Kansas City, Here I Come  
Get Ready for the GANA Fall Conference  
B y E r i n F l e t c h e r  
n 1952, a young song-writing duo,  
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, wrote  
the lyrics to “Kansas City.”You know  
the song, right? “I’m going to Kansas  
City…Kansas City here I come.” What  
today seems like such a universal tune  
took nearly a decade to become pop-  
ular when it was recorded by Wilbert  
Harrison in 1959. Now, more than 60  
years later, the song has been sung by  
the likes of Fats Domino, The Beatles,  
James Brown, the Rolling Stones and  
countless others. From my own con-  
cert-going experiences, it seems to be  
a heartfelt tradition for bands to cele-  
brate their Kansas City fans by covering  
it. I, for one, have witnessed it played  
by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street  
Band on a couple of occasions. (And The GANA Fall Conference will include a reception at the glassy Kauffman  
yes, it was awesome.)  
Center for Performing Arts.  
Maybe I’m a little over enthusiastic  
with this music history lesson, but it’s cially looking forward to a reception at tion of new, creative, data-driven solu-  
only because I,with the rest of the GANA the Kauffman Center for Performing tions to traditional problems.  
team,am excited to extend an invitation Arts. Its architectural design offers a  
to members, local glaziers, architects, unique combination of bead-blasted, all thE DEtails  
specifiers and other industry profes- stainless steel, pre-cast concrete and a  
Seven GANA divisions will meet  
sionals to attend the GANA Fall Confer- massive glass façade. This combination during the conference,addressing build-  
ence, August 23-26 in Kansas City. This of striking features has made it an iconic ing façade contracting, decorative glass  
city is not just the stomping grounds for building that’s added a signature mark and glazing, energy and sustainability,  
great barbeque, an incredible jazz scene on the skyline.  
and the 2015 World Series champions, In addition to entertainment and net- Protective Glazing Council will also meet.  
the Royals. It’s also a beloved and famil- working opportunities, the event will This conference provides an opportu-  
iar spot for our staff due to its proximity be packed with valuable agenda items, nity to connect with old friends and new  
flat glass manufacturing and more. The  
to our headquarters in Topeka, Kan.  
presentations and discussions. These while discussing and exploring critical  
include an ASTM E 1300 update; discus- industry topics. Visit  
sion about exposed edges of heat-treated to register or learn more. n  
What to ExpEct  
The conference will be held at the laminated glass; a tour of the AGC  
Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the Glass Co. Spring Hill plant; and a  
downtown “Power & Light” entertain- presentation from Kansas City’s  
ment district. Restaurants, shopping, chief innovations officer, Bob  
bars and entertainment are all within Bennett. His role as CIO includes  
E r i n R o b e r t s is the  
director of marketing and  
communications for the Glass  
Association of North America  
in Topeka, Kan.  
walking distance from the facility.  
identifying and challenging inef-  
The conference will offer several net- ficiencies, and is also charged with  
working opportunities, but we’re espe- the adaptation and implementa-  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2016