Giving Something Back

July 30th, 2009 by Editor

The opportunity to give something back to an industry that has been great to me is the reason that I jumped at the chance to write a blog for Window Film magazine. Getting to write about best business practices, a subject that I am very passionate about, was just icing on the cake.

So, who is this guy David McFadyen and why should the readers of Window Film Magazine care about what he has to say? Well, let me start with a little bit about my background.

After a round of corporate down-sizing I came into the window film industry in 1993 as a flat glass salesperson for American Window Tinting in Denver, Colo. In 1995, with the help of a great partner, I became its majority owner. By 1997 I had become a board member of the IWFA and eventually held all of the officers’ positions including president. Through my involvement with the IWFA and its board I was introduced to and mentored by some of the smartest and most respected names in the industry. I also got to meet a lot of other dealers, distributors and manufacturers from around the world. This was also the time in which I met Deb Levy, the publisher of Window Film and all of the other fine people with the magazine.
By 2000 I had designed, built and successfully marketed Flat Glass Pro estimating software. Obviously, “I knew it all.” However, in January of 2005, for reasons that affect most small business owners, I got frustrated and decided to sell my company and go to work for a national small- and medium-sized business consulting firm. It was then that the “light bulb” went off and I clearly saw that I didn’t “know it all.” I began to discover why I, and many other small business owners, especially those in the Window Film industry, were frustrated with running a business. Most importantly, I discovered how to FIX the problems that were causing the frustration.

After a few years of traveling non-stop and learning everything I could, I decided that the entrepreneur in me needed to be satisfied again, so I started my own small- and medium-sized business coaching and consulting company.

That brings us to the purpose of this blog – which is giving back to all of you. I want to use this blog to bring to all of you the knowledge and tools that all companies need but only a few could afford to get.

If you have realized that you might not “know it all” and that you might fall into the “I don’t know what I don’t know” category then this blog is for you.

In future blogs we will talk about things like: Working on your business and not in your business, cash gap plans, profit and revenue budgets, making money on purpose – not by accident, break-even plans, establishing key performance indicators, successfully recruiting and managing employees, setting client expectations and much more.

I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible. Until next time – happy selling.

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  1. Hi David
    We are a large tinting organisation based in Melbourne, Australia we utilize the Wizard of Ads a company based in Austin, Texas to create our advertising message to our market here through the local agent.
    Our advertising budget is 1 million plus so l’m always looking for new ideas in respect to this industry so l look forward to your article each month.
    Regards Ric

  2. I was wondering If I could get the source code for flatglass pro. I still use the program but it will not run with Windows 7. Thanks… Maureen

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