Meet Jamie Byrne: The New Vice President of Sales for Overhead Door


Meet Jamie Byrne, the new vice president of sales for Overhead Door. Jamie, who considers himself a family man, has a passion for working with industry leaders that have strong brands and integrity, because they have the customers’ best interest in mind. His strategic mind and love for working with a high-performance team make him a key addition to the Overhead Door family.

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Jamie grew up in Pittsburgh just a few steps from Heinz field, home of the Steelers, where his family has had tickets for nearly 52 years. He attended college at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and after graduating, worked for Trane, an air conditioning and heating manufacturer. After 20 years in the HVAC and air conditioning business, Jamie spent the past three as Senior Vice President for Mohawk Industries, an American flooring manufacturer, leading their hard surfaces division. He has nearly 24 years of experience working with every type of go-to-market channel and significant experience working with independent distributors. “My passion is working with family owned businesses and helping them develop profitable plans for growth. Many of my close friends own distributorships and dealerships in HVAC or flooring. I understand the dynamics of a family business especially in the building products industry,” said Jamie.


Jamie spent his first 90 days at Overhead Door traveling and spending time with many of our Ribbon Distributors, all over the United States. His take on Overhead Door?

“Overhead Door has the most committed distributors in the door industry by far, and some of the most committed people I have every worked with. They believe in the Overhead Door brand and they refer to their network as a family. These aren’t just words, they’re true feelings and a big reason why the legacy of Overhead Door is so powerful.”

Ingenuity. Passion. Perseverance. Commitment. These elements are what Jamie sees as the current driving force behind Overhead Door’s success in making the brand matter to the customer.

What’s Next?

This year, sales teams will be bringing new business to the table for Overhead Door distributors, focusing on business planning and development.

“To achieve success, our team will be sitting down with each distributor to develop a business plan for their specific market area. We’ve been training our team on business planning processes so we can be a better partner, helping our distributors identify the best opportunities for their business in their specific market,” said Jamie.

Jamie and his team’s goal is to improve their service and customer support to the distributors through these types of initiatives, ultimately hunting down new opportunities for Overhead Door Distributors to grow.

“There really is nothing stopping us.  We have the best brand in the industry.  We have the best distributors in the industry, and we have the tools to make this happen.  All we need now is action,” said Jamie.

Living the Legacy

As we celebrate our 95th Anniversary this year, Overhead Door has been very focused on our legacy and future. The theme of April’s annual distributor meeting, “Living the Legacy” is something Jamie wants to contribute to by helping strengthen the Ribbon network.  He plans to do this in several ways.

  • Improving quality: “Overhead Door should always be the best door available, and our distributors and customers should be able to rely on every door being right every time. We are laser focused on making this happen.”
  • New products: “What’s really exciting is the way these new products let us offer a robust selection of commercial, industrial, residential and high performance door solutions. There’s no reason for anyone to go anywhere else. We have the market covered.”
  • Making it all come together: “We have the right product solutions. With superior engineering, superior components and sold and installed by a superior Ribbon Distributor network. That’s a heck of a story to be able to tell and I’m proud to tell it.”

It’s clear that Jamie has big goals for Overhead Door, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the family. Together, we can all make this a great year. Our heritage has brought us this far, and the dedicated people at Overhead Door can help continue to make it better than ever.

“I live by the words I share with my two daughters, ‘Be good, work hard, have fun and do great things.  Have faith, trust and confidence, and believe in yourself and you will be a winner in life, business, sports or whatever you choose to do.’  It’s a message that being good to others, working hard and smart, and having fun along the way, will make life so much more enjoyable and meaningful.”

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Introducing OHD Anywhere™ Garage Door Opener App

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Imagine the peace of mind and convenience that comes with being able to open or close your garage door from anywhere in the world. We’re excited to introduce Overhead Door’s new smart device enabled garage door controller: OHD Anywhere. Never worry again about giving your garage passcode to anyone. With the use of OHD Anywhere, it’s as simple as opening the app on your smart device.

OHD Anywhere allows users to operate up to three garage doors from any location. The app is compatible with most Android and Apple mobile devices. The ability to monitor your garage from afar is not only convenient, but also safer than traditional monitoring methods. Door-mounted sensors monitor the position of the garage door rather than the operation of a garage door opener. Users will be alerted to any change in position of the garage door even if it’s been disengaged from the opener.

