The Big Event Gets Bigger
Glass Week and BEC Conference Ready to Roll
by Brian Pitman
Now that 2010 has begun in earnest (and hopefully is bringing more and
more business to your company and our industry), it is time to focus on
two of the biggest events in the glass and glazing industry and how they
can help prepare your company for the economic upswing that is bound to
happen. Glass Week and the Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference
have been scheduled for late March in Las Vegas, and each offers a variety
of reasons to attend.
Glass Week features meetings of GANA’s seven divisions and multiple committees,
and generally attracts association members, fabricators, manufacturers,
installers and suppliers. Glass Week meetings include updates of many
activities of interest to the industry, including technical information
and standards being crafted, energy code and product development information
and advocacy updates to include work on the International Building Code
and ASHRAE standards. Additionally, marketing and management will be discussed
in meetings at Glass Week.
The BEC Conference has grown tremendously over the past decade and frequently
draws top members of the contract glazing industry. Known as “the networking
event of the year” for glaziers, it features a number of top-quality speakers
and industry networking opportunities for glaziers unmatched by any other
event in the glass and glazing industry. This year’s program was selected
after carefully surveying GANA’s BEC Division and ranking potential presentation
topics. Only the top choices by glazing contractors were selected to further
increase and focus the benefits of attendance.
In addition to these two top events, GANA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers
Alliance (IGMA) announced the opening of registrations for their co-located
meetings on a joint website at www.glassweek.com.
Visitors to the website not only will be able to register for Glass Week
and the BEC Conference, but also for the IGMA Annual Conference—all of
which will be taking place at the Paris Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas
on March 23-30, 2010. The three conferences generally pull in an audience
of more than 800 attendees between them. The addition of IGMA Annual Conference
to the mix pulls in another segment of the industry, and the association’s
conference will focus heavily on issues of importance to the insulating
glass unit manufacturers and suppliers.
GANA and IGMA have a solid history of working together to create strong
events with crossover networking potential. By combining our registrations
on one website, we are making the process of getting information and registering
for the event as easy as possible for all of our attendees. Furthermore,
working together allows us to offer discounts to those attending more
than one of these events.
These three meetings provide real-world reasons to attend for any company
in the industry. Each can positively impact your business, the quality
of your work and your bottom line. Jump online to our website at www.glassweek.com
to learn much more about these events and why you need to be among the
leaders who will join us in Vegas. Enjoy the New Year, and let’s work
together to make it much stronger than 2009.
Brian Pitman is GANA’s director of marketing and
communications. Mr Pitman’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily
those of this magazine.
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