“I love being a part of something special.”
Western Window Systems is focused on helping people live better through remarkably beautiful moving glass walls and windows that blend the indoors with the outside. Powered by an ambitious business model, proprietary technology, and some of the most amazing people on the planet, we’re in a position to challenge norms and inspire new thinking.
By giving people access to products that remove boundaries and expand space, we’re revolutionizing the way people live — and changing construction in the process.
Stories About Us
As Scott Gates says, few people are born dreaming about working in the window and door industry.
Western Window Systems employees reenact the moment when they first saw their brand-new facility.
Western Window Systems employees share their experiences — as well as offer a few tips — about their new building's biggest attraction: a bright red, two-story corkscrew slide.
We're passionate about giving back to the community.
Here at Western Window Systems, we’re passionate about giving back to the community. Since we started Western Volunteers, our volunteer program for employees and their families, we’ve hand-packed over 20,000 meals for malnourished kids, helped to feed over 600 needy families, and donated our foosball table to the local Boys & Girls Club.
When you work at Western Window Systems, you’re not just joining a team of amazing individuals, you’re also joining a family who believe in making a difference in and out of the workplace.
Mike Wothe is president of Western Window Systems.
Mike has over 30 years of experience leading and building teams. Prior to starting his career with Western Window Systems in December 2019, he held several positions at Cardinal Glass Industries in Amery, Wisconsin, including plant manager, vice president of Cardinal LG, and president.
As president of Western Window Systems, Mike oversees the strategic direction of the company including operational excellence, delivering on sales and overseeing growth enablers such as new products, leadership initiatives, and development of company culture.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Mike has four children and a “wonder wife.” He likes golfing, fishing, and the great outdoors.
In his role of vice president of custom sales, Andrew Darr is responsible for Western Window Systems’ custom sales and development efforts. He reports to president and chief executive officer Scott Gates. Andrew has been instrumental in developing sales metrics and conducting competitive market research that helped the company achieve a sales growth of over 200% over a three-year period.
Prior to this assignment, Andrew, who joined the company in 2011, was a custom sales manager and territory representative for Western Window Systems. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas and played for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. He loves to travel and is an avid fan of college football.
Chet Willis is Western Window Systems’ vice president of production builder sales. He is responsible for the business operations and management of the company’s Volume Program, designed to help production builders differentiate their homes and drive sales.
Under Chet’s leadership, his team grew production builder sales to nearly 500% in 2013 and 2014. He joined Western Window Systems in 2011.
Chet has over 20 years of experience in the fenestration industry. Prior to joining Western Window Systems, he was chief executive officer at Paramount Windows Corporation, one of the largest privately held window and door manufacturers in the Southwest. He enjoys playing music and is a motorcycle enthusiast.
Brian Leizerowicz is Western Window Systems' commercial sales director.
He has spent his entire career in the fenestration industry. Before joining Western Window Systems in 2018, he worked for companies such as EFCO, TRACO, and JE Berkowitz.
A native of the suburban Philadelphia/South New Jersey area, Brian holds a business management degree from Rutgers and a marketing degree from Stockton University in New Jersey.
Brian has lived since 2013 in Southern California, where he is a member of Impact Club Temecula, which pools member funds to make game-changing donations to support four local charities each year. In his free time, he enjoys the incredible Southern California weather and scenery. And in a house full of instruments, he likes to play, teach, and learn music with his teenage kids.
In her role as vice president of marketing for Western Window Systems, Laura Hahnefeld is responsible for establishing and implementing strategic communications plans.
Prior to joining the company in 2014, Laura held advertising positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Sears, Kohl’s, and PetSmart. Also a published writer, she has worked as a staff writer at Phoenix New Times and as a freelance writer at PHOENIX Magazine.
Laura graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She serves on the board of the Phoenix chapter of the American Marketing Association and is a volunteer for Girls Rock! Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through music, education, and creation.
In his role of vice president of operations, Dean Seger directs all activities associated with the manufacturing of Western Window Systems’ exceptional products, including developing key supplier partnerships and ensuring the highest standards of quality. Dean is a key contributor to the company’s lean production and quality control practices, which have resulted in shortened lead times, the elimination and reduction of waste, and meeting and exceeding quality standards.
Prior to joining Western Window Systems in 2014, Dean held a number of executive roles at Schuff Steel and John Deere. He holds a bachelor’s degree in welding engineering from Ohio State University and enjoys woodworking, metalworking, and home improvement projects.
Cameron joined Western Window Systems in 2013 as vice president of design and supply chain. He maintains key supplier partnerships and coordinates with vendors and designers on new product development including numerous patent-pending products.
Between 2018 and 2019, Cameron served as vice president of strategic purchasing and design for PGT Innovations. Before 2013, he spent seven years in the renewable energy industry, focusing on solar panels. Born and raised in Flagstaff, he earned a degree in engineering management and mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. Over the course of his tenure with WWS, Cameron has won numerous industry awards for innovative manufacturing processes and was at the helm of Western Window Systems’ new Series 7000 Performance Line, launching 14 new products over the course of 12 months.
Cameron’s interests include Formula 1 auto racing, muscle cars, and electric vehicles. He also enjoys computers and once had a Bitcoin farm in his garage.
America joined Western Window Systems in 2016 as a project manager and assumed duties as an application development manager 11 months later. In her current role as IT director of software services, America oversees the development, release, and maintenance of Western Window Systems’ software applications, and manages technology operations.
Prior to Western Window Systems, America worked for Bank of America as a VP project manager. Born in Michoacán, Mexico, America earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from California Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
America has a passion for traveling, reading, and finding new experiences to share with her family.
Melissa Miner is Western Window Systems’ vice president of human resources, reporting to Debbie LaPinska, senior vice president of human resources at PGT Innovations.
Prior to her role at Western Window Systems, Melissa served as human resources director at PGT Innovations, parent company of Western Window Systems, in North Venice, Florida, where she started working in July 2012. Prior to that, she served as human resources coordinator for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Melissa has a certificate in human resource management from Villanova University in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, and a Strategic HR Business Partner Certification from the Human Capital Institute.
Melissa moved to Phoenix to assume her role as vice president of human resources in January 2020. She describes her passions as “family and serving others.”