WEST WARWICK, RI – Dryvit Systems Inc., a manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), announced two new hires for its North American sales operation. John Higgins of Huntington Beach, CA, has been named Regional Sales Manager, and Josh Rupe of Orting, WA, has joined the company as a Technical Sales Associate.

Higgins, who will oversee sales operations in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah, joins Dryvit with extensive sales and management experience in the construction materials industry, including EIFS and stone products.

“John’s work over the past two decades with architects, owners, general contractors and applicators makes him ideally suited to support our customers as they seek energy efficient and innovative solutions for new construction and retrofit projects,” said Dryvit President and CEO Mike Murphy.

Murphy said Josh Rupe’s role as a Technical Sales Associate will be valuable in providing support to Dryvit’s contractor and specifier community at a time when demand for Dryvit’s Outsulation® systems and specialty finishes continues to rise.

Rupe has extensive experience in the installation of EIFS, stucco, air/moisture barriers and other wall claddings. Rupe, who worked in the industry for 13 years before joining Dryvit, will support installation of Dryvit products in Washington and Oregon.