There has never been a better time to visit New York, says Howard Cohen, owner of Broadway Glass and president of the Long Island Glass Association (LIGA). Cohen has reason to crow. The city itself has become a destination of choice againfrom Broadway to Times Square and beyond. Everythings here for whatever your interest or entertainment, says Cohen, everything.
And if everything includes industry education and training, then Cohen is correct. On November 19 and 20, LIGA will play host to the second Glass Expo Northeast 99 (GENE) at the Wyndham Wind Watch Hotel and Golf Resort in Hauppauge, NY. The two-day program of education, seminars, demonstrations, social events and trade show is co-sponsored by the association and USGlass magazine.
Hauppauge is actually in the middle of Long Island and a 35-minute train
ride into New York City. The Wyndham offers a free shuttle between both the train station
and MacArthur (Islip) airport
an airport now serviced by the reasonably priced
Southwest Airlines, among others. Its easy to get into New York City, shop,
see a show and then return to the hotel, says Cohen, and the event is right at
the beginning of Holiday season in New Yorkone of the best times to visit. Long
Island itself has quite a bit to offer too.
Cohen expects some national visitors and industry members from the New York, New Jersey and lower Connecticut areas to attend the event. Weve tried to put a program together that, frankly, will save time and money for those who come. A number of programs at the Expo would cost hundreds of dollars to attend. Readers of USGlass and/or LIGA members receive complimentary admission to both the show and seminars.
Weve put together an excellent program of education, said Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine. The Inside Sales Strategies program and AG Tech Training normally costs $295 per person, but its included in admission to GENE, said Levy. Its a great, painless way to train installers and CSRs.
I got a flyer in the mail for a forklift training seminar last week, said Cohen. The mandatory training is required by OSHA for all fork lift drivers as of December 1. The flyer said admission cost is $249 per person, Cohen added. At the expo, you can take the training so you can train your drivers on Friday, or you can have your drivers come on Saturday at no charge. These are just a few examples of the types of programs available.
In addition to the seminars, there will be plenty of opportunity to schmooze, as the New Yorkers say. An opening session featuring motivational speaker Jerry Wright will be held mid-day Friday. A cocktail party, sponsored by Floral Glass Industries will be held Friday evening and USGlass magazine columnist Lyle R. Hill takes on New York at the breakfast on Saturday morning, sponsored by Palmer Mirro-Mastics.
The trade show on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will include the latest in products and materials, with a couple of new surprises. What could be better? quipped Cohen, free training, free entertainment and free food and drink. Everyone invited.
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