governance

Apogee Officers

  • Joseph F. Puishys

    Joseph Puishys
    Chief Executive Officer

    Joe was named Apogee Enterprises, Inc. chief executive officer (CEO), president and a member of the board of directors in August 2011.

    With more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing businesses, direct industry experience and a proven track record of success in leadership positions, Joe’s strategies to accelerate growth at Apogee through new products, new markets and new geographies have consistently delivered above-industry growth. Combined with improving operations through Lean and automation, Apogee achieved its best results in its nearly 70-year history in fiscal 2017.

    Before joining Apogee, Joe served for three years as president of Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Controls division, a $3 billion business. Prior to that, he led Honeywell Building Solutions, a global leader in the installation and service of integrated building solutions. He also held leadership positions in companies that were eventually bought by Honeywell, including Bendix Friction Materials and Garrett Engine Boosting System, and served in numerous executive and financial positions across Honeywell’s businesses.

    Board appointments include Bryant University, Smithfield, RI; National Association of Manufacturers; Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Foundation; and the Minneapolis Club; he had been on the board of Arctic Cat Inc. until it was sold in early 2017. Joe is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master’s in business administration from Providence College.

    Age: 60 Joined Apogee: 2011 Director since: 2011 Independent Director: No Committees: None
    This is easy for me. My favorite project in my time at Apogee is The Prudential Plaza Renovation project in Chicago. Not only did this project mark success in a key initiative of mine from day 1 here at Apogee, but it also involved 4 of our business units working under the leadership of our Apogee renovation team...as you know this "TEAMWORK" means more to me than anything. This $2M project was one of our first successes in my most important strategic effort to have Apogee more deeply penetrate the "make market" of convincing building owners to upgrade their window & wall systems for energy efficiency as well as aesthetics. The Plaza is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago's east loop. Managed my Jones Lang LaSalle, the 60-year-old Prudential I Tower embarked on an upgrade to its Class A high-rise office tower. The building was completed in 1955 as the HQ to the Prudential Mid American Company. The 41-story structure remained the tallest building in Chicago for the next 21 years. Working with John Bendt and the Apogee renovation team, JLL replaced more than 1,200 bays of single-pane, low efficiency windows with Wausau's AAMA AW-100 high performance 4250 INVent Series windows. This solution included Viracon's VE1-2M glass and the aluminum was extruded by Tubelite and finished by Linetec. Now that is music to my ears!!

    JLL has credited the windows with improving vacancy rates through improved comfort of the building occupants as well as improved aesthetics. That testimony speaks for itself and is the icing on the cake for me.

    Bleed company blood!!
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    • James S. Porter

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      Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

      Jim was named chief financial officer in 2005 and executive vice president in 2015. As a key member of the Apogee management team since 2000, he leverages his strategic knowledge of Apogee, its business and markets, along with his financial planning and controls expertise. In addition to leading the finance organization, he is responsible for treasury, tax, risk management, strategy and business development and the building renovation departments.

      Jim joined Apogee in 1997 as assistant corporate controller, and was promoted to controller in 1998, vice president of finance and planning in 2000, and vice president of strategy and planning in 2002. Previously he spent seven years at Rollerblade where he moved up to vice president of finance and controller. Jim also gained financial experience at Ecolab and Oscar Meyer Foods Corporation.

      He holds an MBA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a bachelor's in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

      Age: 57 Joined Apogee: 1997
      I am proud to be part of this project supporting the men and women that serve this great nation. It's a great example of our strategic project selection process, solid project execution with our businesses working together to provide distinctive solutions for our customer and the owner.
      • Patricia A. Beithon

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        General Counsel and Secretary (Ethics Officer)

        Pat came to Apogee in September 1999, and as general counsel and secretary serves as the company's corporate governance compliance officer and has played a key role in transactions such as the acquisition of Alumicor. She provided leadership in developing and implementing the company's corporate governance guidelines as well as its code of business conduct. She also manages the annual code of conduct recertification of all employees throughout Apogee's operating units.

