Volume 8, Issue 6 - November/December 2006

Auto Glass Technician Olympics Preview

Welcome to the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Technicians from all over North America have come together to compete and learn from one another.

This event plays an important role in the auto glass industry as an opportunity for technicians to showcase their skills and techniques through a premier competition and educational demonstrations.

The event, started last year in Orlando, has moved to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in 2006 and is now co-located with the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). NACE opens its doors to more than 30,000 attendees every year, and people come from all over the world to broaden their knowledge regarding the automotive industry. The Auto Glass Expo debuts this year on the NACE show floor, so look around and find exhibitors of every size and shape, along with our sponsors and the Auto Glass Technician Olympics competition arena. Admission to the NACE trade show is included in the registration fee for contestants and spectators.

So what can you expect from this year’s competition? A field of competitors 30 strong with an average of more than 15 years of experience. Who came to represent their companies? Who will be judging them for their work and to what criteria? Turn the page to find out as we introduce you to the VIPs of the 2006 Auto Glass Technician Olympics.

The 2006 Auto Glass Technician Olympics is co-sponsored by AGRR magazine and the Independent Glass Association.

Meet the Contestants — Replacement Division

Dan Boehmer
Leading the lineup of competitors in the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics is Dan Boehmer with AGRSS-registered Gulf Coast Auto Glass Service in Englewood, Fla. The Master Auto Glass Technician brings 20 years of experience to the competition in Las Vegas.

Married with two children, Boehmer enjoys scuba diving and riding motorcycles in his spare time. 
He will be using Dow brand adhesives at the competition.

Matthew Bohaboj
Matthew Bohaboj, an auto glass technician with Eagle Auto Glass in Longview, Texas, will put his ten years of experience up against the rest of the field at the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics.

Married with two children, Bohaboj enjoys the outdoors, camping and hunting in his spare time. He also enjoys the sports of golf and football.

Bohaboj will be using SRP Total Seal adhesives at the competition.

Jamie Browning
Jamie Browning, an auto glass technician with Team Acme Inc. in Henderson, Nev., will put his 13 years of experience up against the rest of the field at the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics.

Browning is single with no children and is no relation to fellow competitor Mark Browning.

He will be using Dow Automotive adhesives at the competition.

Mark Browning
Jeff Olive may not be returning as a competitor this year, but his coworker Mark Browning will be competing in the name of Glasspro Inc. Hailing from Summerville, S.C., Browning will bring his 14 years of glass installation experience and NGA certification to the competition, with the goal of keeping the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” in the Glasspro family.

Married with three children, Browning is an auto racing fan.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition. 

Ted Chandler
Ted Chandler will join his coworkers Steve Partch and Carl Hirte in representing City Auto Glass of South St. Paul, Minn., an AGRSS-registered company, at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, where he will flex his 14 years of experience in the industry.

Chandler, a father of three, enjoys hunting in his spare time.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Eric Chriswisser
Eric Chriswisser will be one of two contestants from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, representing Iowa Glass at the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Chriswisser will join his coworker and returning silver medallist Lynn Lovetinsky in competing for the top slot. Married with a two-year-old daughter, Chriswisser brings nine years of experience in auto glass installation to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys attending Iowa State sporting events and spending time with his family.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Scott Darrah
Scott Darrah will be representing Diamond Glass Co., at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Darrah, will compete not only for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” but also for the reputation of his company.

Married with one son, Darrah brings 14 years of experience in auto glass installation to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing his guitar.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Kent Gines
Kent Gines, chief technician with Glass Doctor of St. George, Utah, will return to take on the ranks of those vying for the title at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. A second year competitor, Gines will bring his 16 years of experience to the competition, representing an AGRSS-registered shop while competing against 29 other contestants for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

The father of two enjoys sports, working on cars and etching glass.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Rob Grace
Robert “Rob” Grace will be one of two contestants representing AGRSS-registered Cindy Rowe Auto Glass at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. He will take on the other 29 contestants in the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, pitting his 12 years of experience against the field.

Married with two kids, shop manager Grace enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Troy Haney
Troy Haney will be traveling from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Las Vegas to compete for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” for his company, American Auto Glass.

The married father of two will pit his eight years of auto glass installation experience against the rest of the competition. A sports fan, Haney enjoys football and spending time with his kids.

He will be installing with OETech adhesives during the competition.

