Bill Fuhr: A true “Texas Giant” in the Operable Partition/Moveable Wall industry, Bill Fuhr the Moderco Distributor/Partner in Dallas/Fort Worth, has chosen to leave behind the day to day challenges of our business and begin the process of retiring. Bill is quick to note that he will be staying on to assist the new Moderco Distributor/ Partner, Chatham Worth, for as long as it takes to complete a smooth transition and train their personnel. Bill’s career in Architectural sales is long and extensive. After graduating from The University of North Texas, his second job was selling flooring systems used in School Gymnasiums and on running tracks. But more significantly the company he was employed with was also a Modernfold Distributor. Bill because of his flooring sales accomplishments was soon asked to take on an even larger challenge and grow the Operable Partition portion of the business. A true partnership was formed as he immediately developed not only the skills but also a true fondness for the product: Bill was a born Moveable Wall guy. He was then promoted to be the President of the Operable Partition Division and subsequently grew it be the most successful in its field in all of North Texas. In 2000 Bill ventured out on his own, establishedFuhr Inc. and began promoting AEC and Holcomb & Hoke (Foldoor) products. And then in 2005 Bill, to the delight of all of us, agreed to partner with Moderco thus beginning a relationship that has grown and endured for the past 13 years. To quote Bill “It has been a joy to work with Moderco, their people who are now my forever friends and promote and install nothing but the highest quality products”. Bill will now be able to travel, spend time at his lake house, collect guitars and work as a consultant only when he so chooses. We at Moderco wish Bill & Karen happiness in their retirement, thank them for their friendship and loyalty to Moderco and are pleased to induct Bill into the Moderco Wall of Fame.
Rob Pelletier: Tragically in January of 2008 Rob Pelletier, founder, President and principal owner of RPC Houston Texas, passed away at the young age of 42. Rob was a husband, father, employer, responsible corporate citizen, friend and valued south Texas distributor partner of Moderco. He started his construction career as a hands on installer of Skylights. Shortly thereafter he established his own sales and installation company (RPC) and expanded his product portfolio to include operable partitions. In 2004 RPC and Moderco established an exclusive distributor/manufacturer partnership encompassing south and western Texas which due to Rob’s foresight and vision remains active and extremely successful to this day. Rob was truly a Texan, insisting on “doing his part”, picked up the tools, climbed the scaffolding, always “hands-on” as well as managing and growing RPC. He worked hard, was a true family man – nothing was more important that his Robin, Matthew, Christopher and Grace - but also played hard. One of personal accomplished dreams was to own Texas property so he purchased a ranch in East Texas, raising cattle, hunting and fishing, riding his horses, hosting Texas style parties for family and associates. Rob’s spirit continues to drive RPC. He was truly a loved husband and father, employer and friend to so many including all at Moderco. He is missed each and every day. Moderco is pleased and honored to induct Rob Pelletier as the first distributor partner on the Moderco Wall of Fame.
Dave Parsons has devoted over 40 years to the Operable Walls Industry and Moderco was privileged to have him on board for 14 of those years. Hired officially in 1996 as a Regional Sale Manager, he is the main reason for the great reputation that Moderco enjoys in the United States. Thanks to Dave, Moderco can now benefit from a highly praised reputation in our Industry and is also respected by its peers. For us at Moderco, Dave Parsons will always remain a great source of inspiration and reference for sales strategy, market tendencies and knowledge of our Industry. We proclaim Dave Parsons the mentor of mentors and it is with great pride that Moderco inducts in its new Wall of Fame this pioneer of our Industry – Mr. Dave Parsons.
Michel Julien acquired Moderco in 1985 and in a short time expanded it from being an Eastern Canadian manufacturer to one servicing all of Canada and then to today’s truly International company. Michel retired as President of Moderco in 2014 but remains active as a consultant and advisor especially as it pertains to International sales efforts. His impact on the present day successes of Moderco remains evident in many ways. From the very beginning he had a plan and a vision which, through his leadership and patient guidance resulted in Moderco now being a highly respected and accepted company in the Operable Partition Industry. He is best recognized as being a “people person”, always optimistic and ever eager to assist even today where golf is now as important as partitions. Moderco owes a great deal to Michel, continues to seek out and welcome his guidance and wishes him well in his retirement years.