Remembering John Neunlist
August 18, 2011

By Sahely Mukerji

John Neunlist, president of Admiral Glass & Mirror of Houston, passed away August 15 after a battle with cancer.

"I knew John from Binswanger Houston, then Shelton W. Greer, Indepane, and [during] the years when he finished his career as president of Admiral Glass, Houston," says Bob Lawrence, president Craftsman/Cristacurva in Houston. "He was a true icon of the glass industry. I always thought John was one of the truly great gentlemen in our industry; as well, he relished adventure."

Neunlist worked with the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) division of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) of Topeka, Kan. "Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with John knows his ability to immediately make you feel like a friend," says Ashley M. Charest, account executive for GANA. "His attitude and support of the industry was a huge help to me personally, as well as an enormous asset to GANA. I wish his family the best with the comfort of knowing what he meant to everyone."

Says Ted Krantz, director of PPG Industries of Dallas: "I met John in the early '80s. He was one of the high-rise/curtainwall pioneers. I enjoyed his quirky sense of humor, and always knew where he was coming form. John was a guy whose integrity was never questioned. He was a business associate and a close personal friend."

Henry Taylor, architectural services team manager for Kawneer Co. in Norcross, Ga., worked with Neunlist at BEC. "John was a special unique person," Taylor says. "He transcended Admiral Glass & Mirror and served as a voice for our industry. His passing will leave a hole that will be difficult to fill. John's spirit of passion and compassion made him a friend to all and a friend upon whom I could depend on for honest feedback and support with our goals at BEC."

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