Daniel Hanks
Returning for his second competition, Daniel Hanks will travel from his home in Bassett, Va., for another shot at the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.” The owner of Daniel’s Auto Glass, Hanks returns with 19 years of experience working in his favor.

Married, the father of four enjoys drag racing and building classic cars.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Doug Harper
Binswanger Glass in Hickory, N.C., is sending Doug Harper to the Auto Glass Technician Olympics in November to try his hand at bringing home the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with two children, Harper has been installing auto glass for 23 years and was named “Tech of the Month” by AGRR magazine in 2000. In his spare time, Harper enjoys camping, watching college football and attending car shows.

He will be installing with Sika brand adhesives during the competition.

Carl Hirte
Carl Hirte, the third of three installers representing AGRSS-registered City Auto Glass of South St. Paul, Minn., brings 20 years of experience in the industry to the Auto Glass Technician Olympics where he will take on 29 other competitors vying for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with two children, Hirte enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hunting, golfing and camping.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Jason Horne
Jason Horne will be one of two contestants representing Cindy Rowe Auto Glass at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. He will be making his second appearance at the competition, taking on the other 29 contestants in the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, pitting his 18 years of experience against the field.

Cindy Rowe Auto Glass is an AGRSS-registered company.

When not installing auto glass, Horne, who is married with two kids, enjoys golfing and working on cars.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Dave Hurdel
Dave Hurdel of Reliable Auto Glass in Tempe, Ariz., will go toe-to-toe with the other 29 contestants of the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.” 

During the event, Hurdel will pit his 14 years of experience against the field.

Hurdel, a father of two, enjoys welding and off-roading for his hobbies and relaxing when he has the time. 

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Shannon Kelley
West Allis, Wis., will be cheering on Shannon Kelley as he represents AGRSS-registered Auto Glass Specialists/Belron at the second annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics. 

Married, Kelley brings years of experience in auto glass installation to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys various hobbies.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Ken Lobdell
Ken Lobdell will be joining his Diamond Glass Co. coworkers vying for the title at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the first time. Lobdell, will bring his 4 ˝ years of experience to the competition, representing an AGRSS-registered shop while competing against 29 other contestants for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

The father of four is engaged to Vicky Willoughby and enjoys music and fishing.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Lynn Lovetinsky
Lynn Lovetinsky, last year’s silver medallist at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, will return this year as one of two contestants from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He represents Auto Glass Center in a bid to win first place and the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.” Lovetinsky will be joined by coworker Eric Chriswisser in the quest for gold.

Married with two children, Lovetinsky brings 15 years of experience in auto glass installation to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys gun collecting.

He will be installing with Dow adhesives during the competition.

Art Mastrilli
Art Mastrilli is heading to the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the first time, representing Diamond Auto Glass Companies at the event. Mastrilli, along with five coworkers, will compete not only for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” but also for the reputation of his company.

Married with one daughter, Mastrilli brings 28 years of experience in auto glass installation to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Jonathan Mathews
Newport, Ore., and the crew at Hummingbird Auto Glass will be cheering for Jonathan Mathews as he tries his hand at being named the “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics in November.

Hummingbird Auto Glass is an AGRSS-registered company and Mathews will have that advantage in his pocket.

In his spare time, Mathews enjoys various hobbies.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Mary Morissette
Mary Morrissette is the first woman to compete in the Auto Glass Technician Olympics, bringing 20 years of experience and an NGA Certification with her from Champion Glass in Springdale, Mass.

Morrissette, who has one child with her long-time partner, enjoys working in the yard and spending time with her family.

She will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Mike Pacheco
Mike Pacheco will be joining his other Diamond Auto Glass coworkers vying for the title at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the first time. Pacheco, will bring his 21 years of experience to the competition, representing an AGRSS-registered shop while competing against 29 other contestants for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with one child, Pacheco enjoys fishing in his spare time.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Steve Partch
Steve Partch will be one of three contestants representing City Auto Glass of South St. Paul, Minn., an AGRSS-registered company, at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. He, along with coworkers Ted Chandler and Carl Hirte, will vie for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Partch, married with five kids, brings 18 ˝ years of experience to the competition. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and camping.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Mario Saenz
Representing the Sac-ramento, Calif., in the Auto Glass Technician Olympics is Mario Saenz, installer with Sacramento/Stockton Auto Glass.

