ATLANTA – (January 26, 2011) Michael Sweeney, media relations manager for Sto Corp., passed away on January 4. He was 47. Michael was responsible for public relations and advertising at the company, where he worked for 10 years.

“His skills in developing a web of relationships with vendors and the media will be missed, but his humor and good nature will be missed even more. He was dedicated to Sto's future, and worked hard to create a better company and even more enjoyable working environment for all,” the company said in a statement.

Michael had a long career in the building products industry. He served as communications director for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; associate publisher and trade show manager of PK Marketing, Inc., where he was editor for Georgia Builder magazine; marketing manager for Hebel Building Systems, and editorial director for Electronic Packaging and Production magazine. He was a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Michael was active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, Ga. He enjoyed camping with the family and teaching his daughter, Suzanna, how to play tuba. Contributions may be made to the Sweeney Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo, Account # 6938543219 at any Wells Fargo location.