Changing Places


Gougeon Brothers appointed Alan R. Gurski as company president. He replaces retiring president Robert H. Monroe, who joined the company in 1976 and served as president since 1997.


Gurski, who has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, worked for 10 years as a commercial construction project manager before taking a position in Gougeon's marketing department in 2007.

He was then promoted to executive vice president in 2008.

"I have confidence in Alan's capabilities," company founder and chairman Meade Gougeon said in a statement. "With this change, we're looking forward to our next 40 years. We're poised for bigger and better things for our company, our customers, our suppliers and our community."

Gurski's first act as president was to appoint an executive staff to aid in the guidance of the corporation. They include vice president of sales and distribution Gerald Briggs, CFO Joanne Gradowski, marketing director Grace Ombry, operations manager Glenn Sinicki and technical director Jeff Wright.

The employee-owned, family-run company is based in Bay City, Mich., and manufactures WEST SYSTEM and Pro-Set brand epoxies.


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