Glass TEXpo™ ’21 offers quality education on a variety of topics of importance to the glass and glazing industry. The event will be held May 20-21, 2021 at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio. It is co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.

Day 1 Educational Program Highlights

8:30 – 9 AM
Economic Update 

This session provides recent industry-specific research and provides up-to-date information on the region’s economic standing. The expert speaker will provide a forecast of what the region can expect in commercial and residential glass and metal industries and what to anticipate as a result of market shifts. Learn what these shifts mean for current and future business moves you might wish to make. Special emphasis will be made on the region.

Nick St. Denis, director of research, Key Media & Research

9 – 10 AM

Make Hardware Your Next Easy Profit (concurrent session) 

One surefire way to increase your return on a job is making wise selections when it comes to hardware. While often not understood fully, hardware is one the most profitable glazing system components. This session will help educate on the various types of hardware to select from and to expand the potential profit margins on both jobs and your business as a whole. Learn commonly used types of hardware in glass and metal applications and find details to look for and to avoid.

Speaker: Mary Hester, director, Banner Solutions

9 – 10 AM

Update on Current Texas Employment and Labor Laws (concurrent session)

Make sure your business is in compliance with state and federal laws while also learning about the most common traps and mistakes businesses in the construction industry face. This session will also touch on employment law, an area in the construction industry that is increasingly important and commonly misunderstood. Level the playing field by learning the tools you need to negotiate sub-contracts, file liens, collect what you’re owed and be compliant with current employment law. Learning these tools now can save you and your business from stressful and expensive consequences later on!

Speaker: Kelly Stamy, associate attorney, The Cromeens Law Firm PLLC

10 – 11 AM

Effects of Hurricanes on Insulating Glass Unit Performance

This session reviews impact factors, including the effects of window pressure, water and moisture in the glazing system, windblown debris and structural damage, barometric pressure and/or temperature changes. Attendees will leave with key factors to keep in mind when designing insulating glass units.

Speaker: Bill Lingnell, industry consultant, Lingnell Consulting Service
11 AM – 12 PM
Understanding Glass Railing Codes, Specs and Materials (1 HSW CEU)

Incidents of falling glass from exterior balcony railings in high-rise condominiums have resulted in new standards and building code requirements that address post-breakage performance of glass. As a result, many railing specifications are calling for laminated glass to provide safety from falling glass. This presentation examines the safety concerns around glass in railing systems and the new building code requirements that address the use of these systems. The results of impact testing will be presented. In addition, the need to specify the proper glass and verify the compatibility of sealants and grouts will be discussed.

Speaker:  Vaughn Schauss, Americas technical consultancy manager, Kuraray’s Trosifol Division

1 – 2:15 PM

Keynote Session: They Are Saying More Than You Think – How to Hire, Retain and Lead the Best

Do you want to be bulletproof at work and confident in your decisions? If so, you do not want to miss this prime opportunity to learn strategic and quality skills in the workplace and beyond. Sit in on this award-winning keynote seminar as body language expert and best-selling author, Driver, teaches you essential methodologies on reading and using body language for your advantage. Whether you are looking to influence others, seize opportunity, establish rapport, negotiate business deals or detect deception, these helpful guidelines from Driver are designed to be used as tools to hire, retain and lead the best.

Keynote Speaker: Janine Driver, keynote speaker, Body Language Institute

Health and safety protocols will be in place. The Henry B. González Convention Center has been awarded the GBAC STAR™, an award given to facilities that maintain a high standard of cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Click here to view a video on the convention center’s safety and cleaning protocols.

For more information, or to view more on the educational line-up visit See you in San Antonio May 20-21!