GANA Winter Conferences Expand
by Ashley M. Charest
Glass Week March 24-27, 2011
BEC Conference March 27-29, 2011
IGMA March 22-25, 2011
NFRC March 28-30, 2011
For the fourth year in a row, the Glass
Association of North America’s (GANA) winter conferences—comprised of
Glass Week and the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference and
Trade Show—will be co-located in Las Vegas. Glass Week will be held March
24-27, 2011, and the BEC Conference on March 27-29, 2011, both at the
Paris Casino Resort.
These events will be packed full of quality information and educational
sessions that make them a must for anyone in the architectural glass community.
Glass Week will feature strong division and committee meetings, focusing
time on reviewing technical resources, updates to ASTM International standards,
activities on code and regulatory matters and up-to-date presentations
on new technologies. The BEC Conference will continue to provide a solid
day-and-a-half of speakers that discuss the newest glass and glazing trends
for glazing contractors, in addition to providing essential information
from a general business perspective. One new feature to this year’s BEC
Conference is the integration of a live trade show, co-sponsored by USGlass
magazine, which will allow attendees an opportunity to visit with suppliers
and learn more about their company’s products and services, all during
non-general session educational time. GANA also will host the third annual
Virtual Trade Show, co-sponsored by PPG Certified Fabricators Program,
which will be online March 1-April 30, 2011.
Quality and Quantity of Events
With the quality and quantity of glazing industry participants in one
location, other organizations have decided to utilize the opportunity
to co-locate their winter events with GANA’s Glass Week and the BEC Conference.
As in 2010, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) will host
its eleventh Annual General Meeting immediately prior to Glass Week at
the Paris Casino Resort, March 22-25. Both GANA and IGMA are working together
to provide discounts to each others’ events, along with providing à
la carte registration to GANA events, such as the Sunday joint Glass Week-BEC
Conference welcome reception. These various registration options will
allow for attendees to craft the perfect registration for them, while
also allowing flexibility in travel for the conferences.
Another industry-related organization will co-locate its winter event
with GANA’s winter conferences: the National Fenestration Rating Council
(NFRC). Scheduled to begin with an overlap of the BEC Conference, NFRC
will hold its spring event in Las Vegas at Bally’s March 28-30, 2011.
GANA and NFRC have agreed to allow members from each other’s organizations
to attend sessions at the member price.
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. At press time, confirmed sponsors include:
• Goldray Industries Ltd.
• Guardian Industries Corp.
• Kawneer Co. Inc.
• Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™
• Pilkington North America
• PPG Industries Inc.
• PPG Industries – Certified Fabricator Program
• Saint-Gobain Swisspacer
• Sapa Extrusions LLC
• USGlass Magazine
• Vitro America Inc.
• W&W Glass
Ashley Charest is account executive
for GANA. Ms. Charest’s opinions are solely her own and not necessarily
those of this magazine.
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