Volume 50, Issue 1 - January 2015

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GANA Returns to Las Vegas with its Annual Conference-BEC Conference Combo

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is returning to Las Vegas where it will host its Annual Conference
followed immediately by its Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. The events will take place at the Paris Hotel & Casino, beginning with the Annual, March 5-8, and the BEC, March 8-10.


Annual Conference

The GANA Annual Conference will include seven division meetings, as well as educational sessions, presentations and other non-division meetings such as the Protective Glazing Council. For the fourth year, the conference will also include “Energy Day,” March 7, which will focus on a variety of energy-related topics. The event will also include the second annual member of the year awards, presented during the Friday night reception.


Annual Conference 2015 Program, Schedule At-A-Glance


Thursday, March 5, 2015


8:00 - 11:00 a.m.:
Centric board of directors (closed)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: GANA Educational Foundation
board of directors (closed)
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.: Centric shareholder meeting (closed)
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Centric organizational meeting (closed)
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.: GANA board of directors (closed)


Friday, March 6, 2015


7:30 a.m. - 6:00 pm:
Registration desk open
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Tempering division meeting
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Protective Glazing Council
Includes subject matter experts panel: Valerie Block,
Kuraray America; Huston Dawson, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.; Darrell Smith, IWFA; and Joe Smith, Applied
Research Associates Inc.
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.: Luncheon speaker, UK Explosives
Research Team Capabilities and Resource, Dr. Braden Lusk, associate professor of Mining Department,
University of Kentucky
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Laminating division meeting
4:45 - 6:00 p.m.: New professionals committee
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: GANA members of the year awards
reception.


Saturday, March 7, 2015


7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.:
Registration desk
8:00 - 9:45 a.m.: GANA membership breakfast meeting
• Industry overview • Division chair reports
• Technical report • General counsel report
• Marketing report • Consultant report
• IGCC/SGCC • ANSI
• NFRC
10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Energy symposium
(program to be announced)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.: Energy division meeting
3:45 - 6:15 p.m.: Insulating division meeting


Sunday, March 8, 2015


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.:
Registration desk
8:00 - 9:15 am: Flat glass manufacturing
division meeting
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Decorative division meeting
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Town hall luncheon
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.: Marketing committee
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Joint reception with
BEC Conference


BEC Conference

After the Sunday night kick-off reception with the Annual Conference, the BEC program gets underway Monday morning. The day begins with a welcome from Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning Corp., who serves as BEC division chair, and Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president. Next, Joseph Puishys, CEO, Apogee Enterprises Inc., will provide a glazing industry update. Educational sessions will be held throughout the day, which ends with a keynote session from major league baseball player Jim Abbott. His presentation, sponsored by Guardian Industries, is titled “ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity.”

The BEC Conference, known for its top-notch networking, also includes a trade show and reception, as well additional educational sessions on Tuesday.


BEC Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

Sunday, March 8, 2015

1:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Registration desk
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: BEC technical committee meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Welcome reception


Monday, March 9, 2015


6:30 - 8:00 p.m.:
Registration desk
7:00 - 7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/trade show open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: BEC Conference general session
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Jon Kimberlain, Dow Corning Corp., BEC division chair and Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Glazing Industry Update, Joseph Puishys, CEO, Apogee Enterprises Inc.
9:00 - 9:05 a.m.: Take 5, Dow Corning Corp., James Stange
9:05 - 10:05 a.m.: Building Your Own Bench, Onboarding and Retention; speaker to be announced 
10:05 - 10:10 a.m.: Take 5, Kawneer Co. Inc., Lisa Jackson
10:10 - 10:40 a.m.: Morning communications break/trade show open
10:40 - 11:30 a.m.: Future of Glazing Technology,
James O’Callaghan, director, Eckersley O’Callaghan
11:30 - 11:35 a.m.: Take 5, Tremco Commercial Sealants, Ken Krieger
11:35 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch/trade show open
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.: Innovation and Insights Consultants Q&A Panel, Stephane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
1:45 - 1:50 p.m.: Take 5, Vitrum Industries, Thomas Martini
1:50 - 2:35 p.m.: Facing Today’s Challenges:
Fabricator Q&A Panel, Kawneer Co. Inc.
2:35 - 2:40 p.m.: Take 5, JE Berkowitz LP, Mike Nicklas
2:40 - 3:10 pm: Afternoon coffee/beer break/trade show open, sponsored by AGC Glass Co. North America
3:10 - 3:55 p.m.: Codes and association update, Dr. Tom Culp, GANA energy consultant, Birch Point Consulting;
Urmilla Sowell, GANA technical director
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Take 5, Guardian Industries Corp., Chris Dolan
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity,
Jim Abbott, Keynote Speaker, sponsored by Guardian
Industries Corp.  
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Trade show networking reception


Tuesday, March 10, 2015


7:00 - 11:00 a.m.:
Registration desk
7:00 - 7:45 a.m.: Breakfast/trade show open
8:00 - 11:30 am: BEC Conference Hot Business Topics! General Session
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Using Social Media for Marketing,
Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting
9:00 - 9:05 a.m.: Take 5, Super Duper Glass, Chris Boyles
9:05 - 10:05 a.m.: Legal Issues for Contract Glaziers, Courtney Little, ACE Glass
10:05 - 10:10 a.m.: Take 5, Morrison Hershfield Ltd., Patrick Roppel
10:10 - 10:40 a.m.: Morning communications break/trade show open
10:40 - 11:30 a.m.: Strategic Alliances and Referrals


Make Plans and Go

Registration information for both the GANA Annual Conference and the BEC Conference is available online at www.glasswebsite.com/events. Hotel reservations can also be made through the event website. February 5 is the hotel room cutoff for both events.




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