Volume 10, Issue 1 - January/February 2008

The Stakes for Your Future are High
The IGA Conference in Vegas
Your Invitation to Attend The Independent Glass Association’s Annual Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show™
May 1-3, 2008
Venue: Cashman Center
Host Hotel: Golden Nugget Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

For more information call 540/720-7484 or visit www.iga.org

Schedule at a Glance
Thursday, May 1, 2008
IGA Golf Outing 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration Open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Auto Glass Seminars 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Opening Session w/ Keynote 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Welcoming Cocktail Party 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Golden Nugget

Friday, May 2, 2008
Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Educational Seminar Program 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Spring Auto Glass Show™ & Americas’ Glass Showcase™ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 Reception at The Shark Tank 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2008Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IGA Installation & 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Certification Program
Spring Auto Glass Show™ & Americas’ Glass Showcase™  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An added bonus for all full registrants – you may also attend the Americas Glass Association seminars with your badge.

The One Bet You Will Make in Vegas with Great Odds
The Independent Glass Association’s (IGA) 2008 Annual Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show™ is the only place where independents can come together to share ideas and perspectives on making sure the “house” doesn’t always win.

Again co-located with the Americas Glass Association’s Americas’ Glass Showcase™, the automotive and architectural glass industries are together in one place to better refine your needs, and to strengthen your options and opportunities to help your business.

Additionally, the International Window Film Conference™ will be co-locating its event at the Cashman Center at the same time offering potential add-ons for your auto glass business. During the Annual Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show, the International Window Film Tint-Off™ will crown the world’s best tinters on the show floor. 

Learn About the IGA
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) is a non-profit national trade association representing approximately 1,600 member locations. Members include industry suppliers and independently-owned glass businesses having fewer than 125 locations. The mission of the IGA is:

  • To secure free and fair access to glass services for its members by defending and promoting the consumers’ right to choose their glass service providers; 
  • To advance ethical business practices and encourage pure competition;
  • To promote safe and proper glass services to consumers in accordance with all applicable standards and laws;
  • To be a source for education, resources and information to the glass industry; and
  • To serve as an advocate for independent glass service providers before customers, insurers, regulatory and legislative entities and other groups.

Let It Ride on the Spring Auto Glass Show™ IGA’s Spring Auto Glass Show is a two-day trade show complete with exhibitors displaying products and demonstrating their services and tools. It’s also a major opportunity to meet new contacts and current customers. The show is large enough to attract the industry’s best and personal enough to spend quality time with the exhibitors. This chance to converse with your current suppliers and potential suppliers will take place Friday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Education Will Set You Free …And Make You Money
There is a comprehensive line-up of seminars and speakers all devoted to bringing you the latest in your field. Hear sessions on diversifying your business and the new services IGA is providing to its members, all of which play important roles in your bottom line.

You Call This Work?
IGA has once again put together a comprehensive seminar schedule designed to cover topics relevant to your day-to-day business. IGA also has scheduled several casual events to allow for relaxed network opportunities between you and your peers. We know how crucial it is to relax a bit and enjoy the networking aspect of the conference. Make sure you capitalize on the social events provide by both the IGA and Las Vegas. IGA will hold its welcoming reception on Thursday, May 1, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Golden Nugget. Free to conference registrants, meet with your colleagues and afterwards head out to the Strip to experience all that the city of Las Vegas has to offer.

From Greenback to Green Greens
This year’s Annual Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show will continue the tradition of hosting the annual IGA Best Ball Golf Tournament, Thursday, May 1, 2007, at the Rhodes Ranch Golf Club. This event will be held jointly with the AGA. Registration for four-person teams begins at 6:30 a.m. and a shotgun start is to begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. There is a fee of $160 per golfer. All fees must be received by April 18 and include golf cart, give-aways, and greens fees. Club rentals will be available for an additional fee. Teams are also welcome to register for $640 per foursome. For your registration form, continue reading or visit www.iga.org or for more information call 540/720-7484.

Jaws and Refreshment at The Tank
This year IGA has added an additional event at Golden Nugget’s newest attraction, The Tank, a $30-million pool, complete with a 200,000-gallon shark tank, three-story waterslide! Thrill in the excitement of mingling while a breath away from sharks and other marine life. Brave attendees can take the plunge through the shark tank on the one-of-a-kind waterslide or just sit back and have a drink at The Dive Bar at The Tank.

Four-Star Golden Nugget
Our host hotel knows the classic feel of Old Las Vegas. Located conveniently in downtown Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino offers vintage appeal with modern AAA, Four-Diamond award-winning service, accommodations, a full casino, captivating entertainment, delicious food and all the extras to which you’re accustomed when visiting Vegas. Transportation by charter bus will be available between the Golden Nugget and Cashman Center continuously on all three days of the event. Check online at www.iga.org for the full schedule.

The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino will be offering a discounted room rate – Sunday - Thursday $89, Friday - Saturday $139 per night plus tax until March 30, 2008. To make your room reservations, call the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino at 800/634-3454 and be sure to mention you are with the Americas’ Glass Showcase™/IGA to receive the discounted rate.

Early Decision, Greater Benefit
One of the many great benefits of being an IGA member is a discounted rate to the conference. All members who pre-register by April 18, 2008, will receive a discounted registration fee of $199 (onsite is $299) Non-members may pre-register at a discounted fee of $299 (onsite is $399). The registration includes admission to all seminars, workshops, demonstrations, the Spring Auto Glass Show and Americas’ Glass Showcase™ on both days. For only a small additional fee you also can attend the golf tournament, cocktail party and special events. Spaces for all events are limited and placed on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today.

For attendee information, call show registrar, Betsy Lathrop, at 540/720-5584, ext. 0, or visit online at www.iga.org. To exhibit, contact Tina Czar, exhibits manager, at 540/720-5584, ext. 115.

All Welcome, Welcome All
Attendance to the IGA Conference, Spring Auto Glass Show™ and Americas’ Glass Showcase™ is open to all in the auto glass industry. Those not in the glass industry should contact IGA about admission. 

Cancellations & Refunds
All requests for cancellation and/or refund must be received in writing by April 11, 2008. A $50 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Refunds will be processed after the conference. No refunds will be paid for cancellations after April 11, 2008, or for “no-shows.”

Question or Comments:
Please contact show management at: AGRR magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463 or call us at 540/720-5584, fax 540/720-5687. Make checks payable to IGA. All registration fees must be payable in U.S. funds to IGA.

Previous Exhibitors
A.N. Designs Inc.
Ace Security
ADCO Products Inc.
AEGIS Tools International
Affinity Channel Financial Services
AGRR magazine
AGRSS
August Ashe Inc.
Auto Glass Journal
Auto Glass Magazine
Autostock Distribution/LoCan
Bartelstone Glass
BB&T Insurance Services
Beyond Parts & Equipment
BTB Auto Glass Tools
Burco Inc.C.R. Laurence Co.
Carlite by Visteon
CCREChicago Auto Glass Group
Clear VisionsCoach Glass
CPFilmsCPI Divisions/Clean Plus Inc.
Creative Extruded Products Inc.
Crystal Clear Window Works
Curved Glass Distributors
Data Tranz
Delta Kits
Discount Auto Glass
Dow Automotive
Duncan Systems
Edgeguard Internationale
DirectGlass
EFTEC Aftermarket
Equalizer
Extractor
Fein Power Tools Inc.
Film Technologies International Inc.
FlexLine Moldings
glassBYTEs.com™
Glass Doctor
Glass Links
Glass Mechanix
Glass Medic
Glass Pac
Glass Technology
GlasWeld Systems Inc.
GlaxisGold Glass Group
GTS Services
Hopper Products
Hunter Labs
IBS Software
Independent Glass Association
International Window Film Association
Iris Film Corp.
Johnson Window Films
Lindquist & Vennum P.L.L.P.
Liquid Resins/A.C.T
Livgard & Rabuse P.L.L.OP.
Lo-Can Glass International
Lynx Services
Madico
Mainstreet Computers Inc.
Marcy Enterprises Inc.
Mitchell International
Mitsubishi Fore
Mygrant Glass Co. Inc.
NAGS
National Glass Association
Night Watchman
Northstar Automotive Glass
Novus Auto Glass (TCGI)
Oberhand Marketing and Media
Palmer Mirro-Mastics
ParKin Accessories
Pilkington
PPG Industries Inc.
PPG Prostars
Precision Replacement Parts
Pro-setProtect-Gard
Quest Software Inc.
Rehau Incorporated.
Reid Manufacturing Co.
Restylers’ Choice LLC
RGT Consulting Inc.
RouteSmart Technologies
Ryan Business Services
Safety Direct
Shat-R-ProofSika Corp.
Sommer & Maca Industries
Strybuc Industries
T2 Solutions
TechnoRubber Industries
The New Company store/CPI Divisions
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division
3M Window FilmThrifty Glass Inc.
Ultra WizUnruh Fab Inc.
USGlass magazine
Var IT Inc.
Window Film magazine
Yangtse Inc.
Yih-Tair Industrial Inc.

 


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