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Monday, January 25, 2016

Mother Nature flexed her muscles for the first time in 2016 with the massive snowstorm crushing a healthy portion of the eastern United States. Storms like these can sometimes have an effect on the economic performance of the industry depending on how long the event lasts and the cities it hits. We’ll see next month when the Architectural Billings Index and Dodge Momentum Index come out. Both metrics came in positive for the month of December, which was obviously good news. On the ABI, two main takeaways: first, the overall 2015 was pretty much equal with 2014’s performance, which should lock in a solid 2016 actual performance for the industry; second, the new projects inquiry number was very high, giving some confidence to the rosy predictions for 2017. But, that was all done before we had the correction to the stock market, so aside from seeing if there’s any storm-related declines, watching to see if positivity on the new project inquiry side will be key.

Elsewhere…

  • Another fear is the cratering cost of oil. If you read this blog (thank you), you know I usually mention gas prices—especially when they seem abnormally high or whenever prices get raised for the flimsiest reasons. (Like someone at a refinery having the flu!) However, we’re now on the opposite side of the spectrum with prices too low. Yes, it’s amazing to fill up so cheaply, but it’s actually economically unhealthy by a lot. So there’s got to be a happy medium, and for whatever reason we rarely can get to it.  By the way, I saw a graphic that really threw me: a bucket of chicken from KFC right now costs more than a barrel of oil. Never thought that comparison would ever happen!
  • Interesting move by PPG corporate as they are getting rid of voicemail systems. From an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Instead of being prompted to leave a message when no one at PPG picks up, a recording informs callers that the person they are trying to reach is unavailable and that they should call back later or “try an alternative method to correspond.”

Wow. I'm at that point where I remember when voicemails were first introduced; now they are obsolete. Anyway, this new move is on the landline corporate office only as far as I know. And I have to assume those with cell phones will always have voicemail working.

  • From time to time when someone launches a new website or I come across one I have not previously seen, I mention it here. This time around, props to the folks at MyGlassTruck for their excellent upgraded site. I never thought you could make a glass rack truck look like a super model, but they did. Beautiful visual and informative site.  Congrats to Rustin Cassaway, Michael Frett and the team there for a job well done.
  • Very interesting story here on mold at the Winnipeg IGA Stadium. You read this and you seriously have to wonder if the designers had any idea where this stadium was going OR if they even knew what they were doing. Then again, you also wonder did the proper materials get value engineered out? In any case, just a baffling situation that won’t be easy to fix. 
  • Just a heads up, we are one month away from GANA BEC. Should be a good conference with some interesting speakers. For me, I look forward to hearing the “Innovation in the Industry” piece from Kai-Uwe Bergmann from BIG Architectural. Love that insight. Plus, baseball legend Johnny Bench is speaking, and being an old school sports guy, that should be neat.
  • Last this week, if you are an NBA fan and you have not had the opportunity to see Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors in person yet, do yourself a favor and try and catch him. Truly an amazing player with the sweetest, and smoothest shot I have ever seen. 

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Whenever someone new joins our industry I usually tell them that they are here for life. For whatever reason, glass and glazing has an amazing pull to keep folks around, albeit in different jobs for different companies, but still, same industry. Now there’s been some exceptions, incredible people like Tony Clark and Scott Surma were able to pull themselves away from this world and do extremely well in other industry realms. But in the end, the pull here is real. Why do I bring this up? Because an excellent blog post by Glass Magazine’s Bethany Stough was dead on. If you are not in this industry you care about the new or remodeled buildings differently. Basically when you are an outsider and that new store or doctor’s office opens, you are happy about the new options or the convenience. But when you are in this industry, you are focused on what glass did they choose, what metal system, who supplied it, who sourced it and more. Only those of us in the industry can understand the feeling and NEED to bend down in front of total strangers to look for a logo on tempered glass, or a spacer marking on an insulated storefront. So Bethany, great piece, welcome back (and CONGRATS!), and I’m pretty sure you are here in this industry for the long run.

