John Stephenson named chief marketing officer at CalStar

Sustainable masonry manufacturer CalStar Products has appointed John Stephenson as its chief marketing officer. Stephenson spent more than 25 years in marketing and management roles for window and exterior product manufacturers.

“With its innovative technology and game-changing sustainability, CalStar has quickly transitioned from a start-up to an industry influencer,” Stephenson said. “I am thrilled to be joining a business with such a positive mission, and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact CalStar can have in the commercial building landscape.”

Stephenson comes to CalStar following nine years at Ply Gem, where he served most recently as senior VP marketing and previously as president of the Kroy Building Products division and president of the Great Lakes Window division. He also spent 15 years at Milgard Windows, as marketing director and as a general manager.

“Along with his intimate knowledge of the exterior products category, John brings unmatched brand leadership, determination, and creativity, along with an enthusiasm for translating emerging tools into opportunities for our customers in the B2B space,” said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “His reputation as a leader and a change agent will play a vital role in CalStar’s continued exploration of new products and services that are critical to our next stages of growth.”

Recently, the company opened its second manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The Columbus plant will manufacture all of CalStar’s masonry lines, which are made using up to 81% less energy.