Glass Expo Midwest™ (GEMS) ’18, the two-day architectural glass industry event, has expanded its educational seminar line-up. The event will be held November 8-9, 2018 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis hotel in beautiful downtown Indianapolis, and is co-sponsored by USGlass magazine, Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal and™.

The seminar line-up commences on Thursday, November 8, at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome and regional economic update. Over the course of two days, learn about such topics as current trends in the industry, how to hire and retain millennials to your business and cleaning and maintaining glass surfaces, to name a few. There are even seminars scheduled that will satisfy American Institute of Architects (AIA) Learning Unit (LU) requirements.

Below, view a full breakdown of Thursday’s educational line-up taking place in meeting room 202. To view the full list of seminars and speakers for both days, as well as detailed descriptions, please click here. Visit our faculty page to learn more about each speaker.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m
Welcome and Midwest Economic Update

Start your day off with a warm welcome and hear what the next two-days of education look like. Submerge yourselves into industry matters and kick-start your day to make the most of all that this year’s Glass Expo Midwest™ has to offer. This session then takes 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 building and glass and metal usage 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 Midwest, Chicago and Indy.

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

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Decorative Glass: Benefiting From Graphic Imaging (1AIA LU)

Decorative glass, graphic images, there are so many products and details to learn. Start your journey here or continue earning your education units by attending this session. Learn how to identify the most common types of graphical glass products. Come away with an understanding of performance characteristics of the various production methods and technologies. Ask the right questions so you’re able to qualify the manufacturer of products you wish to partner with. Finally, ensure you are able to provide the necessary source materials to the manufacturer in the correct format with required quality levels.

Faculty: Bernard Lax, CEO of Pulp Studio.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trends in the Glass & Glazing Industry

The commercial and residential construction starts have been booming in certain regions. See how construction trends are faring and what they will mean to you and your bottom line. Learn from industry expert Richard Voreis what you need to be monitoring, find the ways to make it work for you and continue to forecast the coming years. Topics include:

  • Special emphasis on exterior building envelope and interior space;
  • Trends in architecture (glass, architectural aluminum products, etc.);
  • Trends in new and remodel construction;
  • Major industry challenges; and
  • Importance of change.

Faculty: Richard Voreis, chief executive officer of Consulting Collaborative, a management consulting firm specializing in the construction and building products industry with offices in Dallas, Annapolis, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m
Brown Bag Lunch – Millennials: Hiring Them and Selling to Them

Bring your own lunch and come sit in on this timely presentation which focuses on two areas: millennial employees and customers and how to find and keep both. You’ll learn characteristics of millennials, where to find employees, and strategies used to keep them. Then you’ll learn the characteristics of millennial buyers, where to find them, how to appeal to them and what attributes they value. Be sure to learn about the largest generation in the United States. With a current population of around 79 million, the millennial generation is expected to grow to 81 million over the next 20 years, according to the Census Bureau’s latest estimates. They are your future.

Faculty: Daniel Snow, manager of®, and Casey Flores, account executive for Key Media & Research.

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
C-Suite Changes Coming in the Contract Glazing Industry

No, we don’t mean personnel changes but rather compelling and disruptive trends that will change how the contract glazing industry obtains, bids and executes work. This session, led by two of the most knowledgeable authorities in the contract glazing business, will discuss the developing changes in channels to market, customer base changes and more. A not-to-be missed session due to the importance of the subject.

Faculty: Attila Arian, president of Schüco USA and Lyle Hill, president of Keytech North America.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Challenges to Successful Cleaning & Maintenance of Glass Surfaces

From failed insulating glass units, glass corrosion, concrete runoff and hard water deposits to construction related debris, storage issues and condensation ghosts; everyone from glass companies to window cleaners often face glass related issues that seem to be insurmountable. The objective of this seminar is to take one small step in demonstrating there is hope for addressing that which appears to be overwhelming and optimism for explaining that which looms as unexplainable.

Faculty: Paul Düffer, Ph.D., noted authority on glass and glass cleaning, who retired from PPG Industries’ research and development department after 31 years.

Benefit the Heart of Your Business: Glass Expo Midwest™ ’18

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