Elsewhere…

  • The industry lost an absolute icon last week with the passing of Ed Berkowitz. Ed was a great person, class act and excellent businessman. His impact on the industry will always be felt because he positively influenced so many and his son Arthur has carried on the class approach that the Berkowitz family has had for generations. I count myself as fortunate to have been able to chat with Ed on a couple of occasions. He truly will be missed. Continued thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and company.
  • Pretty brutal week on the stock market and fears of a recession are out there. The initial feeling for many is this is part of a “correction” and things will settle. If you attended the Glazing Executive Forum at GlassBuild America this past fall you would’ve heard economist Jeff Dietrich talk about the coming corrective actions to the market. So at this point I am going with that… and I am making every effort to not look at the stock market numbers.
  • At this point, I am assuming no one in this industry won Powerball? For my fellow road warriors I felt like I had a moment almost as good as winning Powerball this week. I had an empty seat next to me on a long flight. That never happens… 
  • And speaking of flying, I was not aware that there’s now a new “class” of seats being sold. Welcome to “last class,” which will be a step below coach and really no frills. So the experience of flight is already difficult, tiring, frustrating, etc… and now we’ve somehow found a way to make it worse. Yikes. However I did find one article that made some points about how this could be a good thing… so there’s that. 

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 MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Back in September, construction began on a medical clinic near my home. Around the same time, I started a three-month maternity leave from my job at the National Glass Association. Every week of my leave, I drove past the construction site on my way to the grocery store, noting the progress and getting more and more excited about the clinic as it came together. Granted, part of my excitement was due to the fact that this clinic would be the future home of my son's pediatrician, shortening a quick 10-minute drive to a lovely 5-minute walk (it's that close!). But, although I perhaps should not have been considering things like the project's general contractor, the new construction economy in my city, the safety and security precautions on the jobsite, or what companies would supply the products for the planned all-glass entrance, while taking leave from the job where considering these things is part of life, I was. And I found all of it exciting, each and every time I passed.

It's not an issue of being unable to unplug from my job. (I thoroughly enjoyed focusing on other aspects of my life for three months.) But, it's an issue—or a benefit—of possessing an understanding and appreciation of an industry that was foreign to me until I joined the NGA—three years ago this month. Three years of immersing myself in the glass industry has given me a fresh perspective on construction, the U.S. building economy, glass and glazing products, and in particular, all of the people who make up this industry and keep it flourishing.

I am thrilled to be back among these people, working to share their contributions to the industry and help them thrive in today's business climate. As we enter into a new year, there are both challenges and opportunities ahead, and all of us here at the NGA and Glass Magazine look forward to supporting you as the year unfolds. In 2016 and beyond, please tell us how your company is growing, how it's innovating, the great ideas you have and the projects you contribute to. If you have thoughts on how we can better serve you through the content we publish and the education we provide, please contact us. 

Personally, I am waiting with baited breath for the clinic's glass facade installation, along with the countless other innovative glass projects that will come online this year. And you can bet I'll include the completed clinic project—and many others—as a Great Glazing later this year. Here's to you, glass industry, for giving me a new-found appreciation for commercial glass. And here's to 2016, may it be a profitable and successful year for you all.

Bethany Stough is managing editor of Glass Magazine. Contact her at bstough@glass.org.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The new year is off and running so it’s time for me to take a jump into the deep end and present to you my fearless predictions for 2016! This was a very difficult list to compile as things are more fluid in our industry than ever, and you have the frustrating stock market issues hanging out there, which could derail some positivity. But that said, here goes…

 

  1. Go Big or Go Home. This was always what I would call a mini trend. Architects have been known to desire to go as big as they can (opening wise) and for years they would push the envelope in North America as far as they could. Sometimes they would get what they want, sometimes not. Now that game is changing. Between the growth and push by folks like AGNORA and the recent oversize upgrades by Viracon, the approach of going bigger on sizes is a reality. Add in the foreign influence that always is willing and able to provide oversize material, and you have a full-fledged trend on your hands. 2016 will see a lot of this.
  2. Security Focused. No question we live in a scary world right now. I don’t think there’s ever been a time that we’ve all had to worry about security the way we have to now. Glass is a big part in the protection effort. Security glass is now more available than ever and being used in more applications than just federal buildings and high-risk areas. Schools are getting specific security-based glass applications and more and more businesses are choosing these options for their workers comfort and safety.
  3. Greenfielding is back and new players emerge. I think 2016 will see a few greenfield locations from established fabricators. There’s some very ripe markets that can use more fabricators and I have a feeling that you will see new plants pop up in 2016 with familiar names. Meanwhile, there’s quite a few players overseas looking to come to North America to set up shop, and I have a feeling they may choose to greenfield instead of buying someone established, though I am not totally convinced of that. But I do think you will see new players in North America in 2016 in one form or fashion.
  4. Codes and Certifications. I think the NACC takes off; it's too important for the industry not to. I also think individual certifications of installers also grow. We as an industry need to have that to show that we have the craftsmen and workmanship that is expected. On the code side, it’s been pretty quiet, so something tells me there’s going to be an issue coming up. It makes me think of a horror movie--just when things get really calm is when the monster jumps out with a chainsaw. Thankfully I am confident that folks like Dr. Tom Culp will be there to protect us…
  5. More focus on birds. Yes, I know this was on my 2015 list, but this is simply both a growth area and a meaningful process to protect wildlife. With more companies getting into the field, and more designers realizing what is happening, this grows in stature again. 

