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People: March 2019

March 6, 2019
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Aquatherm Adds Two New Team Members

Aquatherm added two new members to its growing team of professionals: Fred Esleck as an area manager and Jeremy Morse in fabrication estimation.

Esleck joined the company as the area manager for Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. He had been the Aquatherm specialist for a distributor since 2011. Esleck will report to Michael LeBlanc, Aquatherm’s regional sales manager for the Southeast region.

Morse has joined the company’s Fabrication Estimation Department. He has experience in both mechanical and plumbing. He started out as an industrial pipefitter, then worked in heavy industrial construction for 18 years. He also has worked at several companies in quality control and project supervision roles.

Cambridge Engineering Names Slavens Regional Manager

Cambridge Engineering named Gene Slavens regional manager for the Southwestern United States, furthering the company’s expansion into commercial cooling with added focus in the region.

Slavens brings 34 years of experience to Cambridge Engineering, most recently serving as regional account manager for the western territory of geothermal manufacturer ClimateMaster. At Cambridge, he will lead growth and relationship building in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and California.

“Gene is an experienced leader with a strong reputation for going the extra mile to help customers identify reliable indoor-comfort solutions that save energy and costs, while creating more productive workplaces,” said Doug Eisenhart, vice president of sales and marketing for Cambridge Engineering.

A veteran in the commercial construction industry, Slavens has built a career serving contractors, businesses and architects across the U.S. southeast and southwest as a regional sales manager and representative, masonry consultant, and project manager and estimator. He holds degrees in construction management from North Lake College and East Texas State University.

ABMA Elects New Board Leadership

The American Boiler Manufacturers Association ( elected Victory Energy President and CEO John Viskup as board of directors chair at the group’s 2019 annual meeting at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Doug Wright, president and CEO of Superior Boiler, was re-elected to a three-year term on the ABMA board by the membership and elected vice-chair by the board of directors.

Viskup and Wright are joined by Detroit Stoker Co. President Tom Giaier, who continues as secretary/treasurer, and Earle Pfefferkorn, president of boiler systems from Cleaver-Brooks, who moves to the role of Immediate past chair after serving as board chair for the last two years.

The ABMA membership also elected Tricia Staible, president of Robinson Fans, for a three-year term on the ABMA board, along with the re-nomination of Mark Colman, president of Rentech Boiler Systems.

In addition, Associate Member Group Leadership have seats on the board and elected Rhett Baker, president of Quest-Tec Solutions, as chair after two years as vice-chair, and Steven Taylor, director of sales at WARE, as vice-chair during the group’s meeting.

The balance of the board of directors is:

Eric Benoit, vice president of sales, Clarage;

Eric Graham, national sales manager, Webster Combustion;

Bob Rizza, vice president of sales and marketing, Power Flame;

Steve Rubarts, vice president, Williams & Davis;

Nancy Simoneau, president and CEO, Groupe Simoneau; and

Don Whitman, package boiler business manager, Babcock & Wilcox.