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People: July 2020

June 30, 2020
July's highlights include new hires, honors, promotions, and management moves at Victaulic, Aquatherm, Dodge Data and RSG.

Bucher Named Victaulic President

Victaulic appointed Rick Bucher as its new president and COO, effective April 30. Bucher will continue reporting to John F. Malloy who has served as chairman, president and CEO for the past 16 years. Malloy will remain chairman and CEO.

Bucher began his career with Victaulic in 2009 as vice president, product development, and rose to the position of executive vice president, technology and product development. In June 2019, he was named COO. During his 11-year career at Victaulic, Bucher has led the design and development efforts of numerous construction industry innovations currently in use worldwide.

He joined Victaulic after spending 14 years at W.L. Gore, where he worked in industrial and medical sectors. A materials science engineer by training and an inventor by nature, Bucher holds 21 patents and patent applications.

Aquatherm’s Paschal Honored by Plastics Pipe Institute’s Building and Construction Division

Jim Paschal, P.E., LEED AP, chief technology officer of Aquatherm North America, was named Member of the Year by the Building and Construction Division of the Plastics Pipe Institute.

Paschal has been chair of the PPI Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee since its inception in 2017. He has led efforts to update product standards for polypropylene piping systems, and is working to develop a new ASTM test method for PP-R and PP-RCT materials. Paschal has been instrumental in defining the type of work to be initiated and keeping members engaged.

“As chair of PPI’s Polypropylene Pressure Pipe Steering Committee, Jim Paschal is generous with his expertise about PP piping systems,” said Lance MacNevin, P.Eng., director of engineering, Plastics Pipe Institute. “He is instrumental in the development of technical projects and building consensus among committee members. For example, Jim is leading efforts to update several product standards for polypropylene piping systems.”

Paschal said: “I’ve worked with PPI in various capacities for many years, and have always had great respect for everything this organization and the members do to promote the safe and effective use of plastic piping. I’m incredibly honored to have received this award from the PPI Building and Construction Division.”

Dodge Data Appoints McCarthy New CEO

Dodge Data & Analytics appointed Daniel McCarthy as its new CEO. He brings an established track record of more than 25 years of exceptional leadership, talent development and strategic focus in successfully transforming businesses and driving growth initiatives. Previously, McCarthy held CEO roles at Network Communications, PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Media, Cowles Business Media, and most recently at Taunton Press.

Drengler Retiring as Greenheck Group HR VP, Succeeded by Strobel

Kathy Drengler, Greenheck Group vice president of human resources, announced her retirement after a 34-year career at the firm, effective October 2, 2020. Carrie Strobel, human resources director for Greenheck, was promoted to replace Drengler.

Before joining Greenheck, Drengler worked as a senior accountant for Krause, Howard & Co., CPAs of Wausau.

In her new position, Strobel will be responsible for leading the Greenheck Group’s strategies and policies relating to compensation, benefits, recruiting, leadership development and training. A 14-year veteran of Greenheck Group, she will continue to direct human resources for the Greenheck entity until her successor is in place. Previously, Strobel served three years as the general manager for the power roof ventilator business unit in addition to various leadership roles in product management, systems and operations.

Strobel began her manufacturing career at Paper Converting Machine Co. with roles in operations and systems. Strobel also served as a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, where she was responsible for the development and training of a unit of newly recruited sailors. She serves on the advisory committee for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s Future Wisconsin initiative.

Hinkle, Lorubbio Assume New Roles at RSG

Commercial foodservice refrigeration manufacturer Refrigerated Solutions Group named Dan Hinkle and Anthony Lorubbio to new roles within the company. Hinkle is the new vice president of sales, while Lorubbio, as RSG’s chief transformation officer, will assume responsibility for sales operations/customer experience. They will report directly to Kevin Fink, CEO of RSG.

With 15 years of leadership experience in the food equipment industry, Hinkle will oversee the Nor-Lake and Master-Bilt brands. Lorubbio is tasked with leading the revitalization of RSG’s scientific rooms business and marketing for RSG’s “one company, two brands” strategy.

KAI Hires Parè as Atlanta’s Director of Mechanical Engineering

National design-and-build firm KAI hired Roland Parè, P.E., as director of mechanical engineering in its Atlanta office. In his new role, Parè is responsible for the overall coordination of mechanical and plumbing drawings and specifications. He also coordinates and works with engineering counterparts in KAI’s Arlington, Texas, and St. Louis offices on various projects that the offices may share.

Parè has 12 years of industry experience, having previously worked as a consulting mechanical engineer for EXP US Services Inc. in Atlanta, and as a consulting mechanical engineer for Huseman & Associates in Metairie, La. He is a member of ASHRAE; the American Legion Post 233 out of Loganville, Ga; the American Legion Riders; and he is a commander in the Naval Reserves.

Superior Boiler Hires Smith as VP Finance

Superior Boiler announced that Lisa Smith is the new vice president of finance for Superior Holding. Smith will lead and have oversight responsibilities for the accounting and financial management initiatives for all Superior Holding businesses, which manufacture products in Hutchinson, Kan., and Richmond, Va.

Smith has extensive experience working in finance and accounting roles in a manufacturing environment. She previously worked for Superior for 17 years and was the company’s controller before leaving in late 2017 to work for another local manufacturer.

RMF Engineering Adds Lewis to Client Relations Team 

RMF Engineering announced that Michele Lewis has joined the firm as a key representative of the Client Relations Team. Based in RMF’s Raleigh office, Lewis will foster professional partnerships throughout North Carolina and leverage the full depth of RMF’s capabilities and services to the company’s clients, design partners and new collaborators. Her expertise will focus on numerous markets, including the health-care, science and technology, and academic sectors.

Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction industry, serving in various marketing and business development roles. She is currently on the membership committee for the Society for Marketing Professional Services and is an associate member of the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association. She also is involved in the Construction Management Association of America.