Wesley Todd Whitworth, 40, chief executive officer of Window World Inc., North Wilkesboro, N.C., died Feb. 5, 2010, at his home.
Whitworth became CEO of the Window World after the retirement of his father, Leon Whitworth, the founder of the company. The company was ranked as No. 3 on Qualified Remodeler’s Annual National Firms list and on the Top Performers list published in September 2009 in conjunction with the magazine’s Top 500 listing.
Window World’s reported sales for 2008 were $343,068,133 with 212 locations in 46 states.
“We sell a great product at a price people can afford and our dealers have seen the response. It works,” Whitworth said in a 2007 Qualified Remodeler article.
Explaining his father’s business philosophy and the principle on which the company continued to operate, Whitworth said, “… you cannot have cheap price and a cheap product at the same time. It has got to be a great value, which means a low price and a premium product. And since that time, we have built our business on the slogan: simply the best for less.”
Before joining his father to help launch Window World in 1997, Whitworth was a national sales trainer for a window company that eventually became Atrium Windows.
According to an obituary in the Wilkes Journal Patriot, Whitworth is survived by his wife, Tammy Eller Whitworth; one daughter, Anna Grace Whitworth; two sons, Wyatt Thomas Whitworth and William Tucker Whitworth; his mother, Marie Wyatt Whitworth of Wilkesboro; his father, Leon Whitworth of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and one sister, Kimberly Crysel and husband, Randy, of North Wilkesboro.
Shirey Named 2010 Chair
Donna Shirey, CGR, CAPS, CGP, and president of Shirey Contracting in Issaquah, Wash., was appointed the 2010 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers.
Shirey has more than 30 years of remodeling industry experience and leads operations for her firm, Shirey Contracting. She is a past president of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties and served as chairman of the board in 2007 for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. Shirey has held leadership positions on national committees of the National Association of Home Builders and has continued to enhance her credentials by earning the Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and Certified Green Professional (CGP) designations.