Volume 10, Issue 4 - July/August 2008
Field of Vision
Recently, belron us provided us with yet another stop-the-press moment, when it was announced that the company had named executive vice president Tom Feeney as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO). The announcement came in the wake of an announcement by current CEO Dan Wilson that he would be retiring, effective July 1.
News like this makes for quite a fast-paced day in our office. First, we completed a hot news alert, which went out the morning of the announcement on glassbytes.comTM at 10:30 a.m. This not only involves writing and researching the story—but also setting it up to send. Unfortunately, I tend to be hands-on and prefer to send these myself, which makes for a doubly intense situation.
By the time that was out, it seemed things would calm down a bit—until I learned of the news that Belron Worldwide CEO Gary Lubner and Mr. Feeney had agreed to an interview that afternoon. After nearly an hour-long interview with both gentlemen, and then several hours of transcription, I finally turned my glassBYTEs newsletter for the day in for approval at 5 p.m.—which is the time that we send it out on most days.
All in all, that day, June 12, was a long, stressful day. But, did I mind? There were a couple times it was a little more hectic than I would have liked, but all in all, it was a good day.
Why? Because there was big news in the auto glass industry, and I had the pleasure of bringing it to you, my readers.
This is what we thrive on here at AGRR magazine. Every single day here, for me, revolves around what’s happening in this specialized industry. Next door, my co-worker, Megan Headley, the editor of AGRR’s sister publication, USGlass, does the same. Are we happy when our industries intersect? Of course, but it happens so rarely, that we both enjoy being so highly involved in our niche industries.
Why am I telling you this? Well, a competing magazine recently announced it’s folding its stand-alone auto glass magazine and instead will include info in another of its magazines geared toward architectural glass.
Things may be changing there, but here, we’re still all about auto glass. You open up this magazine (or visit our websites, www.agrrmag.com and glassBYTEs.com) and there’s no wading to do—all the industry’s information, right at your fingertips.
The good news for me is that this will continue. I can continue to be immersed in this industry daily—and, in addition to bringing you the latest industry news each day, via our daily e-newsletter site, www.glassBYTEs.com™, I can also be the person who tells interesting stories about the industry at gatherings of my family and friends. (Believe it or not, they’re usually intrigued too.)
I look forward to continuing to share the industry’s latest with you in the pages of this publication.
Of course, we’re always looking for ways to add to our publication as well. If you have ideas, please e-mail me at