        Prior to joining Apogee, Pat spent eight years as divisional legal counsel for two Minneapolis, Minnesota-based medical device subsidiaries of Pfizer, Inc., a multinational pharmaceutical company. In her position with American Medical Systems, Inc. and Schneider (USA), Inc., she led numerous new product and technology acquisitions, provided general corporate and compliance counsel, and managed commercial and employment litigation.

        Previously Pat was with the Minneapolis law firm of Fredrickson and Byron for nine years, the last three as a partner. She practiced in the corporate finance and general corporate areas.

        Pat earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, and a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

        Age: 63 Joined Apogee: 1999
        I love the innovative architectural design that makes it look like the buildings are swaying in the breeze.

         

        • Brent C. Jewell

          Brent C. Jewell
          Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

          Brent joined Apogee in 2018 as senior vice president, business development and strategy. He was added to the executive team in May 2018 to lead efforts in developing business strategy to effectively compete and deliver exceptional results to all stakeholders. He will be responsible for implementing increased cross business best practice collaboration and driving top line growth.

          Prior to Apogee, Brent spent seven years at Valspar, a global leader in the coatings industry, where he held senior level positions in their General Industrial Americas and North America Wood Coatings divisions. Before Valspar, Brent held senior level executive positions in sales, marketing and general management at NewPage, a leading manufacturer of coated printing and specialty papers.

          Brent holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University, Oxford, OH.

          Age: 44 Joined Apogee: 2018
          • Gary R. Johnson

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            Senior Vice President and Treasurer

            Gary joined Apogee in 1995 as director of taxation. He assumed assistant treasurer responsibility in 1997 and was promoted to vice president and treasurer in 2001. Previously he spent 11 years at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a corporate tax consultant.

            Gary's primary focus has been on strengthening Apogee's balance sheet via optimal capital structure implementation, enterprise risk management, working capital management, implementation of tax saving strategies, government relations, and rationalizing and managing Apogee's real estate assets. He also chairs Apogee's Pension Investment Committee, responsible for investment oversight of the company's 401(k) retirement plan.

            He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a CPA (inactive) in Minnesota.

            Age: 55 Joined Apogee: 1995
            The floor-to-ceiling Viracon glass in our office combines the benefits of natural light and outside views with great energy-efficient performance to keep our employees comfortable.
             

            Board Members

            • Bernard P. Aldrich

              Bernard P. Aldrich
              Chairman - Apogee Enterprises, Inc. Retired Chief Executive Officer and President - Rimage Corporation

              Mr. Aldrich was named Apogee Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors in January 2011. Our director since 1999. Retired Chief Executive Officer and President of Rimage Corporation (now Qumu Corporation), a publicly-held designer and manufacturer of on-demand publishing and duplicating systems for CD and DVD – recordable media.

              Mr. Aldrich retired as Chief Executive Officer and President and a director of Rimage Corporation in 2009, after 12 years of service in those capacities. Prior to joining Rimage Corporation in 1997, he served as President of several manufacturing companies controlled by Activar, Inc., an industrial plastics and construction supply company, from 1995 to 1996. Mr. Aldrich served as President of Colwell Industries, a company that designs, manufactures and distributes color merchandising tools, from 1992 to 1994 and as Chief Financial Officer of Advance Machine Co., a manufacturer and supplier of equipment for 1991.

              Age: 68 Director since: 1999 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  None
              Independent Director
              Chairman of the Board
              • Jerome L. Davis

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                Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

                Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which manages and operates Washington’s Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, since September 2014. Our director since 2004. Chair of our Compensation Committee.

                Since joining the Authority in 2014 to establish the Office of Revenue, he has expanded the marketing, research and consumer strategy functions; led recruitment of new international airlines and routes to serve new markets including India; launched an initiative to develop Dulles Airport’s real estate holdings; and presided over the upgrade of airport concessions and passenger services at Dulles and Reagan.

                Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Davis was involved in major transformations and senior leadership positions at top corporations, including Waste Management, Electronic Data Systems, Maytag, Procter & Gamble and Frito Lay.

                Age: 63 Director since: 2004 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Compensation (Chair)

                 

                Independent Director
              • Sara L. Hays

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                Principal and Founder of SLH Advisors

                Principal and Founder of SLH Advisors, a privately-held project management and consulting services firm, since May 2011. Our director since 2005. Member of our Compensation Committee and of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

                From 2015 to 2017 she served as Managing Director and Co-Leader of the North American Board practice of Allegis Partners, and executive search firm. Ms. Hays served as Managing Director, Operations and General Counsel and member of the Executive and Investment Committees of Wrightwood Capital LLC (now part of Ares Management LLC), a real estate finance and investment company, from April 2005 through April 2011. Prior to joining Wrightwood Capital LLC, she spent over 10 years at Hyatt Hotels, a global hospitality company, initially as Development Counsel, structuring and negotiating management, venture, development and finance agreements, and ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel and a member of Hyatt Hotels’ Managing Committee responsible for managing the legal risks associated with Hyatt Hotels’ worldwide operations, transactions and owned assets. Before joining Hyatt Hotels, Ms. Hays was an associate practicing commercial real estate law with the Chicago law firm of Coffield Ungaretti & Harris (now Ungaretti & Harris) from 1989 to 1994. Ms. Hays holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

                Age: 53 Director since: 2005 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance
                Independent Director
              • Lloyd E. Johnson

                Lloyd Johnson
                Retired Global Managing Director, Finance and Internal Audit, Accenture Corporation

                From 2004 to 2015, former Global Managing Director, Finance and Internal Audit, Accenture Corporation, a global management consulting firm. Our director since 2017. Chair of our Audit Committee.

                Previously Mr. Johnson was Executive Director, M&A and General Auditor for Delphi Automotive, a global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle market, from 1999 to 2004. Prior to joining Delphi Automotive, he served as Vice President, Finance and Audit at Emerson Electric Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company serving industrial, commercial and consumer markets, from 1997-1999. Mr. Johnson also served in finance leadership roles with Sara Lee Knit Products, a division of Sara Lee Corporation. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, now part of the “big four” accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

                Age: 64 Director since: 2017 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Audit (Chair)
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                Independent Director
              • Donald A. Nolan

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                Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Kennametal Inc.

                From November 2014 to February 2016, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kennametal Inc., a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions to customers across the aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation industries. Our director since 2013. Member of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

                Previously Mr. Nolan was President of the Materials Group for Avery Dennison Corporation, a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions, since 2008. Prior to joining Avery Dennison Corporation, he served in various executive capacities for Valspar Corporation, a global leader in the paint and coatings industry, from 1996 to 2008, including Senior Vice President, Global Packaging and Automotive Coatings; Vice President, Global Packaging; Vice President, Packaging Coatings – Americas; and other marketing and sales and general management positions. Prior to joining Valspar Corporation, Mr. Nolan served in various marketing and sales positions with Loctite Corporation, Ashland Chemical Company and General Electric Company.

                Age: 57 Director since: 2013 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Audit
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                Independent Director
              • Herbert K. Parker

                Herbert K. Parker
                Retired Executive Vice President of Operation Excellence, Harman International Industries, Inc.

                From 2014 to 2017, Executive Vice President of Operation Excellence, Harman International Industries, Inc., a worldwide leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high-fidelity audio products, lighting solutions and electronic systems. Our director since 2018. Member of our Audit Committee.

                Previously, from 2008 to 2014, Mr. Parker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Harman International Industries, Inc. Mr. Parker also held various senior financial positions with ABB Ltd., a global power and technology company, from 1980 to 2008, including as CFO of the global automation technologies division from 2002 to 2005 and the Americas region from 2006 to 2008.

