Mike Holmes and CertainTeed tackle IAQ
Home improvement TV personality Mike Holmes is joining forces with CertainTeed Gypsum to raise awareness of the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) and incorporating high performance drywall products as part of good IAQ design and construction.
CertainTeed’s volatile organic compound (VOC) scavenging drywall line — the AirRenew IAQ Gypsum Board product family — has been officially designated as a HOLMES Approved Product.
The AirRenew product line features technology that actively helps to clear indoor air by capturing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into inert compounds, while M2Tech technology provides moisture and mold resistance to further contribute to a better indoor environment.
“AirRenew helps remove unwanted chemicals from your indoor air – even years after a construction job is done,” said Mike Holmes. “Many things in the home off-gas, from the furniture and paint to the carpeting and cabinets. And breathing in these chemicals on a daily basis may be dangerous to your health. It’s a real concern. But products like AirRenew are ahead of the game. They’re tackling IAQ issues head on. That’s something I can stand behind,” added Holmes.
At McCoy’s, promotions and realignments
San Marcos, Texas-based McCoy’s Building Supply promoted several executives — including one representing the fourth generation of family leadership — to senior positions.
Meagan McCoy Jones has been promoted to senior VP and chief operating officer at McCoy’s Building Supply. James Lewallen has been appointed to the newly created position of VP culture and customer experience, and Waylon Walker has been promoted to VP store operations.
McCoy Jones most recently served as VP field support. Representing the fourth generation of McCoys to lead the company, she started as a fledgling employee at age 10 when she spent the summer operating the office switchboard. After working in stores and at the company’s headquarters while in school, her career began in earnest in 2007 as assistant store manager, where she learned the ropes under the guidance of tenured company veterans. Upon transferring to corporate headquarters in San Marcos to concentrate on field support, she shifted her focus to the future of McCoy’s in both business operations and values. Today, her responsibilities include the strategic improvement of operations and growing the next generation of leadership at McCoy’s.
“This position at McCoy’s has awarded me the ability to focus on growing the leadership at McCoy’s through mentorship to improve and continue our legacy as a company that cares about people,” she said. “I’m honored to be to a part of a connected executive team that is more prepared than ever to grow our business and our future leaders.”
James Lewallen was appointed to the newly created position of VP culture and customer experience after 32 years with the company, most recently as VP store operations. With a focus on future leadership growth, the company felt it was time to create a position with the sole concentration of improving and developing (both internally and externally) the company’s Business As Unusual culture through exceptional customer experience.
The company’s Business As Unusual culture puts people ahead of profits and recognizes that it takes getting to know each other and caring about others to keep customers returning and employees loyal, according to Lewallen. “In this new position, I’m most looking forward to taking on the challenge of expanding on the Business As Unusual foundation with even more emphasis on growing our team members and building our relationships with our customers,” he said.
Waylon Walker has been promoted to VP store operations after 21 years of service, most recently as one of nine regional managers. Walker hopes to bring a new energy and focus to the executive team, and his predecessor agrees. “Waylon has the unique opportunity to use his vast operations experience to bring a freshness and renewed vigor to this team, and I’m so proud of the remarkable leader he’s grown to be,” said Lewallen.
Walker sees his new position as an opportunity to impact the growth of the company’s 85 stores in sales and customer service, with an eye on expansion. “I’m excited to interact with our team on a much deeper level while building on the solid foundation that James and the rest of our leaders have established,” added Walker.
ABC Supply Co. names new chief financial officer
Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply Co. promoted Todd Buehl to the position of chief financial officer and treasurer, effective April 1. Buehl, who joined ABC Supply as vice president and chief administrative officer in 2012, succeeds Kendra Story, who is retiring as chief financial officer and treasurer after nearly 32 years with the company.
A native of Janesville, Wis., Buehl came to ABC Supply from Hendricks Holding Co. where he had been executive vice president. HHC, which is also owned by ABC Supply Co-Founder Diane Hendricks, is a global investment and business development group that owns and operates a diverse portfolio of companies.
“Although Todd only officially joined ABC Supply in 2012, he has actually worked closely with the company for 10 years and we know him well,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply chief executive officer and president. “Since he joined Hendricks Holding Co. in 2004, Todd has worked with us on acquisitions, real estate transactions and branch expansions; he played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Bradco Supply in 2010 and in our subsequent buyout of minority shareholders last year. For the last six months, he has been working closely with Kendra to ensure a smooth transition in April.”
Buehl has been a member of ABC Supply’s Board of Directors since 2008. He began his career with William Blair & Company, a Chicago-based investment banking firm, where he focused on merger and acquisition advisory services. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Announcing Story’s retirement, Rozolis said that Story joined ABC Supply in 1982 as the first employee hired by company Co-Founders Ken and Diane Hendricks for their newly formed distribution company. Noting that Story has been the only chief financial officer in the company’s existence, Rozolis praised her leadership in developing the financial team and processes necessary to support the company’s increasingly complex business requirements. During her tenure, the company grew from a start-up with zero revenue to a nationwide enterprise with more than 450 locations and sales approaching $5 billion.