From the Fabricator: Past Details

In my previous post, I talked about my MVP process and I asked for any feedback. You all came through with quite a bit of insight for me to consider, easily the most I have had since starting this process back in 2013. The one thing I realized is that many of you probably hadn’t seen or remembered the runners up each year. So, I decided to list those incredible folks below. I have always kept it in my head that I won’t repeat people, so I can spread the recognition around. But I think after this year, those who were runners up in the past can be future MVPs. In any case, I think I have an incredible slate for this year (posting in a few weeks), and I am excited to determine the winner and share all!

Previous Runners Up


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


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


  • Walker Glass
  • Garret Henson
  • Dip Tech
  • Kris Vockler


  • Mike Albert
  • Thom Zaremba
  • Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell
  • SAPA


  • GCI Consultants
  • Darijo Babic
  • Cathie Saroka


  • The Architectural Billings Index was in the positive territory yet again last month, so the “plus” trend continues. But the number continues to decrease each month. I have a feeling this coming month we’ll have a below 50 score. It’s not anything to be alarmed about but does bear watching.
  • Greenbuild was earlier this month, and I have to give kudos to so many in the glass industry who stayed away. That event is not a worthy one, in my opinion, and the LEED process surely not a valuable one for glass and glazing. Again, one guy’s opinion here, but nice to see more and more companies from our world see the same thing I have seen and noted.
  • Speaking of green building but in a more real sense, some positive news via Dodge on the growth of sustainable products.
  • People want more energy efficiency, huh? What a stunner (for this I really wish I had a sarcasm font). That said, it’s a good thing, no matter how obvious.
  • Vitro Architectural Glass did a very cool survey on expectations. Smart and informative. 
  • Kudos to the super folks at Safti First for being involved in the annual “Giving Tuesday” event and donating turkeys. Great going here!
  • Last this week… two non-industry notes:
    • As a guy who loves to follow the marketing world, it’s been interesting to see how the massive success of the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” (See it. Really tremendous.) has driven other advertisements and marketing. Over the holidays I saw several ads that featured Queen or their music. Love when marketing people can quickly recognize and jump on the right trend.
    • It’s the holiday season and with that comes the onslaught of seasonal movies on the Hallmark Channel. These movies have incredible ratings and they are huge hits with my wife and daughter and many others. But the thing that cracks me up is it is literally the same formula for every single movie. All they do is change the setting and tweak the plot a tiny bit. Heck, in many cases they use the same actors! In any case, it just makes me laugh, but it does prove that when you have something that works, you stick with it. Classic “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” theory.

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

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