People in the News

Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, has announced the promotion of Nicole Fournier to Vice President, Retail Business Unit. With nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and sales strategy, Fournier joined Oatey in 2019 as part of its acquisition of Keeney Mfg., where she worked for nearly 15 years Read more

Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, has announced the promotion of Nicole Fournier to Vice President, Retail Business Unit. With nearly 20 years of experience in marketing and sales strategy, Fournier joined Oatey in 2019 as part of its acquisition of Keeney Mfg., where she worked for nearly 15 years. During her tenure with Oatey and Keeney, Fournier has served in a variety of leadership positions supporting the retail business.

Most recently, Fournier served as Oatey’s Director, Retail Channel, accountable for leading new product development; establishing product, brand and positioning strategies in the retail market space; and supporting the retail sales teams. As Vice President, Retail Business Unit, Fournier will lead Oatey’s retail division, which also includes ongoing support for the Keeney brand. In addition to her continued responsibility for product and channel marketing, Fournier will now lead the retail sales function.

“Nicole’s extensive marketing and sales strategy background and significant experience with Oatey’s retail customers position her well to lead our retail business unit,” says Michelle Newland, President, Retail & International. “In addition, she is an influential leader with a unique ability to drive her internal team’s success. I am confident that her leadership will help Oatey continue to deliver the quality and partnership our customers have come to expect.”

Kozak, vice president of sales for the top water and space heating manufacturer, is the fifth Bradford White executive honored with the annual award Matt Kozak, vice president of sales for Bradford White Water Heaters, a leader in the manufacture of water heating, space heating and storage products, has been named the 2021 recipient of Read more

Kozak, vice president of sales for the top water and space heating manufacturer, is the fifth Bradford White executive honored with the annual award

Matt Kozak, vice president of sales for Bradford White Water Heaters, a leader in the manufacture of water heating, space heating and storage products, has been named the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Golden Eagle Award by the Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives (AIM/R).

The AIM/R Golden Eagle Award, presented annually at the group’s conference, recognizes senior-level plumbing manufacturing executives who have actively supported independent reps and their important role in the supply chain. Kozak was honored at the 49th Annual AIM/R Conference, held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in San Diego.

“AIM/R provides valuable resources on issues like succession planning, sales techniques and running a solid business, all of which are of vital concern to their manufacturer partners,” Kozak said. “The support and tools offered by AIM/R enable reps to improve their business practices and strengthen the partnership and communication between reps and their manufacturers. We are such big believers in the group’s value that Bradford White strongly encourages all of our reps to belong to and be active in AIM/R.”

Kozak is the fifth executive from Bradford White to be selected for the award. Previous Bradford White Golden Eagle Award winners include Bob Carnevale, Nick Giuffre, Bruce Carnevale and Jim McGoldrick.

“Those who have previously been honored with the Golden Eagle Award have set the bar very high,” Kozak said. “Those leaders set the tone for how Bradford White as a company views and treats its reps, and I am pleased to be carrying on that tradition. We continue to only sell through wholesale and we use manufacturers’ reps as a conduit to our wholesale customers and their customers. Our reps are a huge part of who we are. They represent our company, they are our sales force, and they have daily interactions with our customer base, whether it’s with our product line or one of the others they represent. We treat our reps like family because if we do our job and take care of them, they will take care of us.”

Kozak began his career at Burnham Boilers and joined Bradford White in 2007. In 2020, he was promoted to his current position, where he is responsible for all customer-facing sales activities and business development. Kozak leads a team of talented sales professionals who are responsible for selling Bradford White’s products to wholesale and plumbing professionals across the United States and Canada.

For more information about Bradford White Water Heaters, please visit http://www.bradfordwhite.com.

Viega LLC manager Daniel Rademacher has won the PMG Leadership Award from the International Code Council (ICC) for his work in training and educating plumbing professionals around the world. Rademacher, who is the Trades Education Network (VTEN) Program Manager for Viega, was given the award at the ICC’s annual meeting Sept. 18-28 in Pittsburgh, Pa Read more

Viega LLC manager Daniel Rademacher has won the PMG Leadership Award from the International Code Council (ICC) for his work in training and educating plumbing professionals around the world.

