The best way to kick off the New Year is with Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23 on Jan. 19-20, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, Colo.

Throughout the expo, there will be various educational opportunities from industry experts. Topics covered include economic updates, glazing systems, liability issues, finding employees and more. Here are some of the seminars and speakers.

Thursday

Nick St. Denis, director of research for Key Media & Research (KMR), will present the Rocky Mountain economic update at 8:15 a.m. This session will focus on the region’s economic standing. It will feature industry-specific research and up-to-date information as well as expectations for regional commercial and residential glass and metal industries due to market shifts.

St. Denis is completing his master’s in survey research at the University of Connecticut. His duties at KMR include providing syndicated and customized research reports for the architectural metal and glass, fenestration and auto glass industries.

Following St. Denis at 10 a.m. is Stewart Jeske, P.E., founder and president of JEI Structural Engineering. Jeske will host a session called “Delegated Design of Glazing Systems.” He will discuss essential key design requirements in delegated design submittals for glazing systems to show architects, engineers and contractors what to look for and approve.

Jeske received a B.S. in architectural engineering from Kansas State University and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Kansas City before founding JEI. He also served as a senior structural engineer at Burns & McDonnel and as a base civil engineer in the Air Force.

Jeske owns four patents, two of which are associated with façade system support, and is a known educator and presenter.

At 11 a.m., Marcus Dreher, owner of MP Drafting & Design and co-owner of LearnGlazing, will host a seminar titled “Understanding the Liability Issues in Shop Drawings.” The seminar will cover the steps involved in developing drawings, what items to watch for when creating drawings in-house or when subcontracting estimates, how to manage the process, and more.

Dreher started MP Drafting & Design in 2006. The company now has over 15 employees. It provides drafting and engineering work across North America. Dreher started LearnGlazing.com along with Chris Martin to satisfy the need for a training option in the glazing industry.

To conclude Thursday’s slate of speakers, Mark Jacobson, market manager in North America for Trosifol interlayers from Kuraray, will present “Enhancing Security with Laminated Glass.”

Jacobson will identify reasons for using laminated glass, the properties of interlayers that make them best suited for specific applications, specifying selected interlayers and more.

Jacobson’s career spans 11 years in the laminated glass industry, focusing on architectural applications and the photovoltaic industry. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University and worked for DuPont for over 35 years. He provides training on laminated glass for architects, designers, engineers and contractors.

Friday

Beginning at 8 a.m., Rebecca Graves, executive director of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association (CGCA), will kick off the day with her seminar titled “Project Management Starts with your People.” The discussion will center around action items that can be used immediately to help hone a project management team.

Graves received a B.S. in experimental psychology from Colorado State University-Pueblo and has experience as a small business owner.

Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine and USGNN™, will conclude the talks with a seminar titled “New Ways to Find Employees.” The discussion will center around new methods of building a workforce that must be used to attract quality workers that stay.

The excitement and potential for learning at Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23 will not stop following the conclusion of the seminars. There will be more education, opportunities to explore the trade show floor and chances to network and socialize with others in the industry.

Glass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23 is co-sponsored by the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association (CGCA), USGlass magazine and USGNN™. Pre-registration savings are available until January 5, so take advantage of the discounts and visit https://glassexporockymountain.com/register/attend/ to register.