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Monday, June 4, 2018
 

It’s a longer post this week with the debut of my new interview series. Not every post will be this long but thank you in advance for checking it all out!

First, a few quick hits.

  • A subject we hear a lot about (and will be below in the interview, too) is attracting workers to our industry. At BEC, the highest-rated presentation was on the matters of the workforce and this article recently had some nice tips on recruiting and retaining the next generation to our industry.
  • Congrats to Brian Leizerowicz on his new gig at Western Window Systems. I have been a huge fan of Brian’s for years, talented guy and good to see he’s continuing to climb up the ladder in our industry. He’ll do great things with the product line at Western.
  • This week saw the end of my favorite TV show of recent times, “The Americans.” It was an amazing ride and the finale was fabulous. It made me think about how I got into that show: the one and only Greg Carney tipped me off, in this email from Jan. 31, 2013.

Hello Max,

Just a quick note to see if you watched "The Americans" on FX tonight? If not, knowing your enjoyment of shows such as 24, I would highly recommend checking it out (Wednesday nights @ 10:00 pm). Awesome premiere tonight.

I think of Greg often, and with this show ending it’s another connection we had going away. He lives on, though, in all we try to do to make this industry the best it can be!

Now on to my new interview series: The Big 3.

To kick off this segment, I went with the person responsible for me being in this business. Steve Perilstein. My brother Steve is the guy you can get mad at if you hate me; it’s all his fault. Anyway, I thought this would be the best person to start with as my brother is a fascinating guy and has had amazing success through his lifelong (and I mean lifelong) career in the glass business. He was also way ahead of the trends with pushing into tempering and insulating glass, developing sales people and building businesses overall.

Steve Perilstein, executive vice president, WA Wilson

Because I know you so well, I know you wanted to be a “glass jobber” since you could walk. What was your path like always wanting to be in this industry and going from those early days at the original Perilstein companies all the way to WA Wilson?

It started with me in preschool when I drew a picture of me with window glass. It was just something that I always wanted to do. When I was growing up I always looked forward to Saturdays so I could go into work with Dad. I just wanted to be around it all. When I was in high school I worked every day after school in the warehouse and learned something new daily. When Dad started Perilstein Distributing Corp. in 1977 I was there to help get it started and after a year away for college I came home to work full time while pursuing my degree in night school. It was amazing to work with my Dad. He was and will always be my hero. 

Eventually I gained more and more knowledge and leadership responsibility and it was important as my Dad fought off some health issues. It was during those times that I moved the company forward. When he had cancer, we bought an IG line; when he had open heart surgery, we purchased a tempering oven. Sounds funny but it just worked out that way. We grew the company no matter what and pushed into underserved areas. 

Family businesses are tough, but I wouldn’t change a thing in my life. In fact, at this point in my career I have a soft spot in my heart for family operations and do whatever I can to help those there. After we sold PDC I moved on to Arch and then to GGI. Both were incredible experiences where I was able to work with the best [people] our industry had to offer. I will always be grateful for those times. I count myself as very fortunate and blessed to now to be a part of the ownership group of WA Wilson and to get to work with a true class act and great man in Bobby Hartong. Bobby and the folks at Wilson are really wonderful and I am honored to be working alongside of them.

What’s the biggest change you have seen in the glass fabrication industry since you started?

I have been in and around the industry for more than 50 years, working full time the last 41. The biggest change: [in the past], ¼ tempered glass was three to four weeks lead time and was very expensive. It was run on a vertical line that left tong marks on the glass. Those marks that would absolutely be rejected by customers today. Also, when I started, no one knew or was producing much insulating glass. In addition, the product mix now is so vast. We went from mostly selling only clear and two tints to seemingly having thousands of varieties of glass makeups that can go into structures.

Biggest industry challenge?

Finding labor to do it all. Too many people think the industry is not “sexy” enough. I wonder, will my grandchildren want to be in the business? What will attract the youth? It’s worrisome. When I visit companies, I am noticing that we are not getting young people in the business, not getting kids out of school to get in here.

