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Catching up with folks at Glass Expo Southeast

Escaped the miserable Michigan winter and spent a few days in Florida at Glass Expo Southeast. This show is held every other year and I was excited to catch up with folks from the region, and those I may have missed at major events like GlassBuild.

Overall vibe was, Florida is rocking now, there’s a positivity that will continue and it’s not as worrisome as it is in other regions. The weather wasn’t the only thing that was sunny!

As always at shows, I was thrilled to meet and visit so many folks who have followed this blog and my podcast in person. 

Who I met at Glass Expo Southeast

  • One was the very cool Kyle Frankman of Countryside Glass. Absolute powerhouse of a company and I look forward to getting one of Kyle’s jobs in my project of the week segment. He’s a sharp dude.
  • In addition, was nice to visit the NGA’s recent “Member Spotlight” company of Bella Architectural. Brian Mudd is a machine! They do such incredible work, was great to spend some time there.
  • Ran into Matt Sampsell of Press Glass for the first time in forever. He’s rocking over there. Love it.
  • Also rocking and doing quite well is Andy Amitrano of Architectural Glass Services. Super to see. The Shower Door Pros were well represented.
  • Eliben Morelos of Vitralum grabbed me and we got to chat for a few seconds—next time down here, I gotta visit his place.
  • Of course, loved seeing Keith Daubmann. Wish I had a smidgen of his energy. James Wright of Virginia is a great friend and he is always on fire, and good to see outgoing CEO John Korff there helping transition new CEO Larry Lamb.
  • I only get to see Dave Nelson of CRL at shows like this, and I enjoy every interaction there.
  • And speaking of enjoying—if you can’t enjoy chatting with the positive and focused Ahlam Alqudah Qaimari of Griffin Glass, then you are in the wrong place. It was great to catch up with her and look forward to seeing her at BEC and GPAD.
  • Jay Campbell of Billco gave me more tips for travel to glasstec in Germany. If I go this year, Jay has me ready!
  • Was nice to see Jan Hulin of Q-Railing. Missed him at GlassBuild, so wonderful to catch up here.
  • Got a few seconds with Dapper Dan Reinhart of Salem, and that immediately boosted my GQ rating just by association.
  • Lucid Glass made a great splash and was tremendous to meet Betsy Dolan in person (huge fan of her e-mail blasts) and see Clint Hopkins again.
  • The Global/Isoclima contingent was always busy but thankfully Trent Thiry, Krisy Kilpatrick, and Art Droste spared a few minutes for me.
  • Last but surely not least—just an honor to work with Andrew Haring and Melanie Dettmer of the NGA. I drive them batty, but they are just awesome folks, and I am blessed to be in their orbit. 


NGA Glass Conference, then on to BEC Conference

Next up on the show scene is NGA Glass Conference: Isle of Palm/Charleston. That kicks off Feb. 5 and will be an excellent event and one that will make news with regards to movements on the technical side of our world.

Then! In March it is the powerhouse double-header of BEC and GPAD. BEC is for the glazier, GPAD for the fabricator, and both events feature very strong agendas and support. I think more of you know BEC because it is yearly and has been around for so long. GPAD is every other year and its focus on the fabricator and improving and innovating is a big and important play. If you fabricate and you’re not sending someone to this, you’re missing out and doing it wrong. Take a look at the agendas (BECGPAD) and any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

The complexities of adaptive re-use and retrofit

One angle you keep hearing out there is adaptive re-use and retrofitting commercial buildings into residential settings. In theory, these are incredible and needed approaches. In reality, though, not so easy. There is excitement on this process though. This article gives a pretty rosy accounting of it all. Worth the read.

Also, on the latest edition of the superb Glass Talk podcast series from Patrick Flannery of Glass Canada, he and Rich Porayko touch on this item and several others in a very interesting back and forth on the year ahead. Listen to their conversation.

Clover Architectural to become Outlet for PurOptima interior systems

News being made by my good pal Tom O’Malley of Clover Architectural Products recently. Tom and team became one of the outlets for the prestigious PurOptima interior glass systems line. This will be a great addition to the Clover offering and despite some worry about the state of the office segment, I do think products that perform like PurOptima matched with great folks like Clover is a winner. Good to see!

Glass Enterprises in national news

Whoa to the national news goes Josh Burg and Glass Enterprises! This past week, NBC Nightly News (Lester-Holt-big, not some local play) rolled into Josh’s plant in Pennsylvania and focused a story on the economy headlining with him and GEI. Absolutely super-cool to see. Here it is, if you haven’t seen. Josh is a good guy, and I am proud to say was a very early guest on my podcast (my third ever episode in March of 2021) but I am sure he has an agent now and a book/movie deal. (Bradley Cooper in talks to play Josh, I hear) I’ll never get to chat with him one-on-one again. LOL. Congrats to Josh, and the team there and making our world look great! And a huge thank you to the awesome Warren Hagey of Clover Architectural Products who first alerted me to this news segment! 

From the Fab pod, and a “mystery” guest

Last this week; if all goes well, next week, my next edition of the From the Fabricator podcast will drop and I’ll have two people who return by popular demand. Get ready for a great “recurring” guests edition and the planned talk on forecasts and the future will be must listens! Can’t wait! (And not naming because even me teasing this podcast scares me that I jinxed it!)

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Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein

Max Perilstein is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. Contact him at