Plumber Industry News: Uponor names vice president, director

Caleffi selects Excellence winner; Ferguson names chief marketing officer.
Plumber Industry News: Uponor names vice president, director
Tony Radcliff

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Uponor North America promoted Tony Radcliff, former vice president of marketing, offerings and engineering, to vice president of group technology for Uponor Corporation, UNA’s parent company, headquartered in Vantaa, Finland.

“We are confident that Radcliff is the person who can bring strategic insight to guide Uponor to that place of alignment with people, planet and profit in mind, while at the same time enhancing current work flow and successes," says Fernando Roses, executive vice president, Group Technology and Corporate Development, Uponor Corporation.

Rusty Callier (pictured), former director of operations for Uponor North America, has taken on a new global role as director of sustainability and corporate responsibility for Uponor Corporation.

“It’s a sign of the times — companies can’t get by with giving limited time to sustainability and corporate responsibility,” Callier says. “In order to balance the interests of shareholders, stakeholders, the environment and people you employ, there needs to be a message behind sustainability. It needs to be clear, it needs to be communicated and it needs to be practiced."

Caleffi presents monthly Excellence Award

Patrick Driscoll of Ironclad Mechanical Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Edmonton was chosen as a Caleffi Excellence Award winner for his design of a hypo-allergenic, low-load heating and cooling system for a 3,500-square-foot bungalow. Driscoll used TwistFlow radiant manifolds and manifold mixing stations to distribute heat evenly to seven radiant zones servicing the home, garage, patio and indirect water heater.

Patrick Driscoll (right) of Ironclad Mechanical receives the Caleffi monthly Excellence Award from Stephen Sawatsky of Mechanical Systems 2000.

As determined by most audience votes received during a Coffee with Caleffi webinar, Driscoll will receive an iPad mini and is a contender for the grand prize trip to Italy. After 12 months, the grand prize winner will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners by a panel of industry experts and Caleffi executives.

Ferguson names chief marketing officer

Ferguson named Mike Brooks chief marketing officer. He has led the company’s e-business efforts since 2007 as vice president of e-business for the North American Region. In his new role, Brooks is responsible for expanding on new business development and meeting the rapidly changing needs of our customers.

“Mike has been instrumental in leading both our B2B and B2C e-commerce channels,” says Ferguson CEO Frank Roach. “Bringing our e-commerce and marketing teams together under Mike’s leadership will strengthen our omni-channel approach to the market and create a consistent world-class customer service experience across the country, culminating a national Ferguson brand.”

Brooks joined Ferguson’s parent company, Wolseley plc, in 1997 as director of information technology for Stock Building Supply. He was promoted to vice president of information technology in 2001, and became vice president of information systems and technology for the North American Region in 2005.

Ranger Design distributor named Master Upfitter

Ranger distributor Kodiak Upfitters was named Master Upfitter 2015-2016 by Daimler Vans/Mercedes-Benz America. The designation recognizes Kodiak as an expert in its field, and ensures that its work meets the highest standards for upfitting and customization of Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes Metris and Freightliner Sprinter cargo vans.

Quality Service Contractors elects officers, trustees

Quality Service Contractors (QSC) elected new officers and trustees at its March Power Meeting. QSC is an enhanced service group of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors – National Association. 

Jeff Kuhn, S & K Pump and Plumbing, Brookfield, Wisconsin, was elected chair of the QSC Board of Trustees. Deidra McElroy-Och, Magnolia Plumbing-Heating-Cooling, Washington, D.C., will serve as vice chair.

Newly elected as trustees were Dan Callies, Oak Creek Plumbing, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Jeff Heger, Nixco Plumbing, Mason, Ohio. Both will serve three-year terms.

Ongoing members of the QSC Board of Trustees are Dan Bonetti, Frank Bonetti Plumbing, Castro Valley, California; Lawrence Snow, Valley Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Sandy, Utah; Rich Kammerer, Kohler Company, Kohler, Wisconsin; and Stacey Ziegler Harp, Hodes Company, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. 

“PHCC looks forward to working with this new group of QSC leaders on implementing new, forward-thinking strategies that will benefit our organization, the industry and society,” says Michael Copp, PHCC executive vice president. “We are particularly excited about the QSC’s involvement with the Oct. 19-21 CONNECT 2016 in San Antonio, as well as this progressive group’s continued mission of helping service and repair contractors be ‘the best of the best’ through lifelong learning.” 

QSC’s Business Excellence Day will be held Oct. 19 during PHCC’s CONNECT 2016. The next Power Meeting will be Feb. 15-17, 2017, at the Anaheim Resort, Anaheim, California.  

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