a MasterFormat® accredited instructor. Jennifer and her family live in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.


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We welcome Boni as our newest member of the Architectural Services Team. Boni is responsible for assisting architects, designers and specifiers during the design phase of projects.

Serving as a technician in Kawneer’s model shop for the past two and a half years, Boni developed hands-on product knowledge through fabrication and assembly of a wide range of product samples, as well as assisting product design teams with test unit installations. A graduate of Georgia State University, Boni worked previously as part of an IT help desk at Newell Recycling.


Through their knowledge, experience and drive, we know that this team will help us as we continue to grow in the industry and expand our portfolio of inspirational products and solutions. We look forward to being able to serve you in a greater capacity now and into the future.