First Things Film

Company Payment Processors

Mar 22nd, 2023

Tim Jordan and his wife are serial entrepreneurs. The duo ventured into the window tint, floral and mold removal industries to diversify their holdings. Each segment requires various payment processors to facilitate business. The couple uses Square to manage automotive window tinting payments and Stripe to facilitate flat glass window tinting transactions, citing different strengths […]

What’s Your Story?

Mar 15th, 2023

This week’s National Write Your Story Day calls on participants to share their journeys. Heide Mcgee, owner/operator at Tint and Tunes in Muscle Shoals, Ala., says hers started at a Madico training session in 2007. The “Crown Vic” “We were just doing car stereos at the time, and I thought I’d give it a shot,” […]

Legislative Roundup: Enforcement Operations and New Bills

Mar 8th, 2023

I started 2023 by reporting on a December 28, 2022, illegal window tint enforcement operation in California. Just a few weeks later, The International Window Film Association (IWFA) sent out an alert to its members concerning Connecticut Senate Bill 586, which, if passed, would prohibit the installation of “any transparent material on the front windshield […]

Two-Year Trends

Mar 1st, 2023

Time flies when you’re having fun, and I have had a great time covering the window film industry. I celebrate two years at WINDOW FILM magazine on April 26, and I’m thankful for your support. With March 1 here, let’s take a look at the top trends during my time at the magazine. The Top […]

Black History Month: Dave Williams Discusses Industry Diversity and Discrimination

Feb 22nd, 2023

Dave Williams entered the window tinting segment in 1994. Today, he owns DavesTint in Shreveport, La., and has grown alongside the industry. Williams feels acceptance in 2023, but the road hasn’t always been easy. WF: What is your proudest industry accomplishment? Williams: My proudest accomplishment is starting my own business. For many years, I worked […]

My Film Fandom

Feb 15th, 2023

I love films—nano-ceramic, metalized and dyed. Of course, those aren’t the only films I follow. I’m also a massive movie fan who still believes in trips to the theater with family and friends. It’s one of my favorite ways to unwind from the day-to-day grind. Taking it Easy In a blog titled The Art of […]

CoolVu Franchise Reaches 51 Territories in Year One

Feb 7th, 2023

The FutureVu Brands subsidiary CoolVu launched a new franchise opportunity to promote glass and surface solutions in January 2022. Since then, the company has hosted six training classes at its headquarters in Marietta Ga., and opened 51 territories across the United States. I had the chance to attend and observe 2023’s first training class this […]

Level Up Your Lobby

Feb 1st, 2023

You’ve built your customer base, established a strong partnership with a reputable supplier and mastered the art of automotive, residential and commercial tinting. As you reflect on your accomplishments, you sit in a space with the potential to transform your customer experience. But where do you start? Welcome! “Today’s customer can be your high school […]

And Then There Were Four

Jan 25th, 2023

The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is in the books, and four teams remain in the hunt for a Vince Lombardi Trophy: the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers. Window film comes before football, but industry professionals share a collective fandom spanning decades. Throwing a Party “Who Dat!” exclaims […]

Fred Zwilling’s Summer Job of 1982

Jan 18th, 2023

Fred Zwilling was a 16-year-old high schooler who took on window tinting as a summer job in 1982. Now a 40-year veteran of the industry, Zwilling’s climb started in Redondo Beach, Calif. Hollywood Heights “I’m originally from Los Angeles, and it was right off the beach,” Zwilling says of the business. “I thought to myself, […]

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