Meet the Leadership Team: Mike Blair

Meet Mike! Mike Blair has been with Kenseal for 33 years and was one of the original Kenseal employees (the first sales representative to join the team ever!). Currently he holds the position as the Sales Manager for our Beltsville and Chantilly branches. His long-standing commitment to Kenseal and serving customers has made him an essential part of the company. Without his knowledge and dedication, Kenseal wouldn’t be the same. Let’s hear more from Mike…

What is your role at Kenseal? Sales Manager for Beltsville and Chantilly.

How long have you been with the company?  33 years

What was your first job ever? UPS driver right out of college.

Describe Kenseal in three words. Career/Challenging/Rewarding.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job? Keeping people above me and below me equally happy.

Do you have a hobby you’d like to tell us about? Archery hunting- I’m addicted! Rose, my wife, once gave me a shirt that reads, “We interrupt this marriage to bring you archery season.”

What is your greatest accomplishment at Kenseal so far? Developing and retaining a great team – the best guys to go to battle with each day!

What is something working at Kenseal has taught you? Good things happen to people who work hard.

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job? Working with my team to help them be successful and grow professionally so they can achieve their personal goals.

What are the top five things on your bucket list? Catching a blue marlin, hunting red stag in New Zealand, taking Rose back to Italy to visit family, paying off my house in DE, buying an old jeep to ride and surf fish the DE beaches.

What are your greatest treasures? My family.

Who are the heroes in your life? My dad– he never made a lot of money but provided comfortably for our family. He taught me work ethic, honesty and respecting others will take you far in life.

What is one thing you would want our customers to know? We work very hard for our customers and they can’t put a price on that value!

What is one fun fact about you? I love to cook. Especially meals from fish caught, deer harvested and veggies grown in my garden. You won’t leave my house hungry or thirsty. 

Thanks, Mike! Check out this project that Mike and his sales team worked on at the Virginia Avenue Tunnel

Meet the Leadership Team: Amy Missel

In this next edition of our Meet the Team series, we had the pleasure of talking with Strategic Project Manager, Amy Missel! Amy has been with Kenseal for almost 24 years, holding various roles in her time with our company! She is a trusted resource for our team and is dedicated to many exciting projects and initiatives this year.  Let’s hear more from Amy…

What is your role at Kenseal?  

“I am the Strategic Project Manager.”

How long have you been with the company?

“I’ve been with Kenseal for almost 24 years, starting as an Assistant Credit Manager in 1993.”

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job?

“Being a trusted resource for other Kenseal and Harris employees. I really enjoy working with others and understanding their challenges, seeing things from their perspective. Not only does it help me offer more appropriate solutions (and make people happy), but the more people I talk to, the more well-rounded my understanding of opportunities for efficiency and optimization within the Harris organization becomes.”

What are your greatest treasures?

“My greatest treasures are my boys — McGuire(12), Aedan(8), and David(51). David and I do our best to help our boys realize that it’s not the amount of ‘stuff’ we acquire in life, as much as it is the people and experiences that we encounter; we feel that this perspective will open their eyes to so much more of what the world has to offer during their lifetimes. For the past few Christmases, we’ve gradually stopped giving gifts and started giving experiences. Each of us enjoys traveling, and we grow as a family when we can escape the day-to-day schedule and find new experiences together. This year, their ‘experiences’ include a long weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos, a day trip to ‘Diggerland’ in NJ, another long weekend in NYC later this year, and numerous trips to Ocean Isle Beach, NC with extended family.”

Who are the heroes in your life?

“My parents — my father gave me his stubbornness and his work ethic. Growing up, his family offered him lots of love, but they didn’t always have a lot of money. He knew that, someday, he wanted more for his wife and kids than he had growing up, and he worked hard to get it. And I have no doubt passed on his stubbornness to his grandchildren! My mother is sensitive but strong; that strength wasn’t always evident when we were kids, but looking back, it was most definitely there. She continues to have the right advice that will help pull me through any situation. My parents keep themselves extremely active and strive to enjoy life every day – definitely something for us all to strive for!”

