Time to Let Yourself Go
By Chris Collier
Glass Expo Southeast™ ’22 (GESE) makes its debut in Orlando, Fla., January 6-7, 2022 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The two-day event includes a trade show floor full of eager industry suppliers, informational seminars and vast networking opportunities. Geared toward glass and metal industry leaders, architects, builders and designers, this event is free for USGlass, Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal and [DWM] magazine subscribers.
The Trade Show and Networking
As with other Glass Expos, the trade show is always a big draw. More than 80% of past regional Expo attendees said they were able to connect with new suppliers on the trade show floor. GESE attendees are sure to feel the same this year as exhibitors display exciting product and service developments during the event. Exhibitors will feature a variety of products ranging from the latest developments in glass and metal, tools and supplies, software, hardware and more.
In addition, GESE offers a number of networking opportunities. These include the welcoming cocktail party taking place on the trade show floor, Thursday, January 6, from 4-6 p.m.
In addition to the trade show and networking, GESE will also offer two days of engaging educational seminars and AIA-accredited Learning Units (LUs). The sessions provide an opportunity for attendees to further their business, career and overall understanding of the industry as a whole.
Sessions begin on Thursday, January 6, when Nick St. Denis, director of research for Key Media & Research, provides a glass and glazing industry outlook, sharing recent industry-specific research and up-to-date information on the Southeast region’s economic standing. St. Denis will forecast what regional commercial and residential glass and metal industries can expect and what to anticipate as a result of market shifts.
In addition to charting out the present, Thursday’s sessions will guide attendees into the future. Attila Arian, president of Schüco USA, will speak on disruptive trends that will change how the contract glazing industry obtains, bids and executes work. This session, will discuss the developing changes in channels to market, customer base changes and more.
Plus, attendees won’t want to miss keynote presenter Janine Driver. Driver, a renowned body language expert, will lead the session “They are Saying More than You Think When it Comes to Sales,” helping attendees become “bulletproof” at work and confident in their decisions. Among Friday’s sessions will be “The Ins and Outs of Contract and Replacement Door Hardware,” hosted by Adam Smith, director of sales, and Chance Lloyd, estimating manager, of Door Controls USA. This session will cover the advantages of using economical hardware, to include pricing, availability, warranty and quality.
GESE can help those wanting educational credits. Two sessions will offer AIA Learning Units. On Thursday, January 6, Stewart Jeske with JEI Structural Engineering will present “Glazing System Delegated Design.” Mark Jacobson with Kuraray North America will follow with his discussion, “Understanding Glass Railing Codes, Specs and Materials.” Each of these sessions offers 1 AIA-accredited LU.
To learn more about GESE or to register, visit www.glassexposoutheast.com. It’s free to readers of USGlass magazine.
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