Married with three children, Saenz’s “A” game includes 19 years of experience in the auto glass replacement industry. A “hands-on” kind of guy, he enjoys home-improvement projects, as well as fishing and biking.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives during the competition.

Tony Shaw
The heartland of the country will be well represented with Tony Shaw of Restoration Auto Glass taking his place in the lineup of contestants at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Restoration Auto Glass, is located in Andover, Minn., and sends Shaw with eight years of experience to try to take the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Shaw, who is married, enjoys riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles and hunting. He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith will be joining his Diamond Glass Co. coworkers vying for the title at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the first time. Smith, will bring his 19 years of experience to the competition, representing an AGRSS registered shop while competing against 29 other contestants for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with one son, Smith enjoys hunting and fishing.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Carl Sorrels
Twenty-nine-year-old Carl Sorrels will return this year for a chance to claim the title spot. A master technician at Northwest Windshields in The Dalles, Ore., Sorrels walked away from the inaugural event with a fourth place finish.

A certified master technician with 13 years of experience, Sorrels is married and enjoys hunting and fishing. He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesive at the competition. 

Zack Stanley
First-time competitor Zack Stanley will join his boss, Daniel Hanks, as they represent Daniel’s Auto Glass and hometown Bassett, Va., for a shot at the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician” at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Stanley will bring his “A” game to the competition, complete with four years of experience installing auto glass.

Stanley, who is married, enjoys working on cars and riding jet skis.

He will be using Dow Automotive brand adhesives at the competition.

Matt Thompson
Matt Thompson will travel from Laurel, Md., to Las Vegas to take on the field of competitors and represent Royal Autoglass, at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics. Representing an AGRSS-registered company, Thompson will bring his 19 years of experience to try to take the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with three children, Thompson enjoys hunting and restoring hot rods when not spending time with his family.
He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Scott Wallace
Scott Wallace will be joining his five Diamond Glass Co. coworkers vying for the title at the Auto Glass Technician Olympics for the first time. Wallace, will bring his 12 years of experience to the competition, representing an AGRSS registered shop while competing against 29 other contestants for the title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician.”

Married with two kids, Wallace spends a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. He’s also a baseball fan.

He will be using SIKA brand adhesives at the competition.

Our Judges

Bob Beranek is the owner of Automotive Glass Consultants since 1992 and founder of autoglassuniversity.com. Beranek started his career as a technician and over the years became one of the first certified master auto glass technicians in the country. He is the founder and developer of the Auto Glass Technical Institute for the NGA. Today Bob serves as a member of both AGRSS as board member and audit committee chair, and the NGA’s Certification Council.

Steve Coyle of Auto Glass Specialists, Inc., (AGS) started in the auto glass replacement industry in 1976 as a technician with Auto Glass Specialists. From 1992 to 2006 Steve furthered his career as a technical supervisor and a technical training manager with Performance Achievement Group. He is currently the manager of two regional shops for AGS and also is a columnist for AGRR magazine.

Gene Nichols worked in the auto glass industry for several years before joining Guardian Auto Glass in 1983. He maintained status as a top technician and became a master certified tech as soon as it became available. Gene teaches a self-developed insurance industry CE course in 10 states, helps to develop safety initiatives and provides assistance with Guardian’s business development and expansion. Gene serves on the NGA Auto Glass Certification Committee and Certification Council and is currently Safety, Technical Ed and Fleet Manager for Guardian Automotive Products, Aftermarket. 

Alternate Judge Jeff Olive of Glasspro Inc. in Summerville, S.C., serves as director of quality control and a master technician. He has certification from Performance Achievement Group, Automotive Glass Consultants and Dow Automotive/Essex ARG. Olive was the gold medalist from the 2005 Auto Glass Technician Olympics and will also be providing a “Champion Installation” demonstration to contestants and spectators.

Please note:
The decisions of the judges are final and cannot be changed. For information on how judges decided upon winners and for tips for next time, please come to “What Makes a Champion Technician?” during the awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Windshield Repair Olympics Preview

Welcome to the First-Ever Worldwide Windshield Repair Olympics. This event was created to provide a venue for repair technicians to showcase and learn the finest repair techniques from one another.

