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D3 Glass was announced as a FINALIST as Florida’s Manufacturer of the Year.  

The Sterling Council and FloridaMakes announced today the 23 manufacturing companies in a field of over 160 nominees who have been named as finalists for the Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence (SMBE) Awards. The winners, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced during the 30th Annual Governor’s Sterling Awards Banquet on June 3 at the Gaylord Palms resort in Orlando.

The Sterling Council and FloridaMakes collaborate on the SMBE awards to recognize the state’s high-performing manufacturers. Manufacturing companies were judged in several categories of criteria, including leadership, strategy, customers, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce, and operations. For more information about the process please visit www.FloridaMakes.com/smbe.

Finalists for the 2022 SMBE awards are:

  • Bacardi Bottling Corporation (Jacksonville)
  • BAE Systems – Jacksonville Ship Repair (Jacksonville)
  • Biorep Technologies, Inc. (Miami Lakes)
  • Cathedral Corporation – Orlando Facility (Orlando)
  • D3 Glass, LLC (Fort Myers)
  • Genplant (Green Cove Springs)
  • Harmar Mobility, LLC (Sarasota)
  • HF Scientific (Fort Myers)
  • Limbitless Solutions (Orlando)
  • Lippert/Taylor Made (Bradenton)
  • MDC Precision (Sarasota)
  • Mullett’s Aluminum Products, Inc. (Sarasota)
  • PPi Technologies Group (Sarasota)
  • Sarasota Medical Products, Inc. (Sarasota)
  • SeaSucker, LLC (Bradenton)
  • Shaw Development (Bonita Springs)
  • Solar Stik, Inc. (St. Augustine)
  • Strand Core (Milton)
  • Stryker (Weston)
  • Sy-Klone International (Jacksonville)
  • Unison Industries (Jacksonville)
  • VeeThree Electronics (Bradenton)
  • West Frazer, Inc. (McDavid)

D3 Glass is a “state of the art” fabrication, lamination and tempering facility located in Ft Myers, Fl. Since opening in 2013, D3 has grown to SW Florida’s premiere flat glass wholesale distributors and service much of Florida.

Currently, D3 is the Lee County “Manufacturer of the Year” and is a Finalist in the State of Florida “Sterling Awards” for top manufacturing Practices and Processes across all manufacturing industries.

We are so proud of our team at D3 Glass to be recognized by experts from across the State of Florida. We strive for continuous improvement and deliver an extremely quality product, on time, to our customers

~ Bill Daubmann, President and Founder

“These companies are fantastic examples of manufacturing excellence in Florida,
contributing to Florida’s continued advancement through the rankings of the top states
in the U.S. for manufacturing productivity. On
behalf of everyone in the FloridaMakes Network and our partners across the state, I want
to congratulate the finalists on their achievement and commitment to this rigorous
assessment process.”

~ Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes

“Manufacturing is a critical sector here in Florida, and our manufacturers set the bar for the rest of the nation. We are pleased to honor these twenty-three outstanding Florida organizations who are role models in their industries and are deserving of this prestigious award.”

~ John Pieno, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Sterling Council

A team of Sterling Council-trained examiners and manufacturing community representatives contributed their time and expertise to evaluate nominations, including virtual site visits and interviews with managers and employees of semi-finalists. In addition to recognizing Florida companies, the awards provide a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices and discovering opportunities for
improvement. FloridaMakes will work with the finalists and their corresponding regional manufacturers association to network and share knowledge, such as with plant tours, webinars, and leadership events to benefit Florida’s manufacturing sector.

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Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Member Bill Daubmann

Beta Gamma Sigma Names Honorary Member for 2022

Bill Daubmann, president of MY Shower Door/ D3 Glass, was named as an Honorary Member of the LCOB chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma for 2022.

Each year, the LCOB chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma selects a chapter honoree. Accordingly, this person is someone who has achieved distinction in business, and who possesses those qualities that Beta Gamma Sigma fosters. Our chapter honorees have demonstrated exceptional service to the Lutgert College of Business and its students.

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is an international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International. Invitation for membership is sent out in the Spring.

BGS is the official Honor Society for the Lugert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Due in part to our commitment to the community, MY Shower Door / D3 Glass was the chosen company for Professor Daniel Rottig to highlight with his International Business students this past year. Additionally, My Shower Door has hired an intern from Professor Daniel Rottig’s class, who has already worked 90 hours of his internship.

Furthermore, only the top 5 percent of business programs worldwide are privileged to host a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, and only the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors and top 20 percent of Master’s candidates are invited to join each year. Additionally, Beta Gamma Sigma membership signals excellence to colleagues and potential employers and marks a person as one of the top students at the Lutgert College of Business.

