Window Film 101

October 8th, 2009 by Editor

Starting a new job is a lot like starting a new school. You’re probably a little bit nervous, you don’t really know anyone and you’re not sure what to expect or where the day will take you. That’s kind of how I feel these days, as I’m, more or less, the new kid in class when it comes to the school of window film. I recently took over the daily editorial responsibilities for Window Film magazine and while I’m excited to learn more about this industry, I’m also a bit nervous. After all, you don’t know me and I don’t know you-yet anyway.

So what better way for us to get to know each other than for me to tell you a bit about myself. While I may be fairly new to window film, my ties to the glass industry go back ten years, as I’ve actually served previously as the editor of our sister magazine, USGlass, which some of you may also be familiar with. I also did a couple of articles for Window Film, but again, that was also going on ten years ago, so I’m a bit rusty on the subject.

While I am full of glass and glazing knowledge, I admit that my window film education has been somewhat limited. However, I am eager and ready to start learning all about this industry, and I’m hoping to talk to and meet as many readers as I can. While I’ve already had the chance to chat with a few folks over the phone, I am looking forward to meeting lots more in a couple of weeks at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have heard great things about this event and am excited to check it out first hand.

To those of you who are SEMA regulars, give it to me straight: what should I expect out of this monster of a show? Why do you attend and what do you take away? What’s the best part? The worst? Anything you think I need to know, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Ellen,
    At the SEMA show, wear comfortable shoes.

  2. Thanks for the advice! I will be sure and do that. If you’re at the show, stop by booth 11351 to say hello.

  3. The 1st time is the best. Try to take as much in as you can. It really is an experience in it’s self. The next trip will prove to more relaxed because you will know what to expect, and what to avoid. Have fun! Bill

  4. Thanks for the advice. I am certain I will post a blog about the show, too, to share all that I learned. And please stop by our booth to say hello if you are there!

  5. Fisrt thing to understand is that you cannot see all of the show. Pick out what interests you the most and target that. If you do not approach it in this fashion, you will simply not have enough time to spend in the areas that you have genuine interest. The show is huge. Plan your days before you arive and wear comfortable shoes. I will stop by the booth to say hello.

    Pat

  6. It sounds like the show will be a great experience and I look forward to meeting you there. We are in booth 11351.

  7. Ellen,
    SEMA is a fabulous experience! I have always enjoyed the show. You finally get to meet people you’ve spoken to but, not seen before. You get to socialize with your competitors in a friendly and educational environment. Soak it all in and as it has already been said, definitely wear comfortable shoes. Take Hand sanitizer and drink lots of water. I buy a case of water and keep it in my room. Then I take two or 3 bottles to the show with me. The food at the convention center is not the best, so, plan accordingly. I bring granola, nuts, etc. and carry it with me.

    You will have a great time, great laughs and most of all great memories. Enjoy!!
    Donna Wells

  8. Wow! What great feedback–thanks! I hope you can stop by our booth, 11351, to say hello.

    I look forward to meeting many of you next week!

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