As always these are my opinions and thoughts and I always welcome yours, privately or publicly. So feel free to reach out.

Elsewhere…

  • Those of you who know me know I love lists and info. And I have to say that the infographics being put out by the folks at SaveOnEnergy.com are amazing. Here’s one they posted about EnergyStar, with who’s getting certified and where. It’s an incredible setup and worth your time.  
  • During the holidays, my family got me a FitBit. Really neat little apparatus that can tell me that I never sleep at night and need to take a ton more steps. But seriously though, it’s a cool piece and I am into it. But a question for any of you who got one recently: was it absolutely impossible for you to get it out of the packaging? I’ve never experienced anything like trying to get that thing loose. 
  • Last this week, the movie “13 Hours” comes out this coming Friday. The book was absolutely fantastic. Will Hollywood ruin the movie? I hope not, but I always get a feeling that it will happen. If the great Steven Spielberg can ruin a book (like he did with “Munich”), than it can happen anywhere.

Read on for links and video of the week...

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.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016. It should be a very interesting year in both our industry and world with so much happening, including a Presidential election that looks to be like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

But before we move forward, it’s time to take a glance back at the predictions I made for 2015.

 

  •  Prediction: Instead of one big acquisition in our industry, I am predicting several smaller ones, maybe along the lines of five or six this year. I do think one sale will be someone who no one expected would sell.

    Result: I was half right. One sale no one would expect would surely be C.R. Laurence Co. to Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. But the level of smaller sales did not happen. And, surely the CRL one was bigger than big.
  • Prediction: The “Bird Safe” revolution for glass will grow with more and more architects starting to ask for it.

    Result: Nailed it. It’s a growing area, and thanks to products that launched in this segment from Walker Glass and Pleotint Suntuitive, that process will continue.
  • Prediction: With North America now loaded with more digital printers for glass than ever, 2015 will be the year where its usage in several industry segments takes off.

    Result: The term “take off” was not accurate. The usage grew and did it at a solid pace, but not as off the charts as I expected. It’s still an area to monitor.
  • Prediction: At least two major companies return to participate heavily in GlassBuild America. With the show being a premier attraction, some companies who have skipped will realize they can’t miss it again.

    Result: The show was incredible, and the return of many impact companies and players to the floor and education was exciting. From what I can see, 2016 (in Las Vegas in October) will be even better.
  • Prediction: The glass shortage will have an effect, but the transportation issues will be even worse. These are items that the industry will have to be very creative and proactive to deal with.

    Result: Getting trucks was a challenge, and the companies who heeded the advice of being proactive and using communication had an easier time navigating a challenging landscape. These issues are not going away either.

 Overall: Not bad. Better than my football predictions… I’ll have my 2016 predictions next week!

Elsewhere…

  • We lost a good industry person and good man over the holidays. Tony Oliver passed away in December. I worked with Tony at Arch and he was a tremendous man. He was a sales guy, but surely not the typical one. Fun, unique, cool guy. Condolences to his friends and family.
  • I covered the Section 179 issue during the year. Before the end of the year, we got great news that the 179 deduction was officially raised to $500,000 and also made permanent. This is tremendous news for business and for many in our industry who supported this effort, especially David Dillmeier of Dillmeier Enterprises who brought this to my attention.
  • I assume many of you may flew somewhere during the holidays, and there are the road warriors in our industry that fly a lot. I think all of us can put together a list of best and worst airports. Recently such a list was created, and I can agree with some of the worst.

    Here are the bottom five:

 5- Northwest Regional Arkansas- Fayetteville- I have never flown in and out of here—the only one on this list I haven’t visited.

 4- O’Hare- Chicago- Absolutely. I try and avoid this airport with everything in my being.