The mission of the BGS is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of society, and to serve its lifelong members.

The Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony will be held at 3 pm on Friday, April 29th, 2022 at Sugden Resort & Hospitality Management, Banquet Room, SRHM 111. Guests are welcome.

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MY Shower Door & D3 Glass leaders selected for National Industry Positions

Daubmann’s leadership in glass/glazing helps propel industry

Bill Daubmann and Keith Daubmann, of MY Shower Door / D3 Glass, have been selected for positions on the National Glass Association’s (NGA) Shower Door Installation Best Practices Guide.

They are part of a nationally selected group of professionals who have extensive knowledge in layout, safety, functionality, and glass specifications for frameless shower doors. MY Shower Door / D3 Glass is the only Florida company represented in this prestigious group.

“We are honored to be selected to help advance the glass and glazing industry and solidify best practices for the frameless shower door category. Having sold and installed over 80,000 frameless shower doors, the National Glass Association believes that our input will be extremely beneficial,” ~ Bill Daubmann, President and Founder of the Fort Myers-based company.

“Our involvement with both the manufacturing and the installation sides of the business allows us to give very valuable insight to this niche industry. The NGA recognizes that aspect and reached out to us for our input and guidance. Having been in the business for more than 30 years, they know that there are very few companies in the U.S. that have completed as many jobs and have such high review ratings… this was very important to them,” ~ Keith Daubmann, VP of sales and customer acquisition, stated.

The Daubmanns’ are leaders in this industry and have seen their company grow from the original four founding family members to the current 145 employees throughout the State of Florida.

The NGA is the authority and resource for its members and the industry to grow successful businesses and to champion the benefits of glazing and glass building products. The organization works to elevate the image of glass as a safe, healthy, sustainable, and inspiring building product and advance the industry as a viable, thriving, and exciting career path.

A family-run company, MY Shower Door / D3 Glass makes and installs frameless shower doors from nine Florida locations: North Naples, South Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Tampa, Pinellas Park, Orlando, and Boca Raton. The company started in 2003 as a small showroom and assembly operation in Naples, Fla., later delving into manufacturing by founding D3 Glass in 2013. The Daubmanns have grown nationally, establishing six affiliate stores in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Okla.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., and York, Pa.

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MY Shower Door Made the Inc. 5000 List for the 6th Year!

Inc. Magazine released its annual Inc. 5000 List this week, and it included several glazing-industry companies. Dubbed “an exclusive guide to America’s top private companies” the list identifies those deemed the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

With data for this year’s list spanning the COVID-19 pandemic, “The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, the publication’s editor-in-chief. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing.”

Despite the circumstances, companies making the 2021 list posted median growth of 167%, generating a combined $248 billion in revenue.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized in this select group of companies across the country,” says Kevin Roth, CEO and founder of Privacy Glass Solutions. “Our growth is a direct result of building a team of professionals who uphold the value of providing high quality, innovative products, solutions, and the ultimate in customer care.”

“For the sixth time in seven years, MY Shower Door was recognized among Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing and most successful independent businesses in the country,” according to a press release from the company. “We are dedicated to creating beautiful glass enclosures and showers that turn bathrooms into elegant spas, and we’re honored that our success continues to be recognized,” says MY Shower Door/D3 Glass co-owner Bill Daubmann.

Neighborly, parent company to Glass Doctor, also found a spot on the list at 4,345. “It is an incredible honor for Neighborly to be included once again alongside so many other admired organizations in the annual Inc. 5000,” says Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Neighborly. “Neighborly — like so many other companies — has overcome a variety of challenges within the last year, all while continuing to provide excellent customer experiences to homeowners in need of home services.”

  • #4,456 MY Shower Door – Tampa in Ft Myers, Fla. (61% growth)
  • #4,878 MY Shower Door in Ft Myers, Fla. (43% growth)

The complete list can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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7 tips for building a sustainable business

7 tips for building a sustainable business

In 2020, Nina Barbero at SWFL Inc. reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to share any insights that I could share with our membership with respect to conceptualizing and building a business and then continuing to grow that business.

While I am very humbled to be asked this, I thought that this could be very beneficial for both start-up and existing businesses and I could show what we have learned over the past 30 years in the glass industry with MY Shower Door and D3 Glass. So here goes…

1. Core People

The first one on my list is the core people in your organization (or potential organization). While I have been blessed with a supportive and energetic wife, we have two, very dependable sons who can now take on the day-to-day roles of management. Even if you don’t have family involved, it is important to assemble a great core team who each have separate skills and are committed or financially invested in the operation.

