The Auto Glass Safety Council™’s (AGSC) board of directors recently added two new board members, Jeff Olive and Bob Scharaga. Olive serves as training manager for Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Glasspro and Scharaga serves as president and owner of All Star Glass, which is headquartered in San Diego.
Olive began his career in the auto glass industry at Liberty Glass Co. in Milwaukee, Wis., as a glazier and installer at the age of 18. He has worked at Glasspro, where he serves as training manager, since 1999. In 2005 he won the first Auto Glass Technician Olympics and today he serves as a judge for the competition. He also chairs the AGSC’s ADAS Committee.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our industry as a board member of the AGSC,” say Olive. “Big changes are on the way for the auto glass industry. As a member of the board I hope to help shape the future and provide direction to our members. The industry leaders that serve on the AGSC board of directors are dedicated to the advancement of every individual involved with the auto glass replacement process. Joining this team I will provide my knowledge and input assisting in our forward vision. I don’t like to sit on the bench.”
When asked about his hopes for the AGSC, Olive says, “With the technological advancements in the automotive industry we continue with the need to provide direction to the auto glass industry. The AGSC will continue to take on the challenges and provide insight to all that the future brings.”
Scharaga co-founded his company with his late father, Sam. Today, the company has 30 company-owned glass centers throughout California, a newly opened center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
“One of the reasons I most wanted to become more involved with the AGSC is that after more than 40 years in the auto glass industry, I’m so very excited about all the recent developments in technology that positively affect the safety of drivers and passengers,” says Scharaga. “It continues to be such a learning opportunity within our industry and a prospect to educate our customers. We hear almost daily how important safety is to the insurance industry and we know that the new advanced drivers’ assistance systems (ADAS) have lessened the injuries and deaths due to auto accidents. As auto glass businesses, how can we not be inspired to learn more and help others?”
Scharaga has many hopes for the AGSC.
“An immense amount of education and training has been done to prepare our business and others within our industry,” says Scharaga. “My hope for the AGSC is to continue that training and education process with new zeal and effort. And I hope we continue being advocates within our industry for the safety of all those on the road today and tomorrow.”
In addition to the newest board members, the AGSC board of directors also has named Jean Pero of JP Consulting in Lakewood, Colo., as its new vice president.
Pero previously served as treasurer for the AGSC board. “I’m excited to hold the role of vice president for the AGSC and continue to work to further the organization’s mission,” says Pero. “This is an exciting time for the AGSC as the industry continues to evolve, and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Mike Schenian of City Auto Glass in South St. Paul, Minn., has taken over the role of treasurer. Schenian has been in the industry full-time since 1978. He first started working in the glazing and auto glass installation part of the business.
“My hope for AGSC is that all industry participants are members,” says Schenian. “Also, [I would like to see] a certification program for recalibration techs.”