Volume 2   Issue 3               Fall 2001

New Frontiers

NSDJA's Annual Convention Offers A Stronger Industry Focus
by David Jenkins

An air of excitement will descend upon Reno, Nev., in late October when the 2001 National Sash and Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) convention rolls into town. Despite turning 38 this year, NSDJA’s annual show still showcases cutting-edge industry trends; in fact, the theme of this year’s show is “The Challenge of Change.”


When the exhibit hall in the Reno/Sparks Convention Center opens on Saturday, a barrage of booths will beset attendees. More than 500 exhibits representing more than 200 companies in the millwork industry will be assembled in the 160,000-square-foot hall.

The joint jobber/manufacturer and manufacturer rep meeting will take place Sunday, October 28 at 1 p.m. This will be an informal discussion with a panel consisting of NSDJA’s executive director, executive committee, select members of the board and standing committees on the direction of the association and other topics.

In addition to the usual assortment of industry-focused training programs, this year’s convention also features expert advice from several distinguished guests. Robert Tucker, an internationally recognized leader in the field of strategic innovation and the president of The Innovation Resource, will lead a seminar titled 

“Beyond Customer Service.” Julie Morgenstern, founder and owner of the professional organizing firm Task Master, will speak on organization. Tom Gardner of “The Motley Fool” will keynote a general session, speaking on technology and investing. Don Rice, a noted author who has written nine books on distribution management, will bring his distributor/manufacturer company-directed programs to the training sessions as well.

This year’s convention also features two prestigious guest speakers whose expertise extend beyond the fenestration industry. Legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first human to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11, will speak at the opening session on “Old and New Oceans.” Acclaimed thespian and two-time Academy Award winner Charlton Heston will keynote the Tuesday awards lunch, discussing “In Pursuit of Excellence.”


The main entertainment events of the convention will occur Monday evening. First, there will be a hosted reception in the Reno Hilton Grand Ballroom from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with live entertainment until 9 p.m. Attendees can network with friends under a Western theme, including a performance by country music superstar Clint Black at the Hilton Theatre beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, numerous optional tours will be available including Lake Tahoe – Truckee and Carson City/Basque Country Tour & Lunch. Spouse workshops and programs are scheduled as well.

Visit Door & Window Maker at NSDJA!
The staff of Door & Window Maker magazine looks forward to seeing you in Reno! Please take the time to stop by booth #208 to say hello and gain information on our publications, glass.com™ and upcoming Glass Expos™. And, please don’t forget to pick up the latest editions of our sister publications, USGlass, Window Film™, AGRR™, and La Revista del Vidrio, Fachas y Ventanas™. We hope to see you there!

David Jenkins is an editorial intern for Door & Window Maker magazine.

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