I thought the in-show demonstrations were spectacular. The multi-laminate cutting demo by Putsch & Company was something I had never seen before, and I thought the “Are you Smarter Than a FenestrationMaster?” event hosted by AAMA was creative and smart. Plus, the digital printing demonstrations by Dip Tech drew great crowds. And of course, the impact testing demo hosted by ATI never fails to impress and wow the audience. That is truly a GlassBuild staple.
As for seen and heard on the floor…
- I did not see Jeff Cothery to congratulate him on his new role at Besana Lovati, but I'm happy for him. I did see and spend time with the great John Rovi of Sapa; he is a credit to our industry for sure. I was very impressed with the effort and team at AGC; they really brought their “A” game to the show. The C.R. Laurence booth was a massive hub of activity all show long. I did get to chat with Lloyd Talbert of CRL and was again struck by his commitment to support the industry by going all-out every year at this event. Speaking of going all out, as always, the folks from Quanex did not disappoint, and a special thanks is due Ryan Kerch there for his help and hospitality. It’s not a show for me if I don’t visit the guys from Glasstech; Dave and Tom are always in top form. A couple of other Tom’s were also running around doing good things: O’Malley from Doralco and Herron from NFRC. And so happy for Michael Schmidt in his new role with For El. He’ll do great things there.
- I finally met Russ Slaybaugh from DFI in person after YEARS of communicating by e-mail. That is another company that gets it when it comes to supporting the industry.
- GlassBuild attendees voted in the “Best in Show” awards program, and while the winners were extremely impressive and award-worthy, there were a couple of exhibits that didn't win that I found stunning: M3 Glass Technologies' booth was a stunner. Loved what the gang at Salem Distributing had going, and in fact, they win this year's “fashion” award with best golf shirts. They offered me one for $19.95 too…. I’m going to save up to buy one for next year.
- Old friends: seeing Scott Goodman from afar, getting a few minutes with Cliff Monroe, and chatting with Dean Mead. Running into Tom Marsh was fun, but basically missing Tony Kamber, Joel Smith, Scott Sallee, and Manny Valladares was depressing. I saw all four of them but never got to talk to them, which bummed me out. I only got a couple of seconds with Oliver Stepe of YKK, but was glad to at least get that considering he is a man in demand.
- New friends: met artist Christopher Reisert of Reflective Collections in West Palm Beach and his ideas and creativity look to be a major breath of fresh air in our world. I had always known of Trent Hartley of Coastal/Aldora, so it was cool to meet him in person. And I finally met Mason Harper from the very smart Nu Vu Glass out of Idaho, who made the trip with a team of folks from his office.
- A few kudos to go around: first, a major thank you to the team at NGA and GlassBuild America. I have said it before and I will say it again: There’s no group more talented, and their drive and dedication to make this the best show possible is impressive. Plus, they put up with me, and that alone takes a ton of effort. And a massive thank you to every exhibitor who came out, expended resources and made the show great. The support of the show, and thus the support of the industry, means a ton. We are all better for it!
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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