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First AGTO Champion Wins Another Competition

Jeff Olive, who won the inaugural 2005 Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO) and now serves as a judge of the competition, has taken first place in another competition: the International Master Fitter Competition, held last week during glasstec in Düsseldorf, Germany. Olive is with Glasspro Inc. in Charleston, S.C.

Gergely Igazvölgyi of Hungary took second place.

"It is all in attention to detail and safety and keeping up with trends and tools," said Olive. "Training, too—that's the key."

To celebrate his victory and his participation in the competition, Olive is spending a couple of additional days in Cologne, Germany.

Steve Mort, chief executive officer for Don's Mobile Glass in Modesto, Calif., served as one of the judges, and he noted that the competition was very close.

"There was only a very thin margin in the total scores separating all these guys from the bottom to the top score," he says. " ... Any of them can go to work for me anytime if they want to move to sunny California."

In just a little over a week, Olive will travel to Las Vegas, where he will serve as a third-time judge in the Fourth Annual AGTO. The AGTO will be held November 7-8 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and is co-sponsored by the Independent Glass Association (IGA) and AGRR magazine.

The AGTO is the largest auto glass competition in the world and is open to all. First prize is a record-breaking $10,000.

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