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OHD Anywhereworks through the use of your home Wi-Fi® connection, and can be programmed for use on up to three doors per module (additional sensors are required if you have more than one door). The door module incorporates the low-power SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 wireless MCU from Texas Instruments (TI)* which allows for users to securely operate their garage doors. OHD Anywhere can be used with most garage door openers produced after 1993 (click here to see if your opener is compatible).


OHD Anywhereoperates via a free app that can be downloaded from your device’s app store (iPhone users click here, and Android users click here for quick access to download).

What would you use your app-controlled garage door for? Comment below and tell us!

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*SimpleLink is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated


Part II: Love and Garage Doors- Growing Families and Businesses Since 1921

We’re continuing the love fest with Part II of our Love and Garage Doors series. Meet four more of our amazing distributors in today’s blog. If you missed Love and Garage Doors Part I, read it here!

The McGraws

Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield

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In 1986, Gordon McGraw bought Overhead Door Company of Eugene-Springfield to build a flexible life for his young family. In 2007, when he was ready to retire and enjoy his hobbies, the next generation was ready to step in. His daughters and their husbands, Katie and Chris Schnider and Sara and Paul Burrell, were ready to take on the very successful distributorship that Gordon had built. Katie and Paul took over day-to-day operations, while Chris eventually began to manage the commercial sales department and Sara continued her work in the community as a registered nurse. The group went on to win the Eagle Award from 2012-2014.

We asked them a few of their favorite things about working as Overhead Door Distributors:

“Seeing the impact we’ve been able to achieve in the community, not just from providing and installing garage doors, but helping others in the community. Whether it is through donating to a charitable cause, or donating materials and services for auctions and raffles, we’re blessed and fortunate to be able to give back. It has been as rewarding as any other element of being involved with this business,” said Chris.

“It is always memorable when we get to spend continuing our garage door education at conferences and meetings as well as socializing with other distributors,” said Katie.

Chris said he enjoys the business side of things, “Getting to see the whole picture of running a business. Instead of just one aspect, we get to delve into and make decisions regarding every part of our livelihood,” he explained.

The group sees changes toward viewing the garage door as a statement piece as an upcoming trend for their business. Being in a microbrewery capital, many are now showing interest in Full Vision doors. In addition, the group has seen a trend toward proactive safety measures, particularly when it comes to fire doors.

The Ross’s

Overhead Door Company of South Central Texas

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When Jeff Ross lost his job to an organizational restructure almost 15 years ago he had to make a choice:  start working for somebody else or become his own boss. Now, he owns and manages three distributorships along with the help and support of his family.

His wife Lauri, whom he knew growing up, started out in inside sales and evolved to purchasing and inventory control. Mike, Jeff and Lauri’s oldest son, joined the family business almost 12 years ago and has worked in inside sales, estimating and now works as an operations supervisor. Danny, Jeff and Lauri’s youngest son, worked as a door tech while attending college and eventually moved to outside sales, branch manager, and now works in the material handling division of the company. Lauri and Jeff’s daughter-in-law Erica also started working in the business while in college, and now manages the company’s e-commerce and websites.

Owning a distributorship allowed the family to hire on Jeff’s father part-time making sales calls. These led to some of the most cherished memories the family has. Mike and Danny had the opportunity to work along-side and learn from their grandfather, who was very mindful of schedules, arriving early to sales calls and always being prepared.

“A family business is not without its challenges. One of the challenges is to make sure you treat all of your employees as family.  As long as people understand the rules and you treat everyone fairly and with respect, it’s not an issue,” said Jeff.

The Parmelys

Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander

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Chuck and Cynthia Parmely met in 1981, when Cynthia began work as a bookkeeper for Chuck’s dad who owned the distributorship before Chuck and Cynthia took over in 1998. The two were married just six months later on April 3, 1982 and will be spending their 34th wedding anniversary at Overhead Door’s 95th National Ribbon Distributor Meeting!

Chuck has been in the garage door business since he was 10 years old, spending the past 37 years with Overhead Door Company of Riverton/Lander, “I was born into this business and I love the job,” said Chuck.

Chuck and Cynthia’s daughter, Ashley, followed in her family’s footsteps. This year will mark her tenth year with Overhead Door! “Even though we aren’t all related, it’s like we are all family here. We joke around with each other and the atmosphere is always light, fun and carefree,” said Ashley.

