Volume 44, Issue 9 - September 2009

GANAPerspectives

 

Good Things Come in Threes
Three Great Events are Scheduled for March
by Ashley Charest

For the third year in a row the Glass Association of North America (GANA) will be holding its Glass Week and Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in conjunction with each other at the Paris Las Vegas Casino and Resort. However, one change attendees will notice this year is the time of year for the event. Although typically held in mid-February, in 2010 the events will take place at the end of March. Glass Week will be held March 25-28, 2010, and the BEC Conference March 28-30, 2010.

But that’s not all; in addition to these two great events, a third conference will be held at almost the exact same time, in the same location. The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance’s (IGMA) 10th Annual General Meeting will be held March 24-26, 2010, in conjunction with Glass Week and the BEC Conference.

The co-location of these three leading industry events will allow industry members the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational forums and technical meetings, as well as a tremendous chance to network with peers and customers in the glass manufacturing, fabrication and contract glazing industries.



"The co-location of these three leading industry events will allow industry members the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational forums and technical meetings, as well as a tremendous chance to network …"

 



These events will be packed full of quality information and educational sessions that make them a must-attend for anyone in the architectural glass community. Glass Week will feature strong division and committee meetings, focusing time on reviewing technical resources, looking at updates to ASTM International standards, up-to-date technical presentations on new technologies. In addition, the scheduled general session will be chock-full of economic and business speakers. The BEC Conference will continue to provide a solid day and a half full of speakers that discuss the newest glass and glazing trends and hot topics such as green building, in addition to providing essential information from a general business perspective for contract glaziers.

 

Ready to Register
Something new also is coming for attendees ready to register. Both GANA and IGMA are working together to provide discounts to each others’ events, while also providing à la carte registration to GANA events, such as the Friday formal dinner, the Sunday joint Glass Week-BEC Conference welcome reception and the Sunday Glass Week general session. These various registration options will allow attendees to craft the perfect registration for them, while also allowing for flexibility in travel for the conferences. Registration will open in October on the following websites:

• for Glass Week at www.glassweek.com;

• for the BEC Conference at www.becconference.com; and

• for IGMA at www.igmaonline.org.

For companies looking to enhance their company presence at the events, sponsorships have been set up to host a variety of functions, speakers and networking opportunities. Contact GANA at 785/271-0208 for available opportunities. As of press timefor this article, confirmed sponsors include:

• Goldray Industries;

• Guardian Industries Corp.;

• Kawneer Co. Inc.;

• Pilkington North America;

• PPG Industries Inc.;

• Viracon; and

• Vitro America.

Ashley Charest is the account executive for GANA. Ms. Charest’s opinions are solely her own and not necessarily those of this magazine.



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