Macadamia nuts, luas and educational opportunities will be in balance and abundance when Glass Expo Hawaii 99 arrives on February 19 and 20, 1999 at the Turtle Bay Hilton Golf and Tennis in Kahuku, Oahu, HI. USGlass magazine is sponsoring this first glass and metal industry educational event ever held in the Hawaiian islands.
The show will feature special conferences focusing on the glass industry in the next millennium. These conferences are intended to prepare industry professionals for the pitfalls and problems that could arise after the year 2000 in auto glass, storefront glazing, employee relations, customer service, computers and many other things.
A panel discussion on insurance industry issues will feature experts such as Catherine Howard of NAGS®, William Hardt of State Farm Insurance and Mark Friedman of Nationwide Insurance discussing the emerging technologies and specialized claims for the next century. Dean Mieske, chairman of the AGRSS will debut the new AGRSS standards (see USGlass, December 1998, page 100). Later, Howard will also host a seminar on the NAGS revaluation, focusing on problems and concerns with the program.
In the seminar on strategies for independents facing networks, Chuck Lloyd of Lindquist and Vennum will advise attendees about the two legal issues facing independent auto glass shops: inaccurate invoices and steering. The auto glass installation demonstration will include a discussion on how to do a safe installation, with details on the full cut-out method of replacement, the importance of pre-inspecting, moulding and windshield replacement.
In another presentation John Martin and Fred Shumaker of the Virginia Glass Association will speak about the glass installer training program in Virginia and about getting and keeping qualified installers.
The event will also include a number of opportunities for those who work in the architectural portion of the industry. Cindy Aveard of Vistawall and Tom Miller of Kawneer will discuss storefront glazing in the next millennium, focusing on the new materials and new ways of doing business .
Opportunities to socialize, such as a welcoming cocktail party on Friday evening, sponsored by the Hawaii Branch of Arcadia Architectural Products Inc., and a breakfast with Jerry Wright of AAA Glass and Mirror scheduled for Saturday, sponsored by Palmer Products Corporation. There are other recreational opportunities scheduled that can only be enjoyed in exotic Hawaii, such as a tour of Oahu, snorkeling, a whale watching expedition aboard a catamaran near Waimea Bay and tennis and golf tournaments at world-class facilities.
"Were excited to look ahead to the next century from such an exotic setting," said USGlass publisher Debra Levy. "We have had registrations from 37 states."
The Turtle Bay Hilton Golf and Tennis Resort features two landscaped pools, five miles of secluded shoreline, a tennis resort and a golf course.
Oahu is the home to most of Hawaiis major industries, military installations, including Pearl Harbor and landmarks, such as Nuuanu Pali and Diamond Head.
USGlass has arranged special arrangements with United Airlines and the Turtle Bay Hilton to provide discounts to make the trip affordable. By mentioning code #523WL attendees can get reduced ticket rates on airfare.
Leslie Shaver is the assistant editor of USGlass magazine.
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