Kawneer Announces Retirement of Industry Veteran, Bob Leyland; Colin Brosmer Selected to Succeed as Director of Sales

On August 3, after 37 years with Kawneer, Bob Leyland, Director of Sales, will retire from the company. He began his career with Kawneer in 1975 as a sales trainee in Niles, Michigan and was quickly assigned to the Cincinnati, Ohio territory. In 1980, Bob returned to Niles where he served as a National Account Manager and then as the Product Manager for storefront, entrances and framing. 

Bob moved to Southern California in 1984, where he served as the District Sales Manager until 1994. He then moved to Norcross, Georgia to serve as the Senior Product Manager for storefront, entrances and framing. He was named Director of Marketing in 1996 and later assumed executive leadership of the sales and marketing organizations in 1999. Bob has continued to lead the North American sales organization since 2004. 

Recently, Bob spoke with USGNN about his career. When asked what he was most proud of in his long career, Bob said, “Couple of things: Being able to participate [in] and [become a] leader [of] an industry-leading company. I started with Kawneer right after graduating from Michigan State. The people I have had the chance to work with, the customers, and the opportunity to take on more responsibilities, are [another] area. It’s also been really important to me to be a leader in our own organization. I have worked with and for very strong leaders and I have learned a lot from them. We are part of a group that, from a product standpoint, has continually tried to raise the bar as it relates to quality and performance and how they impact the environment.”


“Bob is a respected leader both internally and externally and has had a tremendous impact on the growth and development of the Kawneer brand in the marketplace. We thank him for his countless contributions to the company,” said Diana Perreiah, Vice President, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems and General Manager, Kawneer North America. 

Colin Brosmer, currently Director of Front End Services, will fill Bob’s position. Colin joined Alcoa in 2001 as a Welding Engineer for Alcoa Automotive and was named Manufacturing Project Manager for Kawneer in 2006. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering at The Ohio State University. Prior to his current role, Colin served as Kawneer Regional Sales Manager, Central Canada and Commercial Business Manager for Curtain Wall.

“Colin has demonstrated growth, responsibility, leadership and a commitment to both Alcoa and Kawneer ideals during his tenure with the company,” continued Diana. “Colin has been working with Bob to ensure a smooth transition for both our customers and the sales organization.”

We all wish Bob the best of luck with his future endeavors and welcome Colin into his new role.