Come See GANA Out and About
Events Provide an Opportunity to Learn
By Brian K. Pitman
The Glass Association of North America (GANA) will be actively involved
in several events in the next few months, and we really want to see you
there! Whether it be to discuss the many technical projects currently
underway in GANA’s vast array of committees and task groups, to share
information on the amazing new products and technologies in decorative
and traditional glazing, or to find new ways to address your company’s
needs from the industry, you will have plenty of opportunities to share
ideas and knowledge with one of our staff members on the road.
GANA is once again a supporting association of NeoCon, the large Chicago-based
expo showcasing unique interior and exterior design products. Several
GANA members of the Decorative Division attend the show and unveil new
products in decorative glazing. GANA account executive Ashley Charest
and I will be walking the show, discussing new products and trends with
GANA members and interior designers, as well as membership opportunities
in the organization for other fabrication companies. Furthermore, GANA
will be offering its AIA-accredited presentation on decorative glazing
for attendees with the deft presentational skills of Steve O’Hollaren
of ICD High Performance Coatings. Email Charest (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or me (email@example.com)
if you are interested in discussing your product line or attending the
presentation by O’Hollaren.
Glass Performance Days
Urmilla Sowell, GANA technical director, and I also will be in attendance
at Glass Performance Days (GPD) in Tampere, Finland, in June. Sowell will
be giving a presentation on the numerous helpful resources (technical
and otherwise) available to companies in the glass and glazing industry.
She is also interested in learning about new technologies in commercial
glazing, manufacturing and fabrication, as well as to discuss opportunities
to make connections with architectural firms, architects and specifiers.
I will be there to discuss membership opportunities in GANA and to manage
the filming and possible live streaming of several presentations for future
release by GPD as an exciting new technical resource for the industry.
We are both interested in discussing technical advances in the industry
and GANA’s role in that evolution with you. E-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in meeting in Finland to discuss future opportunities
in the industry.
ASTM Solar Workshop
Finally, Sowell will be hosting a day of solar glazing presentations in
conjunction with ASTM International’s Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal,
and Other Alternative Energy Sources meeting in Baltimore in late June.
The workshop will cover all aspects of glass and glazing’s expanding role
in the solar energy industry. Sowell will be attending the committee meeting
that week as well, and looks forward to discussing solar glazing and how
your company can increase its opportunities in that industry. E-mail her
if you are interested in attending and becoming more involved.
As we move through the summer months, several more opportunities will
arise to interface directly with GANA staff, but take advantage of the
opportunities above. It could make a tremendous difference to you and
Brian K. Pitman is GANA’s director
of marketing and communications. Mr. Pitman’s opinions are solely his
own and not necessarily those of this magazine.
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