Thursday, April 12
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Event Opening and Economic Update
Kick-off the Greatest Little Glass Expo in Texas with the event welcome and economic update opener. Hear the latest forecasts and see what experts are noting in terms of trends worth watching. Enjoy the opening and get ready to start another successful Glass TEXpo event!
Speakers: Debra Levy of Key Communications Inc., Deron Patterson, vice president of the Texas Glass Association and senior account manager of PPG Flat Glass and Jerry Wright, president of the Texas Glass Association and AAA Glass & Mirror Co.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Looking into Housing Markets’ Crystal Ball
David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders will highlight the current and forecasted economic and housing market activity as well as insights into the remodeling market. Join us for this session, sponsored by Deceuninck North America, as Crowe answers the many questions that our industry holds regarding the future of housing.
Speaker: David Crowe of the National Association of Home Builders.
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Impact-Resistant Glazing Systems
This session will review how the International Building Code (IBC) regulates impact-prone regions and what must be considered in the product selection, with a focus on Gulf Coast requirements. Participants will learn how hurricane-and impact- resistant products are designed, tested and installed. The speaker also will discuss how the ASCE-7 wind load structural requirements affect the selection of a building’s components and cladding.
Speaker: Rodney Wellborn of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
San Antonio Goes Solar: Dynamic Energy Envelopes for Today’s Sustainable Buildings
Come and learn the benefits of electronically tintable glazing and how its integration into building systems can create a dynamic energy envelope and what that means to the glazing industry. The future of glass, including practical BIPV applications, in both commercial and residential applications and what considerations need to be made for these projects will be discussed.
Speaker: Jeremy Kaeding of SAGE Electrochromics
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Decorative Glass Forum
Join this panel to discuss the many uses of decorative glass. Learn innovative uses you may not have considered, hear the tips and techniques utilized, and come away with pitfalls others have experienced so you can avoid repeating their history. Also, explore some recent jobsite images to help expand both you and your customers’ expectations on how decorative glass can be used.
Speaker: Bernard Lax of Pulp Studio.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Upgrade Your Business: Learn How to Expand into Windows and Make the Sale
So many jobs consist of a simple glass replacement within a residence. What if that job could turn into a more sizeable job for the same amount of time and expense on your part? Come learn how to explain the ease of window replacement and offer this as a new addition to your business. Expand your offerings and learn the best way to pitch the sale and broaden your bottom line. Great for those getting into the window replacement business as well as those industry veterans looking for a fresh approach.
Speaker: Doug Burns of Don Young Company Inc.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: Glass Buildings – Partnerships in Innovation
Many say that there is a valuable lesson to be learned by walking in another person’s shoes. Come hear our keynote, director of glass science & technology, Mehran Arbab, as he explores our glass industry. As he states, “the beauty and functionality of glass will keep it as the primary building façade material with no end in sight. The increasing economic and social demands for higher energy efficiency and green buildings will only increase the opportunity for our industry. The key is in innovation along the entire value chain.”
Speaker: Mehran Arbab, Director of Glass Science & Technology
for PPG Industries.
Glass TEXpo™ Show Floor Opening
Join us for five hours of products and services on display while networking with your suppliers and other industry members. Take this opportunity to see new products and
learn about new technologies.
Friday, April 13
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Special Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Section: Facebook + Twitter + Groupon! Oh My!
This presentation will discuss the value of Social Media Marketing (SMM). Learn how to combine your company’s social media content with sharing through social networks to create targeted marketing results. Become more than just an “updater;” create stronger bonds with customers, increase your website traffic, enhance customer services levels, and much more, all by placing emphasis on SMM.
Speaker: Debra Levy of Key Communications Inc.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
TGA Awards Breakfast
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Energy Codes 411
The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) holds information critical to your business.
Join us for this session in which we will discuss energy codes in the state of Texas and how they pertain to commercial windows, residential windows and the issues of enforcement your business faces.
Speaker: Felix Lopez of SECO.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Glass TEXpo™ Show Floor Open
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doing a Proper Break-Even Analysis
Best business practices often include proper management techniques, solid financial considerations and planning as well as proper execution of sales and marketing. But one area that is a critical facet is knowing your break-even point. The analysis of this variable can be broken into simple steps. Come learn how to provide your business a break-even analysis and learn from similar case studies the relevance of knowing this valuable information.
Speaker: Lyle Hill of Keytech North America.
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.