From the Fabricator: The MVP Process Begins

A few weeks ago I teased that I was going to name an industry MVP for 2013 and soon would be floating some nominees. With this post, that process begins. I have informally received a handful of nominations for some very deserving people, and I am open for some more. Here's my list to consider so far, and I will name the winner in my last post for the year in mid December. I am just putting a one-liner note next to each person; we’ll go into more detail later.

  • Tom Culp: His work on the energy side for our industry is tireless and very effective.
  • Mark Silverberg: He is active at the trade level and works with folks in D.C.; he makes us look great in others' eyes.
  • Ed Zaucha: His work/effort is worldwide, and he was actually nominated by one of my readers overseas.
  • Mic Patterson: For many, he is the conscience of our industry, and a voice worth listening to.
  • Oliver Stepe: I heard from several people that Oliver’s unselfish approach to our industry needs commended.
  • Dr. Helen Sanders: She is similar to Mark Silverberg on the trade level work, and to Oliver Stepe on the unselfishness front.
  • Scott Thomsen: The “Battle for the Wall” was prominent in the mention I got for Scott.
  • Tracy Rogers: He is known for his leadership/participation at GANA and AAMA, and his efforts to grow education in our world.

If you have someone who you think should be in this race, drop me a line. The nice thing about this process is you find there are A LOT of good people in our world working hard for the good of the industry.


  • Just curious how many of you read any magazines on an app?  I know some who do it religiously, and I will do it for a few, but not many.
  • In my town we have an empty strip mall that was filled 10 years ago. It’s an eye sore now. This week I drive by, and up in the parking lot of this mall is a new structure being built for an auto store. Which makes me wonder: With so much open inventory, why is a brand new building going up? I just don’t get it sometimes…
  • This is a wild story on turning garbage into glass. Obviously if this can be refined and done it would be quite the coup. Finding re-use for our refuse, given the mountains of it we produce as a society, is a must. If we as an industry can somehow be a part of it, that would be dynamite. That said, my guess is this is a very long shot.
  • Congrats to the team at Vos Glass on their latest award. This company has been well run for decades. In fact, they were so well run they were always smart enough to never buy from me when I had a company in Michigan! Seriously though, great to see them get recognized as they do right by the industry and are always active in the right causes.
  • I upgraded to the Apple OS called “Mavericks” and I am frustrated by it. I may be the only one who is, but it’s been miserable for me, especially with my mail. Any of you using a Mac who have upgraded, let me know if you have any insights.
  • Last this week, it sure looks like College Football is going to come down to a possible crazy finish with more than a few teams in the running for the championship game. The powers that be probably wish they started that 4 team playoff system this year instead of next! It's going to be a wild finish!

Read on for links and video of the week.

The author 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

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Max, I occasionally read Glass Magazine on my iPad. I can read 2 or 3 issues on a plane or on vacation without hauling around a lot of paper. I never have used an Apple computer, but when my factory loaded Windows Vista got corrupted, I couldn't buy anything but Windows 8. Nothing ever worked right. I hated Windows 8.I finally ended up buying a new laptop made for Windows 8 and now I love it. Art
Art, Thank you for the comment. And on the computer issue I have heard from many the same response on Windows 8... I switched Apple two years ago and for now, even with the glitches, will probably stay the course. Thanks for reading and writing in! Max
I wished I recognized more than one name on your MVP list. Joe Green - GlasPro
Max, Heard about this from others and honored for just the mention...thanks! TR

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