At WA Wilson, we’ve tried to engage trade schools and they have no desire to work with our industry. It’s very frustrating that career placements don’t consider the glass world.

I am excited that the new NGA with the single voice may be a great road for addressing this. We need to find people to get in our industry and stay in the industry to keep it going.

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author 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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dustin AndersonI was brought up learning that loyalty is a character trait that builds strong and lasting relationships. It’s one of those traits that has been a building block for my life personally and in business. What does that even mean? It’s simple: I think there is loyalty from glazing contractors to suppliers, from glazing contractors to their clients, and from glazing contractors to their employees. Now of course, loyalty is a two-way street. But we can’t very well control how loyal our suppliers or our clients are other than by treating them with respect and showing them loyalty.

 Some of my suppliers may not be the cheapest nor the quickest. That being said, if something is wrong with an order or there is a job that needs to be rushed, those suppliers make those corrections happen 99 percent of the time. In addition, the quality that we look for is consistent to our needs and we rarely have issues with orders being wrong. For our company, that customer service, or “loyalty,” is completely worth waiting a day or two more or paying a little bit more money.

The question becomes: is that smart for business? Or is it better for glazing contractors to find the best price and the fastest supplier in order to compete with other glass companies serving the same geographical area? I think the answer is yes for some companies. That business model works, and not only does it meet their needs, but they are essentially building the same loyalty with their suppliers based on their business needs. On a B2B level, it’s easy to see that loyalty is a smart piece of the business model.

Regarding the B2C side, we might not all agree that loyalty is smart. It’s safe to say that most glazing contractors have a handful of clients that they will run through brick walls for and loyalty is very much a part of that relationship. This idea of loyalty isn’t always a real thing with customers or clients. I’ve lost clients due to price and lead times on multiple occasions during my career. Losing those clients or “being fired” as I like to put it, hurts. In some cases, you might be treating that client as one of your loyal clientele only to find out that you’ve lost them to a competitor over a cheaper price.

It’s not easy to identify when this will happen. For the most part, in the B2C world of glazing contractors, loyalty can cause heartache. But our goal should remain the same: treat every customer with the same standard. At least this does lend itself to a certain level of “loyalty” in return. 

I almost forgot, loyalty with employees. Well, that’s a topic for an entirely differently blog.

Dustin Anderson is president of Anderson Glass, a glass shop located in Waco, Texas. Contact him at dustin.anderson@andersonglasstexas.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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

This week’s blog post is a quick hits version. There are a lot of subjects to cover quickly without one main story. So here goes…

  • Have you seen the design for the new arena being planned for Las Vegas? The MGM Sphere is the project and it looks like something from a futuristic video game. I just wonder how closely they are working with the glass world on the design because this thing is interesting.

  • The Architectural Billings Index keeps trucking along with its seventh straight positive month and up a point from March. The overall metrics continue to be trending up, but the ABI noted this time that inflation is becoming a concern and the potential/current tariffs would only add pressure to that. Obviously, that is an area to monitor.

  • It is the start of hurricane season next week, but this week we already had some major tropical disturbances. This has the makeup of a very scary year ahead. Let’s hope for the best here.

  • In the May edition of Glass Magazine, I forgot to mention the business card feature on the back page (plus more card inspiration online). I think no matter how mobile and online we get, the good ole business card will survive. But as the story showed, to stand out you need to come up with some different looks and styles. Kudos to those mentioned.

  • I wrote on Regenerative Design last week and I noted that this was intense subject matter that was beyond me. I was genuinely thrilled and honored that Mic Patterson reached out and wrote to me on it. Mic is incredible and his insights and knowledge along with his desire to educate our world are truly something to cherish. He explained to me that sustainable and regenerative are complementary of each other and round each other out. I took this to mean: the building world is just adding more mud to the waters with a different definition for the same/similar approach. This line from his email did it for me:

    All it does is confuse people and move us further from the vital benefit of converging on a shared understanding of what sustainability really is.