2. Marketing

No matter what business you are in, you must get your name out to the public. Even if you think that you have saturated the market… you haven’t. These days with Social Media and the Internet, people are constantly searching for their goods and services. Be a “trusted” source so that consumers will have confidence in purchasing from you. Build a great website and contribute as an “authority” on other blogs and group pages within your expertise.

3. New Opportunities

Always be looking for new opportunities. This could mean growing geographically or vertically by selling more products to your existing customer base or by manufacturing your product and distributing it to your own companies or, even, competitive companies.

4. Good Accounting Staff

Get a good accounting staff or outsource to a very reputable firm that can help you with financial decision-making. Watching your cash and managing your decisions in investments is a big reason how some businesses survive recessions or make acquisitions. We chose to grow organically but there are many other options for growth.

5. Build Relationships

Build relationships… this is critical. Every relationship is vital in business as every interaction with someone could lead to another great relationship. This could be with customers, the media, vendors and social groups, etc.

6. Treat Staff Like Family

As important as your customers are, your staff is as important, if not more important. Richard Branson once said, “If you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers, it’s that simple. He also said, “Train your employees so they can leave, treat them so they don’t want to.”

7. Community Giving

Be involved in community giving, either your time or financially as consumers want to do business with genuine people who care about the community that they serve. Create a culture where people want to come to work and be part of your growth.

If you would like more insights, follow our MY Shower Door YouTube Channel. You can also follow Keith or myself on LinkedIn or MY Shower Door on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I hope that this helps you grow, expand and retain both customers and employees.

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MY Shower Door recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation!

For the sixth time in seven years, MY Shower Door has been recognized among Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing and most successful independent businesses in the country. MY Shower Door ranks 4,878 on the 2021 list, thanks in large part to the company’s tremendous growth in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. This is the sixth time MY Shower Door was placed on the Inc. 5000 list.

“We are dedicated to creating beautiful glass enclosures and showers that turn bathrooms into elegant spas, and we’re honored that our success continues to be recognized,” said MY Shower Door / D3 Glass co-owner Bill Daubmann.

The Inc. magazine list is a distinguished editorial award that ranks 5,000 of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the nation by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. For the 2021 Inc. 5000, winners were ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2020. MY Shower Door’s Tampa/St. Petersburg location alone showed 60.77% revenue growth over that three-year period.

The 2021 regional rankings were announced this spring. For a second year, the Fort Myers-based K.D.D., doing business as MY Shower Door ranked No. 236 on Inc.’s 2021 Florida list. Its three-year revenue grew by 35%. MY Shower Door, Orlando, earned the No. 124 spot in its first appearance on Inc.’s Florida rankings with 97% two-year growth.

A family-run company, MY Shower Door makes and installs frameless shower doors from nine locations: North Naples, South Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota, Tampa, Pinellas Park,  Orlando, and Boca Raton. The company started in 2003 as a small showroom and assembly operation in Naples, later delving into manufacturing by founding D3 Glass in 2013. The Daubmanns have grown nationally, establishing six affiliate stores in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma; Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, and York, Pennsylvania.

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Bill Daubmann Interviews with Max Perilstein, voice of the Glass Industry

Bill Daubmann, president of My Shower Door and D3 Glass, sat down with Max Perilstein, founder of Sole Source Consultants, to discuss the glass manufacturing industry and some exciting upcoming events, such as GlassBuild 2021.

In this interview, Mr. Daubmann talks about how he started in the industry and offers advice for entrepreneurs wanting to start their own manufacturing business. Known within the industry as a maverick, Mr. Daubmann has never played by the book but rather forged his own path. Intuition… that’s the key.

First and foremost, making the customer our #1 priority and catering to their individual needs. Secondly, ensuring that the products we manufacture and design are top quality. Lastly, by crafting a message that appeals to everyone. Mr. Daubmann believes in trusting his intuition and forging relationships are the key to success in business, whether it’s community involvement, advertising about a new career and job opportunities, or simply educating potential customers.

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MY Shower Door signs Peter Simmons III

MY Shower Door signs Peter Simmons III, University of Michigan football rising freshman, Bishop Verot alumni

Company first in Florida to sign a college athlete since the new NCAA rule was announced.

One of Florida’s fastest-growing companies, MY Shower Door, is proud to announce that it has officially signed the University of Michigan rising freshman football player Peter Simmons III to represent the MY Shower Door brand.

Simmons III is the son of the former mayor of Bonita Springs, Peter Eric Simmons, and a proud Bishop Verot alumnus. MY Shower Door may be the first to sign a college athlete since the NCAA announced its new rule that went into effect as of July 1, 2021, allowing college athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness.

