CEO/Founder, UltraGlas, Inc.
Jane Skeeter is Founder and CEO of UltraGlas, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of heat-sculpted glass and many other types of designed architectural glass. Jane established the company in 1987, as an outgrowth of her original art and architectural glass business, Skeeter Studios, which she opened in 1973.
Skeeter Studios thrived primarily as a purveyor of fine custom stained, leaded and etched glass and mirror installations, catering to restaurant and hotel chains as well as an impressive list of Hollywood notables. But Skeeter’s penchant for innovation leads her on a quest to expand her company’s offerings and to bring new and exciting glass to the world of architecture.
During her European travels, Jane encountered innovative and talented local artists employing a heat-molding technique to transform ordinary glass into exquisite pieces of functional art. She imagined the enormous potential for this unique process in architectural applications, and upon her return to the U.S., devised a way to produce it on a commercial scale. With the development of specially engineered machinery, Jane introduced an exciting new brand of architectural glass -- and a new company by the same name: UltraGlas, Inc. The product she debuted was richly textured, fire-polished glass that offered privacy without obscuring light or revealing wear, was transformed into safety glass through tempering and/or lamination, and could be created in any style, with almost limitless applications.
To best serve her expanding product line and growing clientele, Jane purchased a 25,000 square foot building to house her new studio/factory and showroom in 2001. In addition to its current resident staff of about 30, UltraGlas has over 200 national dealers as well as representatives in major cities around the world.
Today, UltraGlas is the glass of choice among distinguished architects and designers worldwide, with applications ranging from ceilings to countertops to floors, and almost everything in between. It is among a growing portfolio of innovative new products, including a line of products made from 100% recycled glass, and the newest offering, achieved through an “encapsulation” technique.
Jane credits her lifelong love of architecture and art, as well as her entrepreneurial passion, for her success. Indeed, her artistic talents and drive were evident from the age of ten, when she began designing and sewing her own clothes. By age twelve, she had established a lucrative clothes ironing business. While her glass business was still young, she received her teaching credential and taught college and adult-education classes in creative design, rug making, sewing, clothing design, and stained glass. She also continued her own education and credentialing, earning licenses as a Glazing Contractor, Certified Interior Designer and General Contractor. She is also a graduate of UCLA’s MDE program, the NAWBO-LA Peak Leadership Academy, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Today, Jane is not only a world-renowned and award-winning architectural glass designer and manufacturer; she is currently serving as Director on the board of the NAWBO-LA Foundation and is the Past President of NAWBO-LA (National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles). In June 2008 she was honored as San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Women in Business CEO of the Year, and was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal for their Women Making a Difference Awards in May 2009. In June of 2009, she was awarded the Women in Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a highly regarded consultant, popular lecturer and community activist, currently sitting on the Advisory Boards of Promerica Bank and Woodbury University School of Business, along with being an active member on the boards of The Valley Economic Alliance, BizFed, VICA, Val*Pac, The Valley Group, The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.