Volume 40,   Issue 1                             January 2005

GANA Perspectives

A Group Effort
    Recognizing Volunteers Who Work for Our Industry

by Stanley L. Smith

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a large group of dedicated volunteers to support an industry association. The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is no exception and wishes to acknowledge and thank its volunteer leaders, as well as our entire membership, for their hard work throughout 2004.

It was the effort of our volunteers that lead to the publication of two glass informational bulletins, two test methods, a document on mirror handling, a specifiers guide on architectural glass and the revised GANA Glazing Manual last year. While those accomplishments were immense, we are now looking forward to the activities of 2005, expecting more projects to be completed than ever before.

Should you have an opportunity, please take a moment to express your appreciation to these volunteer leaders. Our industry benefits from the work to which they are dedicated. On behalf of the industry and the membership of GANA, we applaud their efforts and appreciate their dedication.

GANA Board of Directors
• Dennis Csehi, Atwood Mobile Products, president;
• Lee Harrison, Walker Glass Co. Ltd., first vice president;
• Julie Schimmelpenningh, Solutia Inc., second vice president;
• Andrew Gum, Thomas Glass Co. Inc., treasurer/BEC division chairperson;
• Brad Austin, Viracon, secretary;
• Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius McDanel, tempering division chairperson;
• Arthur Berkowitz, J.E. Berkowitz LP, insulating division chairperson;
• Mauro DiFazio, Visteon – Float Glass Operations, flat glass manufacturing division   
• Drew Mayberry, Lenoir Mirror Co., mirror division chairperson;
• Tom Mewbourne, AFG Industries Inc., flat glass manufacturing division vice chairperson;
• Rick Wright, Oldcastle Glass, laminating division chairperson;
• John Dwyer, Syracuse Glass Co. Inc., past president.

BEC Division
• Charles Clift, Curtain Wall Design and Consulting Inc., technical committee chairperson;
• Phil DeSautell, Walters and Wolf, Project Managers Reference Manual task group 
• William Keen, TEPCO Contract Glazing Inc., contract qualifications task group 
• Kirk Osgood, Curtain Wall Design & Consulting Inc., shop drawings task group 

Flat Glass Manufacturing Division
• Steve Farrar, Guardian Industries Corp., educational committee chairperson;
• Stephen Weidner, Pilkington North America Inc., website committee chair.

Insulating Division
• Bill O’Brien, Dow Corning Corp., education chairperson;
• Tracy Rogers, Edgetech IG, marketing committee chairperson.

Laminating Division
• Peter Anderson, Viracon, product labeling task group chairperson;
• Bill Coddington, W.S. Coddington Consulting LLC, point supported glass task group 
• Jeff Granato, DuPont, marketing committee chairperson;
• Dan Laporte, Solutia Inc., technical committee chairperson and education chairperson;
• Julie Schimmelpenningh, Solutia Inc., ball-drop test method task group chairperson and 
   Laminated Glazing Reference Manual task group chairperson.

Mirror Division
• Randy Brooks, Gardner Glass Co., promotions committee chairperson
• Lee Harrison, Walker Glass Co. Ltd., Canadian standards committee chairperson.

Tempering Division
• Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius McDanel, roll wave subcommittee chairperson;
• Henry Gorry, Guardian Industries Corp., vehicular subcommittee chairperson;
• Cliff Monroe, Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. Inc., education chairperson;
• Tom Noe, Glasstech Inc., Engineering Standards Manual task group chairperson;
• Doug Sampsel, Tempered Glass Inc., standards and engineering committee chairperson;
• Kris Vockler, ICD High Performance Coatings, marketing committee chairperson. 

The Author:
Stanley L. Smith is the executive vice president of the Glass Association of North America, headquartered in Topeka, Kan.

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