From the fabricator: Remembering Frank Archinaco

No doubt a very sad week when the news broke that Frank Archinaco had passed away. Frank was the first “big time” executive I had ever met in the industry, and my few instances with him have stuck with me my entire life. So, please indulge me as I share the best and craziest memory I have of Frank. It was when he had my brother Steven and I out to golf at the legendary Laurel Highlands Golf Club. This was a club that Arnold Palmer built, and there was a major tourney there just the week before. I had only been in the industry a short time -- I really shouldn’t have been there but my brother was nice enough to take me instead of more deserving folks. Frank met us, along with another PPG executive (the also unfortunately no longer with us Richard Leggett -- also a sad passing for me), and before we started, broke out shirts for us to wear. Custom shirts with a monogram making light of a supplier/competitor we both had major issues with at the time. As we put on our shirts, Frank realized his was midsized, but being a good sport he squeezed into it. I was amazed. This is a guy who was a major bigwig in the PPG hierarchy and he’s playing along like any other regular Joe.

So, we hit the course and set teams. It would be Richard and Steve against me and Frank. Now, anyone who knows me knows I get a little shook when I am with people I respect or am in awe of. Frank was both. So I was a nervous wreck. Add to it I was not a good golfer and there weren’t enough M&M’s in the world to calm me down. So, we went at it and basically Frank carried me for 16 holes. He played amazing. We got to 17 with a chance to actually win. And I have to tell you Frank WANTED to win. It was a par 3 and after Frank’s shot went awry, it was on me. I was DYING inside, and I think for sure he figured we were sunk. But somehow I hit the best shot of my life: a 180-yard par 3 that nuzzled within 3 feet of the hole. Frank had me sink the putt (which I did while about to pass out) and we won. For me it was unreal, but I got a kick out of Frank: He looked like he won the Masters. It was just such a cool scene. The PPG star and the industry newbie; you just couldn’t get an odder couple.

Anyway, as the years went on, I would see Frank at Glass Week, where he would abuse me about my golf game but always was genuine to me and my family. The guy was a prince to us without a doubt. My deepest condolences go to his family and all who had the honor of working with him and knowing him. Rest in peace, Frank, you and your presence will truly be missed.

Elsewhere…

  • A few years ago, Bruce Mikels of BDM left the UGC to go to Arch, and when I wrote about it, well it touched off a kerfuffle of sorts. Now Bruce is reversing course and going back to UGC, and it is a coup of epic proportions for the guys at UGC. Bruce is one of the best (if not the best) manufacturer reps in our industry. UGC just got a ton better, that’s for sure.
  • Congrats also out to David Ozment of Binswanger Glass for winning the Houston Area Glass Association’s Glass Professional of the Year award for 2010. That is an awesome honor.
  • The dynamic glass world continues to make waves. Soladigm just picked up another 10 million in financing. I’m telling you, the dynamic products will take off and there’s some seriously wonderful players all pushing that process in the right direction.
  • I was bummed to see Eminem not win the Grammy for Best Record. No matter what you think of his lyrics (and yes they are vulgar in some cases), the guy is insanely talented music-wise. And the song he did with Dr. Dre and the smoking hot Skylar Grey on the show was simply fantastic.

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Max Perilstein is chief marketing officer for Vitro America, Memphis. Write him at mperilstein@vitro.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.

Comments

Max, someone might get the idea that you like Bruce Mikels, or some such thing. I have been dealing with him since the day he began repping and you just made it ten thousand times harder. I've called my metals suppliers and ordered all new Aluminum Entrance Doors for the Office because his head won't fit  through a 3'6" door anymore, thanks to you. He's good, but c'mon! 

Joe-  Thanks for the comment.  Known Bruce 20 years- so yep I am in the bag there.  But you know what he is going to say when reads your comment?  "I'll sell you the new doors!"  Anyway I am sure you and the rest of his customer base will make him earn every sale!!