Volume 49, Issue 2 - February 2014


Knowledge and Networking Abound at TEXpo™ ’14
by Ellen Rogers

The city of San Antonio is home to five missions, but this year an additional one heads to town and it’s just for you—your mission to find all the information you need to help your business thrive. Glass TEXpo™, the region’s premiere resource for architectural glass and glazing education, will take place in San Antonio April 10-11. Co-sponsored by the Texas Glass Association, USGlass magazine, USGNN™ and Window Film magazine, the two day conference provides a number of opportunities to increase your glass-industry know-how.

For 12 years, Glass TEXpo™ has brought affordable and essential information to the Gulf region to help keep the architectural glass industry informed. This year’s event promises to bring hard-hitting seminar topics, as well as the opportunity to meet and explore new vendors, products and services. The program includes two full days of seminars covering timely discussion topics led by industry experts.

Find Some New Products
In addition to the seminar portion, the event also includes a look at the industry’s newest products, which will be on display during the expo. Exhibitors will feature everything from new glass developments to hardware and tools, windows, software, curtainwall and more.

Attendees and exhibitors can also enjoy the welcoming cocktail party taking place April 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Settle Down, Settle In
The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel is offering Glass TEXpo™ attendees and exhibitors a discounted room rate of $139 USD per night, single/double, plus tax until March 9, 2014, on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book your room, call 866/764-8536 and mention either the group code GTQ or that you are with Glass TEXpo to receive the discounted rate.

We’ll Save Your Place
Pre-registration saves you money with reduced registration fees and alleviates long lines on show days. Also, there are several different types of registrations being offered. Pre-registration is currently open and will close at the end of business on Friday, March 28, 2014. Pre-register at http://www.usglassmag.com/texpo/register.php and visit http://www.usglassmag.com/texpo for a complete schedule.

Plus, members of the Texas Glass Association and USGlass magazine subscribers who register by March 28, 2014, will receive a free attendee registration (a $79 value) at no charge. This offer does extend to all employees of your company; however it is not valid for industry suppliers.

To learn more about attending or exhibiting at Glass Expo TEXpo, visit the event website at www.usglassmag.com/ texpo.

Glass TEXpo™ 2014 Tentative Seminar Schedule

Thursday, April 10
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Panel: Daylighting, Integrated Façade Design and Energy Efficient Buildings
Industry experts will discuss fundamental daylight light sources, the impact of façade and room geometry, the lighting efficacy of daylight versus electric light, and dynamic electronically tintable glass characteristics as they apply to both energy savings and enhanced thermal and visual comfort to building occupants. Walk away with the knowledge to share with your customers about appropriate window size and configuration for use with sunshades and light shelves. The session will provide 1 LU, 1 HSW. Panelists: Blake Hogan, territory manager for Texas, SAGE Electrochromics, Inc. and Tom Minnon, architectural specification manager, Tubelite Inc.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Trends in Building Construction
In order to get your piece of the contract glazing business, you need to know what is occurring and plan as best as you can for what’s to come. View the data and work with an industry expert who can help forecast is an integral part of being successful. Come learn what information you need to know to capitalize on the trends that will affect your bottom line. This session will include discussions of trends in architecture and building materials; fenestration talking points, new and retrofit construction, trends in automation, major industry challenges, domestic and foreign threats and what to expect in the future. Speaker: Richard Voreis, chief executive officer, Consulting Collaborative

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Welcome to Glass TEXpo: Industry Forecast Kick-off this year’s event with an overview of what the trends are predicting for 2014-2015. Speakers: Debra Levy, publisher, USGlass magazine and Jerry Wright, president, Texas Glass Association

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Keynote Address: Understanding the Customer of the Future
Market trends are changing. The person who has the buying power no longer lives at a home with a white picket fence, 2.5 children and a dog. How do you define your customer? This is a great question and one that will determine the future success of your business. Learn how to build business with people not like you. Keynote Speaker: Kenja Purkey, director of strategic planning, McDonald Marketing

Friday, April 11
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Clear Controversy: The Future of Glass in the Building Skin
The latest episode of the “war on glass” has heightened the rhetoric of controversy surrounding this ubiquitous building material. The glass industry is happy to have won this recent round, but what does the future hold for the application of architectural glass as a façade material? We are in the midst of step-change in building façade technology, as well as the transformation of the built environment. What are the drivers of change catalyzing this transformation? What are the current dominant trends and how may they play out into the future? How can the industry and its constituents best respond to the vagaries of emerging market conditions and the inevitable turbulence to come? These and other questions are explored in this thought-provoking program. Speaker: Mic Patterson, vice president of strategic development, Advanced Technology Studio – Enclos

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
How to Buy Products, Supplies, Labor, Everything – for Your Glass Business Efficiently
“How to Buy Efficiently” will educate you on the most efficient and cost-savings ways to buy glass and all the materials you use daily in your business. You’ll learn the tricks to purchasing used by professional purchasing agents reducing your costs and most importantly reducing your labor in receiving and processing payments. Paul was the Chief Operating Officer for a major glass fabricator for 22 years and he’ll tell you why some glass shops earned lower prices on a regular basis. Speaker: Paul Bieber, president, Bieber Consulting Group, LLC, columnist, USGlass magazine and author of Five Minute Consultant

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