GANA Names Two As Interim Division Leaders

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has announced the appointment of two industry leaders as the interim leaders of the new GANA Decorative Division. Kristian L. Vockler of ICD High Performance Coatings was named interim chair of the division, while Scott Surma of DecoTherm was named interim division officer, in which he will sit on the GANA Board of Directors in an at-large capacity.

"We are pleased to have Kris and Scott lead our initial efforts with this Division," said Ashley Charest, GANA account executive. "Both will be instrumental in leading the Division's vision and efforts in the decorative glass industry."

Vockler is the vice president of operations for ICD, a Vancouver, Wash.-based company that produces spandrel coatings and decorative glass solutions with a multitude of color options and applications in the industry.

"I look forward to establishing the direction for the Decorative Division," said Vockler. "The industry is in need of a single organization that will allow for open communication and cooperation on education and technical issues."

Surma is the national sales manager for DecoTherm, a division of IIMAK. The Amherst, N.Y.-based company produces digital ceramic frit decoration for glass.

"The Decorative Division will have a strong base of initial support from GANA members," said Surma. "Furthermore, we look forward to immediate growth in the membership of the Division through new members in GANA."

The Decorative Division will hold its first meeting in Las Vegas as a part of the GANA Fall Conference, September 20-22, 2006.

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