Volume 9, Issue 6 - November/December 2007

industry insiders
people in the news

Goudsmit Joins Equalizer Industries; International Division Created
Henri Goudsmit
, who recently retired from AEGIS Tools International in Madison, Wis., has joined Round Rock, Texas-based Equalizer Industries as international sales director.

“I had been planning to lead a nice quiet life,” Goudsmit says. After returning from three weeks in Europe, Goudsmit says he received many calls from Ray Asbery, chief executive officer for Equalizer, and Eric Asbery, president. “After news of Henri’s retirement reached Equalizer earlier this year, I just had to make the call,” says Ray Asbery, chief executive officer for Equalizer Industries Inc. 

“Henri’s broad knowledge of European auto glass markets was very interesting to us. Henri has made great friends in the auto glass industry in Europe over the past several years and we thought he might like the opportunity to continue those friendships ...” 

Goudsmit will work from his home in Chicago.

Q & A with Rich Harrison, COO, Belron US
Rich Harrison
was named chief operating officer and senior vice president of Belron US in late October. Harrison took a few minutes to answer AGRR magazine’s questions about his new position, in which he will assume executive management responsibility for the company’s field sales and retail vehicle glass repair and replacement businesses.

GB: How will your interaction with the company change in the new role? 
RH: This past year I have been primarily working with our field management in the parts of the country where we have merged the former Belron Inc. operations (Elite Auto Glass, Auto Glass Specialists, Windshield Pros and Glaspro) with Safelite. In my new role I will be working with the field management across the entire country. I am really looking forward to this opportunity and getting a chance to work with our associates in all of our markets.

GB: What goals do you have for yourself for your new role? 
RH: Overall Belron US is a really healthy business and in my opinion is on the right track. My primary goal will be to support our field operations, sales and wholesale teams so they can continue to provide outstanding service to our customers and profitably grow. 

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