Wraps Up in Schaumburg, Ill.
Glass Expo Midwest (GEMS) wrapped up yesterday in Schaumburg, Ill.,
at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. The two-day
event concluded with more seminars, including a keynote speech by industry
veteran Jerry Wright of Fort Worth, Texas, a past president of the Texas
Wright's speech focused on "Why Leadership Matters today."
|Jerry Wright spoke about "Why Leadership Matters
"The keynote speaker really rejuvenated attendees," said Maura
Crittendon of State Farm, who attended several auto glass sessions and
the keynote presentation.
Master auto glass trainer Bob Beranek of Auto Glass Consultants provided
a presentation on the ten toughest installs of 2009 and provided some
technical tips for dealing with these, and also provided several installation
demonstrations on a Kia Spectra on the trade show floor.
The trade show ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"It's always nice to go and look around and see what's going on,"
said Greg Geiman of Novus Auto Glass in Oak Lawn, Ill.
James Rackelin of Emergency Lock & Safe Inc. in Chicago Ridge, Ill.,
attended the event as a newcomer to the industry; he's currently in the
process of purchasing his own glass shop.
"I was able to meet different people from different places in the
industry and lots of suppliers, too," Rackelin said.
Another attendee, Dan Hanson of Val Pro Glass in Eagan, Minn., said the
show was a valuable one for him to attend.
"The speakers were well-prepared and had good content," Hanson
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