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Meet Some top Movers and Shakers
Jenna Reed and Penny Stacey
AGRR - July/Aug 2013

A Look at the Industry's Top Movers and Shakers

AGRRTM magazine recognizes some of the most influential thought leaders in the auto glass and insurance industry.

The auto glass industry continues to be an extremely competitive marketplace. AGRR™ magazine's Most Influential feature recognizes some thought leaders in the auto glass and those in the insurance industry who are having a real impact on it.

The following individuals, selected by our editorial team in consultation with experts in the industry, represent a slice of some of the industry's most influential movers and shakers who took the time to share what motivates and challenges them. They are featured in alphabetical order by company.

While we know this list is far from inclusive, we hope it will inspire all those in the industry to recognize these coworkers, supervisors and colleagues who have had a profound impact – and to step up themselves to help guide their peers, their companies and their industry to greater heights. If you don't see someone you believe should be here, please email your nomination for the next edition to Jenna Reed at jreed@glass.com.

Jim Latch, Guardian Auto Glass LLC

Jim Latch currently is the president and managing partner of Guardian Auto Glass, LLC.

He began his PPG career in the auto glass business in 1980 in Human Resources. In 1984 he moved into sales and marketing for auto replacement glass (ARG) and became zone manager in 1990 for the West. Latch moved to PPG's corporate office in 1992, first as manager, corporate planning for PPG; then to director of business development for ARG. Next, he served as general manager and later president of LYNX Services and general manager of insurance and services, which comprised both GTS Services and GLAXIS.

He moved to Strongsville, Ohio, in 2002 as general manager, North American automotive refinish. In 2003 South America was added and he became the general manager refinish Americas. In 2005 he returned to Pittsburgh as general manager, automotive aftermarket North America to include automotive refinish, ARG, and insurance and services.

He was named vice president, automotive replacement glass and services in 2006. In 2007, OEM automotive glass sales was added, and he became vice president commercial enterprise auto glass and services in 2008. Then, with the sale of auto glass and services to Kohlberg and Co., he became executive vice president with PGW. He became president of Guardian Auto Glass LLC in 2010.

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