From the Fabricator: The 2018 MVP

We’ve nearly reached the end of the year, and it’s finally time to announce my annual Glass Industry MVP award. It was a tough one this year. I received more input than ever before. Tons of excellent candidates, but in the end, I think I chose the most deserving. I used the following criteria to determine this honor:

1)     An overall dedication to the betterment of our industry, including through activity in industry meetings, committee work, creation of technology, advancing education, etc. 

2)     My opinion of them and knowledge of their background. This one is all on me. I ask for input on nominees, but I don’t discuss anything further. 

Below is my list of runners up, followed by the 2018 MVP. Disclaimer: I’m not playing favorites to people who read this blog; as to the best of my knowledge, none of the people listed below read this, even if I have mentioned them in the past. 

Without further delay…

Runners Up

Felix Munson, Anchor Ventana Glass. Felix is very active in the industry; his dedication to the great Texas Glass Association is huge and his desire to bring more education and knowledge to all is impressive. He also is very in tune with the growing glazier certification process and has always pushed supported the industry. In addition, he runs a very good organization with a great reputation.

Jeff Haber, W&W Glass. Jeff may be the single most respected member in our industry. When he speaks, everyone listens. In addition, W&W is an incredible company. Jeff and his family could take a different path and not be involved in the day-to-day happenings of the glass world, but he chooses to volunteer quite a bit. His impact with conferences like BEC and FTI is important for educating the masses, and he brings a vision and strategy to everything he does. 

Glenn Miner/Rob Struble, Vitro Architectural Glass. I paired these two because often they are a combo deal. The key for these two is better educating the industry. Glenn and Rob are constantly looking at ways to grow the communication of glass and its greatness. The Vitro Glass Education Center is awesome, and the monthly email Vitro sends is helpful and worthy. In addition, Vitro continues to step up and be a partner throughout the glass and glazing landscape when others in the same place choose not to be involved.

Greg Oehlers, Tristar. Greg is a freaking legend. Period. I honestly can say I love this man and admire all he has done in our world. No matter what is going on in Greg’s life, his energy and desire to push the good in our world is never diminished. His presentations are incredible. (Advice if you have to speak alongside Greg: go before him because if you follow him, it’s simply impossible.) Greg has always been willing to hear out and try new products and services, which makes him a great friend to every innovator out there. And if he likes what you do, it’s an incredible endorsement.

This year’s runners up are all incredible people who do great work and advance and support our world. Who tops them and wins the title this year?

The 2018 Glass Industry MVP

Nathalie Thibault, Prelco. Nathalie is a constant presence at the now-combined NGA level as well as being the current president of IGMA. To put it simply, she is involved consistently at every level. Nathalie is extremely well-respected, and she brings significant insights to everything she does. Her approaches usually develop into important guidelines or pieces of education that drive our industry. She is also very inquisitive in the most positive way. She asks questions of you because she legitimately values your opinion.

With how incredibly busy she is, you would think she’d be less open for deep discussions or more roles, but that has not been the case. Prelco has an excellent reputation, so they truly practice what Nathalie preaches. To make things even more amazing is Nathalie is also in school for an MBA. When I asked her about it, I was impressed by her answer: she wanted to push her skills a notch further. That’s incredible given how good she already is. Bottom line: Nathalie is a great example of someone who gets it and truly deserves the recognition. Congratulations on being our 2018 Glass Industry MVP!


This is probably the last post of the year unless something crazy happens. I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who reads this blog and communicates with me about it. I truly appreciate it! I believe we have another good year upcoming, and I am excited about so much of what is happening in our world. (Do you think I am excited by Thirsty Thursdays, Annual Conference and BEC? I know I promote ‘em like crazy.) In any case I hope everyone out there has a fantastic holiday season and you and your families have a happy, healthy and profitable 2019! 

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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

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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