A Veritable Vegas-Style Buffet
GANA, IGMA Let Glass
Week, BEC Attendees Choose an Event That Meets Their Needs
by Megan Headley
What do Las Vegas and Paris have in common? Okay, besides
the stellar nightlife, countless cultural activities and intriguing people-watching?
Fantastic food. Think of this year’s IGMA Annual Meeting, Glass Week and
Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, set at the Paris Hotel
in Las Vegas this March, as a menu of options from which you can select
any of those options most likely to sate your appetite for information.
Event organizers—the Glass Association of North America (GANA) and Insulating
Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA)—are allowing attendees to register
for one, two or all three events, maximizing their time by choosing the
package that is right for the attendee, their expertise and position in
the glass and glazing industry. The full eight-day event, March 22-29,
will provide attendees an opportunity to shape the glass industry by contributing
to technical meetings during Glass Week or the IGMA Annual Meeting, while
also learning more about the challenges facing the glazing industry (and
take part in the latest BEC addition, the first BEC trade show, as well).
Attendees also may select individual options from among several networking
receptions and the annual golf tournament.
IGMA members, IGU manufacturers and suppliers will focus on technical
topics during the IGMA Annual Conference, March 22-25. Beginning on the
23rd, association members will meet to fine-tune the latest updates to
working group activities.
On March 24, registered attendees can listen in on several technical presentations
on topics including electrochromic products, solar applications, spandrels
and triple silver low-E coatings. An “Ask the Expert” session will allow
listeners to get the most out of their attendance—come armed with questions
or discussion points.
During Glass Week, March 24-27, GANA will hold its full gamut of committee
and division meetings. Several guest speakers will address attendees as
well. After its successful presentation at the GANA Fall Conference (see
October 2010 USGlass, page 38), the Protective Glazing Committee will
once again be inviting a speaker to its meeting to talk about real-world
security topics. During the GANA Membership meeting, special guest Kerry
Haglund of the University of Minnesota will present information on a “Life-Cycle
Analysis for Windows.”
During last year’s BEC Conference, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman made
an appearance to thank attendees for the work they do for the city, both
in helping to construct the glittering skyline and in regular meetings
in the city’s conference centers. “Las Vegas is a serious place for serious
people when they want to do serious things,” Mayor Goodman told attendees.
“And when they want to have fun—there’s no place better.”
BEC planners have taken that as their mission for this year’s event, March
27-29, with a number of “serious” sessions planned to keep glaziers informed
on current trends, combined with networking opportunities that provide
just the right mix of work and play. This year’s BEC Conference is no
exception. Attendees will learn about a range of topics including the
broad “State of the Aluminum Industry” as presented by Kawneer’s Diana
Perreiah and “State of the Glass Industry,” presented by Serge Martin
of AGC to the more specific “Issues in Anchoring Curtainwalls,” presented
by Victor Yakin of Halfen or “The Case for the NFRC CMA Program,” offered
by John Lewis of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). To learn
more about this last topic, attendees may want to check out the NFRC’s
Spring Committee Week, March 28-30, just next door to BEC at Bally’s Las
Vegas (visit www.nfrc.org
for more information).
Glaziers also can learn more about technical issues, such as “Common Causes
of Curtainwall Failures,” as shared by a consultant with CDC or the more
business-oriented talk from Courtney Little of Ace Glass, “Good Business
Practices: Knowing the Cost of Doing Business.”
This year the conference is adding something new to the mix: the first
BEC trade show. During breakfast, lunch and following the first-day sessions,
visitors can learn a little more about suppliers including 3M, Azon USA,
C.R. Laurence, Erdman Automation Corp., General Glass International, Glasswerks
L.A. Inc., Guardian Industries Corp., Huntsman, Kawneer, PPG Industries,
Prelco Inc., Project DocControl, SAGE Electrochromics, Sapa Extrusions
LLC, Vitro America, Walker Glass and, of course, USGlass Magazine.
The Paris Las Vegas provides more than just an opportunity for guests
to practice their French. The hotel boasts custom European furniture,
rich fabrics and warm decorations that give its rooms a distinctive French
feel, while business amenities also are provided.
If signing up for the full eight-day glass event, you might want to consider
scheduling in a stop at the Paris Spa by Mandara, or at the very least
find some time to pull out the smartphone poolside. Nestled inside a manicured
French garden, the hotel’s two-acre rooftop pool sits beside the replica
Eiffel Tower. If you’re not making plans to bring the family along, search
for souvenirs at the boutiques that line the “rue” that connect guest
rooms to convention center.
As every Las Vegas hotel seems to be a city in itself, there are enough
dining options to keep visitors content within the venue. Several lounges
provide a place to relax at the end of the day.
If looking for activities outside the hotel, well, the choices are virtually
endless. Ask the concierge or your colleagues to provide a menu of the
activities that Las Vegas provides.
Now There’s an App for BEC
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) has
released its first iPhone/iPad app in Apple’s iTunes App Store and
it’s all about the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference.
The BEC Conference app provides the event’s schedule, directions
to the event, event-related videos and a live feed from GANA’s Twitter
stream. It is available at no cost through iTunes and works on all
“We are very pleased to release our first app,” says Brian Pitman,
GANA director of marketing and communications. “Updates to the app
are already being submitted to offer more videos and information,
speaker bios, features on our sponsors, trade show information and
more. After the conference, we will include video highlights of
the presentations and information on next year’s BEC Conference.”
Pitman adds, “We are currently working on our GANA iPhone app, which
will offer immediate access to several GANA technical resources,
including glass informational bulletins, videos, company profiles
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