 3- Dulles- Washington, D.C.- You know I’ve never had an issue here. It’s not a great airport but I think there’s many worse. Hope I didn’t jinx myself. I also may be biased since I love all the glass used here.

 2- LaGuardia- New York City- No question. It’s old; there’s nowhere to sit or eat; it’s expensive; and every flight is late.

 1- Newark Liberty- Newark, New Jersey- This is absolutely the right call in saying it’s the worst. Whether you are flying into or flying out of, your flight is never on time. Half of the place is usually out of order, and if you get stuck flying out of a terminal going through remodeling, enjoy that seat on the floor for three hours.

In the end I’m stunned LAX is not on this list. The same with Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

In a few weeks I am going to do my own rankings of “best” airports, and then put it out there to vote within the industry. I’m curious to see what other opinions are.

Read on for links and video of the week...

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.

 
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.
Monday, December 14, 2015

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.

Elsewhere…

  • 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.

  • 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!

Read on for links and video of the week...

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.

 
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.
Monday, December 7, 2015

One of the areas of growth I have mentioned on occasion has been the interior space, spurred by the expansion of decorative options and the increased functionality of glass. But there are more reasons that this trend is hot. There’s an excellent article on GlassMagazine.com that spells it out very clearly. It breaks down the four areas of demand driving demand and it’s a must-read if you are looking at that side of the business.


Elsewhere…

  • There’s been some nervousness with regards to the economy and some reports that 2016 may be much softer than many expect. The analysts I follow and trust do not see this. The latest metrics show a lighter start in 2016, with a robust final two thirds of the year. Where the jury is suddenly out is 2017. Initiall,y the projections were good for that year as well, but some of that sentiment is changing within all models. However, everything is so far out and so much can change that it’s too soon to tell what we will have. Bottom line is we all still have to work hard and take advantage of what’s out there. I will continue to monitor, follow and mention here as time goes on. 
  • How hard are the questions in your job interviewing process? My guess is with how scarce labor is, the first question is “Do you have a pulse?” followed by “When can you start?” But in the world of Apple, it’s a whole different ballgame. I ran into this link that listed the 10 toughest job interview questions from Apple and it’s surely off the charts. 
  • I seriously can’t believe I have just one more blog post for 2015. Where has this year gone? Remember, next week’s post will unveil the industry MVP for this year. 
  • For my friends in Los Angeles who are connected to the happenings at LAX, is there any time frame for Terminal 6 to be completed on its remodel? What a disaster area that is and has been for awhile. 
  • I am huge “Rocky” fan so I went in with some bias, but I must tell you the movie “Creed” is absolutely fantastic. Even if you are not a Rocky fan or a boxing fan, the story line and performances in this are incredible. The fact there’s some talk about Oscar nominations for this film shows you it’s way beyond the traditional Rocky fare. I know there’s a ton of good movies coming out this month, but I’d add this to the list. 
  • Is there a better young, awesome singer than Adele? 
  • Last this week, one of our own in the industry needs our thoughts and prayers. Dan Funyak of PPG (also known as the husband of PPG’s awesome Joanne Funyak) will be out for a bit as he starts treatment for prostate cancer. It was caught early and it’s primed to be beaten. So, please keep Dan, Joanne and family in mind… and also per Dan (and many other experts) please keep this in mind: 

Guys 40 and over, please take the time to get your yearly physical and prostate screenings. This will give you the best chance to catch it early like Dan did. Women, please get your appropriate screenings and exams on a yearly basis. Give yourself the best chance if something is found.

Read on for links and video of the week...

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.

 
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.
Monday, November 30, 2015

In business, the wrong mindset can be costly—affecting a company’s culture, its employees and its bottom line. There are four attitudes of business that should be avoided at all costs.

“We don’t know what we don’t know.”
By my own assessment, this is the most costly attitude in business. When businesses follow this mindset, we see an organization with leaders and employees that simply roll along believing and acting as though they are on top of their game, know all that is needed, and simply do the best they can with their set of circumstances. As a consequence, management loses their desire to search out new and better ways to conduct business. They quit asking questions, and lose their ability to learn more and evolve. They say, “I’ve seen it all!”

The top people of an organization must always ask questions, seek advice and realize that there is always room for improvement. Humility is the foundation of this pursuit.

