Versatex names new managers

Pittsburgh-based Versatex Trimboard named Joe Ferrese as its new operations manager, in an appointment designed to enhance the manufacturer’s capabilities in both management and measurement. 

Versatex also recently welcomed three industry experts to its expanding team of marketing development specialists. Chris Cavens, Michael Gauthreaux and Krystin Hanley will focus on pull-through field sales activities involving builders, contractors and architects.

"We are extremely fortunate to experience business growth so dramatic that we can attract such outstanding people,” Versatex President John Pace said. “It is our goal, both at the plant level and in the field, to keep investing in high-caliber people who can deliver the extraordinary service our emerging customer base deserves.”

Ferrese brings more than 25 years of experience in plant operations. Earlier in his career, he was responsible for production scheduling, inventory management and purchasing at Napco, a manufacturer of vinyl and metal exterior products for residential construction. He later assumed the role of site manager for Napco’s parent company, Ply Gem Industries, a diversified producer of residential building products with headquarters in Cary, N.C.

Ferrese’s responsibilities will include managing activities he initiated during a recent stint as an independent consultant for Versatex, including the 5S workplace improvement methodology; metric reporting and measurement; and in-house barcoding to refine the accuracy of inventory and shipping systems.

Cavens is the former owner of Christopher Michael Homes of Cincinnati. He has been assigned a territory covering Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Gauthreaux was most recently the regional sales representative for Pella Corp. His new territory includes North and South Carolina. Hanley (the former Krystin Lowers) is a longtime Versatex employee. She will represent Versatex in Chicago, northern Indiana and Michigan.