                Age: 60 Director since: 2018 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Audit
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                Independent Director
              • Mark A. Pompa

                Mark A. Pompa
                Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, EMCOR Group, Inc.

                Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EMCOR Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services, since 2006. Our director since 2018 and a member of our Audit Committee.

                Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of EMCOR from 2003 to 2006, and Treasurer from 2003 to 2007. He joined EMCOR in 1994, serving as Vice President and Controller until 2003. Prior to joining EMCOR, Mr. Pompa was an Audit and Business Advisory Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Pompa, a Certified Public Accountant, received his bachelor’s degree from Pace University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

                Age: 52 Director since: 2018 Independent Director: Yes Committees: Audit
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                Independent Director
              • Joseph F. Puishys

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                Chief Executive Officer, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.

                Joe was named Apogee Enterprises, Inc. chief executive officer (CEO), president and a member of the board of directors in August 2011.

                With more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing businesses, direct industry experience and a proven track record of success in leadership positions, Joe’s strategies to accelerate growth at Apogee through new products, new markets and new geographies have consistently delivered above-industry growth. Combined with improving operations through Lean and automation, Apogee achieved its best results in its nearly 70-year history in fiscal 2017.

                Before joining Apogee, Joe served for three years as president of Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Controls division, a $3 billion business. Prior to that, he led Honeywell Building Solutions, a global leader in the installation and service of integrated building solutions. He also held leadership positions in companies that were eventually bought by Honeywell, including Bendix Friction Materials and Garrett Engine Boosting System, and served in numerous executive and financial positions across Honeywell’s businesses.

                Board appointments include Bryant University, Smithfield, RI; National Association of Manufacturers; Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Foundation; and the Minneapolis Club; he had been on the board of Arctic Cat Inc. until it was sold in early 2017. Joe is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master’s in business administration from Providence College.

                Age: 60 Joined Apogee: 2011 Director since: 2011 Independent Director: No Committees: None
                 
                • Richard V. Reynolds

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                  Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force

                  Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, retired. Owner of The Van Fleet Group, LLC, a privately held aerospace consulting firm. Our director since 2006. Chair of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

                  General Reynolds retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 34 years of service, having served as Vice Commander, Air Force Materiel Command from 2003 to 2005; Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center of U.S. Air Force Materiel Command from 2001 to 2003; Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center of U.S. Air Force Materiel Command from 1998 to 2001; Program Executive Officer, Airlift and Trainers of the U.S. Air Force Program Executive Office from 1996 to 1998 and various other leadership positions from 1971 to 1996. General Reynolds formed The Van Fleet Group, LLC in 2006. He also served as Senior Manager/Senior Business Advisor of BearingPoint, Inc., an international management and technology consulting firm, from 2006 to 2009.

                  Age: 69 Director since: 2006 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair)
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                • Patricia K. Wagner

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                  Retired Group President of U.S. Utilities, Sempra Energy

                  From 2018 to 2019, Group President of U.S. Utilities of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. Our director since 2016. Member of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

                  From 1995 to 2017, Ms. Wagner served in several leadership positions for the Sempra Energy family of companies, including Chief Executive Officer of SoCal Gas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sempra U.S. Gas and Power and Executive Vice President of Sempra Energy. Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1995, Ms. Wagner held management positions at Fluor Daniel, one of the world’s largest publicly owned engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services companies. Prior to joining Fluor Daniel, Ms. Wagner also worked for McGaw Laboratories and Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

                  Age: 55 Director since: 2016 Independent Director: Yes Committees:  Audit, Compensation
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                  Independent Director

                Contact the Board

                Shareholders, or other parties who wish to communicate directly with the Board, may do so by writing to the following address:

                Apogee Directors
                Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
                Attn: Corporate Secretary
                4400 West 78th Street
                Suite 520
                Minneapolis, MN 55435
                Directors@apog.com