Volume 43, Issue 3 - March 2008
From the Fabricator
The one thing we have in our industry that I have always preached upon is the quality of our people. There are so many good folks in all walks of this world in which we work. Whether itís previously noted class acts like Lowell Rager of ACH, or good guys that won fierce battles with sickness like Brian Craft, or even folks like Greg Carney and Ron Spellich who I have never written about inside the pages of USGlass, weíre lucky to have them everywhere. But in the last few months we have lost a few, a couple to retirement and a couple to the great beyond and that talent drain is a concern.
When folks like Randy Johnson and Don Vild pass away it leaves a huge hole. These were gentlemen who made their marks on our industry and, quite frankly, changed the face of it with their efforts. In Donís case, I did not work with him in the so-called prime of his career, but, during the short time that I did work with him, he left an indelible impression on me and my respect for him and his efforts will always remain.
Randy Johnson was truly a one-of-a-kind guy. He was probably the premier sales guy when it came to the region he called home. He knew everyone and made sure that every year he would celebrate those friendships and, of course, build on the business side as well. His history in town afforded him the knowledge of how every process worked and he always used that to both his advantage and the customersí. Where, in some cases, he couldíve held things over peopleís heads he did not and he always looked out for ďhis peopleĒ even until the end. There is no question when guys like Randy and Don pass on we are so much weaker as an industry and as a world, really.
As for Jack Deyo, there are probably more than a few people reading this who know me that are scratching their heads that I am even mentioning him. Thereís this perception that because I worked with Jack in a past life, and that relationship ended worse than a love triangle on ďOne Life to Live,Ē that I harbor ill will towards Jack. Quite honestly, it could not be further from the truth. My respect for Jack as a businessman and a person has been and will always be top-notch. The guy did it the right way, and his exit from the industry makes us all weaker. He was one of the few that understood that the goal is to make money, not market share Ö among many other important business lessons.
Max Perilstein serves as the vice president of marketing for Arch Aluminum and Glass. Mr. Perilsteinís opinions are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of this magazine. His column appears bi-monthly.