The Colorado Glass Association (CGCA), co-sponsor of Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23, celebrated its 30th anniversary on January 18 with its “Night of Legends” gala. The event took place in Aurora, Colo., and recognized some of its volunteer members who have left a lasting legacy on the association.

During the Night of Legends, CGCA executive director Rebecca Graves (far right) recognized (from left to right) People’s Choice Award winner Lou Sigman, and Legends Joel Watson, Les Law, Carle Abernathy and Rick Ryan.

“This group has a lot to be proud of for its longevity,” said CGCA president Chris Medina. “I have never seen an organization that has been able to keep up its programs for as long as it has. It’s a testament to its board members.”

The CGCA began by recognizing its legends for their volunteerism to the association and the legacy they left behind. The newest CGCA Legends are former association presidents Joel Watson, who is retired from Harmon, and Rick Ryan, retired from El Paso Glass, along with former treasurer Les Law, previously with Metropolitan Glass, and former vice president Carle Abernathy, who is still working in the industry.

Additionally, the CGCA presented its Lifetime Achievement award posthumously to Don Reschke, who passed away in 2021, and awarded the People’s Choice award to Lou Sigman with Horizon Glass.

Glass Expo Rocky Mountain ’23 is underway with educational seminars that tackle everything from jumbo glass installation to liability issues in shop drawings, and more.

The night concluded with a retirement announcement from CGCA executive director Rebecca Graves, who has been instrumental in the association’s success.

“Rebecca is the reason why the CGCA has held on for more than 30 years,” said Medina.

For a closer look at last night’s gala, watch today’s USGNN newscast HERE.