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Glass Doctor Honors Employees
Waco, Texas-based Glass Doctor recognized several employees and franchisees
during its annual reunion conference held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas
The Glass Doctor of Charlotte, N.C., owned by Ed Sieber, was named
the Franchisee of the Year. Sieber purchased the franchise from his father
and brother in 2002.
David Kozlowski of the Glass Doctor of the New Berlin, Wis., franchise
was honored with the 2008 Rookie of the Year award.
Brad Roberson of the Brookhaven/ Jackson, Miss., franchise received
the president’s award, which is given at the president’s discretion. Roberson
also received the Top Gun designation, which is given to the top 10 percent
The company honored Mike Evans of the Bozeman, Mont., franchise
with the Recruiter of the Year award for attracting quality people to
Three franchise owners received the Excellence in Leadership award: Ron
and Jane Maxey of Valparaiso, Ind.; Larry Patterson of Carrollton,
Texas; and Gene Porter of Clovis, N.M.
Bill Dawson of the Columbia, Tenn., franchise and Matt Kelly
of the Cleveland location were recognized with Excellence in Mentoring
awards. The awards are given to franchise owners who are role models to
The company presented Personal Achievement awards to Tim and Wendy
Born of Rome, Ga.; Rod Hunter of Joplin, Mo.; Calvin and
Sonya Kahl of Gainesville, Texas; Dave Kozlowski of New Berlin,
Wis.; Mike Nogosek of Minot, N.D.; Dan Osborne and Sam Shalhoub
of Tabernash, Colo.; David and Sylvia Porter of Lawton, Okla.;
Wayne Robinson of Amarillo, Texas; and Vern Steiner of Millersburg,
Auto Glass Entrepreneur Joe Kellman of Globe Glass Passes Away
Legendary auto glass entrepreneur Joe Kellman passed away on January 7
on his 90th birthday.
Kellman got his start in the glass industry at the age of 14 when he worked
at his father’s small glass shop, Globe Glass. When his father died, his
brother Maury took over the manufacturing division of the business and
Kellman was given two small retail glass shops. The two shops grew into
what was at one time was the country’s largest privately owned auto glass
The company also created what many say was the first nationwide auto glass
network, the Chicago-based Globe Glass/U.S. Glass Network. Globe Glass
merged with Windshields America in 1996, creating Vistar, which merged
with Safelite in 1997.
Kellman and his wife, Lou Anne, had retired to San Diego many years ago.
In addition to his work in the auto glass industry, Kellman was known
for his charitable work. He founded the Chicago-based Better Boys Foundation,
a non-profit organization designed to help inner-city children in the
west side community of North Lawndale where he grew up, in 1961 with his
longtime friend and entertainer Buddy Hackett. In 1988, Kellman founded
the Corporate Community School of America (now known as the Kellman Corporate
Community School), also for the North Lawndale community. Just two years
ago, the Joe Kellman Family Foundation helped to build a new community
center, the Kellman Community Center, in North Lawndale, to further the
work of the Better Boys Foundation.
Kellman is survived by his wife, Lou Anne; two sons, Jack and Richard;
two stepsons, Bill and Bruce Suggs; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
“I just remember him as being this incredibly creative, dynamic generous
but tough-minded—take-no-prisoners—kind of a guy—just an amazing, person,”
recalls Lyle Hill, president of Chicago-based MTH Industries. “[He had]
an amazing, brilliant mind.”
Hill began working for Kellman in 1970, after he’d graduated college,
and later led an employee acquisition of the MTH division of Globe Glass
and Mirror from him in 1998.
“He was just the most visionary person I’ve ever known,” says Hill. “Everything
about the auto glass network as it’s known today—he was at the forefront
David Rohlfing, president of Glass America, worked with Kellman in the
latter half of 1995 during the merger negotiations of U.S. Auto Glass/Globe
Glass & Mirror and Windshields America and subsequent formation of
Vistar and also remembers Kellman as a tough competitor, along with other
“Mr. Kellman was a good teacher and a great person to work with,” says
Rohlfing. “I learned a lot from him and will always remember his legacy
to the industry.”
Belron US president Tom Feeney remembers Kellman fondly as well.
“Though we are sad to hear of his passing, he lived a great life,” says
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