Western President Honored
The Phoenix Business Journal has named Jason Funk, president of Western Window Systems, to its 2012 Forty under 40 list, which recognizes the top young leaders in the Phoenix metro area. Selected out of a list of well over 300 applicants, he was recognized for helping transform the manufacturer from a regional to an international business, officials note.
Funk joined Western as human resources manager shortly before graduating college in 1999. Within his first month on the job, he told the owner he had a desire to run the Arizona company someday. He was promoted several times, eventually to role of vice president of operations, and the improvements he made to the company during this time cemented himself as the successor to the company's patriarch, Benny Ellis, it is reported.
As Ellis eased into retirement, Funk became President in 2006 at the young age of 29. During his tenure, Western has grown to become a widely-recognized manufacturer of multipanel door systems, offering exceptional product quality and customer service, officials note. The company continues to grow at a rapid rate, with sales reported to be up 40 percent in 2011 and 60 percent in the first half of 2012.
In addition to being named to the Forty Under 40 list, Funk was previously selected to the Arizona Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, where he now serves on the board. and has also been recognized for his leadership at the MVP Foundation, an organization which helps better the lives of at-risk-children.