    And that nails it for me. But, I will tell you there is so much to learn and then so much to teach our other stakeholders out there in trying to truly do right by our environment. Thank you, Mic for the insight!

  • I also mentioned my new interview series, “The Big 3,” where I am asking three questions to different folks in our world. I have picked out 11 people so far to get me through the summer. I am pretty pumped. Again, some of the folks you will easily know, others are not in the spotlight or industry news as often. And my first interview I thought I knew really well but his answers really surprised me. I am so excited to get this going with the debut next week.

  • Last this week, Architectural Binders. Are they finally a thing of the past? For years I would get into heavy debates with the architectural salespeople at my companies/clients on the need for the big binder. And for years I would hear they are still needed, still valuable. But lately I am hearing that need is going away. Curious if architectural salespeople out there are seeing it that way, or are we still passing those big binders out? Email me and let me know.

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author 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.

Monday, May 21, 2018

In an industry where labor, materials and other costs are increasingly on the rise, it is critical to prevent issues before they surface. We all know that mistakes are bound to happen, but we also know that they generally come at a cost. In a climate where time is money and every dollar counts, how can we work together to prevent hiccups and ensure success?

With so many players involved in each project, communication is an obvious key to helping the pieces fall perfectly into the project puzzle. A successful working relationship between a glazing contractor and manufacturer, in particular, can go a long way in anticipating and avoiding potential issues.

Architectural specifications are generally the starting point for how the glazing contractor and manufacturer will work together on a certain project. However, oftentimes these specifications may not take into account every aspect of the product and how the framing, glass and other components work together. That’s where early communication can have the greatest impact. By working with the manufacturer when you are first bidding the project you have the opportunity to be more competitive in the process.

For example, an architect may specify that a building envelope vapor barrier be integrated into a framing system. But what they may not realize is that what seems like an easy integration may impact the performance of the framing system over the long-term. By working together early and often, glazing contractors and manufacturers can play a critical consulting role for architects, thereby helping to anticipate and alleviate any potential issues, whether during installation or during the lifetime of a building.

Test reports are another great tool in the collaboration toolbox. Before committing to a specific product, compare the manufacturer’s test reports and the architectural specifications. Many times, products may be tweaked in the specification to achieve a higher energy value, for example. However, what may not be taken into account is that the manufacturer may use a higher level of glass, warm edge spacers, or other non-standard components not included in the specification to better meet a thermal requirement. By comparing the test reports and the architectural specifications, glazing contractors can better advise architects on a proper quote taking all components into the equation, so that there are no surprises later. 

Oftentimes, manufacturers have tools for energy modeling, or even tools that help calculate overall system performance, that can aid in the collaboration and communication process. Ask your manufacturer: what tools do you offer? By partnering with the manufacturer throughout the process, from start to completion, contractors are poised to be more competitive, prevent issues and save money. A win-win all around.

Terry Carespodi is a national sales manager at YKK AP America Inc., where he is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives to further the company’s long-term goals. He has a rich and diverse background in the architectural aluminum fenestration industry.

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.

Monday, May 21, 2018

I saw an interesting piece this week with regards to following a sustainability path or a regenerative one. In all honesty, I think this is the first time I have ever seen the word regenerative, so digging into this was new to me. The basic premise is that sustainable building practices can’t go the distance and that a change in thinking is needed. I am honestly not smart enough to wade anywhere near that argument, I just want to be a part of the conversation to determine what is best for our world going forward. I am already a fan of some of the techniques mentioned (like Net Zero), so maybe this needs to be a larger part of the overall environmental discussion? In any case, check out the article and let me know what you think…

Elsewhere…

  • By the way, speaking of sustainable and the green building world, anyone care to guess how many standards and rating systems there are out there now? I recently saw a list that had 12. Wild.

