Sunday, November 12, 2017

Start of the MVP Process

As I mentioned on my last post, it is Glass Industry MVP Season… so the first step is looking back at the past before noting who is going to be recognized this year. I have been acknowledging people as “leaders” in one form or another since 2007, but the formal declaration of MVP started in 2013.  The past winners were:
2013- Tracy Rogers
2014- CR Laurence
2015- Jon Kimberlain
2016- Chuck Knickerbocker
Each year there’s usually 5-7 runners up and as you can tell from above it can be an individual or a company as the winner.  The race so far in 2017 has been incredibly difficult.  So many remarkable people who work hard for their companies and also give back to the industry.  And there are some companies as a whole that collectively care a ton about making our space a better place.  So choosing gets more and challenging every year.  Overall I have recognized a total of 35 people since 2007 and 5 are no longer in the industry, including sadly the late great Greg Carney.  So who’s on tap for this year?  It’s coming soon….

Elsewhere…

--  If you are a glazier, take the time to check out and complete this survey on an industry-changing initiative, the development of the first certification program for glazing technician personnel.  Seriously this is an important piece to get your feedback.

I’m light on glass industry related stuff this week, so in some other areas that interest me…

--  In this world of ugly news and despicable human behavior there are some truly first class people.  One of them is Marine Veteran Rob Jones.  Rob lost both of legs in Afghanistan in 2010 but that has not stopped him from doing what I would consider super human tasks to raise awareness and money for veterans causes.  The most recent was running (with prosthetics) 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days. A lot of us travel a ton in this industry and just doing several cities a week can wear you down, now can you imagine running a marathon at each?  The guy is amazing.  Anyway this article is one of many that gives some insight to Rob- who I have been so fortunate to meet thanks to his work with veteran charity the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes which actually has a glass industry connection as it’s run by former NGA VP David Walker.  Check it out and be thankful we still have great people in our universe.

--  Back on to another list… this time the Top 10 Most “Sprawling” Cities according to the website Smart Growth America.  And quite frankly I was stunned by some of these cities that made the list… as according to the study too much growth is not good. Honestly I am not sure if I understand or agree but here goes…

1.     Hickory, NC
2.     Atlanta, GA
3.     Clarksville, TN-KY
4.     Prescott, AZ
5.     Nashville, TN
6.     Baton Rouge, LA
7.     Inland Empire, CA
8.     Greenville, SC
9.     Augusta, GA-SC
10. Kingsport, TN-VA

The complete study is here for those of you interested in this sort of thing.

--  Las Vegas launched a self-driving shuttle and on its first day it got into an accident.  Evidently it was the human driver in another car that was at fault, but still I just can’t feel any trust or faith in this sort of arrangement.  Too many things can go wrong and I am really amazed at the time, money and effort that are going into this technology.

--  Last this week… is it me or is the amount of spam e-mail going up dramatically?  I go into my spam folders every other day or so to just make sure I am not missing something and I am flat out amazed at the volume in there.  Most of it is really obvious spam, but where I really feel bad is for those less sophisticated on e-mail who probably get this junk in their main folder and fall for a scam or two. 

LINKS of the WEEK

Every day there’s a ton of bad news in the media- so  aside from Rob Jones mentioned above- how about a good news story?  Guy buys apartment complex and lets single moms & their families live there for free.

Yet another stupid angle from the iPhone X.  I really hope they still make a normal iPhone when I am ready for an upgrade.

Funny story on a hippo escape and immediate return

VIDEO of the WEEK

This piece from the Price is Right went viral when the contestant made a very conservative decision…


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Bring on the Forecasts

This past week the first of the 2018 construction economic forecasts were released and there was tepid optimism with regards to the non-residential side of the business.  Basically some of the analysts are pushing a small increase on the commercial side, not exceeding 5% overall.  The residential side though has some more bullish predictions with a potential for double-digit growth in ‘18.  Now keep in mind this is just one of many forecasts that will be coming out in the next 8-12 weeks, so a lot can and will change.  I like to take it all in and then see what I can come up with a consensus.  Plus my favorite ones are not out yet, so that’s a big one for me to wait on.  So sit tight as numbers are going to be coming out constantly with results probably all over the board.  In any case with regards to this release and its small growth, I will take a positive forecast any way it is delivered!

Elsewhere…

--  Continued from last week and my review of the most recent Glass Magazine…. The ad of the month… I do try and spread the kudos around but if a company who’s gotten my recognition before comes out with a new ad and its worthy, I have to give it props.  So the winner for this issue is Guardian Glass with their “Fall in Love” ad that carries on the video campaign they debuted at GlassBuild.  Loved the ad and because I was a big fan of the video I thought it was sharp they continued the campaign in print.  Well done!

--  The newest Apple iPhone is out and this review was a blistering putdown of the product.  I must say the author brought up a ton of good points- worth the read if you are looking to purchase. 

--  Ok construction geeks- what are 5 major changes coming to the jobsite?  Good article here and personally I am really into what the next generation tools would be.  With the on-going struggle for a solid (or in some cases any) work force, advancing the tools to potentially do more and do it more efficiently is huge.

--  Greenbuild is this week.  I am not a fan and I’ve made that known several times over the years.  The show this year may be decent because it’s in Boston (great city) and combined with the ABX event but in the end I don’t expect exhibitors to find any great success unfortunately.

--  Normally if I see a quote like this one I worry:

             “…Midtown doesn’t need any more glass”


--  Last this week… it is Glass Industry MVP season… yes my yearly award is now here so soon you’ll have your nominees and then the winner (who’s life will dramatically change for the better-lol) will be announced in my last scheduled post of 2017 in December.  Once again there’s a ton of great candidates and like I do with the ad reviews I try not to repeat with people nominated, but this year I may have to….

LINKS of the WEEK

We used to be able to do a lot of things as kids… but riding in a plastic pool on the roof a car was not one of them.

Score one for the Canadian beavers!

There are a handful of issues with this story of a man locked in a beer cooler all night…

VIDEO of the WEEK

Some months these blooper reels are great.  This month its so so… but that also may be my quirky sense of humor at play.  Judge for yourself…