2013 Glass Magazine Award Winners: The People

The votes are in and the industry has spoken, naming best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep

In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, the program once again included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.

After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the industry to decide the winners. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of people voting in the second annual people awards program. Many voted directly on GlassMagazine.com, but just as many voted via the special Thursday e-glass weekly July editions.

The winners are revealed here, where readers can get to know them better personally and professionally. Congratulations go to the winners—and the finalists—in each category. And, a special thank you goes to everyone who participated in this program, from the people who submitted nominations to those who cast their vote. The Glass Magazine Awards will return in 2014, so get your nominations ready!

Special thanks to GGI, for producing the 2013 Glass Magazine Award plaques, and to C.R. Laurence Co., for supplying the hardware.

Best Installer

Mark Funke, owner/installer, Funke Glass & Glazing

Mark Funke wasn’t looking for a career in the glass industry when he started at Franklin County Glass after graduating high school in 2001. However, more than 10 years later, Funke now owns his own glass business, Funke Glass & Glazing in Rosebud, Mo. Read more...

Best Production Supervisor

Ron Drew, vice president of Operations, Safti First

When Ron Drew joined Safti First in 2006, he brought with him 18 years of lean manufacturing experience and the 5s manufacturing methodology, increasing workplace efficiency and morale from day one. Read more...

Best Project Manager

Ryan Thomassen, regional supervisor, Direct Project Group, EFCO, A Pella Company

Landscaping brought Ryan Thomassen to the glass industry. While working through college as a landscaper, Thomassen heard about an estimator/project manager internship with Builders Glass & Products from a professor. “I had done some landscaping work for one of the owners a few months before. He recognized me, liked my work, and I was offered a job.” Read more...

Best Sales Representative

Ryan Hoffman, architectural representative, Viracon

Ryan Hoffman wasn’t looking for a new job, let alone one in the glass industry. But the glass industry found him. A friend in Viracon’s HR department saw Hoffman as a good fit for the company and brought him in for an interview. Read more...