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2019 Glazing Executives Forum: Building for Tomorrow

September 17, 2019 | Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA
Glazing Executives Forum 2019

The U.S. glazing market remains healthy, with companies reporting the number of new projects out for bidding or negotiation is as strong as ever. On September 17, glazing company owners and managers will gather at the 2019 Glazing Executives Forum in Atlanta to learn and share best practices for managing growth and building for tomorrow.

All events will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room 312-313, unless otherwise noted. The full-day program includes breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception, plus admission to the GlassBuild America trade show floor and Happy Hour.

Event Information

Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Event Registration

Early Bird *

* Early Bird Registration 4/25/2019 - 6/28/2019

Schedule (Subject to Change)

8:00am - 9:00am
Welcome Breakfast sponsored by the NGA Installing Committee

Hear from Installing Committee Chair Matt Kamper of Woodbridge Glass on committee activities and opportunities to get involved. Also learn about NGA initiatives specifically designed for contract glaziers while enjoying a breakfast buffet.

9:15am - 9:20am
The Day Ahead

NGA Incoming Chairman of the Board and Glazing Executives Forum MC Chris Bole, president of Pikes Peak Glass, will walk attendees through the day’s activities.

9:20am - 10:00am
The Battle for the Wall

With voices from the code, architect, and glazing contractor communities, this panel discussion will address how initiatives like the New Green Deal in New York City can hurt the glass industry, and what glass companies can do to fight back.

10:00am - 10:15am
Networking Break
10:15am - 10:45am
A New Type of Glazier: From Glass Company to Building Enclosure Expert

For contract glaziers, the last couple of years have provided a multitude of changes and challenges. Façade systems are more integrated, material and labor costs are increasing, and design responsibility is shifting. What can glass contractors do to meet these challenges and provide a better solution for their clients, while at the same time stay competitive?

Presenter David Ben-Israel is a senior cost consultant specializing in design and construction for MGAC, a firm that offers building owners project management, cost and risk management, and vendor sourcing services, in addition to others. As a building owner advocate and Glass Magazine contributor, Ben-Israel offers contract glaziers a unique perspective on the evolving market.

10:45am - 11:45am
Labor Power Hour: Engage Your Front Line to Increase Your Bottom Line

We typically interview, hire, select and train labor based on the skills they possess. However, problems in the field are primarily based on character—how they do the job. In other words, employees are hired for what they know, and fired for who they are. In this session, Mack and Ria Story will share strategies to increase the productivity of the employees you already have, create a pipeline of leaders, and develop a company culture that attracts and keeps new labor. The result: increased profit, improved morale, and reduced turnover.

Mack Story co-founded Top Story Leadership with his wife, Ria Story, in 2008. Mack is a published author of several leadership books including: Defining Influence, 10 Values of High Impact Leaders, and Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines. Ria is an author of 11 books, a TEDx Speaker, and has nearly 20 years of experience in leadership and management.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Networking Lunch sponsored by the NGA Installing Committee

Enjoy the opportunity to network and learn from fellow attendees in an informal setting. To include a Top 50 Glaziers presentation from Glass Magazine Editor Katy Devlin.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ask the Expert Breakout Sessions

Choose from among three interactive breakout sessions to ask expert presenters questions specific to your business.

  • Get Your Codes and Technical Questions Answered, With NGA code consultant Tom Culp and NGA Technical Director Urmilla Sowell
  • Learn How to Bid Successfully and Control Costs, With David Ben-Israel
  • Engage Your Front-Line Employees, With Mack and Ria Story
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Networking Break
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Annual Economic Forecast

Presented by Connor Lokar, ITR Economics

Back by popular demand, Connor Lokar will return to GEF to give an energetic and informative session on business-cycle trends, with a focus on the construction industry to help glazing company executives plan for the future.

Connor Lokar is a program economist at ITR Economics. He provides economic consulting services for businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. His economic insight and forecasting experience play a key role in ITR Economics’ 94.7 percent forecast accuracy.

3:30pm - 3:35pm
Closing Remarks
3:45pm - 5:00pm
Glazing Executives Forum Cocktail Reception on the GlassBuild America Trade Show Floor

Gather in the Express Learning theater, booth #4029, on the show floor for a glazier-only happy hour

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Tour GlassBuild America

Walk the floor at the biggest show of the year for the glass and glazing industry. Join attendees for a Happy Hour on the floor, where light food and drink will be served.