Tinter of the Week: Bill Vogel’s Efforts Help Keep Solar X Growing Strong

May 13th, 2010 by Editor

When it comes to taking the job above and beyond the given requirements, Lyman McNutt, president of Solar X in Sarasota, Fla., says his foreman, William (Bill) Vogel, is a tough one to beat.

“He is one of the rocks upon which we have built our business into a success, and he has my deepest respect,” says McNutt. “Bill has worked for Solar-X for approximately 33 years, and in all that time I would bet he hasn’t missed six days of work, other than an occasional vacation.”

McNutt describes Vogel as a perfectionist; a quiet man who brings an air of total competence to every job–and a man who absolutely will not compromise his work ethic for a short cut.

“His daily work is flawless and we virtually never get call backs. Instead, the customers often call to thank us for the great service he provided, and he often goes out of his way to provide extra services, such as fixing a badly mounted blind or pointing something out to a client that needs to be done on a job to make it better – all things that clients appreciate.”

Vogel has been working in the window film industry for nearly 33 years, all with Solar X. He says he found himself in the business when he answered an ad for a tinter.

“It was either construction work or window film, and window film seemed more attractive,” says Vogel. “And over the years I’ve just gotten good at it.”

So good, in fact, that McNutt says Vogel has trained many other tinters over the years.

“Plenty of whom have also gone on to become fabulous, quality tinters and good employees,” says McNutt.

Over the years Vogel has used his window film installation skills for many residential jobs throughout Sarasota, and says having the opportunity to meet so many new people is what he enjoys the most.

“I’ve also been able to work on a lot of the beautiful, upscale homes here in Sarasota,” says Vogel.

And while he continues to enjoy these jobs, he says he would like to have the chance to one day work on a large, commercial project.

“We’ve done a few bank jobs, but there are not a lot of large buildings here in Sarasota,” says Vogel.

In the meantime, Vogel is perfectly content with where he is but, like so many, admits he does hope to see the economy pick up soon. And when he’s not at work, he prefers to spend time with his wife, kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Other than that, I enjoy shooting pool and playing poker,” says Vogel.

Do you know someone whose efforts stand out above the rest? Then we want to hear from you with your nominations for “Tinter of the Week.” E-mail Ellen Rogers at erogers@glass.com with your nominations.

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