Volume 11, Issue 1 - January/February 2009

Repair Round-Up
NWRA reports

Farewell … But Not Really
by Paul Syfko

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS PIECE, THE NATIONAL Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) will have a new president (see sidebar). I am moving to the role of past president, and it’s been my pleasure to lead such an important organization the NWRA over the past few years. 

When I say that the NWRA is important I am not patting myself on the back or blowing my own horn. I sincerely think the NWRA is one of the most important organizations in the auto glass industry. The things we have done over the past few years have helped preserve repair as an accepted trade practice and alternative to total windshield replacement. We have defended repair against attacks such as those that were attempted in Connecticut and are once again being attempted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) with the Z26.1 standard. 

I am also excited about the NWRA’s future. NWRA will soon be expanding its green message from windshield repair to include the restoration of all glass. We will do this on a national and international stage. We make this move with the resolve that a sustainable glass industry is healthy and profitable.

If you don’t currently see this or believe it, then I suggest you sign up for membership today and be part of our industry-changing plans. I promise it will be exciting and life-altering. wPaul Syfko is president of Glass Medic America in Westerville, Ohio, and is the outgoing president of the NWRA. Mr. Syfko’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

Paul Syfko
is president of Glass Medic America in Westergate, Ohio, and serves as president of the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA). Mr. Syfko’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.

NWRA Chooses Officers; Elects Boyle President

The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) has elected officers for its 2009 board of directors. 

Mike Boyle, president of GlasWeld Inc. in Bend, Ore., was elected president of the board. Boyle was elected to the board in 2008 and had served in that capacity in the past. 

Kerry Wanstrath, president of Glass Technology in Durango, Colo., was re-elected as NWRA vice president, a position he has held since 2008.

Board member Wade Schlichenmayer of Delta Kits Inc. in Eugene, Ore., was elected by the board to serve as NWRA treasurer. Schlichenmayer is an account executive and lead trainer for Delta Kits and is serving his first term on the NWRA board. n

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