What is one fun fact about you?

“I love to eat. I like to call it one of the few ‘necessary luxuries’ of life. If you’re going to eat, eat something that you really enjoy. And I love to cook, for myself and for others! When food is made with love, you can taste it. There aren’t many experiences that warm my heart as much as setting a big home cooked meal down in front of friends and family, and watching them enjoy it. That truly brings me joy!”

Thank you, Amy!

Branch Spotlight: Norfolk, VA

The Kenseal team in southern Virginia relocated to Norfolk, Va. in 2014 from their former location in Chesapeake. With a loading dock, delivery vehicle and an experienced team, they are fully equipped to provide our valued customers with exceptional service. Let’s learn more about the team in this branch spotlight!

Sam Fagan, Sales Manager- My greatest accomplishment at Kenseal is being able to coach a team that understands how to grow and excel! Helping my teammates become successful is one of the best parts of my job. I love boats and the water and will retire on a boat one day. Fun fact – I used to be a foster parent and have had as many as 4 foster kids in my house at once!

Katie Chapple, Sales and Operations Coordinator–  I was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have 3 awesome boys. Between the 3 boys and sports, we spend all of our time on the baseball, soccer, and football fields. We are huge Oriole and Steeler fans. My house is an all out sport zone. In addition, I spend a lot of time with my extended family here at Kenseal. Kenseal isn’t just a job, it’s a career. I am happy to be surrounded by such an awesome team.

Jon Wells, Inside Sales Representative –  I am a family man in every sense of the word. My family is by far the most important thing in my life. I have a lovely wife of 8 years, a six year old, and a four year old. I love cooking and also watching/playing baseball. I am a die hard Atlanta Braves fan and a San Francisco 49ers fan. I enjoy spending time on the shores of the Outer Banks and in the Caribbean.

Cameron Taylor, Outside Sales Representative –  I am a local Hampton Roads native and a graduate of Old Dominion University  in Norfolk, Virginia. Not only am I a huge football fan (Philadelphia Eagles) but I love the outdoors (hunting, fishing, etc.). Most weekends you will either find me in front of a TV watching a game, up in a tree-stand, or out on the water. With this being my first post-grad job I feel that the sky’s the limit and look forward to what the future holds for me here at Kenseal.

Max Simpson, Material Handler and Driver – I always enjoy spending time with my family and watching sports. I’m a huge football fan and you can always find me cheering on the great Dallas Cowboys! Whenever I have the time, I also like to watch movies and listen to music.

Meet the Leadership Team: Mike O’Connor

For this edition of our Meet the Team series, we had the chance to speak with the Director of Sales for Kenseal’s Metro New York region, Mike O’Connor! Mike started at Kenseal as Metro New York’s Inside Sales Manager where he helped mold best practices and lay the framework for a very successful team! Mike has proven himself as an invaluable member of our leadership team and was promoted to an expanded role of Director of Sales at the end of 2016. Let’s hear more from Mike…

What is your role at Kenseal?

“I am Director of Sales for Kenseal’s Metro NY region.”

How long have you been with the company?

“This past May marks two years.”

Do you have a hobby you’d like to tell us about?

“I’m an avid hiker and have done hikes all over the world in a number of different climates. This summer I will be hiking across Scotland along the Hadrian’s Wall Path with some friends to celebrate my 50th birthday.”

What are your greatest treasures?

“My marriage of 25 years and my two children. I was fortunate enough to meet my partner in this life at an early age. Together we’ve managed to turn two rambunctious children into adventurous, kind-hearted, successful adults who continue to make us proud.”

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job?

“Every day at Kenseal brings a new challenge and an opportunity to learn something new about the business and yourself. I really enjoy being given the opportunity to identify ways to improve how we service our customers, develop our people, and grow our business. I love working at Kenseal.”

