Volume 51, Issue 2 - February 2016

Don’t Miss This
The Annual BEC Conference Offers a Unique Experience Thatís Just for You


by Ellen Rogers


Something big is happening in Las Vegas. It’s not a concert, boxing match or celebrity-citing hot spot. It’s an exclusive, must-attend event that’s geared toward a unique audience—and that includes you.

The Glass Association of North America (GANA) is returning to Sin City for its annual Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. Dates are set for February 21-23. For the first time, the event will take place at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The conference will focus on areas such as education, networking and business growth and how they affect those in the contract glazing industry.

The conference begins on Sunday afternoon with the BEC Technical Committee meeting, chaired by Chuck Knickerbocker of Technical Glass Products. The group has been working on a number of projects. These include development of a building information modeling (BIM) glass information bulletin; updating the Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual, Blueprint Reading and Estimating Course and Project Manager’s Reference Manual.
A welcome reception will take place following the committee meeting.

Getting Started

Monday morning will begin with a number of in-depth presentations. After opening remarks from BEC Conference chair Jon Kimberlain of Dow Corning and GANA executive vice president Bill Yanek, Serge Martin with AGC Glass Co. North America will provide a state of the glass and glazing industry address. Also that morning, Tony Childress with Childress Engineering Services will present “New Windload Provisions Causing a Flurry? ‘Nail’ Your Proposal Now.” This session will give attendees insight into preparing proposals using the new ASCE windload provisions. He will discuss what questions to ask regarding the project scope and specs according to the designated building code, location, and the design of the building.

Your Questions Answered

A number of panel discussions will also take place. These sessions will bring industry experts together on stage to address questions from the audience.

The first session will address design and fabrication of oversized glass. Panelists include James Cole of AGNORA, Jeff Haber of W&W Glass and Kelly Schuller of Viracon. The second discussion will cover a new glazing contractor certification program with panelists Jeff Dalaba of Administrative Management Systems Inc. and Jim Stathopolous of Ajay Glass.

Attendees will also hear from Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at architectural firm BIG, who will discuss “Glass Innovation in the Industry.” Bergmann leads the firm’s business development, which currently works in more than 20 different countries. He also oversees the company’s communications. He is a registered architect in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province, and recently contributed to the resiliency plan “The Dryline” to protect ten miles of Manhattan’s coastline.

He has undertaken teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater, the University of Virginia. He also sits on the board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of his firm.

Monday afternoon also includes a number of educational and entertaining presentations. As part of the “GANA Late Night Show with Jon Kimberlain,” attendees will have the chance to watch the industry’s very own late night show with a special line-up of guests.

Other afternoon sessions include contract negotiations, a codes update and the GANA technical update.

Keynote speaker Johnny Bench, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, will wrap up the day’s program with his presentation, “Vowels of Success.” Bench began his baseball career in 1965 as an amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds; he made the Major League roster in 1968. In addition, he has a background in broadcasting, including nine years with CBS Radio broadcasting the National Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, the League Championship Series and the World Series, as well as play-by-play on Reds’ television.

Monday concludes with a networking reception.

Focusing on Your Business

Tuesday morning opens the final day of the 2016 BEC Conference, which will cover business topics for contract glaziers. Peggy Noe Stevens, who focuses on branding, image consultation and other networking skills for business, will discuss “Professional and Personal Branding for Contract Glazing Firms.”

Additional information about the BEC Conference can be found online at glasswebsite.com.



BEC Conference 2016 Schedule

Sunday, February 21, 2016


2 - 8 p.m. Registration Open
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. BEC Technical Committee Meeting
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Welcome Reception

Monday, February 22, 2016

6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Registration Open
7 - 7:45 a.m. Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. BEC Conference General Session
8 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome, Jon Kimberlain, Dow Corning Corp., BEC Division Chair; Bill Yanek, GANA executive vice president
8:15 – 9 a.m. State of the Glass and Glazing Industry, Serge Martin, AGC
9 - 9:05 a.m. Take 5
9:05 - 10:05 a.m. New Windload Provisions Causing a Flurry? “Nail” Your Proposal Now, Tony Childress, Childress Engineering Services
10:05 - 10:10 a.m. Take 5
10:10 - 10:40 a.m. Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
10:40 - 11:30 a.m. Q&A Session: Design and Fabrication of Oversized Glass
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. Take 5
11:35 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch/Trade Show Open
1 - 1:05p.m. Take 5
1:05 - 1:35 p.m. Glazing Contractor Certification Panel Discussion
1:35 - 1:40 p.m. Take 5
1:40 - 2:05 p.m. GANA Codes Update, Tom Culp, GANA energy consultant, Birchpoint Consulting
2:05 - 2:25 p.m. GANA Technical Update, Urmilla Sowell, GANA technical director
2:25 - 2:55 p.m. Afternoon Coffee/Beer Break/Trade Show Open
2:55 - 3:50 p.m. Innovation in the Industry, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, BIG architectural firm
3:50 - 3:55 p.m. Take 5
4 - 5 p.m. Vowels of Success, Johnny Bench, keynote speaker
5 - 6:30 p.m. Trade Show Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

7- 11 a.m. Registration Open
7 - 7:45 a.m. Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8 - 11:30 a.m. BEC Conference Contract Glazier Business Topic Session
8 - 9:25 am. Professional and Personal Branding for Contract Glazing Firms, Peggy Noe Stevens
9:25 - 9:30 a.m. Take 5
9:30 - 10 a.m. Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
10 - 11:30 a.m. Professional and Personal Branding for Contract Glazing Firms (cont’d), Peggy Noe Stevens


the author

Ellen Rogers is the editor of USGlass magazine. Follow her on Twitter @USGlass and like USGlass on Facebook to receive updates.





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