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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!

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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.

 
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.