Happy April Fool’s Day

Pokémon are taking over the world. Have you heard? Well, according to Google Maps, they are. Happy April Fool’s Day! Could the biggest April Fool’s Day joke of all be coming from Mother Nature? Looking outside, the sun is shining here in Washington, D.C., and it’s supposed to be a beautiful day. Is this yet another warm snap before we get more snow? I sure hope not. While the bad weather drove an increase in AGRR business in many areas, I think many of us are ready for Spring to have finally arrived. And today is a day to welcome Spring by pulling pranks on your favorite coworkers and friends.

So far our office has been quiet. How about your workplace? Over the years I have learned that work and fun go well together. If you appreciate who you work with and enjoy spending time together, it makes your job easier and more enjoyable. If you and your coworkers have a matching willingness to do your best and be at the top of your game, your company will surely benefit.

Are all of us fortunate enough to be doing what we love? Perhaps not, but we can try to help each other get through our workdays, particularly the long ones, by taking the time say a simple thank you for a job well done and appreciate some hard work.

We can do this through small signs of appreciation. Perhaps we give a coworker some chocolate, offer to get them coffee or to buy them lunch? Or perhaps on a day like today, we pull warm-hearted pranks designed to make each other smile. Whatever you choose to do, remember, we are all in this together and a little respect can go a long way.

Did you pull any pranks this year in celebration of April Fool’s Day? If so, please share them by emailing jreed@glass.com. I would also love to hear how you take the time to appreciate your team. Do you sponsor an annual outing? Do you host a big holiday party? Or is it in the simple, everyday things you do?

For a roundup of some of the top April Fools’ pranks today, click here.

Are You a Top Automotive Glass Retailer?

Do you put in the extra time, effort and caring to ensure your business is a top automotive glass retailer? If so, now is your chance to be included in AGRR™ magazine’s second annual list of top automotive glass retailers. I’m in the process of compiling this special feature and want to hear from you. Why should your company be included?

Last year’s list included a variety of companies from the large—Binswanger to Boyd Group—to the medium-sized such as Advanced Auto Glass of Akron, Ohio; Stockton Auto Glass of Stockon, Calif.; and Midtown Glass Co. of Atlanta—as well as smaller-sized companies, including Butler’s Glass Service of Medford, Ore., and National Auto Glass and Mirror of Warren, Mich.

Does your company deserve to be on this list? Do you focus on customer service and ensure the job is done right? Having now spent a year covering the AGRR industry, I know there are a lot of great companies and executives out there, as I’ve interviewed quite a few of you. This is your time to be recognized for all your hard work.

To be considered for this special edition, we need to know a bit about your company:

—What is your company’s full name?

—Where are you based?

—How many locations do you have?

—How many technicians devoted to automotive glass?

—How many employees?

—What is your company’s website?

—When were you founded?

—And please feel free to tell us a bit about your company. What makes you so successful? For instance, tell us about your dedication to customer service; have you leveraged any technology to help your business thrive; how do you train your technicians to maintain safety standards?

—And we would love to receive high resolution pictures of your business and team.

Please email your company’s story and pictures to jreed@glass.com. Was your company included in last year’s list? Visit the digital edition to find out and scroll to page 20. If your company was included, please update your information by emailing me at jreed@glass.com, or if it remains the same, please also let me know.

On an additional note, we are always looking for sources for the many articles we produce. If you’re open to discussing industry topics or have an article idea, I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for your time and participation! I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you over the last year and look forward to talking with many more.