Professional Biography

Rick Pries, President & Founder

Rick started his career in the window industry in 1988, joining Gienow Windows after graduating with honors in Civil Engineering Technology at Lethbridge College. He started off in the production control department as a scheduler, as well as calculating plant labour efficiencies. From there Rick worked his way up to Production control manager before moving to the plant floor to take over the responsibility of running the wood millshop, and wood window production. While collaborating with the Alberta Research Council, Rick was instrumental in the design and implementation of a new plant layout that resulted in record production numbers. He was subsequently promoted to Assistant Plant Manager, responsible for all production lines in the plant.

In 1992, Rick and has family accepted a transfer to Gienow’s sister plant, Almetco as Manufacturing Manager, responsible for all plant operations including shipping, receiving, and maintenance. During his time there he helped negotiate a new collective agreement with the union representing the plant. He also evaluated all production lines and phased out unprofitable lines, enabling the plant to move all production into one building from two.

After 2 years, Rick returned to Calgary as Service Manager with Gienow. As service manager, Rick helped to deign and implement a new service program to better identify repetitive field issues, and provide better feedback to production. Rick was then transferred to the position of Manager of the vinyl window production. Rick implemented a new plant layout, as well as process improvements which lifted production from 175 windows a day to 325 per day without capital expenditures, or increase in staff.

In 1995, Rick left the Gienow group to join Berlinex in Edmonton as a senior field technician. During that time, Rick was responsible for customer training on product changeovers, as well as all window testing. Rick also sat on the NAFS harmonization committee, which produced the first version of the harmonized standard. Rick was promoted to VP- Customer Support in 1999, taking on the additional responsibility of overseeing product design, and engineering. In 2002, Berlinex was purchased by Veka Inc. Where his title changed to General Manager responsible for all areas of the Canadian operation. After 21 years with the company, Berlinex/Veka closed their Canadian operations, leaving Rick with the opportunity to start his own consulting company, Fenestration Pro. Rick is a past chairman of the Fenestration Canada WinDoor committee, and also currently holds his AAMA designation of Certified Fenestration Master. Rick is an expert in efficient design, has a strong work ethic, and is an effective team member who will take your facility to it's next level of productivity!