Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013
As you may know, Greg Carney, formerly of the Glass Association of North America (and prior to that Interpane, among others), died last month as a result of some long-standing health issues. Those in the industry who knew Greg well have shared their thoughts in an article starting on page 50. In addition to his comments there, noted industry consultant Bill Lignell wrote a beautiful piece about Greg, and I am “donating” my column this month to Bill in order to share his thoughts:
A Remembrance of Greg Carney (by Bill Lignell)
Greg Carney. Wow how do I start? I met Greg when he first started his career in 1981 with this glass business when he was a field sales rep for LOF and located in Dallas. I was manager of LOF’s technical services department in Toledo, Ohio, and traveled to Dallas. Greg became interested in the technical side of glass while working with many of the customers he serviced for LOF and carried out some meaningful assignments to assist the corporate technical group in Toledo. He expressed a desire to be a member of the technical services group in Toledo if an opening became available. Having worked with Greg on some of the Dallas projects I could see his desire to become involved in the total glass picture for architectural glass applications. Low and behold with a little bit of “string pulling” and maneuvering Greg was transferred to Toledo to work in the LOF technical services department at the technical center. Moving from Dallas to Toledo told me that his mind and heart were in the right place and he was serious about wanting this position…Greg was involved with the SIGMA group in the mid 90’s on its board of directors while I served as consultant to the organization. Together we were able to direct and spearhead many of the publications for that organization. As Greg moved on to become the technical director of GANA, I was fortunate to see him grow further in the glass industry and give leadership to the organization in many of the areas he represented in the industry with publications, participation in technical organizations, being an excellent spokesman for the glass industry, and offering his availability for the many tasks he was required to do.
It was an honor to assist Greg in his final venture into the consulting world of glass. He had grown to become one of the noted members in the glass field and was on his way to a successful consultancy. I was able to work with him on some special collaborative projects that we shared and believe me folks, while the projects were challenging we had loads of fun.
I knew some of the hardships he faced with recent health problems, having gone through the rough patch of the Hurricane Katrina episode among other things. All in all he always kept a keen perspective on the value of his family, especially his children and always had glowing pride in their accomplishments. As we exchanged many stories, he maintained a positive outlook on the situations that were encountered. His treatment of those in the industry was always with utmost respect and made all of us feel like we were the customer. There are many relationships that he made that have become last ing friends who I know will miss him and his friendly personality, humor, attention to the details, and willingness to help whatever the cause.
While his time with us has been way too short, his contributions have been many. I am privileged to be able to say that I worked with him throughout his career and he was a very special person. My wife, Sandy, and I knew Greg for all 32 years he blessed us in the glass industry. May the good Lord be with him on his new journey.