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Glast has been a wheeler and dealer in many ways

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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:00 am

Those who have known Bob Glast in various roles through the years would no doubt agree that he’s a great organizer, instigator and entrepreneur.

That said, it’s going to be interesting to see how he handles retirement.

Glast stepped aside from the day-to-day operations of his family business, City Pipe & Supply (founded in 1942 by his father Ben), this week.

No doubt golf will figure into the future. In fact, it’s that game that probably generated more recognition for Glast than anything.

As tournament director of the Permian Basin Open, he oversaw a circus of enormous proportions. Dealing with hundreds of aspiring golf pros is every bit as frustrating as herding cats. Then you throw in the annual pro-am event that mixes the pros with local golfers (everybody wants to play with the “name” pros and nobody’s happy to be stuck with an obscure entrant) and you’ve in a no-win situation.

But Glast did a masterful job of encouraging sponsors, fighting small and big fires and staging successful events.

He handled no-shows, managed to satisfy the concerns of the PGA and even smoothed over situations like the time one pro arrived, picked up his courtesy car furnished by a local auto dealer, promptly missed the cut and then apparently went on one heckuva road trip before returning the vehicle with hundreds of miles on the odometer.

It’s probably no coincidence that soon after Glast stepped aside as tournament director, the Permian Basin Open ended up in Midland.

Glast also enjoys having a laugh at the expense of others. For example, he’s been known to invite people who aren’t getting along with each other for a golf outing. But he’d invite them separately and when they arrived they’d discover they were riding in the same cart courtesy of their buddy Bob.

In addition to selling pipe and related equipment for decades, Glast was quite the supplier of auto parts when he was in his hot rod mode while growing up. He just found out what members of the car crowd needed and found a way to locate the merchandise and turn it for a profit — supply and demand at its best.

For the past few years, he’s used his organizational skills to put together a weekly poker game that has had a wide range of participants. Amazingly, it turns out to be a compatible group no matter the changing faces over the passage of time. What’s more, nobody can lose more than 20 bucks in a sitting. Plus everybody gets some playful needling with Glast as the head jeerleader.

City Pipe won’t be the same without Bob, but he’s not said anything about giving up his seat at the poker table.


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