“Pile on praise; avoid all criticism.”
The late, great Norman Vincent Peale once said, “The problem with people is that they would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” While it’s no fun to be constantly criticized, it’s even worse to be led down the primrose path being told that we’re great and that all is good. Conditioning personnel within an organization to avoid this mindset starts and stops at the very top of the company. Upper management must seek out personal improvement, and make this need known. This sets the precedent for others to follow.

A communication tool that greatly aids in this venture is to demonstrate thanks first and foremost for the things that people do well. By first emphasizing the positive subjects, people are then open to constructive advice as to how they can improve. Make sure to look to the future with constructive advice, and never connect a compliment with a criticism using the word “but.”

For example, avoid saying, “You really did a nice job in solving that problem, but you need to be more consistent in using this approach.” When such a statement is made, the receiving party only hears the criticism. A correct phrasing would be, “You really did a nice job in solving that problem. Keep up with this excellent approach when provided the opportunity.” Also, remember to speak in terms of “we” rather than “you” when sharing advice.

“Don’t rock the boat.”
Throughout my 40-year career, I’ve witnessed companies lose very valuable employees who were great innovators and leaders. These employees left because they were frustrated with their company’s inability to change and improve, or they were terminated because they “didn’t fit in.” In either case, the company lost a great asset and a great opportunity for financial improvement. This was due to an attitude of complacency—of opting to keep the peace by not rocking the boat.

To avoid this costly mindset, management should realize the value of those who push the organization for advancement, and those “pushers” should never give up, while working within the system at hand.

“Avoid expenses, at any cost.”
It continues to amaze me how many people in business fall captive to this mindset. When business leaders limit their expenditures and investments of money, time or effort to the greatest possible extent, their ventures are a total waste.

“The problem is, everyone is an expert on price, but knows the value of nothing,” Warren Buffet once said in an interview. Buffet went on to advise that it’s far more important to concern yourself with what you get than what you pay.

To avoid this mindset, business leaders should be certain of the desired outcome of any potential expense or investment, lock onto achieving it, and then buy it at a fair price. Expenses are a necessity of anything worthwhile.

Carl Tompkins is national flat glass sales manager for Sika Corp., and the author of the book “Winning at Business.” He can be reached at tompkins.carl [at] sika-corp.com. For more information on product development and innovation, see Tompkins' article, “Lead the Pack in Product Innovation,” set to appear in the May edition of Glass Magazine.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

Monday, November 30, 2015

When I was a kid, I was always curious on how life would be in the year 2000. Would there be flying cars? Would we all be living like the Jetsons? Obviously that did not happen. But this week my futurist tendencies were tweaked again with a great article on what the construction industry could look like in 30 years. It’s a great piece featuring several excellent ideas that could be in place long before 2045. In fact many of the concepts listed are being developed right now, so it’s nice to see that there’s a finish line out there for it. I for one love the robot and lifting technologies. But I also think the reconfigurable rooms has potential. I would, however, be scared to death of the driverless trucks and heavy equipment, as I am not comfortable with anything “driverless” at this point. So check out the piece and dream…

Elsewhere…

  • For all of my technical experts out there, I have a question for you to look at. This comes from one of my loyal readers, and I just don’t have the knowledge for the insight needed. Here’s the deal:

    I have a question that may be nothing, but with the weather patterns this year water/leaks have become more of an issue than years past. I know the National Weather Service has changed the criteria for severe thunderstorms, but according to the small amount of research I have done wind speeds did NOT change. According to the ASTM E1105 water tests store fronts fail at 60 mph sustained and the weather service criteria for thunderstorms is 58 mph but more and more store fronts are beginning to fail or at least more water is showing up on the interior of buildings and the installs are correct. Has this become an issue everywhere? I am reading that some people within the weather service are wanting to change wind speeds for thunderstorms to 74 mph. My question is… if this does happen how long will it take the industry to react and change their criteria for store front water testing or will the industry go to curtain wall (or pre-glazed/unitized systems) standard to offset what will become a catastrophic failure for our industry with every store front installed?