  • Monthly Glass Magazine review time. Are you thinking about going to glasstec? If so make sure you check out the excellent piece from Olivia Parker on the event. In addition, Wendy Vardaman did a fabulous job on high-end door and entrance hardware. That is a very hot segment and she covered the story perfectly. And as always, there are trends pieces that cannot be missed. This month, the magazine included John Wheaton with the Top 10 in the curtain wall world. Seriously well done, but I am biased with John. I think he could just string random letters together and I’d love it. All in all, make sure you check out the entire May issue!

  • After taking last month off with my best ad kudos, I am back this month with two. Kawneer is back in the spotlight (I have noted them before) with their inside cover piece focused on education. Loved the graphic design of it; very eye catching. The other was a slim, smart ad from Vicone High Performance Rubber. Just a very simple approach that worked; made me stop and read. Well done!

  • Normally I would put this in the link section, but it’s too interesting to not call out here. It is an article I had saved to read from 2015 (yes I am way behind; my instapaper account is overflowing), and it’s on the first digital camera. It’s a great read but also comes with a lesson: you may be loaded right now with work but if you are not paying attention to trends and also looking to diversify, you could end up seeing the world pass you by.

  • Follow up from last week. I got great insights from several people on “Cheerwine,” including an offer to send me some! (Thank you!) So now when I head to Virginia or the Carolinas, I am going to take it in and give it a shot. I appreciate everyone for taking the time to reply to me on it. I’ll have to post a shot of me drinking it and a review when that happens.

  • Last this week, starting in June I am kicking off a new segment on the blog. It’s called the “Big 3” and it will be three questions to various people in and around the glass and glazing industry. Some of the folks interviewed will be old friends, but also some will be people I don’t know until I get the chance to interview them. I have a list of folks I am going to approach, and it will cover all different areas of our world—from sales reps, to management, to technical and in every channel we have. I’m excited about it and quite frankly think it will add a fresh coat of paint to this blog. It won’t be every week, but enough to infuse some energy here and also give you different insights. Stay tuned and keep an eye on your emails as I may be asking you!

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author 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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

From stand-out projects to game-changing innovations, the Glass Magazine Awards highlight the best of the glass industry. And the popular Reader Photo Contest provides a behind-the-scenes look at the people and processes that make those projects and products possible. Don’t miss out on a chance to be recognized.

Glass Magazine Awards

The Glass Magazine Awards are split into two overall categories: Project Awards and Product Awards. Read the individual category descriptions and complete the appropriate nomination form, here. The deadline for nominations is May 31.  

The winners will be chosen by a panel of industry judges and will be announced in the September issue of Glass Magazine. Winners will also be recognized during an event at the 2018 GlassBuild America in Las Vegas.

To see last year’s award recipients, click here.

Reader Photo Contest

The Glass Magazine Reader Photo Contest is intended to provide a glimpse into the everyday experiences of workers in the glass and glazing community, from the factory floor to the jobsite. Readers are invited to submit photographs that highlight the behind-the-scenes achievements and activities that make a final project possible. The winning photos will run in the September issue, coinciding with the annual Glass Magazine Awards.

Learn more about the program and submit photos here. The deadline is May 18. A panel of judges—including Glass Magazine editors—will select finalists, and readers will be able to vote on winners on GlassMagazine.com.

To see last year’s contest winners, click here.

Katy Devlin is editor in chief of Glass Magazine. Contact her at kdevlin@glass.org.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Twice a year, a very interesting webinar takes place featuring the top analysts from the construction, architecture and contractor world. Usually I report on details including the pace of predictions and what the overall expectations will be from the market. But this time I wanted to focus on one area of the commercial building space that could be a hidden champion moving forward: renovation and remodel. If I understood the panelist correctly, the retail space is ripe for renovation because of the amount of store closings out there, and that’s pushing the space into mixed-use buildings. Obviously, those need renovation. Also, office growth is strongest in one area—urban renovation—as the trend of the suburban office park looks to be a thing of the past. Last, hotels are pretty saturated and now facing stiff competition from outsourcing players like Airbnb. They’ll need to update and remodel to at least stem that tide of defections. Bottom line? New construction may still be out there, but don’t sleep on the reno side.

