The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
October 20th, 2021

Tinting With a Breeze

The hallways of my childhood home don’t reverberate like they used to. The continuous chatter of youth is rare at the Collier residence in 2021, but nearly two decades of memories remain within its walls. As my parents empty their nest and I continue my young career, travel illuminates memorable moments of my life.

A look at the resort’s iconic boardwalk.

I embark on my third flight in as many months on Sunday, December 3. Visiting film shops has allowed me to learn this trade and gain meaningful experiences. My trip to Texas was brand new, but my journey to Palmetto Protection Films in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this holiday season holds familiarity. My final destination is planted four hours from Hilton Head, S.C., my favorite vacation spot.

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort opened March 1, 1996, just 162 days before I was born in August that year. My parents grew up with travel and extended that gift to my siblings and me. My first trip to the resort was at six months old, and scrapbooks are my only recollection. But that’s okay—we packed into the family Chevrolet Suburban for years to come. In preparation for my visit to Madico’s dealer of the quarter, I reflect on my favorite South Carolina activities.

Mini-Golf with Leah

Is there anything better than sibling rivalries? Whether we were pushing go-karts to the limit or racing to the other end of the pool, my older sister Leah and I always made sure to add competition into the mix. It was a friendly rivalry that didn’t take days off—even on vacation. Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf was a primary battleground for us. I never placed first, but it didn’t matter. From launching golf balls into bushes to securing coveted hole-in-ones, these are moments I’ll never forget.

Biking with Lillie

I was always at the front of the pack while biking. It wasn’t a race, but South Carolina’s paths supplied suspense for me—a young speed demon who took a shortcut whenever he had a chance to shave seconds off his imaginary timer. My sister Lillie would often trail me, with my younger brother Tucker churning ahead, training wheels and all. Behind everyone, I could hear my dad shouting, “single file,” reminding me to make way for other riders as I sped forward.

You can’t beat Hilton Head’s sunny skies.

Building with Tucker

Looking back, I bonded over something unique with each of my three siblings in Hilton Head. My little brother Tucker came to the beach equipped with a fleet of construction vehicles, ready to contract his work out to me. The blueprints were simplistic—dig as far as you can and then go from there. My cities had little foundation—and often hilariously collapsed—but laughter and bonding won out over the longevity of my sandcastles.

Family is everything to me. As I traverse this country and learn your trade, I look forward to reflecting on time spent with my forever family and memories made with my new one—the entire window film industry.

My Upcoming Travels:

Green Valley Window Tinting (Henderson, Nev.)—November 1

2021 SEMA Show (Las Vegas, Nev.)—November 2 to November 5

Palmetto Protection Films (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)—December 6 to December 9

Visit booth #54074 at the 2021 SEMA Show for free WINDOW FILM Magazine / PPFMag swag, and email me at ccollier@glass.com if you’ll be at the show. I look forward to connecting with you.

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