The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) will hold its summer conference virtually due to the spread of COVID-19 and requests by government leadership to shelter-in-place. This event, previously intended to be held in Chicago, will be hosted on Zoom. The event dates remain largely unchanged, with the conference taking place Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference will open the week of May 4.

“There will be one track, making it easy to connect to the event and know you will be in the right ‘room’ for the sessions,” says Janice Yglesias, FGIA executive director.

As the event gets closer, FGIA staff will announce panel discussions, speakers and more. Keynote speaker Dan “Danimal” Hampton, a retired Hall of Fame NFL player for the Chicago Bears, will address the importance of leadership and adapting to change. An overview of the most recent FGIA market study, now in development, also will be given, including forecasts for the U.S. fenestration market. Discussions on COVID-19’s impact on the industry also will take place, including lessons learned, financial relief packages and forecasting of what is to come.

Meeting sessions will be hosted each day beginning at 10 a.m. CT and concluding in the late afternoon, with breaks in between. Despite the platform change, networking will still be a part of the conference, according to FGIA.

“We know those who come to our world class, in-person events love doing so for the networking,” says Yglesias. “To meet this need, FGIA will be hosting optional ‘happy hours’ following Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s content. Meet up in a themed ‘room’ online with up to ten other participants and enjoy moderator-led discussions of topics you care about most or elect to join a social ‘room’ for general conversation and catching up.”