Volume 48, Issue 3- March 2013


Better and Better
2013 BEC Conference Offers Insight,
Information and More for Growing the Industry
By Ellen Rogers

Every year the contract glazing industry comes together in Las Vegas for education, information, networking and the opportunity to grow and enhance their businesses. While they may be competitors in the real world, at the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, they are one in purpose: to find ways to better their companies and the industry.

This year’s event will take place March 17-19 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, beginning with the technical committee meeting Sunday afternoon and followed by a St. Patrick’s Day reception.

Making a Statement
The heart of the conference begins Monday morning with the general session. Henry Taylor with Kawneer Co. Inc. serves as the BEC division chair and will open the program with a welcome address.

Attendees won’t want to miss this year’s keynote session. Scott Thomsen, president of Guardian Industries Corp.’s Global Flat Glass Group, will lead the session, discussing the state of the glass and glazing industry.

Next up, George Dotzler with Miami-based Construction Research Laboratory, will take a look at how construction testing has evolved and will continue to do so. His firm has provided testing for some of the world’s most renowned projects, including the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago, the World Trade Center in New York, Hong Kong Bank and Bank of China (Hong Kong), Canary Wharf in London and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

As many are well aware, late last year, the U.S. government slapped large tariffs on curtainwall units coming in from China. There have been many industry questions on the tariffs, how high will they go, and what U.S. customs will do for enforcement. As part of this year’s BEC Conference, attorney David M. Spooner of Squire Sanders will discuss the Chinese curtainwall tariff, focusing on what it means to glass and glazing businesses in 2013 and 2014. Spooner was formerly the assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration. In that capacity, he led government enforcement of trade remedy laws, principally the antidumping and antisubsidy laws.

“The new tariff on Chinese curtainwall has generated significant discussion among glazing contractors,” says Brian Pitman, GANA director of marketing and communications. “David will be able to offer definitive answers to the many questions surrounding the tariff, as well as provide insights to maximize the beneficial effects for glaziers in North America.”

Also speaking on the first day, Rich Drinon, president of Drinon & Associates Inc., will discuss “Stepping Up to Leadership.” His session will examine the awareness, attitude and actions required by today’s leaders as they work to build their teams and organizations.

A number of other highlights are also included as part of day one. These include a codes and standards update from GANA consultant Tom Culp with Birch Point Consulting, as well as a presentation from attorney Lauren P. McLaughlin, Esq. of BrigliaMcLaughlin PLLC whose seminar is titled “Legal Contract Issues: How to Realistically Protect Yourself and Your Company.”

Other activities throughout the day include a trade show and an evening networking reception.

Listening In
The final day opens with a keynote address from Lee Corso, ESPN college football analyst. He will speak to event attendees on “Striving for Excellence, Not Success.” Concluding the 2013 BEC Conference will be a panel discussion about the “Connections Between the Components.” It will give attendees the chance to learn from the featured experts and also ask questions.

To learn more about the 2013 BEC Conference visit http://www.glasswebsite.com/events/bec.

BEC 2013 Schedule-at-a-Glance
Sunday, March 17
1:00-8:00 p.m.: Registration open
3:00-5:00 p.m.: BEC technical meeting
6:00-8:00 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day welcome reception

Monday, March 18
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Registration open
6:30-7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/trade show open
8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.: BEC Conference general session
4:45-6:00 p.m.: Trade show open
6:00-8:00 p.m.: Networking reception

Tuesday, March 19
6:30-11:00 a.m.: Registration desk
6:30-7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/trade show open
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: General session

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