Volume 17, Issue 6- November/December2013


Striking Gold
Randy Humphries,
Tint King, Billerica, Mass.

Randy Humphries, operations manager for Tint King in Billerica, Mass., says an open mind and a willingness to learn led to his involvement in the window film industry, which ultimately helped him win the gold medal for the 2013 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™—Automotive Division. The 31-year-old installer says he began his 13 years of experience when an opportunity presented itself.

“I started with an automobile accessories company installing audio systems, car alarms and television monitors,” Humphries says. “When their window film installer quit I was presented with the opportunity to learn how to tint windows. I welcomed the challenge.”

A Leap of Faith
He says soon after he felt the desire to advance his career, which led him to his current company.

“My family and I were living in Nashville, Tenn., and I realized that I was not going to advance within the company I worked. I needed a position that allowed me room for growth and an opportunity to showcase my talent in a larger market,” he says. “We took a leap of faith by moving all the way to Massachusetts and I was lucky enough to find Brian Timm and Tint King. Brian took a chance on me and for that I am eternally grateful. Moving here was the best decision I have ever made.”

Humphries credits his family with helping him get this far in his career.

“My beautiful wife Nicole has supported me through the ups and downs of this industry, the long days that turned into long nights at times and the back-to-back work weeks. We have three amazing children together … Our children keep us very busy and, thankfully, Nicole is very good at managing our family’s schedule. I have a wonderful family and I would not be where I am today without their love and support.”

The Refining Business
Because of that support, Humphries has been able to focus on honing his craft. In April 2013, he won first place in a 3M window film competition, and even installed window film on the set of American Idol throughout their multi-city audition process in 2011. “I enjoy working with automotive film because I find it challenging but I enjoy flat glass also because I find it interesting. Every flat glass job is different. I don’t have a preference one way or the other because they both have unique challenges they present.”

Humphries says humility is an important trait to possess.

“I got to where I am today by staying humble, working hard and listening to the advice people gave me to improve my skill. Information is knowledge and knowledge is power; don’t take it for granted or brush it off because you think you know better,” he says. 

“It is hard to say what sets me apart from other tinters. I am very detailed-oriented and that is a trait I believe most tinters have but I can say that I have a passion for what I do,” Humphries adds. “I enjoy going to work every day. When you love what you do it doesn’t feel like work.”

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