The time has arrived to award the 2015 Industry MVP, and for the second year in a row, my choice happened to be involved in a billion dollar deal. Though this time the deal came before I named the winner, it’s nice to be associated with mega world changing events. This year’s recipient is a gentleman that I believe met every parameter that I had envisioned. He is extremely involved at the trade level, leading Glass Association of North America’s largest division and biggest event. He also sits on the board at North American Contractor Certification, the glazing certification effort that I believe is very important to the future of our industry. Our winner also has written some excellent educational articles and presented on some seriously large stages. His company is active in the industry, involved in the various shows and conferences.
With that said, our Industry MVP this year is Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning.
To me, this is much deserved recognition of an excellent and dedicated industry player. Another key attribute? Jon is extremely likable. His personality allows him to deal with all styles of people, and as we know this industry surely runs the gamut on that.
Congratulations to Jon and to our runners up as well. I will say, every year as I do this process I find more and more amazing people, which makes this decision so much harder. But, it also excites me that we’ve got talent and skill to keep moving this industry forward.
- The giant deal of Dow and DuPont hit this week and now we wait and see the effect it will have on our industry. The big part for us, in my opinion, is Dow Corning goes from being a 50/50 deal between Dow and Corning to a part of this deal. So, what happens then to the culture of the current company? As noted above, Dow Corning is a very active company in our world, and that changing would have a negative feel for sure. It’s a wait and see in this regard. Hopefully, like CRL showed, you can be a part of a major deal and still be active out there. Obviously the other thing to watch is the typical items in deals like this: service, support and potential talent disruption. Does it get better, worse, stay the same? We’ll see…
- Another good list to review, the Top Five Real Estate markets to watch in 2015, based on a report from the Urban Land Institute:
5. Atlanta. I am surprised given the amount of inventory I always assumed was out there. Evidently that must be getting snapped up, and growth is on the horizon.
4. Seattle. There’s lots of industry and growth here, and powerful corporations like Amazon and Microsoft, I am assuming.
3. Charlotte. Evidently this area is really bouncing back strong after all of the bank mergers and issues of the recession.
2. Austin. May be “weird,” but it is obviously a red-hot area to be in.
1. Dallas-Fort Worth. This area is rolling. The cost of living index is still on low side, and it’s a business friendly region. As we’ve seen in the glass industry with several players either opening and/or expanding there, it’s hot.
- Normally this would be my video of the week, but it’s too good to have there. This is a great parody of the Adele song “Hello” set to life as a salesperson. So true in so many ways.
- Last this week… This is the last post of 2015, unless of course something major happens. It’s been a wild year overall and one that absolutely just flew by. With my first post of 2016, I’ll look back at the year and the predictions I made for it. That should be fun. In the meantime, it is my sincere wish to all of you for the happiest of holiday seasons (Including the wrap up of Hanukah ending now) and a HEALTHY and prosperous new year! See you on the other side. Thanks for reading!
Max Perilstein is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.