Volume 49, Issue 2 - February 2014

Focus On...

Innovation, Industry and Insight Draw Contract Glaziers to 2014 BEC Conference
by Ellen Rogers

Every year contract glaziers travel to Las Vegas to score big with tools they need to grow their businesses and the industry. The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference is the draw that brings them all there. Taking place March 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the event will focus on innovation and disruptive change the industry is seeing on a daily basis, and how to incorporate those two changes into business for growth.

The conference begins the afternoon of Sunday, March 16 with the Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual meeting from 1-3 p.m., followed by the BEC technical committee meeting from 3-5 p.m. A welcome reception that evening will get the event in full swing.

Focal Points
The heart of the conference gets underway the next morning. Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning, who serves as the BEC division chair, will open the program with a welcome address. Next on the agenda, Richard A. Beuke, vice president, Flat Glass, PPG Industries Inc., will provide the keynote, “Anticipating and Managing Change in the Glass Industry.”

Also that morning, Mic Patterson of Enclos will discuss, “Face Change, Innovation and Rapid Technology.” The program also includes a presentation titled, “Maximizing Your Profit: How Productivity Dramatically Affects Profitability.”

Other speakers and presenters include Ric Schmidt, GLG/HH Intellitec, presenting “Latest In Installation Equipment;” GANA’s energy consultant Tom Culp of Birch Point Consulting, discussing “Codes, Standards, and the Battle for the Wall;” and Courtney Little of Ace Glass, speaking about“Legal Issues: OSHA Initiatives, Insurance, Mold and Mildew, Lead Paint.”

In addition, an afternoon panel discussion, moderated by Chuck Knickerbocker of Technical Glass Products, will address “Benefits of Different Glazing Systems.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the various systems. Panelists include: Chris Giovannielli, product manager/curtainwalls of Kawneer; Larry Carbury of Dow Corning Corp; and a representative from 3M.

Innovative Reigns
The last day of the conference attendees will learn about “Personal Experience on Innovative Change.” The opening address will come from Ron Jaworski, who spent 17 years as an NFL quarterback, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. Today Jaworski coaches football fans on TV with a multiplatform NFL analyst role that includes appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, NFL-branded specials, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Pardon the Interruption, and other platforms and shows throughout the year.

Also on the day’s schedule will be a panel on “Challenges to Innovation – Demystifying Early Adoption” Panelists will include a building owner, general contractor, architect and contract glazier discussing innovation and adopting these innovations early into your business offerings.


BEC 2014 Schedule At-A-Glance
Sunday, March 16, 2014
1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration open

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual meeting

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
BEC technical committee meeting

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome reception

Monday, March 17, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Registration open

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast/trade show

8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
BEC Conference general session

4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day reception

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration open

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast/trade show

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
General session

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