GlassBuild America attracts 485 exhibitors

September 29, 2008
: MEETINGS AND EVENTS

GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is just six days away at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In 2008, 485 companies will showcase their products at GlassBuild America, which will feature 161,260 net square feet of exhibit space. The show will host 113 first-time exhibiting companies. As of Sept. 26, 6,940 have pre-registered, an increase of 2 percent compared to pre-registrations for the show two years ago in Las Vegas.

"The economy is definitely not making things easy for us this year, but we've been hearing from our exhibitors that they are coming into the show with realistic expectations,” said Denise Sheehan, vice president for Industry Events at the National Glass Association, McLean. Va. “We may not see the huge attendance we had in Las Vegas in 2006, but they will still have a great show and see the decision-makers they want to see.

“With that said, our pre-registration numbers are looking strong, and in Las Vegas, we always see a lot of on-site registrations. It's rewarding to know that in this economy, people are still looking toward GlassBuild America as the industry's must-attend event."

An estimated audience of 200 industry professionals is expected for the presentations and breakout sessions of the third annual Glazing Executives Forum, which is presented by the NGA Oct. 6.

Charles Eastman, director, AEC Integration Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, will present "BIM and Your Business." Eastman, along with Richard Voreis, founder, Consulting Collaborative, Dallas, will lead breakout sessions, "BIM Repercussions, Store-front & Curtain Wall Unitized Curtain Wall Fabrication & Installation," and "LEED and Green Developments in Fenestration Subcontracting."

Jeff Dietrich, senior analyst, Institute of Trend Research, Concord, N.H., will present "Industry Economic Forecast and Q&A" during lunch. More breakout sessions will follow: "Anti-Terrorism Codes and Blast Load Design" led by Stewart Jeske, professional engineer, Jeske Engineering Inc., Kansas City, Mo.; "Training Your Employees," a MyGlassClass study; "Construction Management vs. General Contractor Projects, Pitfalls & Problems to Look for" led by Paul Main, vice president and division manager, Trainor Glass Co., Phoenix office, and Ed Trainor, executive vice president, Trainor Glass Co., Alslip, Ill.; and "Water Proofing Buildings" led by Peter Poirier, technical director, Tremco Glazing Solutions Group, Ashland, Ohio.

Jose R. "Pepe" Charles, senior consultant and workshop leader, Management Action Programs Inc., Las Vegas, will deliver the keynote address, The Top 10 Leadership Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

“Architects of a Better Mind,” presented by The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumberg, Ill., will be Oct. 6-7.

Two window and door seminars take place Oct. 7: “A Clear View of the Future: State of the Window and Door Industry” and “World Going Green: What Do Homeowners Want in Environmentally Responsible Windows?”

Oct. 8 features two decorative/retail glass seminars: “New Age of Trends in Decorative Glass—Options and Trends in the Market” and “Success 2008—Marketing That Works.”

The American Master Installer Auto Glass Championship will be Oct. 6-7 with the winner announced Oct. 8. The winner of the American national championship, along with the first runner-up, will travel to Germany at the end of October to represent the United States in the International Master Fitter Competition.

For complete information, go to GlassBuildAmerica.com.