From the Fabricator: Rest in Peace Nick Barone

Recently, it’s not been the best of times. First, the tragedy in Pittsburgh, my hometown, at a place of worship that I know so very well, shook me to my core. I still can’t even process what went on and I can only hope we can all stay strong and push forward. Then, early last week, I got the word that Nick Barone of GGI passed away. That was another massive blow to the gut for me. Nick was a very good man. He treated me and so many others incredibly well, always with a smile and a story. I knew Nick as a customer of his and for a short time a coworker. He was always a guy you could count on to improve your mood. He took the time to get to know everyone he met and could hold a fun conversation with anyone. He was incredibly good at what he did and it’s devastating to lose him so young. Our industry, GGI, and especially Nick’s family lost a great person way too early. My thoughts and prayers to all of Nick’s family and friends. I know I won’t easily forget what he did and how he did it. Rest in peace, my friend.


  • We have to all keep moving no matter what, and to that end, a few notes on must-attend industry events that just opened registration. 

    • Coming up on November 15 is the next Thirsty Thursday webinar and this one is open to all! More info can be found here, but this is a rundown of everything the National Glass Association has going on right now. If you want the insight of what is happening at the trade level (you should), don’t miss it. Membership is not required to attend, so click the link and join in.

    • Annual Conference is January 22-24 in Naples, Florida. It’s the premiere technical event in our industry. If you want to stay on top of the guidelines and approaches that are going on in the glass world, this is one to attend. To register and learn more, click here.

    • The annual BEC Conference is set for March 3-5 in Las Vegas. I have been honored to be a small part of an amazing team that put together the program for this year and it’s fabulous. If you are a glazing contractor, this event is for you. The agenda is what your peers have determined include the issues that affect you and your business daily. Meanwhile, for all others, it is a networking bonanza. I visit with more people in two days at BEC than I can anywhere else (outside of GlassBuild America, of course). That value is off the charts! Register now here.

  • The latest Architectural Billings Index stayed above 50, but the analysts are starting to hedge their bets, some seeing a potential slowdown in the near future. Positive metrics are still out there, and the Midwest region posted its best monthly score in a very long time. I think the stock market’s volatility may be playing into these numbers as well. It would be nice to see some sort of calming of the markets overall as the herky jerk of the index really does cause some angst.

  • This Deer doesn’t like glass. Wild story.

  • My pal Chuck Knickerbocker of TGP had this first on his great blog, but I wanted to also share here. The ENR Top 600. It’s a good and interesting poll.

  • Last this week, in my glasstec coverage I left out some very important people: the folks from NGA that I had the honor to work with while there! This group really is amazing, and I am thankful to even be in the same room with them. So many good things are happening at NGA with Glass Magazine, GlassBuild America, education, advocacy and more. The NGA contingent led by Nicole Harris and including Andrew Haring, Katy Devlin, Urmilla Sowell, Sara Neiswanger and Jonathan Watson brought an intense work ethic to the floor each day and it blew me away. What NGA is doing right now is a massive benefit to our industry and I am excited for the future and next steps!

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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

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