Volume 37, Issue 9, September 2002

GEMS                                     TEXPO 
Regional Education
Available in Your Neighborhood
Glass TEXpo and Glass Expo Midwest Arrive at Your Doorstep
by Holly Carter

Two regional events coming your way in 2002—Glass TEXpo™ and Glass Expo Midwest™—are two events you won’t want to miss. Find out what all of these educational opportunities have to offer and then mark your calendars!

Glass TEXpo 2002 
On October 4-5, industry members from the Southwest will be gathering at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Addison, a suburb of Dallas, for the annual Glass TEXpo. (For room reservations, call 972/386-6000.)

The “Big D” is going to play home to two days packed full of educational seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and exhibitions. Co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association (TGA), USGlass, DWM, AGRR and Window Film magazines, exhibitors and attendees are going to find that things really are bigger and better in Texas.

The TGA will be holding a TEXpo golf classic, which will be played on Thursday, October 3, at the Brookhaven Golf Club in Dallas. The tournament is a four-player scramble, shotgun start that takes place at 1:30 p.m., and there are no team restrictions.

TEXPO SEMINARS            TEXPO 2001
Various topics of interest to the glass industry will be discussed during TEXpo seminars.
Right:  The TGA will honor one of its members at its annual luncheon on October 4, 2002.

Friday, October 4, will include numerous seminars, workshops and demonstrations, such as auto glass installation practices, shower door installations and company-strengthening sessions such as “What Kind of Manager are You?” 

Later, join the TGA for its annual luncheon with a special guest speaker. TGA will award its highest honor, the Lou Green Award, to an outstanding member of the association. TGA members, exhibitors and those with complimentary passes must purchase advance tickets to attend.
That evening, enjoy a night of exciting casino gaming at TGA’s “A Night at the Casbah.” A welcoming cocktail party will kick off the events. 

The games begin at 6 p.m. in the Le Gala Room, so gather friends and colleagues and hit the tables for a night of wheeling and dealing. Entry is free, but you must purchase “casbah dollars” in order to play. The night ends with a live auction and several items to bid on for the high rollers.

Saturday, October 5, will provide additional seminars and workshops. There will be special training sessions, such as “Customer Service Strategies for Success,” a session designed for everyone who works with the public and “Understanding Impact-Resistant Products,” which will discuss the new Texas hurricane code and how it affects the way buildings are designed and built. 

Glass Expo Midwest
TEXPO 01 GEMS 2001
Left: Exhibitors at both TEXpo and Glass Expo Midwest will be on-hand with new products and services.  A number of educational seminars are scheduled for Glass Expo Midwest, November 7-8, 2002.

On November 7-8, 2002, Glass Expo Midwest will head into Indiana for the first time. The show will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, which is centrally located at the National City Center in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. (For hotel reservations, call 800/233-1234.) 
After numerous requests by previous attendees, Glass Expo Midwest is moving to Thursday and Friday for the first time to better accommodate its attendees.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, attendees will be able to attend fun and informative seminars, demonstrations and workshops on subjects including: sales and marketing for glass shops; new and innovative products; developments in heavy-glass shower door installations; architectural aluminum finishes; auto glass installation practices; state of the contract glazing business; customer service strategies for success; advance mirror installation problems; the new auto glass replacement safety standards; selling skills for the front line; safety in the glass industry; self-cleaning glass and auto glass installation.

After attending the workshops and seminars, attendees can refresh themselves at the welcoming cocktail party Friday night and surround themselves with the friendly faces of old friends and the prospect of many new ones. Friday night the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ dinner and induction ceremony will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. 

This year will mark the ninth year of inducting glass industry members into the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame. Two inductees will be honored for their outstanding achievements and tremendous contributions to the industry as they officially take their places among those honored in previous years. The inductees are Carl Jolliff, president of Jolliff Glass Co. in Peoria, Ill., and Jim Dunstan, founder of Azon USA in Kalamazoo, Mich. (See "Above & Beyond" for a profile of Dunstan). 

Free admission to the seminars, trade shows and cocktail party is available for all members of the Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin Glass Associations, members of the Detroit Glass Dealers Association and the Independent Glass Associations of Illinois.

Glass Expo Midwest offers something for everyone. Exhibitors will offer products including auto and flat glass services and supplies; architectural and specialty glass; metals and metal finishing; computers and software; adhesives and sealants; equipment and machinery; glazing supplies and services; shower doors; window and door hardware; films and tints; safety products; skylights and overhead glazing; and job site safety 

For more information on attending either TEXpo or Midwest call 540/720-5584, or visit www.glass.com® and click on the educational events listing. The site also allows you to download registration forms. 


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