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06-16-2006, 11:29 AM
I was going to post this earlier

David Glass
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This article relates to the American businessman. For the Canadian politician, see David Glass (politician).

David GlassDavid D. Glass became Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Royals on April 18, 2000 after serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royals since Sept. 23, 1993. The Board, comprised of Glass and other individuals appointed by Glass (including several members of his immediate family), approved his bid of $96 million for the Royals despite the fact a competing bid by Miles Prentice was 25% higher, at $120 million. One his first moves as owner of the Kansas City Royals was to appoint his son, Dan, as team president. Dan apparently gained the experience and knowledge necessary for such a vital role within the organization while working in his previous position as the owner of a jewelry retail business. During the six years of Glass' ownership (2000-2005) the Royals have averaged 97 losses, posting one winning record and three seasons with 100 or more losses. Glass is reviled by fans of the Kansas City Royals, as he is justifiably looked upon as the person that turned one of the most respected and successful franchises in professional sports into a complete laughingstock.

The former President and Chief Executive Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Glass joined the company in 1976. In his position as Executive Vice President of Finance for Wal-Mart Stores, he administered the overall financial and accounting responsibilities of the company prior to his appointment as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. He served in that role until 1984 when he was named President and Wal-Martís Chief Operating Officer. In 1988 he was named Wal-Martís Chief Executive Officer, stepping down from the position in January 2000. Glass was active in the companyís growth from 125 stores in 1976 to its more than 4,000 nationally and internationally in 2005.

Glass was named Retailer of the Year by members of the retail industry in 1986 and 1991 and was inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame in August, 2000. He is a member of the Board of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

In 1992, NBC news series Dateline interviewed Glass during an investigation into Wal-Mart's "Made in America" and "Bring It Home to the USA" marketing campaigns. The show aired footage of children working in factories in Bangladesh making clothes destined for Wal-Mart, as well as footage of Wal-Mart stores with "Made in America" signs hung over imported goods. When asked about children in Asia working in sweatshop conditions, Glass' reply was "You and I might, perhaps, define children differently," and then said that since Asians are quite short, one can't always tell how old they were. Glass was shown photographs of one factory that burned down with the children still locked inside. He responded, "Yeah...there are tragic things that happen all over the world." Glass stormed out of the interview, which was terminated immediately by Wal-Mart.

During the Major League Baseball strike of 1994-1995, Glass, who was not yet owner of the Royals but chairman of the board administering the team after Ewing Kauffman's death, was one of the most forceful voices on the ownership side to oppose any settlement with the players' union, and supported the use of strike breaking "replacement" players, despite a court ruling that Major League owners were in violation of Federal labor laws.

A native of Mountain View, Missouri, Glass graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Glass and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of three children, Dan, Don and Dayna. His wife and all three of his children serve alongside him on the Kansas City Royals Board of Directors.

06-16-2006, 03:03 PM
Glass sucks.

06-16-2006, 03:11 PM
Yey for bumping your own threads when no one replies

06-16-2006, 03:17 PM
Yey for bumping your own threads when no one replies

Thank you Thank you I am truly Honered.

06-16-2006, 05:19 PM
does Wikipedia make a spellcheck?