Volume 50, Issue 4 - April 2015

GANA Perspectives

A Job Well Done
GANA Honors Its Own with Annual Awards

by Ashley Charest

Members are the heart and soul of the Glass Association of North America (GANA), and it’s their collective effort that advances and elevates our industry. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated and exceptional volunteers who make us what we are: a united voice for the glazing industry.

Recently, we honored the outstanding work and dedication of several leaders within our standing divisions.

Building Envelope Contractors

The BEC division meets officially once a year at the BEC Conference. It is fitting that Jay Phillips of Guardian Industries was awarded this recognition, primarily for his work in assisting to organize the event with quality education for the contract glazier. He also served on the GANA board of directors, representing the BEC division, and is a past president.

Decorative Division

Cathie Saroka of Goldray Industries has led the education committee twice, worked on the division website revision, and is involved in the association’s marketing committee. Saroka is willing to work on any project, and routinely volunteers for the tough jobs for which no one else raises their hand.

Energy Division

Pete Anderson of Viracon has volunteered in numerous divisions and committees, including a variety of energy division task groups, subcommittees and committees. Most recently, he has taken on an especially important job within the energy division as the technical committee chair, the primary reason he was nominated for the award.

Jeff Nixon, 2014 Glass Association of North America president, presented the C. Gregory Carney Member of the Year Award to John Colapietro of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®.

Insulating Division

No one is more conscientious than or as giving of his time in the industry as Rick Wright of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. As the insulating division member of the year, he is always looking out for the best interests of the industry and isn’t afraid to address difficult situations.

Laminating Division

What has Valerie Block of Kuraray America not done in the laminating division? She has led technical committees, education groups and marketing, and also serves on a variety of non-division committees. Always looking for input, even if she has to drag it out of you, she is not afraid to write up a full technical document for first review during a division meeting.

Tempering Division

Jeff Nixon of Glass Coatings & Concepts has worked diligently on the tempering division’s Engineering Standards Manual as its chair over the past few years. As the immediate past president, we will have many more opportunities for his leadership.

C. Gregory Carney
GANA Member of the Year

In November 2013, the glass industry lost a dear friend and industry leader, Greg Carney. Carney spent more than 30 years in the industry and served as the GANA technical director from 1999 to 2009. Carney was known as an enthusiastic, welcoming and remarkably knowledgeable leader.

The C. Gregory Carney Member of the Year Award is meant to carry forward Carney’s spirit of commitment, collaboration and camaraderie while honoring other members who exemplify a similar enthusiasm and

Carney’s can-do attitude and willingness to “do” for the betterment of the industry is embodied in our award winner this year. John Colapietro of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® has led committees, subcommittees and task groups, is chairing a division and has a willingness to roll up his sleeves to tackle any difficult project.

the author
Ashley Charest is the account executive of the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan.

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