Volume 51, Issue 1 - January 2016

GANA Perspectives

Get in the Game
2016 is the Year of the Fabricator

by Bill Yanek

GANA events, such as the annual BEC Conference, bring many people together for educational and networking opportunities.

Welcome to 2016! I guarantee that this year will make its mark on history. We’ll elect a new president, face the prospect of rising interest rates, continue to deal with the threat of terrorism at home and abroad, and root for the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals … but I digress.

Places and Faces

At GANA, 2016 will also be an important year. We’ll kick off our event agenda with the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. Since 2009, our BEC event has (re)grown each year, and 2016 will continue that trend. In early March, GANA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturing Alliance (IGMA) will come together in Indian Wells, Calif., for the IGMA Winter Meeting and GANA Annual Conference. We’ll share two fun networking events (miniature golfing and a “classic Hollywood” themed dinner), and the GANA Insulating Division and IGMA Technical Committee will meet jointly.

Our team will also be different in 2016. Ashley Charest left GANA last November after 16 stellar years as our account executive, and Sara Neiswanger has taken her place. We know Sara well from her work with PGC International, Glazing Industry Secretarial Committee, and as the GANA technical resources coordinator. Our deep GANA team bench allowed a near-seamless transition between Ashley and Sara.

Calling the Shots

If you’ve heard me speak at any of our events, it will come as no surprise that I love sports analogies. The GANA of 2016 can be aptly described using sports as a model. I look at our Flat Glass Manufacturing Division (FGMD) as our association’s front office/general manager. Without the FGMD, we all would not be here. They are responsible for the material that we defend.

The BEC Division includes our running backs/quarterbacks/wide receivers. They take our material and make projects happen. Without the BEC Division, defending our material would be reduced to a theoretical exercise.

There is a huge gap between the FGMD and BEC Divisions. Our coordinators and coaches—our fabricators—fill that gap. GANA fabricator members have been instrumental in our association’s 20-plus years of history. Without them, our material and building projects never link up in the marketplace.

Make it Work

The fabricators belong to our laminating, tempering, decorative, insulating and energy divisions. Beginning this year, our association will work to join efforts across our various divisions in pursuit of a GANA fabricator agenda. Our fabricators across North America are a powerful, under-tapped resource. More North American fabricators should be GANA fabricators. It’s my mission to grow the GANA fabricator ranks. You could say that 2016 will be the year of the GANA fabricator—history indeed!

I look forward to seeing you all at our events and getting your feedback on your association. Learn more about our upcoming events and how GANA can benefit you by visiting glasswebsite.com. n

the author

Bill Yanek is the executive vice president of the Glass Association of North America in Topeka, Kan.

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