Inspire These "Glass Acts"
It seems to be particularly common in the glass business to find
a company that is being run by the second-, third- or more generation.
Maybe that's because these young sons and daughters learn early
what a great industry their family is involved in. With Father's
Day approaching on this Sunday, USGNN.com asked our readers
to honor their fathers by sharing their reflections. Here are a
few we received:
A Dad's Mark on Today's Glazing Contractor
My father, Elia Karas, a newly arrived immigrant, started in the
glass business around 1915 by lugging a heavy box of glass on his
back through the tenement areas of East Boston while calling out
a heavily accented "I replace broken glass."
One day, a woman on a fifth floor called down that she had a broken
pane that needed replacement. My father climbed the five flights
of stairs with the heavy box on his back and replaced the lite of
glass. When he asked her for 50 cents to pay for the replacement,
she replied she did not have any money. "But you asked me to
replace that break," he said. To which she replied, "Yes,
but I never said I could pay for it." Frustrated, my dad left
unpaid, but started a new credit policy of getting cash in advance
before he did any more replacements.
From this tiny start, he developed one of the largest distribution
and contract glazing operations in this country while maintaining
a very close eye on corporate credit policy.
With great respect and love for my dad,
Karas & Karas Glass Co. Inc.
A Window Maker from the Start
My father passed when I was 14. Stories of him in my youth are
sometimes fuzzy and hard to recall. However, I vividly remember
one of the first Yiddish words my dad taught me. We were sitting
on our couch in front of our 8-foot bow window when my dad uttered
the phrase "fernstermacher!" I was probably 5 years old
at the time, and I repeated back
and asked what that meant.
He said that "fenster" is Yiddish (and German) for window
and "macher" meant "maker," so a fenstermacher
is a window maker.
I'm glad I knew that at 5 years old. This January marks the start
of my 20th year in the fenestration industry.
Thanks, Dad, for inspiring my careers at Great Lakes Window and
Republic Windows & Doors and now at 1-800-HANSONS.
Hal F. Yaffe
- In April, Zach Weiner, chief executive officer (CEO) of Colonial
Glass, shared with USGNN how he got involved in the industry at
the request of his father. (CLICK
HERE for more.)
- In a March 2008 USGlass interview, Letitia Barker, CEO of the
Haley-Greer, recalled helping her dad start the Dallas-based glazing
contractor by joining as its first employee. CEOs Robyn McGinnis
of Sierra Glass & Mirror and Joni Juba of Juba Aluminum Products
Co. Inc. likewise got into the industry by following the family
HERE for more.)
- In this May 2007 USGlass article, Ed Berkowitz, chairman
of J.E. Berkowitz, shared how he was "born into this business"
started by his father; a business that his son Arthur currently
runs as president and CEO. (CLICK
HERE for more.)
- USGNN.com/USGlass publisher Debra Levy shared a story
about her father, the world's greatest hockey fan, in a 2001 USGlass
HERE), followed by a column on their trip to see the Stanley
HERE to share stories about how your father inspired your
path in the glass industry.
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