It was everything it had been promoted to be and then some. The crowds were huge, the mood was upbeat and energetic, and the competitions were the best ever. Indeed, the 2014 Auto Glass Week™ event was simply fantastic. As I have said before, part of the fun for me at these shows is the chance to see and talk with old friends, and there were plenty of them this year— Chuck Bibbiano, Eddie Cheskis, Mario Ercolini, Ed Golda, Patti LaMarco, Bud Oliver, David Rolfing and so, so many others.
On the seminar side of the show, I particularly enjoyed the presentations by Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, United States Marine Corps veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor – the military’s highest honor. Bill George of NSG Pilkington was incredibly interesting and insightful, and Tony Aquila, the founder and CEO of Solera Holdings Inc., also presented a thought provoking look into the future, especially as it relates to the glass business.
Probably the most exciting part of the three-day event for me, though, was the competitions that were going on almost non-stop throughout the show floor. Windshield repair, windshield replacement, paint protection film, auto film tinting, and my favorite, architectural glass film competitions, attracted the best in the country and many from outside of the U.S., as well. What a show … what a competition … and what a great job Deb Levy and her team did to pull off an event that will be talked about for years.
For competition winners and other reports, visit glassbytes.com.
The Sports Thing …
This is a very special time of the year for sports fans. The NFL is in full swing, the NHL has just kicked off its season, the NBA is a couple of weeks into its preseason, and MLB has its World Series playoffs in full gear. It’s enough to make your head spin. By the way, my Blackhawks are 2-0 in the early going and are looking pretty good. It’s early, but I’ve got a special feeling about the Hawks this year.
I have taken a little bit of heat about how far down I am in the NFL Pick’em contest, but I have an excuse … or maybe I should call it an explanation. That sounds better. Anyhow, I have missed two weeks of picking, and while I have no one to blame but myself, my score is not that bad when you realize I missed two of the first six weeks of picking. So lighten up, guys. And I fully expect to win a weekly event or two before the end of the season. So watch out!
Last week finished in a tie between Tom Darigo of APG and Steve Lewis of Technical Glass Products. Andy Johnson of the Solar Seal Company won the week before.
The Quotable Thing …
I am particularly happy about this week’s “quote of the week,” not so much because it is a good quote … although it certainly is … but because of who sent it to me. You see, I happen to be an admirer of Tara Taffera’s writing, and the fact that she has won a number of journalism awards is testament to her skill and ability. So when someone of Tara’s position takes the time to send me something for my blog, it is a very special occasion for me. I didn’t even know she read my blogs, but apparently she does, and I am honored. Now, it is possible that she only reads the Quotable Thing portion of the blog, but even if that’s all she glances at, I still feel honored. Tara reports that she picked up this quote while interviewing a female CEO for an upcoming article, and when Tara asked this powerful lady what advice she might have for other women wanting to achieve a position similar to hers, her reply was …
“Have a thick skin and a slippery back. You have to let things slide off your back”
“Have a Wonderful Week Everyone”