Industry Experts Lead Educational Seminars at Glass Expo Northeast™’19

Glass Expo Northeast™ (GENE) ’19 will feature insightful educational seminars led by glass and glazing industry experts when it takes place at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, N.Y., March 27-28, 2019.

Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine, will kick off the two-day event with a welcome at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27. She will be followed by Nick St. Denis, director of research for USGlass parent company Key Media & Research (KMR), who will give a northeast economic update. The update will focus on the region’s economic
standing within the industry.

At 8:45 a.m., YKK AP America Inc. ProTek® brand manager Greg Galloway will present “The Growing Importance of Unitized Systems (1 AIA HSW LU).” He will help attendees recognize the advantages and disadvantages of stick-built, unitized and hybrid curtainwall systems.

Galloway will be followed by GENE’s keynote speaker Janine Driver. She is the New York Times best-selling author of You Say More Than You Think. Her keynote speech, “You Say More Than You Think When It Comes to Sales,” will empower attendees with the skills to negotiate, influence others, and detect deception.

Valerie Block, architectural marketing consultant for the PVB division of Kuraray America, will follow Driver with her seminar, “Hurricane Code Considerations.” Block will explain how hurricane glazing systems comply with building code energy performance requirements while providing other security benefits.

At 12:30 p.m., Dustin Anderson, owner of Anderson Glass in Waco, Texas, and glass consultant on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, will provide tips on how to find quality workers during the labor shortage in a brown bag lunch session called “Finding Quality Workers in the
Glass Industry.”

Wednesday’s final seminar, “C-Suite Changes Coming in the Contract Glazing Industry,” will open glazing contractors’ eyes to global trends that could impact their business. This vital seminar will be led by Schüco president Attila Arian and Keytech North America president Lyle Hill from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Hill will return Thursday morning at 7 a.m. for his “ABC’s of Business,” where he will share his 26 key tips for success in the glass business.

Consulting Collaborative CEO Richard Voreis will follow at 8 a.m. by explaining the latest trends in the glass and glazing industry and the importance of change.

Paul Düffer, former senior research associate with PPG Industries, will close out the educational portion of GENE with his seminar titled, “Unique Vulnerabilities of Glass at Construction Sites (1 AIA LU).” He will give attendees an understanding of the unique problems associated with post-construction window cleaning.

GENE will also give attendees access to an expansive tradeshow featuring a variety of the glass and glazing industry’s leading companies. Exhibitors and attendees can connect and network while learning about the industry’s latest trends and products. The trade show floor will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.

Glass Expo Northeast™ ’19 is co-sponsored by the Long Island Glass Association (LIGA), USGlass magazine,™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.

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