There will be seven contestants vying for the first-place finish in this, the inaugural event. Judging is based on the draft Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards (ROLAGS) and the competition—like the Auto Glass Technician Olympics—is poised to be a groundbreaking event in the industry. Not only are bragging rights on the line but so are reputations as a spotlight is turned on the industry.

The event is co-located with the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE). NACE opens its doors to more than 30,000 attendees every year, and people come from all over the world to broaden their knowledge regarding the automotive industry.

And the Winner Is …
The first-place winner will receive $1,000, a gold medal and trophy as well as bragging rights as the “World’s Best Repair Technician.” Second place will receive $500 as well as a silver medal and trophy and third will receive $250 and a bronze medal.
The winner will be named on November 4 and will be interviewed in an upcoming issue of AGRR magazine. 

The Windshield Repair Olympics is sponsored by AGRR Magazine. 

The auto glass industry truly had a friend in Walt Gorman

Gorman was owner of A-1 Windshield Doctor in Seekonk, Mass., AGRR columnist and an industry icon sharing nearly 20 years of his life with the auto glass repair industry. He was a columnist for Windshield and Glass Repair (WGR) magazine, the precursor to AGRR, throughout most of its publication, and went on to write the Ask the Doctor column in AGRR magazine. Gorman served on the National Windshield Repair Association board of directors for ten years and was one of the association’s founders. Join Walt’s wife, Judy, and his family for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in the Olympics area on the trade show floor.

Contestants — Repair Division

Michael Curl
Glass Pro Systems owner Michael Curl will bring his 11 years of experience in the windshield repair industry, four performance awards for innovative machining and two company utility patents for glass repair to the competition at the Windshield Repair Olympics in Las Vegas later this week. 

The father of two children, Curl enjoys flying aircrafts, fishing and hunting. 

Rich DiMassa
Traveling from Torrance, Calif., for the Windshield Repair Olympics will be Rich DiMassa of Dents Out Plus. The 14-year industry veteran is owner and technician with his company and will also be representing Glass Technology Inc.

The father of three enjoys fishing and spending time with family.

Kelly Ditto
Kelly Ditto, manager of mobile operations at Cindy Rowe Auto Glass in Harrisburg, Pa., will travel to the Windshield Repair Olympics in Las Vegas to pit his three years of auto glass repair experience against the competition.

Married with two children, Ditto enjoys basketball and baseball, computers and working with scouts as a volunteer scoutmaster. 

Andy Larimore
Hailing from Boise, Idaho, is Andy Larimore, manager of Windshield Repair Specialists. 

Taking part in the inaugural event, Larimore brings 18 years of experience in the windshield repair industry to pit against the competition. 

Married with two children ages seven and four, Larimore’s hobbies include photography, golf and racquetball.

Jeff Olive
Adding to the lineup of competitors at the Wind-shield Repair Olympics is Jeff Olive, director of quality control and master technician with Glasspro Inc. in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Winner of last year’s Auto Glass Technician Olympics, Olive is now putting his 20 years of repair experience on the line for a chance at the title.

Married with four kids, Olive enjoys biking, boating and spending time with his family.

Thomas “Tee” Thompson
Thomas “Tee” Thompson of Star/Superglass in Albuquerque, N.M., is making the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Windshield Repair Olympics. 

A recipient of the “Bulldog of the Year” award from SUPERGLASS and an “Extra Mile” Club nominee, he comes to the competition with 20 years of experience in the windshield repair industry. 

Jeff Wurst
Wurst will be traveling to Las Vegas from Redding, Calif., to represent Crackmaster.

Wurst has 13 years of experience in windshield repair, is a father of two daughters and enjoys boating, camping and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Our Judges

Jay Bickford of NOVUS Glass
Jay joined the auto glass repair industry in 1987 as a windshield repair technician for NOVUS Windshield Repair in Albuquerque, N.M. He then became a part of the NOVUS franchising management team in 1996. Celebrating more than a decade with NOVUS, Jay has worked his way through many positions to his current role and title of Director-Training and Development from 2001 to the present.

Paul J. Gross of Harmon Solutions Group
Paul has more than 15 years of experience creating, owning, and operating several highly successful business operations, with his main focus in the auto glass industry. 

He is currently the president of Harmon Solutions Group, the third largest third-party administrator in the industry, providing the insurance industry with unprecedented industry-leading repair ratios, supportive of a repair only network.

Additionally, Paul is a founding member of the National Windshield Repair Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

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