“We are proud to partner with Peter Simmons III to promote our brand and more importantly to continue our mission of supporting youth entrepreneurism and sports. Our team at MY Shower Door is excited to follow Peter’s college football career with the Wolverines and proud to have him representing our company.” ~ Bill Daubmann, MY Shower Door Co-owner

A local hometown football star, Peter Simmons III was an Offensive Lineman for the Bishop Verot Vikings and a 2021 graduate of Bishop Verot High School located in Fort Myers, FL. After receiving numerous college offers, the 6-3, 305-pound Simmons III committed to the University of Michigan Wolverines on November 26, 2020. Now a freshman with the Wolverines, Simmons III looks forward to a stellar career in the Big 10.

“This is such an exciting time for college athletes, and I am honored to represent MY Shower Door during my college football career with the Wolverines. I think it is great that the NCAA now allows college athletes to be rewarded and compensated for our name and likeness. It is very exciting to have our hard work and dedication over the years recognized. As the fourth consecutive generation to attend the University of Michigan, and having my great grandfather being part of the team that dug the hole for the BIG HOUSE in the 1920s, this truly is a dream come true.” ~ Peter Simmons III, University of Michigan football rising freshman, Bishop Verot alumni

This may be the first time a Florida-owned company has signed a college athlete, but it’s not the first time MY Shower Door has stepped up to support local youth and entrepreneurism. The Daubmann family who owns MY Shower Door/D3 Glass has been instrumental in developing and supporting high school mentorship and internship programs in Southwest Florida. The company recently hosted the region’s inaugural Workforce Signing Day celebrating several dozen high school graduates who officially signed on to work with top companies in the area after graduating and completing internships.

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MY Shower Door Exec is Part of the Wolfpack

South Fort Myers High School puts its spin on the hit TV Show Shark Tank! Our POWERFUL Wolfpack students from the Jobs for Florida Graduates program pitched their business ideas to real investors from Southwest Florida!

Bill Daubmann, president of MY Shower Door and D3 Glass, is one of six business owners & entrepreneurs, who will hear pitches from the students about their own business ventures and possibly invest to make their ideas a reality. Mr. Daubmann will be the Wolf Den’s “Mr. Wonderful,” sitting in the center of the other investors, as does Shark Tank’s own Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary.

“It was a great experience working with both the school district as well as the students. We invested in two of the start-ups and are planning to roll them out this fall.” ~ Bill Daubmann, President of My Shower Door & D3 Glass

The judges heard from five students of the Fort Myers school on April 29, with an opportunity to invest in any presentation. Mr. Daubmann says the intention is to make it as similar to the actual show as possible, with lawyers assisting with the legalities of such partnerships were to develop. The primary interest in the Den is to mentor students and to offer them guidance. There is plenty of enthusiasm around the production and Mr. Daubmann anticipates it being an annual occurrence.

Every student who participated in Wolf Den will remain in contact with each of the “wolves,” not just those who received an investment offer. If the judges know of another contact or business owner who would align with the idea or vision, they will help create that relationship and allow for more mentors to offer help.

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Bill Daubmann becomes one of SWFL’s “Distinguished Entrepreneurs” by the SBDC

Bill Daubmann, president of My Shower Door and D3 Glass, was honored to be on a panel with previous “Distinguished Entrepreneurs” Ryan Carter of Scot-Lynn and Norman Love of Norman Love Confections.

All three of us have been named as SWFL “Distinguished Entrepreneurs” by the SBDC (Small Business Development Center).

The Above Board Chamber put this event together and everyone in attendance enjoyed the stories and growth of all three local companies. Thank you to Jeanne Sweeney and Connie Ramos Williams for being the incredible moderators that you are.

In September 2003, the Daubmann family opened their first frameless shower door showroom in Southwest Florida. Since then, MY Shower Door has grown to 109 employees. MY Shower Door is the only provider of Frameless Glass Shower enclosures to manufacture, design, install, and warranty their proprietary products. With nine locations through Florida, and new store locations expected in 2021, My Shower Door is poised to be an industry leader. For the last nine consecutive years, readers of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press voted My Shower Door as “the best place to purchase shower doors.”

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MY Shower Door is a fully insured, State Certified Glass and Glazing, locally owned, family business with nine Florida frameless shower door showrooms. Each store is outfitted with full sized, fully operational frameless shower door displays. Since our inception in Florida in 2003, we have sold and installed more than 100,000+ frameless shower doors and enclosures.

State Certified: SCC131151356 – SCC131151357 – SCC131151358


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