A New Vision and Fresh Momentum at the NGA Annual Conference

Glass Magazine
January 29, 2019

Pictured: Scenes from the 2019 NGA Annual Conference in Naples, Florida, held Jan. 22-24, including NGA President Nicole Harris, providing an association update to membership, and a packed Fabrication Committee meeting. 

About 120 glass industry technical leaders gathered in Naples, Florida, last week for the 2019 Annual Conference for the National Glass Association. During the three-day meeting, members addressed critical glass industry topics, from performance requirements to glass safety concerns, and issues such as product transparency requirements and the industry’s role in promoting occupant health took center stage.

The organization’s technical activities reflect a push toward promoting the industry and its solutions for bettering the building industry, said Nicole Harris, NGA president and CEO, during her association update at the conference. The NGA’s primary focus is on “moving member companies and the industry forward,” said Harris. “What we do [in the glass industry] is about safety, health, wellness. It's about the betterment of society. ... This is where we're headed.”

Closing in on the one-year anniversary of the combination of the NGA and the Glass Association of North America, this year’s NGA Annual Conference attendees leaned in to plan and work on the next slate of technical resources to improve the glass and glazing industry, according to association officials. Read complete updates from the committee meetings here.

NGA’s new vision statement provided the backdrop for two days of committee and task group work: “We envision a future in which glass is the material of choice to enhance spaces where people live, play, learn, and work.” The statement was developed by the Board of Directors and other industry stakeholders during the organization’s Strategic Planning Meeting in November 2018.

“We opened this conference by introducing our vision statement,” said Angelo Rivera, NGA board chair and vice president of Faour Glass Technologies. “While those words were crafted to govern our goals and direction as a newly combined association, it is also a theme we’ve embraced throughout this conference. … We have seen the amazing possibilities of this industry—glass slides and seesaws—and of your companies. These are all indicators that this industry is alive and thriving.”

The NGA’s next meeting will be the BEC Conference, March 3-5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Designed to take the glass and glazing industry to the next level, the education program at this year’s event will include sessions on thermally efficient curtain wall systems, project management, strategic planning, job negotiation, employee training and more. A tabletop exhibit will run alongside the education, featuring more than 30 exhibitors

The NGA will also be co-sponsoring the upcoming Glass Processing Automation Days – GPAD, scheduled for March 26-28 in San Antonio. The annual two-day educational event is designed for glass fabrication industry leaders, providing in-depth insight into the latest developments in glass fabrication equipment and software solutions.

For information on the NGA’s committee structure, view the organizational chart here. Learn how member volunteers work within the NGA’s committees by viewing the voting protocol parameters and the Project Idea/Creation Form. For additional information on the NGA, or to join, click here.