Competitors at Auto Glass Week™ 2022 are at the top of their game in a field that is ever evolving and advancing toward the future. But even the best of the best have challenges they must overcome to stay at the forefront of the auto glass industry.
For Alfredo Calva of Alfredo’s Auto Glass in Corona, Calif., winner of the Windshield Repair Competition (WRO), competing against friends is difficult. This marks his third gold medal in the WRO.
“When you have to compete against your friends, you really feel it,” he says. “But it’s a competition and that’s what it’s all about. You have to throw yourself out there and show if you have what it takes to be the gold medalist.”
Calva also took home the gold in the Auto Glass Technician Competition (AGTO).
“It’s difficult, very technical,” he says. “There are so many different areas where you accumulate points, so you have to stay focused. From the very beginning when you start talking to the customer, pre-inspection, giving the minimum drive-away times, I could just go on and on. If you want to win it, you really have to ace it. That’s what sets you apart as the world’s best.”
Calva wasn’t the only champion who felt that battling against friends marked one of the most challenging aspects of this year’s competitions in San Antonio.
Jose Gomez of Don’s Mobile Glass/The Calibration Station, Modesto, Calif., this year’s Calibration Competition Grand Champion, says he had stiff competition this year.
“Knowing that I was competing against someone that I knew,” he says of the most difficult aspect of this year’s competition. “I was like ‘Oh man, I know he’s really good, too.’”
Jennifer Curbow of Novus Glass of Kennewick Washington, Kennewick, Wash., walked away with the title of Grand Champion in the Customer Service (SCR) Competition. Last year, Curbow won bronze in the repair competition.
She wasn’t necessarily stumped by any of the questions posed, saying that she just tried her best and “did what I do every day.”
“Just making sure I covered all of my bases,” she says.
To view the full interviews from this year’s winners, see “Champions League: Interviewing Auto Glass Week Competition Winners.”