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uss Ebeid, former president of Guardian  
Glass, was a force of nature in the glass  
industry. In fact, he was the embodiment  
of the industry in which he spent his whole  
adult life—and the industry he shaped. DWM’s  
president Debra Levy was especially saddened  
to learn of his death in late July (see page 68). So  
this month I give her this page to share some  
things she learned from him—great lessons we  
can all apply to our lives and businesses:  
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Never forget where you came from. Russ  
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Ebeid could relate to so many people because  
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he knew what it was like to grow up in a Russ Ebeid at glasstec 2010.  
family of modest means. He believed in the  
American dream because he was a product of it. He once told me that he  
could know everything he needed to about a person just by getting answers  
to three questions, two of which were “where did you grow up?” and “what  
did your dad do for a living?”  
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Never be satisfied with the status quo. Together with his mentor Bill  
Davidson, Ebeid challenged the way plants were built and glass was sold.  
When they wanted to be in a particular part of the market, they went in with  
the intention of winning it—and they usually did. They opened plants in  
countries when they were told they couldn’t and, by the time they were done,  
they had transformed Guardian from a domestic windshield fabricator into a  
leading worldwide manufacturer of glass and building products.  
Disruption can be a good thing. Ebeid recognized that there was opportu-  
nity in disruption and often made the most of that opportunity. “People call  
us renegades,” he told me once, “but a lot of renegades are very successful  
because they seize opportunity even if it’s uncomfortable.”  
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Play hardball when you have to. And when Ebeid felt he had to, he did. He  
stared down governments and suppliers when necessary, often with the  
desired results. “The problem with this is that you must be willing to live up  
to your word,” he said.  
All others  
Michael Chausse, vice president, Vi-Lux Building Products.  
Chris Dimou, CEO, Roto Frank North America, general manager,  
the Americas.  
You can learn from everyone. Russ Ebeid was incredibly kind to me person-  
ally over the years. He invited me to speak before his senior management  
group a few years ago to offer my insights about the glass industry. I confess  
I was a bit nervous about that one, and felt a wave of incredible relief pour  
through me at the end when he said I’d hit it spot on. After it was over, he said  
to me, “See, I can learn things from you, too.” I treasured that comment.  
Know when it’s time to go. A couple of months after he retired, our associate  
publisher, Lisa Naugle, and I went to visit him at the country club in suburban  
Detroit that he had purchased and was now going to run. It was a move that had  
left me scratching my head a bit, so I asked him about it. “Everyone wants me to  
consult, to write a book, to teach—all about the glass industry. I have no interest  
in doing that; I’ve done that. I need to be able to learn new things. I need a chal-  
lenge and this will be enough of a challenge for me. It’s just time to move on.” y  
Tim Dykstra, director of sales, moulding and trim, Royal Building Products  
Scott Gates, president, CEO, Western Window Systems  
Ron Hess, CEO, Window Depot  
Matt Hullander, owner, Hullco Exteriors  
Mark Montgomery, vice president, marketing, US Windows, Ply Gem  
Building Products  
Joe Shaheen, director, sales and marketing, GED Integrated Solutions  
Kari Tamminga, marketing manager WTS Paradigm  
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