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Auto Glass Executive’s Second Act Includes Murder

After a long career in business and auto glass that gave David Rohlfing the opportunity to travel the continent, he decided to write his first novel, Deliberate Duplicity. Rohlfing’s debut novel, published on January 5, 2021, explores the twisted, vengeful … Continue reading

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The Industry Weighs In On Oscar-Nominated “American Factory”

“American Factory,” a documentary which sparked a mix of reviews from the auto glass industry has been nominated for an Oscar. The awards ceremony will be held this weekend, but before you tune in to see how it fares, we … Continue reading

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Karl Alberti Dies at 98

Auto glass industry legend Karl K. Alberti, died Sunday, July 28, 2019 in ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence in Ohio at the age of 98. After Alberti graduated from Libbey High School in 1938 he and his grandfather, Max Benkow, founded … Continue reading

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Industry Members Honored and AGW in Full Swing

Two industry members were honored with awards as Auto Glass Week is now in full swing. Today’s video takes a look at those award winners, the seminars, the David Robinson keynote—and of course the competitions. Suppliers were also on hand … Continue reading

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AGSC, NWRA Present Annual Awards During Opening Session at Auto Glass Week™

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) recognized David Rohlfing today with its annual Carl F. Tompkins Award for Excellence in Auto Glass Safety, while the National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) honored Keith Beveridge with its annual Pioneer Award. Both awards … Continue reading

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TODAY’S BLOG: The Opportunity to Listen (and Learn)

“Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a number of amazing speakers at conferences. Each speaker had a great message tailored to the audience and each offered a look into their area of expertise; offering advice that was meaningful and relevant to the industry audience that was listening.” —David Rohlfing

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TODAY’S BLOG: 20 Years Ago

“Twenty years ago today the United States subsidiary of Belron International Ltd. (Belron) operating under the trade name of Windshields America (WA) merged with Joe Kellman’s U.S. Auto Glass (USAG)/Globe Glass & Mirror (GG&M) companies to form a company named Vistar. The second and third largest automotive glass repair and replacement (AGRR) businesses merged on February 26, 1996. If memory serves me WA had 274 stores in 43 states and the retail arm of Kellman’s two companies, GG&M had approximately 200+ locations in maybe 20+ states. USAG was the network call center arm of the business covering all 50 states. The merger provided Belron with a majority shareholding in Vistar, but management control fell to USAG/GGA. WA had annualized sales at the time of approximately $225,000,000+ and USAG/GG&A had annualized sales were approximately $200,000,000+ so as one sales totaled $425,000,000+ with approximately 500 store locations.” —David Rohlfing

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TODAY’S BLOG: Credibility Leads to Success

“It really doesn’t matter what it is you do in life, to find long-term success in your chosen field or business you have to have the skill set to adapt and find solutions to the problems you and your business face. To be able to continually build on successes and achieve goals that you’ve set for yourself, or those that your boss or board-of-directors have set for you and/or the business, is key to finding long-term success. That then earns you credibility.” —David Rohlfing

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Is This the Beginning of the End of the Giant Glass Brand?

Three years after purchasing North Andover, Mass.-based Giant Glass Co., Safelite AutoGlass is moving to co-brand its name with the company. Prior to this, Giant Glass’ five locations continued to operate under the existing name, and Safelite rebranded its Falmouth, Mass., store into the Boston brand. Down the road could Safelite phase out the Giant Glass name and market the stores solely under the Safelite AutoGlass moniker? It wouldn’t be the first time, according to those in the industry.

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Fox News Contributor Backs Off Auto Glass Week™ Comment

“Did anyone get jealous when Suzy [Welch] said she and Jack [Welch] went to that auto glass installer conference? I’m sorry but apparently I’m missing all of these really cool events,” Gary Smith said with apparent sarcasm on a recent Fox News show featuring Suzy Welch.

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Welch Panel Discussion Covers Personnel, Competition

What comes out of an industry leadership panel moderated by seasoned business veteran Suzy Welch? Wisdom on everything from personnel management to standing out among competitors.

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TODAY’S BLOG: An Encounter with Jack Welch

“This past Friday, while attending an automotive aftermarket conference (Auto Glass Week 2015); the keynote speaker was business icon Jack Welch. Instead of giving a speech, he answered questions from the audience for almost an hour and a half. Jack Welch in person is what I expected him to be.” —David Rohlfing

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Learn from the Experts: How Vehicle Technology is Changing Your Business–Part 2

Join us at Auto Glass Week™ 2015, September 30-October 2, and learn from the best in business. The three-day automotive glass industry event will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev.

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David Rohlfing Joins Consulting Collaborative as Managing Principal

David Rohlfing has joined Consulting Collaborative as the managing principal of the Midwest office in Chicago. His business experience spans more than three decades ranging from managing his own company to ultimately merging it with a division of a Fortune 200 public company to holding executive and board positions in private, public and non-profit organizations, according to company officials.

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