Volume 14, Issue 1 - January/February 2012

industry insiders
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COMINGS AND GOINGS
Glass America Hires New CEO
Glass America hired Michael Barry to fill the role of CEO in mid October, following the resignation of David Rohlfing as president and CEO.

Barry most recently served as president of Prairie Street Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. He also has served as a senior executive with Copperfield Chimney Supply Inc., a supplier of proprietary chimney and hearth products; Intech EDM, an industrial distributor and manufacturer of consumable materials for Electrical Discharge Machining; and Woodward Inc., a patio furniture manufacturer.

Rohlfing, who remains a minority shareholder in the company, also resigned from his seat on Glass America’s board of directors. He had been with Chicago-based Glass America since 2004, when he joined with a group of investors to acquire it. Rohlfing has a long history in the industry, having gotten his start in 1972 as an auto glass installer trainee.

OBITUARIES
Old Dominion Glass Founder Passes Away
Old Dominion Glass founder Ray Tate of Richmond, Va., passed away in mid October after a long illness. He was 68.

Tate is survived by his wife, Trina; his son, Chris Tate; his daughters, Brittany and Morgan Hutchinson; three grandchildren; his sisters, Debbie Wickham, Faye Haynie, Charlene Smith, Annabelle Ambrosen; and his brothers, Donnie Tate and Frankie Corbin; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tate founded Old Dominion Glass in 1981, and retired in 2005.

“Ray was a friend to many, a great leader and mentor and will be greatly missed by all who knew him,” says Donald Rommell, who worked closely with Tate at Old Dominion for many years.

Outside the auto glass industry, Tate also was well-known for his time with the University of Richmond Spiders football team, where he played for several years and was team captain, All Southern Conference and All State in 1965. After graduating from the University of Richmond, he was an assistant coach from 1966 to 1973.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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