Elsewhere…

  • Speaking of all that, airport construction is poised for serious growth. The infrastructure of so many airports has been stretched to the limit that finally money is coming through to help. Good article here breaks it all down…
  • My twitter feed reminded me that GlassBuild America opens in four months. Get yourself registered and book the hotel.  
  • It was super to see Sam Hill of Oak Cliff Mirror & Glass be honored by the Texas Glass Association last week. Sam is one of the good guys in our world (as is Felix Munson who is the current president of the TGA), so it’s awesome to see his work and efforts appreciated!
  • From time to time here I review new website launches and I love to do so. Technology allows us to do so much more these days. So that said, kudos to Intermac on its new site. Strong, smart site that checks the two major boxes: it looks fabulous and it’s easy to get around. I can’t tell you how many sites I run into where the design is breathtaking but trying to navigate it is miserable. Nice work here by the team at Intermac for making it user friendly and memorable.
  • California will now require solar panels on all new homes, which makes me wonder when there will be moves to do more with regards to renewable energy or Net Zero on commercial structures. Keeping in mind one of the main issues with energy loss in this country still remains with old inventory. Until those buildings can be addressed and then improved, all we are doing is treading water.
  • I have been in the southern part of the United States twice over the last few weeks and I keep seeing this soft drink (assuming that it is a soft drink; it’s with the Coke and Pepsi in the store fridge), called “Cheerwine.” Anyone know what it is? I am curious what the taste is. I almost grabbed one thinking it was my all-time favorite Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • Last this week, like many of you, I am a road warrior and I always like to see different hotels, their layouts and approaches, etc. Well, this list of the top 5 “green” hotels is very cool, but I doubt my travels will ever take me to any of them.

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author 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.

Monday, May 7, 2018

It’s positive, upbeat and increasingly collaborative.

It’s apparent at events like Façades+, Façade Tectonics, the NGA BEC conference, the Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo, and other glass and metal symposiums.

It’s talkative, networked and invitational, being reshaped and refined through collaboration, communication, industry groups, peer networks, research and evaluation.

It’s a supportive set of people, groups and companies working together to shape the built world.

It’s innovative, smart and providing value and solutions to buildings that house occupants for many years.

It’s improving its supply chain, manufacturing capabilities and quality.

It’s surrounding billions—no trillions—of dollars in employee, information and equipment assets.

It encloses and protects the likes of Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech giants lauded as being in the forefront of the changing world.

It brings architects’ visions to life with tangible solutions to sometimes complicated geometries and designs. It gives a building its form and recognition.

It’s made up of an increasing number of types, textures, surfaces, sizes, colors, patterns, attachments and integrations, all engineered to maintain the exterior of the building for a generation or more.

It’s improving in performance and the ability to withstand increasingly robust designs and requirements.

It protects people below and within and provides aesthetic beauty to urban landscapes.

It’s manifested in industry group mergers.

Can you feel it? Feel the positive vibe, the energy? Are you part of it? Can you feel the energy amongst industry peers? Do you see the conversations in social media, in the hallways, in the educational venues, publications, project meetings, design review sessions, and conferences? What is it?

It’s the continued shaping, reshaping, formation, alignment, collaboration and connection of the glass, glazing and façade industry. It’s a spectacular group of smart, caring people and companies, bringing the passion and the intellectual capital every day to create value.

It “feels” really good, and it’s great to be a part of.

After all these years, there are still no two buildings alike; no two projects the same. There’s some new application or wrinkle on every job. And it’s interesting. It’s creative. It’s meaningful work.

Keep connecting, keep shaping and keep bringing value to the table. The best is yet to come.

