Bradley Austin Named Harmon Inc. President
April 20, 2010
Harmon Inc., one of the largest U.S. full-service building glass
installation, maintenance and renovation companies, today announced
its new president, Bradley J. Austin. Austin previously was senior
vice president, sales and marketing for Viracon. Austin reports
to Russell Huffer, chair and chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises,
parent company of both Harmon and Viracon.
Brad brings more than 30 years commercial construction expertise
to Harmon, Huffer says. He is a well-respected architectural
glass industry leader, who has been instrumental in Viracon's growth
and positioning as the leading value-added glass fabricator. His
industry expertise will contribute to Harmon's competitiveness,
especially in the energy-efficient green building sector, and he
is a motivating manager who will help Harmon weather today's challenging
markets and grow and thrive when our markets rebound. He will focus
on leveraging Harmon resources and Apogee synergies within the commercial
Austin's leadership team at Harmon includes Chad Hoffmann, vice
president, operations, and Robby Sauls, vice president, contract
Austin joined Viracon in 1978 and has spent his career helping
the organization better meet customer glass needs. He started in
field sales working directly with customers on design assistance,
budget and return on investment costing, specification writing and
as the liaison between the architect, Viracon and the glazing contractor.
In 1985, Austin was named director of architectural sales, where
he was responsible for the inside sales and technical service departments.
He was later named vice president and general manager of Marcon
Coatings, another Apogee company, for 18 months before returning
to Viracon to lead domestic, international field and inside sales,
as well as marketing, technical services and research and development
as senior vice president.
Austin holds a bachelors degree in economics and business from
Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn. He has completed
advanced training in coatings technology with Airco; sales and management
training with Xerox school; attended the Minnesota Management Institute
with the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management;
and completed course work at the University of Michigan. He has
also completed the Apogee Lean Six Sigma Champion, Green Belt and
Black Belt training. In addition, Austin was on the Glass Association
of North America board from 2005 to 2010, serving as president from
2008 to 2009 and immediate past president from 2009 to 2010.
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