Volume 8, Issue 1, January - February 2004
PGC Meets in Nation's Capitol
The Protective Glazing Council (PGC), which is based in Topeka, Kan., held its annual fall national meeting at the Washington Terrace Hotel in Washington, D.C., November 18-20. The meeting kicked off with a tour of the White House on Tuesday, November 18. Two days of meetings followed.
Among the lengthy list of speakers was GlassLock president Scott Haddock, who is a very busy man. He serves as PGC president, in addition to being the International Window Film Association’s (IWFA) new president and a Window Film columnist. Haddock spoke along with Madico’s Jay Larkin and IWFA executive director Darrell Smith, who introduced them both.
He talked about attachment systems and the various kinds that are available. Larkin discussed how to apply film in general—and, more importantly, discussed some of the basics of security film. He compared it to “installing a giant credit card on a piece of glass” and gave the audience a hands-on opportunity to hold the very sturdy squeegee used to apply security film.
Window Genie® Has New Location
Window Genie, a franchise company which includes a number of glass options, including window film, has a new location in San Leandro, Calif. The latest franchise is owned and operated by Brandon Shabazz.
“The market meets all of our criteria for a successful location and has an experienced professional owner in Brandon Shabazz,” said Richard Nonelle, president of Window Genie. “We’re very proud to have Brandon in our organization and expect our future Bay Area customers to be very happy with our services.”
The San Leandro location will service residents in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in California. Window Genie offers a range of services, including window cleaning, deck cleaning and sealing, concrete cleaning and sealing and house washing.
Protecting People First Continues Work
Volunteers from GE Commercial Insurance in Chicago worked with Project People First Foundation (PPFF) on another Project Safeguard safety retrofit at the Parkway Community House, installing safety and security film to windows, replacing light bulbs with shatter-resistant bulbs, securing heavy objects and providing general cleaning and repair jobs. The house, operated by the Jane Addams Hull House Association, is a community center offering child care and after school programs as well as training for adults and seniors, and serves almost 50 children on a daily basis.
CPFilms Inc. of Martinsville, Va., supplied the film for the project.
Bekaert Specialty Films Announces New General Manager
Clearwater, Fla.-based Bekaert Specialty Films (BSF), has announced the appointment of Christophe Fremont as the company’s new general manager. He will be responsible for directing all aspects of BSF’s operations, including research and product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing and finance.
Fremont previously served as vice president of BSF’s parent company, Bekaert, and, prior to that, worldwide sales for Uni-Solar, a former Bekaert joint venture. Prior to Uni-Solar, Fremont held various executive-level sales and marketing positions at Agfa Corp., most recently general manager for Agfa’s Consumer Imaging group in Europe.
Fremont replaces BSF president David Fletcher, who resigned in mid-September. Fremont will be based at BSF’s headquarters offices in San Diego.
IWFA Names Haddock President; Gets New Officers
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has new officers for the 2004 calendar year. The association elected Scott Haddock, president of GlassLock in San Jose, Calif., president. Haddock also serves as president of the Protective Glazing Council.
In addition, the association has elected Tom Niziolek of Woburn, Mass.-based Madico Inc., secretary Matt Jobe of Gila Distributing in Canton, Ga., and treasurer Dave McFadyen of American Window Tinting Services Inc. in Littleton, Colo.
The following will serve on the IWFA board of directors for the upcoming year: Ed Golda of Michigan Glass Coatings in Auburn Hills, Mich., Dan Villamil of Window Tints, Etc., of Hollywood, Calif., Jim Black of Bekaert Specialty Films in San Diego, CPFilms’ Gregg McKay of Orange, Calif., Ben Ford of Global Window Films of Miami, Harry Rahman of Huper Optik USA in Houston and Jaime Knutson, also of Madico.
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