The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
May 12th, 2021

The New Guy—Installment #1

Welcome to The New Guy, a weekly blog where I—recently-hired and assistant editor and newcomer to the window film industry—share my experiences, light-bulb moments and personal opinions. For installment #1, I want to share a bit about me.

About Me

• I was born and raised in Georgia.

• I studied Mass Communication at Georgia College & State University and graduated this past December—virtual graduation and all. I wrote for The Colonnade—the school’s award-winning student newspaper—for two years. I interviewed more than 60 sources and composed over 20 published stories. I covered the sidelines for every sport, constructing an investigative piece on NCAA concussion protocols. I covered escalating camera surveillance on campus in an effort to highlight my school’s push to combat crime. I rode along with Meals on Wheels, detailing the heroes making a difference in my community. And that’s just the start—I covered it all. Interviewing and covering a wide variety of diverse individuals from all walks of life was my greatest collegiate takeaway. To me, interviews aren’t just extracting information—they’re connections and conversations that allow me to learn about someone’s field, life and experiences. I bring this same perspective into this job.

• Prior to this position, I had no knowledge of the window film industry. But I’m only three weeks in, and I’m already scanning glass everywhere I go, noticing every minute detail and imperfection. So far my biggest takeaway is the people. From sources in Woodstock, Ga., to Houston, Texas to Singapore to Korea, every single industry professional I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with has been kind and helpful to the utmost degree. I can’t wait to speak to more of you and share your stories.

• In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, listening to podcasts and watching football. My favorite movie of all time is “Interstellar.” My favorite album of all time is “A Head Full of Dreams” by Coldplay. My favorite podcast is “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” My football team is the Atlanta Falcons. I’ve watched—sometimes regrettably—every season since 2010. Still not over Tom Brady and Super Bowl LI.

I appreciate everyone stopping by for the first installment of The New Guy. Next week, I’ll dive into the educational experiences that I had during a shadow visit at The Tint Guy in Woodstock, Ga. Owner Chris Robinson was kind enough to give me the full tour of his two shops, where I learned about PPF, tint intensity and benefits and the major manufacturers in the window film game—3M and Eastman. I look forward to seeing you then. Take care!

Connect with me on Linkedin or email me at ccollier@glass.com.

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  1. Sounds like you’re off to a good start and you are fortunate to get the opportunity to spend time with Chris Robinson, one of the premier players in the window film business.

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