From the Fabricator: Props to Jerry and Jeff Razwick

Next week, I will announce my industry MVP. But this week, I want to recognize two incredible men that have recently transitioned away from the day-to-day glass and glazing industry: Jerry and Jeff Razwick, formerly of Technical Glass Products. When I first heard that Jerry and Jeff were no longer with TGP, it struck me hard. These guys were forces in their sector of our world, and it’s going to be seriously different without them out there on a daily basis.

While I was growing up in the industry, Jerry Razwick was this incredible influential figure. I would see his name in all the news stories, and he was always on the forefront of technology and innovation in the fire-rated space. When I finally got to meet Jerry, I was a wreck because he is a legend. But I didn’t need to worry, as he was as friendly as could be to me. Along the way, I also got to know his son, Jeff, who in his own right became a brilliant businessman, leader and class act. Getting to know the Razwicks, and so many of the folks that worked with them, it was easy to see why they were having such amazing success.

But amid such success, and this is a big thing for me, they continued to serve and support our industry extremely well. They could’ve pulled their company support when they had explosive growth, but they didn’t. And as an industry guy, I will always appreciate that. Not only did Jerry and Jeff truly care about their industry and their product, but they also cared about the people who worked at TGP. They were determined to do things the right way, and I think they did exactly that. This chapter may be over, but I hope Jerry and Jeff stay in contact with our world. If not, it was a great pleasure and honor getting to know them and I thank them for all they have done.

Elsewhere….

  • This week Vitro announced that Ricardo Maiz would be named president, and I’m thrilled. I have known Ricardo for many years and he’s a tremendous man with talent that I couldn’t even dream of having. He will do a fantastic job in his new role. 

  • Speaking of new roles, I also saw Linetec promoted Tammy Schroeder to marketing manager. Every time I have ever interacted with Tammy I always leave so impressed by her talent, approach and vision. She’s been kicking butt at Linetec for 19 years, and I am sure with her new gig that greatness will continue! 

  • Please don’t forget about Thirsty Thursday this week. Security Glazing for Schools is the subject and it’s really a good presentation. Register here.

  • Once again this year I have the honor of being on the BEC Program Planning committee and I can tell you that agenda has really come along nicely. Most people will say they come to BEC for the networking, and that will obviously still be in play. But this year the depth of the subject matter, with a focus on the glazing community, makes the event even more valuable. Obviously, as a former host and chair of this event, I am extremely biased, but I sincerely see it worth your time.

  • I about went crazy when I saw this headline: “Glass Towers Are So Passé. What Will Replace Them?” But the article was less inflammatory than the headline and, quite frankly, the author showed a job or two with a great amount of glass. I think there are people who truly don’t understand the way glass can interact with other building materials. People are not designing the 1980s-style all-reflective glass box anymore. Read for yourself and decide…

  • Last this week, for my friends in Denver and Kansas City, is this really a thing? “Denverization” is the theme…

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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.

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