Rademacher, who is the Trades Education Network (VTEN) Program Manager for Viega, was given the award at the ICC’s annual meeting Sept. 18-28 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The award is given each year to an individual or organization for exceptional service to the plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and swimming pool/spa (PMG) industry.

“Dan’s passion for providing relevant and engaging learning opportunities so that plumbing professionals can achieve their career goals, no matter where they are located, is unmatched,” the ICC stated.

“I’m humbled to receive this award from the ICC, an institution which has done so much to advance plumbing and promote the well-being of people around the world,” Rademacher said. “And I’m proud to be able to introduce safe plumbing practices where they are needed most.”

Rademacher directs the Viega Trades Education Network, which partners with trade schools to provide tools, lessons and training to help educate future trades professionals.

This is only the latest industry honor for Rademacher. Last year, he was elected vice president of the board of directors of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering – International. In 2019, he won a World Plumbing Council Education and Training Scholarship to travel to Rwanda for the purpose of developing and contributing further plumbing industry knowledge. Also, he was the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Industry Person of the Year in 2014.

He has 30 years of experience in the industry and is an accomplished instructor. He is certified as a plumbing/mechanical inspector and plans examiner by the IAPMO. He has extensive experience using, implementing and interpreting the Uniform Plumbing Code, the Uniform Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code and International Fuel Gas Code.

Renee to lead R&D team towards development of innovative technologies, driving market growth  Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its Vice President of Innovation. With Renee’s zeal and extensive knowledge in developing new and innovative technologies, Rinnai Read more

Renee to lead R&D team towards development of innovative technologies, driving market growth 

Rinnai America Corporation, manufacturer of the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America, announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its Vice President of Innovation. With Renee’s zeal and extensive knowledge in developing new and innovative technologies, Rinnai will continue to expand its portfolio and drive growth in new markets.

“My passion is transforming data and technologies into cool, new products and that passion is sure to come through while at Rinnai,” said Renee. “I look forward to driving development for innovative technology, leading the team towards new idea creation and outside of the box thinking.”

Renee’s passion for creating new technologies began over 35 years ago. Most recently, she was Director of Innovation, Methods and Operations at Eaton, leading up to 200 employees. During her time at Eaton, she created the Innovation, Methods and Operations team from the ground up, developing a strong, collaborative culture within R&D across 26 divisions. Prior to her time at Eaton, Renee developed products across a number of industries for Fortune 100 companies and customers, including residential and commercial HVAC, transport refrigeration, telecommunications and aerospace.

“Renee’s diverse product knowledge in a variety of industries is invaluable for Rinnai,” said Frank Windsor, President, Rinnai America Corporation. “Her vision and expertise will spearhead the development of technologies in new markets, aiding in Rinnai’s growth strategy, as well as producing products that support our commitment to Creating a healthier way of living.

Rinnai’s expansion goals not only encompass physical growth in North America but market growth, as well. With the addition of Renee to the executive leadership team, Rinnai will continue to drive R&D and push innovation to new heights.

To learn more about Rinnai, visit www.rinnai.us.

Caleffi North America, a leader in the manufacture of innovative plumbing and hydronic products, proudly announces The Socha Company as its representative for the State of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.  The new rep will sell and support Caleffi’s line of engineered components.  With their 67 years of experience in the hydronics and Read more

Caleffi North America, a leader in the manufacture of innovative plumbing and hydronic products, proudly announces The Socha Company as its representative for the State of New Mexico and El Paso County, Texas.  The new rep will sell and support Caleffi’s line of engineered components.  With their 67 years of experience in the hydronics and plumbing industries, they bring a wealth of technical knowledge and services to their customers—including the engineering community, distribution partners and contractors—at every stage of a project.

“Caleffi’s values, marketing and sales strategies align with The Socha Company’s vision of service and support to our customers,” said The Socha Company’s President, Gary Socha.  “With Caleffi’s passion around training and their innovative approach with the Coffee with Caleffi webinar series, we are excited to get in front of our engineers, distribution partners and contractors to show them why Caleffi is the product line they need to have successful projects.”