Garland, Texas – Fortress Building Products is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Walsh as Chief Operating Officer, effective April 30. Walsh joins the Fortress team with significant professional experience in related areas of building products and holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Marquette University. Walsh began his career with Product Management and Product Development roles in spaces including both industrial and consumer products for companies such as The Thermos Company and Newell Brands. Most recently, Walsh has spent the majority of the past 15 years in various leadership roles with Masco Corporation (BEHR®/KILZ®) including Director of Marketing, VP of Marketing & New Product Development and Senior Vice President in Masco’s Coatings Group.
Walsh’s diverse professional experience has led him through a variety of work environments where he has developed programs for both one and two-step channel partner businesses. “Mike’s understanding of the building products industry, experience in the various channels, and hands on work in related marketing, new product development and operational management are going to bring tremendous value to Fortress” states Matt Sherstad, Fortress Building Products CEO.
Mike Walsh will work on transitioning the role from current COO, Gary Greer, who is relocating to pursue a new opportunity closer to his children and grandchildren in Nebraska. “In just two years with Gary as COO, we’ve grown leaps and bounds, finishing this chapter in a significantly better state than we started.” Says Sherstad, adding “More importantly, we are now significantly better prepared for the next chapter than I ever could have imagined two years ago.”
Mike Walsh will join Matt Sherstad (CEO), Greg Boyd (CFO) and the Business Unit General Managers on the Executive Team of Fortress Building Products.
About Fortress Building Products
Fortress Building Products is a privately held family of innovative building product solution providers. Fortress Building Products boasts nearly 50 years of combined experience in building products design and supply. Fortress Building Products is comprised of Fortress Railing Products, Fortress Fence Products, OZCO Building Products, Fortress Deck and Fortress Framing. Fortress Building Products is based in the Dallas, Texas area with extensive product distribution throughout North America and expansion occurring to many other global markets. A young, innovative and entrepreneurial culture is alive and well at Fortress Building Products where the team is always looking for ways to lead our industries forward. Learn more at www.FortressBP.com.