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PPG names new vps

BY HBSDEALER Staff

PPG Industries has named Thomas S. Mauck and John R. Outcalt as vps, effective Dec. 1.

Mauck, general manager, protective and marine coatings, will assume the post of vp-protective and marine coatings. He joined PPG in 1980.

His previous positions included controller and business planning director for industrial coatings; market manager for coil and extrusion coatings products; general manager, industrial finishes; and director, raw material purchasing. In addition, he led the integration of last year’s Ameron coatings acquisition for PPG.

Mauck has a bachelor’s of business administration from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s of business administration from Wilmington College.

Outcalt, director of sales and marketing, automotive refinish, North America, has been named vp-automotive refinish, Americas. He joined PPG in 1983 as a sales representative for the automotive coatings business.

Outcalt’s past roles include director, collision center operations; director of sales, refinish, North America; general manager of insurance and services; and director of sales and marketing.

Outcalt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace College.

Mauck and Outcalt will continue to report to J. Rich Alexander, senior vp-coatings.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiberglass.

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Edward Hines Lumber names new CEO

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Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Edward Hines Lumber has appointed Gerald R. Wille, vp- operations, as president and CEO effective immediately.

Wille, 64, has been with the company for 31 years and will succeed Edward Hines, who was elected chairman of the board.

“Gerry has been an integral part of the Hines management team for the better part of three decades,” said Hines, adding, “Gerry is tremendously qualified and deserving of this promotion.”

Edward Hines Lumber is one of the Chicago area’s largest lumber and building supply companies, with lumberyards throughout Illinois and Indiana.

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Realtors’ conference addresses growing ‘green’ trend

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Home buyers want to be green, but they don’t necessarily want to fork over extra money for energy-efficient features when purchasing a home.

This was one of the themes discussed at the “Greening for Dollars: The Business Benefits of Green Building” session at the National Association of Realtors 2007 Realtors Conference & Expo, held Nov. 13 to 16 in Las Vegas.

Panel participants were John Stovall, vp-business development for EcoBroker International; Janet Rosenberg, owner and principal broker of Intero Real Estate Services; and Daniele Loffreda of Plateau Enviro Associates and U.S. Green Building Council residential green building advocate.

Citing data from the National Association of Home Builders, Loffreda explained that the green homes market is expected to increase to 10 percent by 2010.

“There is a growing awareness and acceptance of the importance of energy efficiency among homeowners, but much confusion about the broader category of ‘green homes,’ ” Loffreda said.

“In the past few years, consumers have been bombarded by the marketing messages of companies jumping on the green-friendly bandwagon,” said moderator Suzanne Shelton, CEO of the Shelton Group, which introduced consumer research related to green building trends from recent focus groups and surveys. “People are becoming much more inquiring about the bill of green goods being sold to them — not only in terms of ‘is it as green as what they say it is,’ but also ‘does it matter enough to me to pay extra?’ ”

According to the 2007 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences, a significant majority of new home buyers — 65 percent — think their home’s energy efficiency is a very important consideration. Buyers who placed a priority on energy efficiency were also more likely to value other environment-friendly features, such as proximity to parks and public transportation, and existence of sidewalks in the neighborhood.

“As green building issues become more important to buyers, sellers and businesses, more and more realtors are adding value to the real estate transaction by developing green business practices,” said NAR 2007 president Pat Combs.

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