The term “Class Act” is probably now overused. But today I am going to use it as a tribute to a man who truly deserves that moniker. After a heroic run of battles against illness and cancer, long-time industry manufacturers' rep Dave Helterbran passed away late last Tuesday night. Now Dave was a TRUE class act. Everything he did led you to that conclusion. His overall attitude and approach always put you in a better place after a talk or visit. He always met me with a smile and with a positive outlook on everything. And I know I was not the only one that felt that way. Dave cared tremendously about his product lines. Being a manufacturers' rep is not an easy business (I know there’s folks who think it is; sorry, you’re wrong), and Dave always handled the adventures there well. You could say he always handled his job with class… He was fortunate to work with some excellent people and companies that appreciated him until the end, like Mike Scanlon and the folks at Trelleborg.
Dave leaves behind people who loved him, loved working with and for him. He also leaves behind a legacy with his daughter Lindsay and son-in-law Dustin as they continue their rep firm Texas Glazing Solutions. Lindsay and Dustin are a lot like Dave. Lindsay was blessed with Dave’s smile and overall genes and Dustin picked up on Dave’s attitude and acumen pretty fast. They will do well in this business because Dave prepared them right. In the end, we lost yet another great person in our industry and world, and that is surely sad. My thoughts and condolences go out to the entire Helterbran family, his friends and associates on the loss of this classy gentleman.
- Some good news. My friend Mike Gainey picked up a new great gig recently joining the team at Ensinger. I have known Mike a long time; he’s one of the few people who actually dealt with me in every past life I had in this industry and actually still likes me (or at least I think so). He’ll do great in this new slot and I am thrilled for him.
- Did you see Google changed its look and logo some? I do not like it. Not sure why a company so established would go that direction.
- So I saw a piece this week on 5 emerging building types to master and a few jumped out at me for importance to us. One was “Bioclimatic,” where the structure is built to have a more intense connection with the climate zone of its location. Another was Net Zero Energy, and I have been on that bandwagon for a while so it’s good to see that continuing to pick up steam. The last and possibly most interesting is “Resilient” buildings. These are structures built to maintain functionality or bounce back quickly in the face of extreme weather. Some examples ranged from the simple--like elevating buildings to avoid flood waters, using operable windows instead of fixed because of humidity--to more intense--like flooring that can flood but dry out and resume service without issue. In any case, I share this because our industry has a stake in all of these and needs to keep innovating and communicating what we do so we are involved in the process.
- Last this week, courtesy of the always reliable Twitter feed of Conners Sales Group, there's a fascinating battle taking place with Turner Construction and the city of Santa Clara, California, about a hospital and priorities. The story can be found here, and I have a feeling we’re not through hearing about it yet.
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.
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