New Year’s News

By Deb Levy

The 2022 holidays seem a distant memory now so let me be the last to wish you a Happy New Year. I always toast it with a bit of excitement and a bit of trepidation. What kind of year will it be? When it ends, will it have been a good one or a bad one? And by what standards? It’s ironic that we spend so much time predicting the coming year, without spending any time seeing how right our predictions for the previous year were.

This year is a bit different because the experts, the economic pundits and random opiners are all in agreement about the future. The year 2023, they say, cannot be forecasted well. There’s too much uncertainty and variables. As you’ll see by reading the reports on pages 12 and 36, Nick St. Denis provides a forecast of glass usage. See what Nick (who nailed it
last year) says about our future. It’s not nearly as uncertain as the pundits would have you believe.

Personally, I am optimistic about our newly birthed year. The glass industry is changing tremendously—its products, its players, its personalities—but it’s doing so in a positive direction. Glass, as a material, has never been more energy-efficient than it is now. And it’s nowhere near as efficient as it will someday become. Contract glaziers are better utilizing
the advances in digital products, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) as other segments of the construction industry have done for quite a while. It’s energizing and exciting to be part of it.

We’ve had some excitement here ourselves. You’ve already heard about Ellen Rogers’ promotion to editorial/content director in September (see page 8 in September USGlass). I am just as happy to now announce the promotion of Holly X. Biller to the position of president of our parent company, Key Media & Research. Holly has served as vice president of the company for quite a while and has spent her career in positions of increasing responsibility and advancement there. She has been instrumental in developing KMR’s digital offerings and advancing its live events, international footprint, and many other initiatives during her 28 years at the company.

Holly began her career here as an intern and chose KMR from many offers after college, and pursued an advanced degree while helping to grow KMR. She has been managing the day-to-day business for a time now, so this role is not too new for her. The new title, in reality, catches up to what she has been doing. My own corporate title will be CEO going forward.

I liken Holly to Mary Barra, GM’s top executive, who began her work at the automaker as a co-op student in 1980. If you have ever worked with Holly, you know what a competent professional and special person she is. I hope you will join me in welcoming her to a new role.

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