Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wanted: Gen Xers, Millenials, Echo-Boomers…

…in other words, anyone under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to the commercial, retail or auto glass industries. We do exist.

Despite some assertions that Gen Xers are slackers who view their careers as an “irritant”—at least according to this Missouri Department of Health worksheet—Gen Xers have made many valuable contributions to society. Think YouTube, Google and Amazon, says author Jeff Gordinier in his book, "X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking."

The same is true of the glass industry. Previous 30 Under 40 award winners have made strides in customer service, product technology and design, and codes and standards development. And as the 2009 award winners will illustrate, the younger generation still has more to contribute.

However, we do owe much to preceding generations, and it is with that in mind that the editors of Glass Magazine are looking at other award programs to recognize those who don’t fit into the "under 40" category. So, all you Baby Boomers out there, please send your ideas my way at

And to all Glass Magazine readers, please click here to nominate your co-workers and industry associates for Glass Magazine’s 30 Under 40 awards. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 7.

—By Jenni Chase, senior editor, retail and auto glass, Glass Magazine

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