and WRO Wrap Up; Judges and Supporters Reflect on Competition
The Auto Glass Technician (AGTO) and Windshield Repair (WRO) competitions
(the "Olympics" of the auto glass and windshield repair industries)
were held last week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center as part
of Auto Glass Week™ in Las Vegas. Jason Horne of Cindy Rowe Auto
Glass in Harrisburg, Pa., took home first place in the AGTO, while
Matt Anderson of Novus Auto Glass in Spokane Valley, Wash., took
home first place in the Windshield Repair Olympics.
In looking back on the competition, those in attendanceand
in competitionseemed to agree on one thingthe competition
just keeps getting stiffer.
has progressed year after year," says Jeff Olive of Glass Pro in
Charleston, S.C., who was the first winner of the competition in
2005 and this year took on the role of judge. "Each year we see
it harder and harder to judge because of the quality of the technicians
He adds, "Having the Olympics has actually improved the industry
to the point that there are more and more technicians installing
to those standards and the quality of the technicians has improved
over the last three years. It's very hard to judge among them, as
you can see by how close the scores were."
Jim Coman, one of the newest Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards
(AGRSS) Council members, also of Glasspro, concurs.
"I thought the quality, as seems to be the case every year, was
higher of the technicians that competed," Coman says. Glasspro held
its own competition to determine whom they would send and chose
Tony Ford, who ranked fifth in the AGTO semi-finals. "This year
we had four [potential candidates] and we had an in-house competition,
kind of our own mini-Olympics, and that's probably how we'll do
it again next year," Coman says.
Charles Turiello of Kingston, Pa.-based Diamond Glass also was
on-hand to support his company's competitors, Bob Hosta, Jeff Morganti
and Aaron Thrasher. Thrasher took second place in the competition.
"We're already looking forward to next year and we're shooting
for the gold," Turiello says.
Either way, though, Turiello is pleased with this year's competition.
"Everyone [at Diamond] is very happy on where we placed and we're
especially happy with the work that the technicians put in over
the course since our semi-finals," he says. "We're proud of our
The AGTO is co-sponsored by the Independent Glass Association (IGA)
and glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine. In addition, corporate
sponsors included Pilkington, SRP, AEGIS Tools International, Dow
Automotive, A.N. Designs, Equalizer, Mygrant Glass, OETech, Mainstreet
Computers, GTS Services, SIKA Corp., ADCO Products and Glass.net.
The WRO is co-sponsored by the National Windshield Repair Association
(NWRA) and glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine. Corporate WRO sponsors
were GlasWeld, Glazex, AEGIS Tools International and Glass Medic.
to see the scores of all competitors in the AGTO semi-finals.
to see the final scores in the AGTO.
to see the scores of all competitors in the WRO semi-finals.
to see the final scores in the WRO.
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