|Age: 57||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 retrofit 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 retrofit 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 retrofit 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!!
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 30 years experience in manufacturing businesses, direct industry experience and a proven track record of success in leadership positions, Joe has developed strategies to grow Apogee to $1 billion in sales through penetrating new geographies in the United States and internationally, introducing new products and entering new markets. At the same time, Apogee is focused on achieving double digit operating margins by leveraging manufacturing capacity and pricing, and improving operations.
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 Arctic Cat Inc., National Association of Manufacturers and the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Foundation. Joe is also a member of the Minnesota Business Partnership and the Winsights CEO Network. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master's in business administration from Providence College.