Describe Kenseal in three words.

“Success through teamwork.”

Recap: Trade Shows in April!

This past month we attended multiple trade shows and conventions in order to expand our knowledge and connect with customers and vendors in the construction industry. Some of the main events we attended in April include the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association (MGA) Glass Expo, North East Roofing Contractors Association’s (NERCA) Convention, and the International Masonry Institute’s Masonry Day Educational Conference! Learn more about these trade shows:

NERCA’S Convention & Trade Show – NERCA is the regional roofing contractors association for the northeast and hosts the largest regional roofing trade show in the country. The convention is an educational exhibit of the products and services used in the roofing industry and is a platform for exhibitors to meet with customers face-to-face. Kenseal sent a team to exhibit and share what we can offer the roofing industry!

Masonry Day Educational Conference & Trade Show The International Masonry Institute hosted their Masonry Day Conference, which included accredited educational seminars, exhibitions, and demonstrations. We joined forces with our A.H. Harris counterparts in the region and exhibited some of our products at the trade show. We connected with various architects, mason contractors, engineers, and many more in the construction industry at this high-profile event!

MGA Glass Expo – This is the only Glass Exposition in the Washington, DC area. It includes information on the latest in architectural glass & glazing products, equipment/machinery, tools, sealants, adhesives, and much more. We manned a booth at the expo to share information on some of the most innovating curtainwall products we supply. It was great connecting with our customers in the glass and glazing industry!

Meet the Leadership Team: Scott Gallion

Let’s meet another member of our Leadership team, Scott Gallion! Scott is the sales manager of our Parsipanny, NJ location and has been with Kenseal for over 25 years! Let’s hear what he has to say!

What is your role at Kenseal?

“My role at Kenseal is Sales Manager for the Parsippany, NJ branch.”

How long have you been with the company?

“I’ve been with Kenseal for 27 years.”

What was your first job ever?

“My first job was working on the grounds keeping crew on a golf course, I loved it!”

Do you have a hobby you’d like to tell us about?

“Fishing ranks up there.”

What is your greatest accomplishment at Kenseal so far?

“My greatest accomplishment at Kenseal was finding and developing a little customer known as Valcourt and getting them hooked up with all the right people. They do a few dollars with Kenseal annually!”

What is something working at Kenseal has taught you?

“Kenseal has taught me me to embrace change, if you continue doing what you did yesterday, you’re going to get left in the dust.”

What’s the most satisfying aspect of your job?

“The most satisfying aspect of my job is when people tell me I have a great team working in my branch! It makes me very proud to have assembled such a great group.”

Who are the heroes in your life?

“When it comes to heroes, I tend to think about people close to me who have worked through adversity or deal with adversity every day. I have two boys and two girls and the girls both have some special needs, one with Asperger’s and the other with a learning disability. To see them bravely put their best foot forward each day is very inspiring.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“A fun fact about me is I am a weather geek. Some of my friends like to call me Scottie Doppler!”

Better Together – One Year Later!

It’s hard for me to believe that a year has already past, since Kenseal joined forces with A.H. Harris and HarMac, and yet when I step back and look at everything our teams have accomplished in the past 365 days, it is simply amazing!

This past year has showed us that Together we are Better!

We are proud to offer more locations with options/opportunities for cross docking and inventory availability for the products our customers need day in and day out:

  • Greater reach throughout our geography – the ability to service customers that may have previously been outside our service areas
  • More trucks and delivery options
  • Resources – more feet on the street, more years of experience, more knowledge
  • Buying power which should result in better pricing
  • Access to more products
  • Efficiency and the ability to scale
  • Best Practices – Audit Source, SxE (ERP), PLD (CRM), Operations Playbook, Safety Protocol

A.H. Harris, HarMac and Kenseal will continue to focus on what has brought us this far, the unique specialty resources that I believe set us apart from others in the market! We are one of the only distributors that leads with forming and shoring, that offers on site (boots on the ground) consultative services on product and application recommendations.

