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What Chamberlain’s
new CEO thinks

Chamberlain New CEO

At the bottom of the spring issue of this newsletter, we posted a brief story about the new CEO at Chamberlain. We were stunned when that story attracted 1,500 more clicks than any story in that issue.

Since you obviously care about that story, we sat down with this new CEO and talked about her background, her views, and her vision for the industry and this 4,000-employee industry giant.

She has a clear agenda. Read it here.

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Trump or Clinton?

Clinton or Trump

In August, we conducted our fifth quadrennial D+AS Presidential Poll to see who door dealers favor in the upcoming election for a new American president. Once again, dealers have spoken very loud and clear.

After we published our 2012 Presidential Poll, we were hammered with vicious remarks and demands to “REMOVE ME FROM YOUR MAILING LIST!”

Will our 2016 poll get a similar response? Only one way to find out.

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Delden and Ankmar founders
die at 88

Delden and Ankmar

You could call it “the end of an era.” This summer, the garage door industry lost two of its oldest pioneers and entrepreneurs.

Both started as door dealers, became prominent garage door manufacturers, but remained door dealers until the end. They died at age 88 this summer within six weeks of each other.

Here are their intriguing stories.

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America’s largest female-run door dealership?

Lisa Donabauer

Lisa Donabauer is a rare breed. She is one of extremely few females running a door dealership in this industry. Plus, her company may be the largest female-run dealer in North America.

But you’re in luck. She just retired, and she was willing to reveal many of the secrets to her company’s success … including how she landed a $1.2-million contract for the doors at the Minnesota Vikings’ new billion-dollar stadium.

Her story is so good, we made it the cover story of our fall issue.

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Another company acquired by European firm

European Purchase

The hits just keep on coming. This time, one of the nation’s largest gate operator manufacturers has been swallowed by a $300-million European firm.

Nope, it’s not Assa Abloy. Read our exclusive interview with the CEO.

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Repair scam targeted by
new task force

Task ForceAre you upset by companies that use deceptive practices to steal your customers? Are you furious when they rip off those customers by gouging them, making unnecessary repairs, and doing crappy work?

DASMA and IDA are furious, too. They’ve put together a blue-ribbon panel to fight this problem.

Help is on the way! Read the details here.

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D+AS Insider is emailed quarterly to about 5,000 professionals in the door and access systems industry. Door + Access Systems newsmagazine is mailed quarterly to 20,000 industry professionals. Approximately 90 percent of our magazine readers are door and access systems dealers.

The magazine and this newsletter are published by the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), North America’s primary association of manufacturers of garage doors, rolling doors, door and gate operating devices, high performance doors, and related products.



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