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2006 AGTO Champion to Return to Vegas

Rob Grace, who took home the grand prize in the 2006 Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO), and last year came in fourth place, will again compete for the gold at this year's competition.

Grace says the competition has helped him immensely in his own work.

"[The competition] makes you more aware of what you're doing and [makes you more aware of] trying to do things the right way, the way they're supposed to be done," he says.

For others, the 15-year industry veteran warns it's important not to let the stress of competing affect your performance in the competition.

"Try not to let the pressure get to you," he warns. "You know what you're doing, or you wouldn't be there."

Grace, 37, and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Madison and Trenton. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Grace will be one of two Cindy Rowe contestants competing in the AGTO. Jason Horne, who took first place in the 2007 competition, also will return this year. (CLICK HERE for related story.) In addition, their co-worker, John Ciotti, will compete in the Windshield Repair Olympics for the first time this year. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The AGTO will be held November 7-8, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The AGTO is held as part of Auto Glass Week in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the Auto Glass Expo at NACE, the International Auto Glass Safety (AGRSS) Conference, the IGA's Fall Marketing Conference, the National Windshield Repair Association's (NWRA) Annual Conference, and the Third Annual Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics (WRO).

CLICK HERE for more information about the AGTO.

CLICK HERE to register to attend the AGTO as a spectator.

CLICK HERE for more information about the AGRSS Conference.

CLICK HERE for more information about the IGA Fall Marketing Conference.

CLICK HERE for more information about the NWRA's annual conference.

CLICK HERE for more information about the WRO.

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