For the past several weeks, I have been sifting through a ton of email recommendations for the 2013 Glass and Glazing MVP. The winner needed to be both a strong company person and industry supporter. In simple terms, a “go to” candidate that can always be counted on to have our best interests in hand and represent our world right. I have to say, there was no shortage of possibilities, as we have some amazing people in our world. Some who work very hard with little to no recognition, but they do so because of their desire and/or their company’s desire to be the best. Picking one person was very hard, but in the end, I had to buckle down and choose just one. So, the winner of my first Glass and Glazing MVP is … Tracy Rogers of Quanex Building Products.
Tracy does bring it all. Professionally, he possesses great technical knowledge and a strong marketing feel. He also brings superior industry group participation (that was a big piece for me) and, I believe, a sincere desire to make sure our world is always represented in the best manner possible. Kudos would also need to go to Quanex as well, because without a strong backing company, one that cares tremendously like they do, Tracy probably couldn’t do all he does. Congrats to Tracy and Quanex, and since I don’t believe Tracy reads my stuff (but I know plenty of other Quanex people do), please pass this along to him! And with Tracy’s fun sense of humor, I can only imagine the comment he’ll be making about this…
This will be my last post of 2013, unless of course major news breaks.
- It’s been a tremendous and interesting year. We did experience a bounce back business wise. While some pockets in North America are still challenged, many others have had a good, or great, year. No one will admit that publicly, as they’re afraid to jinx the trend, but that’s what I am seeing. Now we need to keep that momentum going!
- Also looking back at the year, I think we saw great strides in products and technology. The aluminum guys continue to introduce new and innovative products. You know I am a fan of YKK, and I have to give props to CRL/US Aluminum. They are really coming down the pike with some fascinating product lines. On the glass side, the 4th surface low-E play started to make an impact, and the dynamic glass space is boiling over with excitement. I know many people are getting weary of hearing about dynamics, but it’s here to stay and will be a factor going forward. Other areas like machinery hardware, and spacers all made major advances in 2013 as well (one example, being the huge Michael Schmidt/ForEl news). In reality, a lot of movers and shakers were doing their thing in 2013, and I am excited to see what next year now brings.
- As for looking forward, we come into 2014 with some momentum from the forecasts. Hopefully, they are finally right! I also believe we’ll see more deals and consolidations as well. There’s been a ton of talk of major forces teaming together, and if that happens it will make serious waves.
Other quick notes:
- I love that GANA BEC will have ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia QB Ron Jaworski as one of their speakers. “Jaws” will be a fun one to see and hear.
- I still don’t have my health insurance lined up for next year. This should be a very interesting few weeks.
- Loved Bill Evans' blog from last week. The guy consistently delivers greatness. I think the only thing I have on him is quantity!
- I saw a quick note on Cristacurva carrying Onyx Solar Products, and I was surprised, since it sure seemed that the photovoltaic push had stalled some. This will be interesting to watch and see if it perks back up.
- For you soccer fans, the U.S. has no chance in the upcoming World Cup. What a horrible draw for them.
- For you football fans, what an end to the College Football season. Sparty comes through, and we get what should be a fun high scoring final between Auburn and Florida State.
- Last… As many of you know, I call this blog “my therapy.” It allows me to get thoughts off my chest. Getting to share with you is a thrill, and getting picked up weekly in Glass Magazine is an extreme honor. So with that I want to wish all of you a happy and HEALTHY 2014. It will be a good year, I know it. And on the healthy side, a special wish of health to my brother who will happily turn the page on the misery of 2013, and be 100 percent in the new year. What an adventure he’s been on, and I am glad to say he’s finally almost back!
See you in January!!
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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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