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NGA Committee Chairman Places Third In International Auto Glass Competition

WASHINGTON, DC  (October 4, 2010) – Jeff Olive, Glasspro, Mount Pleasant, S.C., won the bronze medal at the International Master Fitter Competition at glasstec, the world’s largest glass trade show.  The gold medal and International Master Fitter 2010 title went to Emiel Baans of The Netherlands, and the silver medal went to Antonio Grieco of Italy. Olive represented the United States in the world-wide competition on a series of auto glass tests, including replacing a door window, back light, repairing a windshield, and replacing a windshield on a new Opel Astra.

Olive, the Chairman of the NGA's Auto Glass Certification Committee and an NGA Master Certified Auto Glass Technician, has over 20 years experience in the auto glass industry.  He was the first U.S. Master Auto Glass Technician Champion in 2006 and the first to represent the United States in the International Master Fitter competition as the 2006 Bronze Medalist.  Jeff was also the 2005 Auto Glass Technician Olympic Gold Medalist and the windshield repair silver medalist in 2006.  He was the 2008 U.S. Champion Master Auto Glass Technician and won the International Master Fitter title in 2008. 

Olive had more than one reason to celebrate last week - his son James was born as he was en route to the competition.  Olive recalled that two years ago he and his wife Maehing celebrated the 2008 wins with their still-new daughter Alisa. 

The day before the competition Olive remarked that “it looks like a good line-up this year” and said he felt confident in his skills.  “The difference is really in the tools.  Europe favors wire for cutting out and we use power tools,” he said, noting that he gets a lot of attention when he fires up his Equalizer. “Really, the best tool is the one you know how to use.”   

Glasspro owner and NGA board member Paul Heinauer was one of 10 judges ruling on quality, health, and safety criteria during the competition.

For coverage of the event, visit www.interautoglass.org.

The next U.S. auto glass technician competition will be held during Auto Glass Week in Memphis,  September 15-17, 2011.  For more information on Auto Glass Week visit www.autoglassweek.com.

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Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the auto and architectural glass, and window and door industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing nearly 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification and education and training, including MyGlassClass.com and MyWindowClass.com – state-of-the-art online training resources. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™, WDweekly™, and For Technicians Only e-bulletin™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites: glass.org, GlassBuildAmerica.com, GlassMagazine.com, WindowandDoor.com, MyAutoGlass.org, and WDDAlliance.org. NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo®. The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, an organization for independent window and door dealers, is an initiative of the NGA. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.