The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
September 14th, 2022

And We’re Back!

Walking into the halls of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center felt like coming home. And not just because I had the chance to visit San Antonio for pre-show promotional footage in June. You, my industry colleagues, welcomed me with open arms on the day before the event, and I appreciate it.

I want to thank the following professionals for taking time out of their day to connect and converse with me:

  • Letha Miller Lasiter, owner and operator at The Tint Diva in Gadsden, Ala., Auburn, Ala., and Palestine, Texas.
  • Joshua Miller, architectural division manager at Green Valley Window Tint in Henderson, Nev.
  • Matthew and Kristy Yelle, co-owners of Palmetto Protection Films in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association
  • Jeff NiRoll Rutherford, board of directors, International Window Film Association
  • Darren Fettik,, founder of the Window Tint School in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Chuck Cochran, owner of Eastcoast Motorsports in St. Marys, Ga.
  • Jimmy Nance, owner of TNT Window Tinting in Orange City, Fla.
  • Tim Ham, owner of Felony Film in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Johnny Klassen, owner of Solar Reflections Window Tinting in Grand Island, Neb.
  • Lawrence Williams Jr., owner of Tint Masters Window Tinting in Owings, Md.
  • Nipsy Mitch Goldman, owner of Tegridy Tint in Marrero, La.
  • John Little, owner of All Pro Window Tinting in Decatur, Texas

Meeting with all of these incredible individuals—and more—amounted to what felt like an in-person version of Clubhouse. If you see me around, please stop me and say hello. I would be thrilled to connect with you.

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