I don’t really consider myself a reporter-journalist. Not even close. And I am not about to pretend to be one either … especially when I am working with Deb Levy and some of her award-winning reporters. People like Tara Taffera, Penny Stacey, Megan Headley and Casey Neeley would probably chuckle at me … politely, of course, because they are nice people … if I ever claimed to be a credible reporter-journalist BUT, I think I may have pulled off what they would call a scoop and I want to get this news out there as soon as I can because I am so proud of the fact that I not only have this information but that I got it first. So here it is: Glass Performance Days is coming to America! For the first time ever! This highly respected bi-annual event, which draws all of the glass industries great thinkers, is coming to the states for the first time in its history. I got this very important tidbit of information while doing an interview with Ed Zaucha (CEO of International Enclosure Specialist APG) at the BEC event in Las Vegas earlier this week. Ed let the news out and then I later confirmed it while talking with Ed and none other than Jorma Vitkala (Glass Performance Days director) who had traveled all the way from Tampere, Finland, to attend BEC. Tentatively, the event is scheduled for mid-July 2014 in Philadelphia. Watch for much, much more information on this and if you have a minute, you can check out some of the actual interview by clicking here.
I was suffering from a bit of information overload by the time I left the BEC event yesterday but I truly was impressed not only with the larger than expected attendance but also by the serious and professional tone of the conference. Scott Thomsen, President of Guardian Industries Global Flat Glass Group, jump started the two day meeting with an extremely informative and insightful presentation titled “the State of the Glass and Glazing Industry” and the presentations that followed were likewise extremely well done and beneficial. I will be writing follow-up pieces about some of what I heard and learned in future USGlass magazine columns and in this blog space in coming weeks. In particular, I plan to do more with the report presented by lawyer David Sponner (Squire Sanders LLP) on the anti-dumping/tariff matter regarding Chinese aluminum extrusions and curtainwall materials. This is very relevant and extremely important to anyone in the architectural glass & aluminum industry. Again, more to come on this!!!
A Quick Book Report
I had the opportunity of hearing “best-selling author” Kelly McDonald speak recently and afterward, I purchased a copy of her book, “Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You” and I have to tell you, it is an incredibly informative and eye-opening piece of literature and if you are in business today … whatever that business is … read the book. The tagline to the book’s title is “How to Delight and Engage The Customers Your Competitors Don’t Understand.” The world has been changing at an incredible speed in the past several years and it will continue to change going forward. To this end, most of the people that most of us are trying to sell, regardless of our product, are not like us. And while this is not a bad thing, it is a real thing. Read the book. It’s an easy read and there are enough stories peppered throughout it that it should hold your attention without much difficulty.
Hey, while we’re on the subject of books, I am proud to announce that I was the first person in the world (at least to the best of my knowledge, to purchase Paul Bieber’s new book … although I have to admit that I don’t even know the title. You see, Paul was at the Glass Expo Northeast™ event a couple of weeks back and he was accepting orders for his upcoming book, which is scheduled to be released this summer. Having known Paul and followed his magazine and blog writings for some time now, it required absolutely no outside encouragement of any kind to get me to order his book. And I am proud of the fact that I was the first to do so.
The Sports Thing
March madness is now in full swing. I am in two NCAA basketball pools and I am feeling pretty good about my selections. I admit that I have never won one of these things but I have come close. On another note, is it OK to point out that my Chicago Blackhawks, after suffering their only two regulation time losses of the year about a week ago have now won three straight? They play the Ducks tonight at Anaheim and the Ducks have the second best record in the NHL thus far this season … right behind the Hawks so tonight is a big game. I know I mention the Hawks quite a bit but they are probably the most popular NHL team in North America at the time and I have been a fan since I was a kid.
Hey, while we’re on the subject of Hockey … I would like to congratulate my grandson Sam and the Willowbrook High School Renegades on their winning of the Cougar Cup championship last Friday night here in Illinois. The 6-5 win was one of the best high school hockey games I have ever witnessed and I have been to quite a few in my lifetime. Congratulations, you guys! Great season and a great finish.
The Quotable Thing
I have been traveling quite a bit lately and have not kept up with emails as well as I normally do. So while some people have sent in suggestions for quotes, I have not had the time to really go through them for usability … or perhaps suitability is the better word here. At any rate, I am going to use something that I picked out of a recent AGC SmartBrief for this week’s quote. It is credited to that great Greek philosopher Aristotle.
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
Have A Great Week, Everybody!!!