The Auto Glass Week™ competitions, to be held June 7-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., are fast approaching. How are competitors prepping for the showdowns? TJ Tirado, owner of Windshield Fitters Inc. and Rock Chip USA, LLC, is leaning on his experience.
“Suzanne Allan [has] won in the past, [and] she said to treat it as a presentation—like a business presentation and do it like you do every day,” Tirado said. “That way you don’t stress out too much, don’t think about it too much and it just makes it simple. I’ve been doing this for 16 years, so to me it’s second nature.”
Regardless of the outcome, Tirado said his extensive experience and array of accomplishments are enough.
“The main thing is to teach new people how to do [auto glass work] correctly,” Tirado said. “There’s a lot of technicians in our industry that weren’t taught correctly. To me, teaching others how to do it correctly for them to get ahead—I think that will help our industry grow.”
Daniel Scoggins, head auto glass technician at Transparency Auto Glass, has implemented preparation into his daily work.
“I have caught myself a few times [when] customers have asked to sit and watch,” Scoggins said. “Of course I tell them I don’t mind the audience. I tell them I need to practice for the competition anyway, so it would be great for them to sit there.”
Aside from going for gold, competitors will have the chance to attend educational seminars, hear from inspiring speakers and exchange ideas on an exhibition floor that features top industry suppliers. Scoggins is looking forward to keeping up with advancing industry technology.
“ADAS would be my main priority—to learn everything I can about that,” Scoggins said.
Omar Landin, auto glass technician at Klear Fix Repair Mobile Auto Glass, is looking forward to connecting with fellow technicians at this year’s show—his first.
“I’ll be able to [connect] with more people that are like-minded like me,” Landin said. “I think it will be a great opportunity to network with them, learn from them and find a way that we can help each other out.”
Though pre-registration to attend the event in person in Orlando is no longer available, you can still register onsite at the Orange County Convention Center in Hall WE1 beginning Sunday, June 6, at noon. You can register to attend the online event from home by clicking here. As an extra bonus, AGRR™ magazine is making free passes for partial attendance (show, competitions, certification training and testing) available by using its promo code FTSO21A. We hope to see you in person or online at Auto Glass Week 2021.