John Wheaton is the founder & co-owner of Wheaton & Sprague Engineering, Inc., also known as Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope. The firm provides full service design, engineering and consulting services for the curtain wall/building envelope/building enclosure industry, and works at “Creating Structure” for clients. He can be reached at jwheaton@wheatonsprague.com and on Twitter, @JohnLWheaton1.

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A lot of news came out of the Annual Conference, recently held in California. Glass Magazine will provide additional coverage in upcoming issues, but just a quick take from me on one of the happenings. Dr. Tom Culp (best in the business) reiterated what he covered at BEC with regards to more stringent energy codes coming down the path. If you are in the IGU business and not paying attention to these moves, you are doing yourself a massive disservice. Get up to speed. Because of this movement, I also think products like dynamics and VIG will start to really become enticing on the commercial side.

Side note, I mentioned the California GWP last week but still don’t have my information settled. I will post on that as soon as I do!

Elsewhere….

  • I have noted here a few times that there’s been some soft spots in the marketplace to start 2018, and interestingly enough, some of the latest data out backs that up. This report does also note that the other metrics we all follow are still tracking positive, but the issue is in the current time period. I think the weather had a different effect this year vs. the past (more severe and compacted time frames) and that is a big player in the process. There is nothing worrisome overall; the softness is minor even with the numbers listed and there’s still a very positive foundation and backlog out there. Still, some who thought they were losing their minds because business was a bit off now at least have something to point to.

  • I was really excited to see the Houston Area Glass Association announcements on their scholarship program for a few reasons. One I love these active local associations like HAGA, The Texas Glass Association, Colorado Contract Glaziers Association, Washington Glass Association and many others. They work hard for their local glass and glazing community and they deserve your support! I also loved seeing that my old friend David Ozment from Binswanger Glass was mentioned with his son winning one of the awards. Obviously, the good guy genes run deep in that family!

  • As I have written here before, I love the “Flip or Flop” shows, but I continue to be driven crazy on the estimates on the repairs. Just watched an episode on the Vegas edition where they re-did a bathroom completely and put in a massive, oversized heavy shower enclosure. They also put in new sinks, hardware, tiles everywhere, and the estimate was laughably low. I must be missing something. Anyone with insight please let me know and I’ll even keep it private if need be. Plus, my wife will love you because she’ll enjoy the show more without me yelling at the TV every time the ultra-low estimate comes on the screen.

  • Speaking of those shows, I am starting to see more advertisements from glass-related players, the latest being a very cool commercial from Pella. I know they don’t play in the commercial realm, but slickly produced ads are always nice to show our industry off.

  • Last this week, let’s end with absolutely wonderful news about George Sultage of Vitro. I had noted on here several months ago that George was in a heck of a battle and I am thrilled to report he is doing great AND now back to work (from home to start). This is awesome, and I look forward to seeing George at GlassBuild hopefully or somewhere else down the line!

Read on for links and video of the week…

The author 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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

We’re just at the beginning of our journey combining two impactful trade associations—the National Glass Association and Glass Association of North America. I’ve learned a lot this past year, and even more since Feb. 1 (the official merger date), and again more last week during our Annual Conference in Napa, California.

One realization has not changed. After 28 years in the glass and glazing industry, my deep appreciation for what the legacy GANA volunteers have achieved and continue to strive for at meetings only intensifies.  

Intensifies is the operative word. Our global industry is ever more complex and demanding, and the impact is felt first on the technical stewards of glass technology, processes, codes and standards.  One way to recognize what we fight to protect is embodied in the annual awards dinner.       

Focused and aware industry volunteers drive the association’s technical activities. The following stand-out volunteers were recognized for their contributions.

The organization’s highest recognition, the C. Gregory Carney Member of the Year Award, went to Rick Wright, director of technical services, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. Wright has decades of experience and leadership in the glass industry. He has been a longtime dedicated contributor to association technical activities. The award is named after industry leader and former GANA Technical Director Greg Carney, who passed away in 2013.

"Rick exemplifies all that Greg Carney represented in the glass and glazing industry," says Urmilla Sowell, NGA technical director. "Rick tirelessly advocates for glass in several standards and codes bodies—ANSI Z97, IGCC and SGCC, ASTM AND GICC—not just the association. He has served on the GANA board and is a great asset to the association and glass industry."

Kayla Natividad, architectural technical services engineer from ‎NSG Pilkington received the Energy Division Member of the Year Award. “This is only her second Annual Conference, but she has jumped in eagerly to the association activities since last spring,” says Mark Silverberg, president of Technoform North America, who presented the award. Natividad “has participated in the Energy Applications [Glazing Informational Bulletin] specifically, but has also contributed to multiple other task groups within the flat glass and insulating divisions.”

Bobby Chestnut, sales project manager, Standard Bent Glass, was recognized for his work in the Decorative Division. Chestnut has chaired the task group on How to View and Assess Decorative Glass Products for the last two years. “He signed on for this task at one of his first meetings, choosing to jump right in,” according to James Wright, sales director, glass division, ICA North America, who presented the award. “He has also used in person meetings such as Annual and Fall Conferences to convene his task group to make headway together in person,” Wright says.

Jeff Haberer, director, technical services, Trulite, was recognized for his contributions to the Laminating Division. “A long-time member of the glass family, [Jeff] has contributed to various organizations continuously throughout many years. His contribution to NGA/GANA has helped us probe issues deeper and more thoroughly due to his ability to look at issues and opportunities with various perspectives,” says Julia Schimmelpenningh, industry technical leader, customer applications and service lab manager, for Eastman Chemical Co. Schimmelpenningh presented the award to Haberer. “Jeff’s contribution to the laminated glass area over the recent years has proved to be just as valuable to the industry as his previous concentration on the insulating glass side. We honored Jeff with the Laminating Division Member of the Year award because he not only drives us to be better, but he provides the background for the laminated glass industry to thrive.”

The Tempering Division Member of Year Award went to Ren Bartoe, director, glass and industrial technologies, at Vesuvius. Bartoe has been a long-time supporter of the legacy GANA organization, with active involvement in both the tempering and marketing committees. He also serves on the Integration Task Force, a group of association volunteers dedicated to successfully integrating the NGA and GANA. Bartoe was unable to attend the Annual Conference; Marcus Bancroft, sales manager, Americas, at Vesuvius, accepted the award on his behalf. 

Mitch Edwards, technical manager of Guardian Glass, was recognized for his work in the Flat Glass Manufacturing Division. “Mitch has been an excellent resource to the association with his 10 years serving as the FGMD Technical Chair,” says Sowell, who presented the award. “Mitch also collaborates on several task groups within the tempering, insulating and decorative divisions.”

Joe Erb, commercial sales specialist for Quanex Building Products, received the Member of the Year Award for the Insulating Division. Erb has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, with an in-depth knowledge and awareness of the high-performance glazing industry. Erb has been a long-time volunteer within the legacy GANA organization, and is a regular contributor to Glass Magazine. Erb was unable to attend the Annual Conference. 

The final division award went to Ted Derby for his work in the Building Envelope Contractors Division. Derby, of Intertek, previously served for a decade in business development at glazing contractor LCG Facades. “Ted has been attending the BEC Conference for over a decade. Over time, he has taken on leadership roles within the BEC membership’s task group, most notably as a member of the task group updating the Blue Print Reading and Labor Estimating Course,” says Sara Neiswanger, NGA’s senior manager, GANA member services. “He has also acted as the grader of the Blue Print Reading Course for the past four years. He has taken a true interest in the students’ progress and understanding in completing the course and has also played a key role in helping translate the manual content into a complimentary online platform.”

Nicole Harris is president and CEO of the National Glass Association.

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