Glass Expo Midwest™ (GEMS) ’18 is coming to Indianapolis November 8-9 with some special events not to be missed. It has been several years since the last GEMS event. To commemorate this return, Glass Expos prepared more than a few reasons to make this an occasion to remember.

GEMS is designed to bring qualified customers and prospects together. Learn and see the latest products and services in the industry. The event provides the architectural glass and metal industry with premier education, networking opportunities and a bustling exhibition floor full of the latest products and services, all in one convenient location.

Keynote Speaker: Janine Driver

This year’s keynote speaker is Janine Driver, the New York Times best-selling author of “You Say More Than You Think.” Driver is a popular media guest who has made regular appearances on the Dr. OZ Show, Anderson Cooper, NBC’s Today, and many more. Driver will deliver a riveting and informative seminar on using and reading body language from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9.

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 improve your business bottom line. You don’t want to miss this capstone occasion to learn indispensable methodologies on reading and using body language to gain the upper hand, both in the workplace and beyond.

Business Bingo

New in 2018 is Business Bingo! Some days the glass business seems like a big game. You can win big or fold early. The innovative fun session will take place afterhours Thursday, November 8, starting at 8:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Indianapolis hotel. Join us for an evening of fun and games as a USGlass columnist hosts a “bingo” game where each letter brings you a business tip for a lifetime. Don’t sit up in your hotel room when you can come casual and join us for this hour of pretzels, beer and fun with a few business lessons to boot.

(Note: Though there will be prizes, this is not a traditional bingo game. Hope to see you there!)

Coffee with Dustin Anderson

Start your Friday with Dustin Anderson, owner of Anderson Glass in Waco, Texas, and frequent contractor on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, as he provides an early morning seminar on finding quality workers. The skills gap has been a hot topic  for several years now, but there are high caliber workers available. Come hear from someone who has felt your pain points, and is even willing to do so in front of millions of viewers. Let Anderson walk you through some tips and share his insight on places to look, ways to entice and how to bring those top-notch individuals to your jobsites.

AGSC Technician Certification Training and Exam

The Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) will hold a Technician Certification Training course and offer a chance to take the exam on Friday, November 9. GEMS attendees are welcome to take this free training with noted trainer Bob Beranek at no charge from 8 to 11 a.m. This three-hour instructional session provides a great overview of proper installation techniques and readies you to take the exam. The optional exam is offered later in the day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Previously, only technicians employed with AGSC™ Registered-Member Companies could take the optional exam for free. That all changes this year with the certification also being offered free of charge for all attendees. Please register at https://agsc.org/indiana/ if you plan to take the training or exam or both.

These exceptional events are just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to experience at GEMS. Make sure to register before October 12 to receive a discounted rate.

All the excitement GEMS has to offer will be found at the JW Marriott Indianapolis hotel. Rooms tend to book quickly, so secure one today to avoid missing out.

For more information, visit usglassmag.com/gems, or follow us on Facebook. For questions or comments, please contact the registrar at registration@glassexpos.com or 540/720-5584.

Glass Expo Midwest™ ’18 is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, USGNN.com™ and Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal.