Ply Gem hires former Jeld-Wen executive

Exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem appointed Eric Spence senior VP sales and marketing for the Ply Gem Windows group.

In this newly created role, Spence is responsible for expanding Ply Gem Windows’ sales and marketing efforts, aligning the two functions under one common structure. He reports to Ply Gem Windows president Art Steinhafel, and is located at the Ply Gem corporate and windows group headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. 

“Since accepting this role, Eric has already begun to amplify the work of the Ply Gem Windows organization and is further establishing the group as a leading brand in the residential new construction and replacement window markets,” said Steinhafel. “We are confident Eric’s experience and proven track record uniquely position him to align and expand our sales and marketing operations, while building our consumer and trade branding efforts. I look forward to our new leadership organization providing the level of service our customers expect from Ply Gem Windows.”

Spence has more than 25 years of window and door experience with Jeld-Wen, where he held several sales leadership positions. In his most recent position as senior VP sales, Spence was responsible for strategic market planning, sales and business development, pricing, key account management, budgeting and expense control, and staff development through all business channels in the United States and Canada. 

“As a veteran of the window and door industry, I have had the opportunity to connect with customers and potential customers in all facets of building products sales and marketing,” said Spence. “As I come into this new role, I’m eager to maintain that strong customer focus to ensure every sales and marketing activity Ply Gem undertakes drives benefit to our customer base.” 

Immediately prior to accepting his new role with Ply Gem Windows, Spence held the position of president and CEO at Empirical Sales Solutions, where he developed strategic sales plans for accounts, such as Sierra Door, MasterGrain and Ferche Millwork.

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