Volume 11, Issue 3 - May/June 2009

WGR Reports
repair news

ASSOCIATION NEWS
Casey Appointed to NWRA Board
SuperGlass WindshieldRepair president David Casey has been appointed to the National Windshield Repair Association’s (NWRA) board of directors. He takes the seat of Wade Schlichenmayer, formerly of Delta Kits Inc., who recently left the company to pursue sales in a related industry (see related story in March-April AGRR, page 52). 

Casey has several items in mind he hopes to tackle while on the board.

“I think the [Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard] is important to monitor and be involved with, because it’s starting to see some changes that could be restrictive to NWRA members,” says Casey. “Other than that, [I plan] to continue to support the NWRA membership.”

The NWRA’s green initiative also is of importance to him.“One of the things I’m doing in my company is recognizing the actual carbon emissions that every windshield replaced saves,” Casey says. “We show customers how many pounds of glass they kept out of the landfill.

“I’d like to make customers more aware of the environmental impact of glass and allow the members of the NWRA to receive credit for helping with that issue,” he adds.

Casey has been in the industry since 1981. He started SuperGlass in 1992, and the company just opened its 267th franchise recently. Casey is based in Orlando, Fla.

Products
Glass Pro Launches Annihilator
Glass Pro Systems’ new Annihilator works like its Super Cinch tool, except it is made of Delrin™, which company officials say resists chemicals. The Annihilator is designed to suspend resin off of the glass, allowing the break to relieve air pressure and to allow moisture to be removed.  Resin then is injected directly into a vacuum pocket without ever breaking the vacuum. However, the company notes that the system verifies that a vacuum is positively in place before lowering the resin to the glass. 
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PEOPLE NEWS
WRO Silver Medalist Named Person of the Year for Windshield Repair

Brian Fenner of Safe Glass Technologies in Easton, Pa., recently was named “Windshield Repair Person of the Year” at the Mobile Tech Expo in Orlando, Fla. Fenner, 39, has been in the industry for six years and competed for the first time in the Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics (WRO) in 2008. 

“Brian’s professionalism is amazing,” says Brent Deines, president of Delta Kits Inc., who nominated Fenner for this year’s award. “He’s bar-none, head and shoulders above anybody else that I’ve ever seen and that’s one of the reasons I nominated him.”

He adds, “He’s also extremely helpful to people getting started out.”

“From what I understand, the ‘person of the year’ awards recognize individuals with the various automotive recon groups for there accomplishments, commitment to continued education and desire to help others in their respective fields as well as promote a positive and professional industry image,” Fenner says.

Winners are chosen via a nomination process.

Fenner and his wife, Kelly, have one son, Noah. In Fenner’s spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, snowboarding and fishing.

The Mobile Tech Expo was held January 16-17 in Orlando, Fla.

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