™ Special Report: Veterans in the Auto Glass Industry
May 25, 2012

by Katie O'Mara,

In observance of Memorial Day,™ is profiling United States military veterans who are now employed in the auto glass industry. While the country honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on Monday, the staff wanted to take the opportunity to recognize those among us who have sacrificed their time and health to protect their country.

Paul Sanza

Desire to Serve
Paul Sanza opened his Glass Doctor location two weeks ago in Naperville, Ill. He may be new to the industry, but he is no stranger to serving others. Sanza was enlisted in the Army from 1971-1973, where he served as a field radio repairman.

“I have an engineering degree from UVA and then did work as an antenna design engineer on government and military projects,” says Sanza. “I then moved into technical sales and then sales management and then to global sales management.”

Sanza and his family, a wife and daughter, are excited about the opportunities that exist in this new industry.

“This is my first introduction to the glass industry, but I come from the service industry with a manufacturing industry perspective,” says Sanza.

Outside of work, Sanza can be found outdoors on a bike or a hiking trail. He also does all of his own home renovations.

Enjoying the Challenge
Christopher Schmoe enjoys a challenge so much that he spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Schmoe served on three submarines and spent time as an electronics technician.

“I enjoy challenges and being able to perform analysis and make decisions on those analysis,” says Schmoe.

Schmoe has put his analytical abilities to use in his work with Guardian Industries. He started as a maintenance supervisor and was recently promoted to a new position.

“I currently manage the parts crib, conduct suppliers sourcing and contracts, pay invoices, and create preventative maintenance procedures,” says Schmoe.

Kevin Tennant

There to Stay
Kevin Tennant gave 20 years to the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard.

“I joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 1989 so I could remain in Alaska and still finish my military career,” says Tennant. “I knew the day I landed here in 1986 that I was staying.  I love the outdoors and this place has a lot of that.”

Tennant, who lives with his wife Tamera in North Pole, Alaska,  retired from the Air Force and started North Pole Windshield Repair in 1996 and joined Glass Doctor in 2006, where he now serves as president of Glass Doctor of the Interior.

“I got in the glass business with no knowledge about it except there was a need for an auto glass shop in North Pole,” says Tennant.  “We started as a mom-and-pop, but now currently employ six people and service two major gold mines. We do most of the glass work done on Eielson Air Force Base as well as glass work for the residents of North Pole and Fairbanks.”

“At Our Core We are Human Beings”
Charlie Bosworth joined the Army in 1974 and remained on active duty until 1977. He continued in the active reserves until 1980 when he re-joined civilian life.

“I think the single biggest thing I learned was the ability to adapt,” says Bosworth. “Back then when you went to NCO school they taught you it was my mission, my men and then myself. You have to learn to adapt to meet those goals. I think it translates very well into civilian life.”

Bosworth spent two years of his time in the Army stationed in Japan where he learned lifelong lessons.

“My perspective was that the world is a very big place, but fundamentally at our core we are human beings with basic needs and desires,” says Bosworth. “It made me look at people in a different way. We have so much more in common than we do different.”
After returning to civilian life Bosworth got a job with Guardian Industries and 22 years later he is still serving the company as an account manager.

“I have been here for 22 years and it has been a great ride,” says Bosworth. “It has always been more good than bad. There are a lot of opportunities in our business—I felt that way 22 years ago and I still feel that way.”

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