Diamond Employee Says "Transition is Going Smoothly"
In an exclusive interview conducted last week with several Diamond Glass employees, Belron chief executive officer Gary Lubner and Belron US president and chief executive officer Tom Feeney, Brett Decker, vice president of field operations for Diamond Glass, told glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine that the transition is going smoothly.
"You've seen a lot of people who've grown up with this organization, some that have been here for 20 years," he said. "It's difficult, yes, but the transition is going smoothly."
Duane Hromada, vice president of field sales for Diamond Glass, echoed this sentiment.
"I think we know what we did, we know what we were a part of and it's time to move forward. I think you're going to find that people want to be a part of it," he said.
Lubner and Feeney were both in the Pennsylvania area-they traveled to both Diamond's headquarters in Kingston and Scranton, where the first Diamond store was located-to meet with employees and discuss the integration with them.
"Yesterday I spent the day up in Kingston at the Diamond facility," said Lubner, "and I must say I was very, very impressed with the commitment of the people and how they responded to the news of the acquisition."
Feeney said one of the most important parts of the integration is informing employees about what will happen in the immediate future.
"One of the first things you have to do is to tell people their pay and their benefits, and we accomplished that within the first few hours," Feeney said.
Garth Beck, vice president of field operations for Belron US, also was on-hand.
"I think our intent is to welcome the Diamond team as part of the family at Belron US," he said. "Everybody's really excited as we go forward, and now the work begins."
Click on the video to the right for excerpts from the interview, and stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com for more from this series.
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