The Top 5 Reasons to Join
GANA Membership Has Its Advantages
by Ashley M. Charest
As you may know, there is an association for everything, and whether you
are a funeral director, doctor, florist or in the glass and glazing industry,
individuals are taking responsibility to make their profession better
while increasing their personal influence and knowledge at the same time.
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is a member-centric association
that relies heavily on its members as volunteers for committees and leadership
positions, and these members offer their specific knowledge of the industry
to better the materials and information released by the association. Our
industry, while very specific to glass and glazing, has multitudes of
specialty areas within it. Recognizing those areas, GANA has set itself
up to mimic the various large component pieces to allow for more participation
from the right people in the right specialties.
Membership is a value to all companies in GANA, whether a small contract
glazing firm or a publicly traded float glass manufacturer. There are
so many opportunities within GANA, but we have highlighted what we feel
are the top five reasons members join.
1. Online Platforms
Unless you have spent the last 15 years under a rock, you know that technology
has integrated itself into our daily lives, whether paying bills online,
uploading personal and company videos to YouTube or checking email on
your phone. GANA also has adopted technology that allows its members to
connect to the association in several easy ways. Glass Reflections is
an electronic newsletter that also is directly connected to the GANA members
only section of the website. You can also follow GANA on Facebook, connect
via LinkedIn or follow the GANA twitter stream @glassnation. The association
has released several videos and podcasts in the past three years and will
shortly be launching an online educational platform with a multitude of
Two years ago the association made a strong commitment to advocacy by
merging the Glazing Industry Code Committee into the association structure.
A house for all code activity, GANA meets to respond to code proposals
in relationship to energy, fire, structural and safety code issues. GANA
members also focus attention on regulatory issues and make visits to Washington,
D.C., or any state in which glazing issues need attention from knowledgeable
GANA makes a strong commitment to providing the best educational resources
for the audience, dependent upon the event. Whether we are working on
technical resources at Glass Week or the Fall Conference, highlighting
the needs of the contract glazing industry at the BEC Conference, offering
executive level speakers at the Leaders of the Glazing Industry Conference
(LOGIC) or teaching those new to our industry at the Glass Fabrication
and Glazing Educational Conference, GANA is in constant contact with its
members to ensure that what education is needed is provided.
Whether you need a full-detailed manual or a quick two-page informational
bulletin, GANA strives to provide the most current technical information
for the glass and glazing industry. Our flagship document is the GANA
Glazing Manual, which has been referenced in specifications for more than
50 years. Our newest publications include white papers on how LEED®
is utilized in points for both mirror and decorative products. All publications
can be reviewed (and purchased if not provided as a free download) online
One of the most valuable and popular resources that GANA provides to its
members is member-based networking. Whether you email a question to a
peer, talk over a drink at a conference reception or talk over the phone,
being able to converse to your peers about industry trends, problems you
are encountering or just making strong relationships that you will be
able to use for the rest of your career is an enormous benefit.
Membership in GANA is always open and additional details can be found
online at www.glasswebsite.com/join.
We invite you to contact current members and find out why they belong
to and participate in GANA. Join us for a conference and see the types
of activities that GANA supports. But, most importantly, join any association
that supports your daily work and contributes to its success.
Ashley Charest is the account executive for GANA.
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