Some of their favorite memories revolve around that family bond with the entire distributorship. Chuck remembers an unexpected gift, the metal art with the Overhead Door logo in the pictures above, that meant a lot to him and Cynthia. The art was given to the couple by the employees at a company Christmas party a few years ago. This bond has transformed the distributorship from a one man shop to a 16-person business that has thrived for the past 37 years.

The Christophersons

Overhead Door Company of Bountiful

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James and Ilona Christopherson were high school sweethearts. They’ve been in the business for 29 years and their son, David, also works as an integral part of the distributorship. This family has worked hard, and due to this hard work they have grown their business in 12 of the last 13 years, a milestone they’re particularly proud of.

“I wouldn’t be here today without my families’ help,” said James.

When asked about some of their favorite personal memories from working as an Overhead Door Distributor, they pointed to the people they have met at the company as well as other distributorships, who have become their friends and people they look up to.

We want to thank these special distributors for taking the time to share their stories with us. We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with all of our wonderful distributors.

Did you enjoy reading our Love and Garage Door series? Comment below and tell us!

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2016: Overhead Door Turns 95!

Now that you’ve celebrated ringing in the New Year, join Overhead Door as we celebrate our 95th Anniversary! We’re excited to kick-off 2016 and share with you the history, and founding of our company. This year, we will be sharing some of our historic contributions to the industry over these 95 years on our blog. Today’s post will focus on our founder, C. G. Johnson and two of his many contributions to the garage door industry.

In the early 1900’s Henry Ford unveiled the Model T. This automobile was affordable, reliable, and had country roads and small towns in mind. The cost of the Model T made it affordable for the majority of the population. This boom in the automobile industry led several other car makers to start producing affordable cars, which made for even more car owners. With so many Americans now on the road they needed a place to store their newly purchased vehicles!

Carriage houses, originally meant to house horses and the carriages they led, had a new addition: the automobile. Eventually, carriage houses were phased out as more and more people purchased vehicles, and were replaced with garages. Early garages had side-opening panel doors which worked, but not in the most convenient manner. Seeing that these doors required double the amount of space to open, C. G. Johnson had an idea. In 1921 Johnson patented a sectional overhead door, and with that idea, a corporation was born.

To showcase this new invention, Johnson traveled to fairs and expositions with a prototype door attached to his Model T. With the help of new marketing tactics such as customer coupons and community bulletin boards, Johnson quickly established a network of distributors. Five years later, Johnson brought another invaluable piece of technology to the industry to help those who could not manually lift their doors: the electric garage door opener. These two inventions laid the foundation for Overhead Door Corporation, which has continued to be a leader in the industry.

Do you have an Overhead Door garage door? Comment below and share what inventions have made your life easier!

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Overhead Door Races into Pole Position in the Grand Prix of Houston

The garage. The home for your car. Could you imagine if this car was tucked away safely in yours?


Overhead Door is proud to have been a part of Team Penske in the IndyCar Series on June 28 and 29 where driver Helio Castroneves had a big weekend in the two races of the Grand Prix of Houston.

Castroneves, originally from Brazil, has become a celebrity in the racing community and is in the middle of his 15th IndyCar season with Team Penske.


Overhead Door received great brand exposure with the placement of our recognizable ribbon logo on two locations of the No. 3 Shell-V-Power Pennzoil-Ultra, Hitachi, and AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California Indy car. If you watched Race 1 and Race 2 over that weekend, you probably saw the logo as Castroneves zoomed by the cameras.  Every time the car stopped in the pit, Overhead Door was captured on TV, with the logo being strategically placed on the left side and right side of the front wing.


In Race 1, Castroneves finished in  9th place, which allowed him to start in the pole position for Race 2.  During Race 2, he held the lead for 47 straight laps until he unfortunately crashed, taking him out of the race..

Fun Fact: Helio’s garage boasts a Chevy Tahoe; the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Pace Vehicle Oldsmobile Bravada; a 50th Anniversary Special Edition Chevrolet Corvette, which he received for winning the 2002 Indianapolis 500, and his latest addition — a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

What’s in your garage? Tell us in the comment section!

A Year in Review with Overhead Door

2012 was quite the year for us here at Overhead Door. As we enter 2013, we’re taking time to look back at what happened in the garage door industry this past year and preparing for things to come in the next. With the U.S. Department of Commerce expecting an increase in homebuilding in the coming months, it’s likely that we’ll see growing demand in the garage door industry.

Recently, we sat down with Joe Dachowicz, Vice President of Marketing, to discuss garage door industry trends from 2012 and what we can expect in 2013. Continue reading