Volume 10, Issue 5 - September/October 2008


Archie Manning to Keynote
Auto Glass Safety Conference

FORMER ALL-AMERICAN Quarterback and NFL MVP Archie Manning will be the keynote speaker for the 2008 International Auto Glass Safety (AGRSS) Conference. Manning will speak on the morning of Thursday, November 6. Manning, who was named All-American Quarterback while playing football for the University of Mississippi, was the second player chosen in the 1971 NFL Draft. He set several passing records in the NFL and played in two Pro Bowls. During a stint with the New Orleans Saints, he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1978, and was the first member of the Saints team to be inducted into the Louisiana Superdome Wall of Fame.

Since his retirement from the NFL, Manning has worked in public relations and consulting capacities for a variety of companies, and has been involved in numerous charitable and civic efforts, including hosting Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Manning and his wife, Olivia, reside in New Orleans and have three sons, including Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The two-day conference, scheduled for November 5-6, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, will once again be co-located with the International Auto Body Conference (NACE) under the “Auto Glass Week™” umbrella.

The seminar line-up includes updates covering various aspects of the AGRSS Standard, Including an update on the much-anticipated third-party validation program, to how changes in the automotive industry—such as new car designs or recalls and other safety issues—might affect safe windshield replacements.

Registration for the 2008 International
Auto Glass Safety Conference sponsored by AGRSS will also get attendees into the separate but co-located Auto Glass Expo @ NACE Trade Show, the AGRSS Charity Auction, the third annual Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics and fourth annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics, all for free. These events are all part of Auto Glass Week in Las Vegas. ❙❙➤ www.agrss.com

New Training Program
Registered by the AGRSS Council The Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council has approved a bundle of training modules from the National Glass Association’s “My Glass Class” training courses which, when completed together, serve as an AGRSS-registered training program.

AGRSS Gearing Up for 2008 Charity Auction Last year, the most soughtafter item at the AGRSS charity auction was a fishing trip with Carl Tompkins (ultimately selling to Bob Birkhauser and redeemed just this past April when spring arrived). What will this year’s bigticket item be? This year’s auction is expected to top last year’s bounty as the bidding has been opened to everyone attending Auto Glass Week™ in Las Vegas.

Auction chair Jean Pero is starting to gather items to be put on the auction block for the fundraiser, which will take place during the cocktail reception on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at the Fourth Annual Auto Glass Safety Conference. If you’ve got a special service to offer, a special pastime—or vacation place—you’d like to share or have rare, unique or one-of-a-kind items others might clamor for and want to help support the AGRSS Council efforts, contact Jean Pero via telephone at 303/475-7302 or e-mail at jeanmygrantglass@comcast.net.

This year’s auction line-up includes two weeks at a fishing cottage owned by Dave Burns of Ray Sands Auto Glass, the fishing trip with Tompkins in his home state of Washington and two tickets to a Chicago Cubs game among other items to be announced. For more information about the conference, see page 54.

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