Rising in AGTO and WRO, Cindy Rowe COO Says
Dave Taylor is chief operating officer (COO) for Cindy Rowe Auto
Glass in Harrisburg, Pa., the company from which Jason Horne, this
year's AGTO winner, hails. Taylor took the time out today to talk
to glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine about the Auto Glass
Technician (AGTO) and Windshield Repair (WRO) competitions (the
"Olympics" of the industry). Cindy Rowe's other contestant
in the AGTO took fourth place in the competition (and was the highest-ranking
competitor in the AGTO semi-finals) and the company's repair technician,
Kelly Ditto, was also a finalist in the WRO and took home third-place.
"We were very pleased to see so many competitors and to see
the level of competition," Taylor says. "There were so
many very good people-it's clear that each year the competitors
get better in both Olympics. That is wonderful and just want our
|Dave Taylor and Cindy Rowe-Taylor (right),
chief operating officer and president of Cindy Rowe Auto Glass,
respectively, traveled to Las Vegas to cheer on their contestants,
including Ditto (left).
For Cindy Rowe, picking and training competitors is a lengthy process.
Their training coordinator, Brian Clayton, first organizes a competition
with the company.
"Once we've chosen our contestants, we then go into a special
training program with them to prepare them for Vegas," Taylor
Of course, now that the competition is over, Taylor says there's
lots of excitement around Cindy Rowe.
"Jason, of course, has been a contestant at all three [competitions]
and he was just determined to win," Taylor says. "When
his moulding came off the window in very good condition, he knew
he was on a roll
[If you saw] the determination in his face
and body language-he knew he had the tiger."
However, Taylor points out that in the competition's third year
(second for WRO), the competition continues to grow fiercer.
"You've got to fight for every single point," he says.
"You can't say, 'well, I'm not real strong at B'-you've got
to earn every single point. If anything doesn't go your way, you're
not going to win, and you're probably not even going to make the
finals. It's that competitive."
For those hoping to compete next year, Taylor warns, the training
"If you have intentions of making the finals, you've got to
truly work at this," he says. "It's truly an Olympic competition."
Taylor and his wife, Cindy Rowe-Taylor, president and founder of
the company, will take the company's winning contestants to a celebratory
dinner in the near future to a location of Horne's choice (since
he was the gold medalist).
Taylor notes that while the sense of camaraderie and achievement
has grown for Horne and Ditto, along with Rob Grace, who ranked
fourth in the AGTO and highest in the AGTO semi-finals, it has affected
the rest of the company's more than 30 installers as well.
"Everyone of them is proud of Jason and Rob's accomplishments,"
he says. "It motivates all of them."
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