October 26, 2019

“Our Planet – Our Future” Kick-off Meeting for the United Nations Los Angeles Chapter

Kick-off Meeting: “Our Planet, Our Future”, Giroux Glass, Inc. was a co-sponsor of the United Nations Association of the U.S. – Los Angeles Chapter (UNA-LA) event on October 26, 2019 – at Emerson College where Barbara Kotsos, Brian Peregrina and I attended. Brian’s lovely wife and board member of the UNA-LA Chapter, Radhika Vekaria, spoke to the group as well. The timing of the event was no coincidence: Oct. 24 was the 74th anniversary of the United Nations, and their chosen theme for the year is climate crisis, “the defining issue of our time,” and they’re dedicated to making noise [...]
August 5, 2019

ABC’s Changes in Nevada Construction Law Event

My colleague, Greg Wright, Director of Nevada Operations, and I attended the luncheon hosted by ABC – Associated Builders and Contractors – on July 25th. The venue was Carmine’s Restaurant at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, and the presenters were Warren B. Hardy II, former Nevada State Senator, and Matt Cecil, Holland & Hart, labor attorney. The luncheon was entitled “Changes in Construction Law and How They Will Affect You.” The topic was a great attention grabber for us, because the more we keep abreast of the law and any changes, the better equipped each of us at [...]
February 7, 2019

California High School Career Fair

Last week, Giroux Glass participated in the fourth Annual Career Fair at California High School, in Whittier, California. The career fair hosted more than 2,500 students between the ages of 14-19 years old. “Why a high school,” one could well wonder? For reasons of spreading the word about the vast labor shortage in our industry, largely due to an age gap of incoming younger workers. The career fair was a perfect opportunity to help spread the word about the many benefits and opportunities in the construction field — for girls and boys! In talking to so many young people, we [...]
February 6, 2017

So Much More than “Just” a Job Fair

Along with Nataline Lomedico, our CEO and president, I attended the 2nd annual Career Fair at California High School, in Whittier on Friday, February 3rd. It was at a NAWIC Orange County networking dinner, the previous week, where I learned about this event from Izzy Zandvliet, (shown below at her own NAWIC table) , and when I eagerly signed us up to  host a table. The Job Fair was open to all students from grade levels 9 through 12, and the school estimates that about 2,800 attended over an extended lunch hour.
June 17, 2016

National ESOP Conference 2016

I recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with Marisela Miranda (Giroux’s assistant controller) to attend this year’s ESOP Association National Conference. Our exciting reason for going was that Marisela was selected as Employee-Owner of the Year, for the California/Western States Chapter, for 2015-2016! The attendees at the National Conference included the honorees from all of the other regions as well.  Everyone at Giroux Glass was so excited for her, since, together, our partners chose to nominate Marisela for taking the initiative in heading up our “Culture Committee,” and to educate and motivate her colleagues by promoting a culture of employee-ownership. Over the two-day conference, we were able to share with and learn lots of [...]
February 29, 2016

Our Take on Performance Reviews

Performance reviews often are dreaded and poorly understood. Managers want to avoid feedback that is not positive, and subordinates are liable to feel defensive when praise is not forthcoming. So, here at Giroux, we don’t let negativity or discomfort creep into our processes. I was tasked with improving the performance review system.  After doing some research and engaging in intensive conversations with employees on all levels, I was able to put together a format that works beautifully and (mostly) avoids tension and disappointment. Today, our performance reviews are geared toward coaching and empowering each partner. They are designed to help people succeed by reviewing detailed and established performance standards and providing feedback. The purpose of the review is to encourage each employee [...]
April 24, 2015

Become a Partner, Not an Employee

Working at Giroux is not a job. It’s a challenging, fun career. Looking for a job? Looking for a job where you are free – and encouraged – to express your thoughts? Ever think about being a part owner of the company you work for? Do you enjoy having fun with work peers? Well, if so, consider a position with Giroux Glass. We are known in the glazing and construction industries as being the top-quality glazing provider on architecturally significant buildings, hotels, and residences throughout California and Nevada. We enjoy a long successful history of accomplishments, earning awards, and receiving [...]