Volume 47, Issue 5 - May 2012


Prepare Early
BEC Conference Promises Education, Networking
by Ashley M. Charest

In 1997 in Las Vegas, the Glass Association of North America (GANA) launched a new event for the glazing contractor. In the years since, that event has changed nearly as much as Vegas itself, but kept hold of its key purpose: to educate the glazier on running his or her business in an optimal way. Next year, the 17th Annual GANA Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference will raise the bar once again with increased networking opportunities, high-quality industry leaders as speakers, along with bringing back keynote speakers that address both management and leadership needs, along with bringing in a famous personality to address the group and offer motivation, levity and inspire attendees.

Speakers and Topics
Knowing that the majority of GANA’s BEC Conference attendees are key management and leadership in their companies, we are bringing in noted leadership development expert Rich Drinon as our first keynote speaker to discuss “Stepping Up to Leadership.” The need for leaders has never been greater. The challenges for leaders have never been more complex. Today’s leader must deal with an ever-expanding array of objectives, including: communicating in a diverse workplace, completing tasks in a 24/7/365 world and taking aim at an unpredictable future. In addition, a leader must learn the wise use of power and authority while displaying commitment, character and a maturing consciousness. This session will examine the awareness, attitude and actions required by today’s leader as he works to build his team and organization. This session will help you recognize the standards to which leaders are held and the never-ending importance of communication in the role of leader.

The conference is also re-instating its “famous” personality as a speaker by welcoming ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso. Known for his positive personality and the donning of college mascot costumes, he is a sports broadcaster and football analyst for ESPN. He has been featured on ESPN’s College GameDay program since its inception and he appeared annually as a commentator in EA Sports’ NCAA Football through NCAA Football ’11. Corso also played college football himself at Florida State University. He will speak to conference attendees on “Striving for Excellence, Not Success.”

Quality Sessions
The majority of the educational sessions still maintain the core purpose of providing quality sessions that will most directly impact the glass and glazing work that each company performs. Educational sessions include:

• State of the Glass and Glazing Industry;
• Construction Testing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow;
• Pros and Cons of Today’s Technology;
• Codes and Standards Update;
• Legal Contract Issues: How to Realistically Protect Yourself and Your Company;
• Building Envelope Consulting–You See What?!?; and
• Panel of Architect, General Contractor, Building Owner and Contract Glazier.

One of the highlights of the BEC Conference is the enhanced networking opportunities, whether you are meeting new people at the receptions, attending dinner with a supplier/customer, or becoming acquainted with a company during the live trade show. Another opportunity to showcase your company is by sponsorship. What better way to highlight your company, its products and services, and interest in the contract glazing industry than to support the industry conference that houses all the major players under one roof?

So, get your team together and start planning your trip to Las Vegas, March 17-19, 2013, at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort. Registration will be available online at www.becconference.com this month.

Ashley M. Charest is the account executive of the Glass Association of North America (GANA).

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