HarMac is one of the only rebar fabricators that focuses on superior customer service with a fleet of their own delivery trucks and in house estimators and detailers and provides value added/labor saving weldable rebar options

Kenseal serves the specialty niche market of water proofers, glazers and repair and restoration contractors, with knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the specialty sub-contractor.

I am proud of everything that we have accomplished in a mere 365 days. And I am excited about what the future holds, please let me know how we can be of service to you! Together we are Better!

~ Kim Corwin

Branch Spotlight: Charlotte, NC

Founded in the Spring of 2000, Kenseal Charlotte serves the southern region of the East Coast. The Charlotte team started out with just two employees, but since then the team, product offering and customer relationships have grown tremendously. The Charlotte team is also notorious for hosting many product demonstrations and a bi-annual customer appreciation day that is always a big hit. Meet Kenseal Charlotte!

Drew Cswaykus, Inside Sales: Before living in North Carolina, I originally lived in Buffalo, New York. I am a sports fan and my favorite sport is hockey! My biggest accomplishment has been purchasing and building my first house before the age of 28.

James Duncan, Sales and Operations Coordinator: I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I like animals, but I would have to say that lions are my favorite animal. My bucket list is pretty long, but my top five things are skydiving, traveling to New Zealand, fishing for a monster Bluefin, doing the Alaska Humpback whale watch, and going on an African Safari.

Brent Frazier, Inside Sales: I’m originally from Southern California and an old school beach bum! My in-laws and parents still live there and we will attend a family reunion there in June. I’m an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan as well as a family man. In my spare time, I enjoy doing indoor and outdoor activities with my wife and kids. One day I would like to take a cruise with my wife to Italy or Greece, travel to see every MLB stadium and learn some golf.

Derick Balknight, Delivery Driver: I am from Concord, NC and in my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and kids. Some of my favorite activities include anything that has to do with cars and cooking. One day, I would like to go to Niagara Falls, drive a Nascar car, skydive and become a multi-millionaire, all while being a good servant to God, my wife, and my kids! My greatest accomplishment has been being the best I can be at whatever I do!

Becca Turbeville, Sales Associate: In my spare time, I enjoying working out and playing sports with my daughter and husband. I was a voice major in college, so I also love to sing and play the piano! My greatest accomplishment was moving from upstate New York to North Carolina when I started working at Kenseal, and being able to raise my daughter while continuing my career. My bucket list is never ending, but I would love to skydive, go to a New York Giants game, visit Rome and Norway, and pick a place on a map to just travel there with no plans set!

Sam Fagan, Sales Manager: My greatest accomplishment at Kenseal is being able to coach a team that understands how to grow and excel! Helping my teammates become successful is one of the best parts of my job. I love boats and the water and will retire on a boat one day. Fun fact – I used to be a foster parent and have had as many as 4 foster kids in my house at once!

Fulfilling all of your urethane sealant needs!

Today on our blog we are featuring product information on one-part and two-part urethane sealants. We carry the leading brands in the industry and are your single point of contact for all of your sealant/caulk/adhesive needs! Let’s learn more…

One-component and two-component urethane adhesives and sealants provide excellent flexibility, impact resistance and durability. A two-component sealant is composed of two parts, a base component and an activator component – its leading, and most obvious difference, from a one-component sealant. Some other differences as explained from our valued vendor partner, Pecora, include:

One ComponentTwo Component
No mixing requiredMixing required
No special equipment requiredBulk guns and mixing equipment required
Require exposure to atmospheric moisture to cureCure without exposure to atmosphere
Color added by manufacturerColor added at job site
Limited shelf lifeExtended shelf life
Cures from exposed surface downCures uniformly
Generally slower cure speed than two componentGenerally faster cure speed than one component
Requires open cell backer rodCan use open cell or closed cell backer rod

Table Source: http://www.pecora.com/pecora-faqs/

Here are just a few of the urethane sealants we stock:

