Volume 8, Issue 2        March/April 2006


Drawn to Denver
Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ 2006 Proves Successful

by Brigid O'Leary

The event that is Glass Expo Rocky Mountain returned to Denver in January and proved once again to be a successful regional show. Glass Expo Rocky Mountain 2006 was co-sponsored by the Colorado Glazing Contractor’s Association and USGlass, AGRR, Window Film, Door and Window Manufacturer and Shelter magazines.

Snow had already been falling for two hours on Thursday, January 19, 2006, when the early morning seminars got underway at 8:30, but the weather did little to deter the 600-plus who attended the event. More than 100 people showed up to hear the three morning seminars that marked the opening of the event: Glass 101 with Carle Abernathy of Oldcastle Glass, Proper Auto Glass Installations with Steve Coyle of the Performance Achievement Group and Sales and Marketing for Glass Shops with John Baker of Sandler Sales Institute.

“That was a great seminar,” one attendee said after sitting in on Glass 101. “Carle’s really funny.”

Abernathy’s seminar was well received and well attended, as was Coyle’s seminar on the proper procedures for windshield replacement; the management track of seminars was by far the most popular. Good attendance at sessions such as Baker’s Sales and Marketing and AGRR’s promotion manager Hayley Steele’s “Better Time Management” was a mere inkling of the interest exhibited by more than 60 attendees at the “What Kind of Manager Are You?” seminar, led by AGRR publisher Debra Levy and nearly the number that turned out at Lyle Hill’s “Estimating and Understanding the Cost of Doing Business” presentation the following day.

While the management seminars were the best attended, the “What’s Hot in the AGR Industry” was the most lively, with attendees asking questions and interacting with one another and with Levy, who served as moderator.

“Has anyone received more fax referrals from being on METRYX?” one attendee asked, referring to the LYNX registry service introduced last year. Another attendee indicated that he had and conversation ensued, though others in the room remained skeptical. METRYX was only one topic covered at the seminar session; other topics discussed include the FBI investigation of Diamond Triumph, the IGA/Safelite lawsuit and the Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standard (ROLAGS).

Other seminar sessions offered were “Blast Mitigation” by Doug Penn of YKK America, “Fire-Rated Glazing” by Renee Woodruff of Safti-First, “Low-E Glazing” by Ted Krantz of PPG and a manufacturers’ round table. The trade show included two well-received windshield installation demonstrations and two flat-glass related installation demonstrations, along with door prizes and a cocktail party sponsored by the Colorado Glazing Contractor’s Association.

With visitors to the show coming from as far away as Arkansas, the event was deemed a success by many.
“We are quite pleased,” said Abernathy.

Brigid O’Leary is a contributing editor for AGRR magazine.

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