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Michelle Penoyar

Michelle serves as Marketing Communications Specialist and resident blogger for Nichiha. She graduated with a BS in Communication from Kennesaw State University and continues striving to learn something new every day. Michelle has a passion for writing and a flair for creativity.

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Chris Norris

Nichiha is very excited to welcome Chris as a guest blogger. Chris serves as Principal and Managing Director at Walter P Moore Diagnostics. He has been active in building envelope consulting since 1998. Chris’ expertise includes project management, building envelope design, third-party building envelope design review, forensic assessments, field and laboratory testing, structural steel and concrete design, and expert consultation in litigation support.

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Carolina Albano

Carolina Albano is a mechanical engineer who works in Nichiha’s technical group in both the residential and commercial divisions at Nichiha. Her team supports installation and ensures product performance. Carolina helps support sales in many ways including working with architects and specifiers, conducting research of current installation methods and building science, and making it easier and safer to install more products in different building envelope types.

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Michael Russo

Michael Russo serves as the Sales Manager for the National Brands division at Nichiha. Michael has been in the building materials industry for five years and has worked as a project coordinator, sales rep and now manager. He leads a team of motivated sales professionals who are looking for the next big thing in brand design and construction. His team works with architects, designers and brands to turn their vision into reality using the Nichiha line of Architectural Wall Panels.

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David Hohenstern

David Hohenstern, MSBCFM. No, he does not really add MSBCFM after his name, but since this is David Hohenstern’s overdone snapshot biography, it seems appropriate to use it here. The acronym does mean something but we won’t tell you what yet. David is a native and life-long Georgian, though born of Yankee transplants to Florida, his situational accent and addiction to sweet tea certify his Southern bonafides.

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Kenny Collins

Kenny Collins is an industry veteran, and has been with Nichiha for more than a dozen years.

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