  • Dymonic FC: a high-performance, fast-curing, single-component, low-modulus, hybrid sealant, which offers excellent performance in moving joints and exhibits tenacious adhesion once fully cured.
  • Dynatrol 1-XL: a moisture-curing, single-component non-sag polyurethane sealant, designed to maintain an effective bond and seal between materials of similar and dissimilar surfaces, porosities and coefficients of expansion.
  • Dynatrol II: a general purpose non-sag elastomeric sealant that creates a tenacious bond and watertight seal between materials of similar or dissimilar surface textures, porosities or expansion coefficients.
  • MasterSeal NP1: a one-component, high performance, non-priming, gun-grade, elastomeric polyurethane sealant that requires no mixing and typically requires no priming to bond to many materials, including concrete and masonry.
  • MasterSeal SL2: a multi-component, self-leveling, elastomeric polyurethane sealant that is mixed and poured in place, and once cured, forms a tough, resilient joint seal that resists penetration and abrasion and remains flexible when exposed to weather and aging.
  • Sikaflex: Sikaflex polyurethanes exhibit many characteristics, which offer advantages in certain applications, such as adhesion, dirt resistance, substrate staining, paintability, and water immersion.
  • Sikaflex 1A: a premium-grade, high-performance, moisture-cured, one-component polyurethane-based, non-sag elastomeric sealant.
  • Sika 1CSL: a single component, self-leveling, premium-grade polyurethane sealant with an accelerated curing capacity and can be used in concrete joint 24 hours after the concrete is poured and also in damp concrete applications.
  • Sikaflex-2c NS: a 2-component, premium-grade, polyurethane-based, elastomeric sealant and is principally a chemical cure in a non-sag consistency.
  • Sikaflex 15LM: a low-modulus, high-performance, 1-component, polyurethane-based, non-sag elastomeric sealant and is excellent for moving joints in vertical applications
  • Vulkem 45SSL: a semi-self-leveling, single-component, moisture-curing, low-modulus, polyurethane sealant used in expansion joints in sidewalks, swimming pool decks, plazas, floors and other horizontal surfaces with slopes up to 6%.

This is just a sampling of what Kenseal can provide for your urethane sealant applications and construction needs. We also stock a variety of accessory items, from caulk guns to backer rod, to fully support your project from start to finish! Contact us to learn more and place an order!

Meet the Leadership Team: Jen Vedrani

In this edition of our Meet the Team series, we had the pleasure of interviewing another member of our leadership team, Jennifer Vedrani, Director of Human Resources out of the Kenseal headquarters office in Baltimore! Jennifer exhibits the values we aim for here at Kenseal. Her positive energy, eagerness to try new things and team-oriented approach all drive our culture! Let’s hear more from Jen:

What is your role at Kenseal?

“I am the Director of Human Resources​.”

How long have you been with the company?

“I have been here a little over a year​.”

Describe Kenseal in three words.

“Fun, Focused, Strategic​.”

Do you have a hobby you’d like to tell us about?

“I love live music and spend most of my ‘free time’ seeing shows. I even met my husband at a show!”

What is something working at Kenseal has taught you?

“Together everyone achieves more! We are a team through and through, and knowing that each person is here to support one another and garner success together ​is a great feeling.”

Who are the heroes in your life?

“My Grandmother’s. One was a World War II survivor, and she taught me endurance and strength. The other was a teacher and received her master’s degree in the 1970’s. She taught me many things, including appreciation of art and theater, and was all about manners! But most of all, she taught me that no matter what, never give up on your dreams.”

What is one fun fact about you?

“Our family has a motto which was created after a very funny conversation about the ingredients for a drink. The motto is + @titude (Positive Attitude). What it means for us is that we can approach life and tough situations in one of two ways: let them get the best of you, or attack them head on with your + @titude. We all have a choice on how we live life, and for me, + @titude is the way to go!”