    If you have some thoughts on this drop me a note or leave it in the comments. Thank you!
  • A lot of forecasting reports have been released in recent weeks. The Architectural Billings Index continues to be solid. The Dodge Momentum Index continues to be mixed. And this week CMD did a 2016 projections webinar with the main takeaway being commercial construction growing in an average range of 5 to 10 percent. So, the positive trends are continuing, though I think we all are looking at the geopolitical landscape with some concern. At least I am.
  • Here’s the latest update on the growth of the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) program. A number of companies have completed the certification and many are now in the queue. This is an extremely important process for our industry and if you are glazing contractor, it is absolutely something you should budget for in 2016, especially with the certification need showing up in more and more specifications…
  • Last this week, I watched a pretty cool documentary recently—“Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of National Lampoon.” It’s a really interesting work, and all I could think of is our current society is so over the top “PC” that a magazine like that would last about 2 seconds before being bludgeoned by social media mobs and so on.

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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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Monday, November 16, 2015

Before I start, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone in France, and everyone affected by this awful tragedy. It is incredibly sad and scary. Peace needs to rule in our world…somehow.

A few years ago I started the Industry MVP award here on the blog to recognize people and companies for their efforts and support of the glass and glazing industry. Obviously there are quite a few candidates that deserve credit for what they do, so trying to narrow it down has become quite the challenge. Let’s begin with a reminder of past winners and nominees before we get to the runners up for 2015.

2013

Winner: Tracy Rogers, Quanex

Runners up:

  • Tom Culp
  • Mark Silverberg
  • Ed Zaucha
  • Mic Patterson
  • Oliver Stepe
  • Dr. Helen Sanders
  • Scott Thomsen

Note: All but Scott are still very active and influential in the industry. Scott retired but his legacy thanks to “Battle for the Wall” and great technology lives on.

2014

Winner: C.R. Laurence Co. 

Runners up:

  • John Wheaton
  • Rick Wright
  • Tom O’Malley
  • Bernard Lax

Note: See what happens when you win Industry MVP from me? Your company becomes a part of the biggest deal of the century!

Onto 2015

Today, I will present the runners up for the 2015 MVP, and the winner will be presented on my last scheduled blog of 2015 in mid-December. Nominees were gathered from my knowledge of who’s who, along with several submissions from readers and followers of this blog. I then narrowed the field to five, using the criteria that included some of the following categories:

  • Overall Influence in 2015 on the industry
  • Technology/innovation
  • Industry support
  • My opinion and knowledge of them and what they do. After all it’s my blog and my award right?  

After that I studied the five candidates against each other and then determined the MVP. This is a tough decision. As it was in previous years, all of these people and companies are certainly deserving of this huge honor. And to note, this is all on me, it has nothing to do with Glass Magazine (who graciously runs my blog weekly) or GlassBuild America. They don’t even know who I am picking.

The runners up for 2015 feature two companies and two individual. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Walker Glass. This is a company that is always at every industry event and meeting. And they just don’t attend to attend; they are active, with many of their folks on or leading committees. In addition, they have made great technology advancements. This year, they made a major splash with their heavy push into bird-safe glass. The team there is led by owners Lee Harrison and Ross Christie, who may be the nicest people around. It’s a great mix, nice, hardworking people, who are doing very good things for our world.
  • Garret Henson, Viracon. I think if I mention Garret any more he may take out a PPO on me. So, this will be the last time, at least in 2015. Garret is very deserving, and he cemented his place on this list with his performance at the Glazing Executive Forum in September. He takes very smart approaches to selling, and his massive embrace of communication is something I wish more would do. He’s also built a team around him at Viracon that always impresses and makes our industry look good.
  • Dip-Tech. The other company on the MVP list is this great Israeli organization. Dip-Tech has been very impressive in basically creating a new market from scratch. They have some incredibly engaging people that are always innovating, and always looking to see what else they can do to support the cause. They could have chosen to sit back and soak in their successes, but that has not been the case. Plus they are active and supportive within in the industry in many different forums, and are open to every idea.
  • Kris Vockler, ICD High Performance Coatings. Personally, I consider Kris to be a close friend. She is a fantastic person, and is a part of one of the best families this industry has. Professionally, though, is where this nomination comes from. The time, care, and effort Kris puts in at the trade level via GANA is impressive. Her desire for an overall advancement in the way the industry works is extremely admirable and needed. On the business side, ICD (with lots of credit to Kris’ dad Larry) has been pushing the envelope for years. They could sit back, but don’t, and that’s due to the drive Kris has.

Congratulations to the Industry MVP Runners Up! Thank you for doing what you do for this industry. Next month I’ll recognize the 2015 MVP. And, as a hint, it is an individual this year, not a company. 

Read on for links and video of the week...

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.
 
The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.
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