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Glazing Executives Forum 2023

Oct 31, 2023 | Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA

Event Information

Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

Schedule (Subject to Change)

8:00am - 8:45am
NGA Installing Committee Meeting

Hear from Installing Committee Chair Matt Kamper of Woodbridge with additional NGA staff members on committee activities and opportunities to get involved. Also learn about NGA initiatives specifically designed for contract glaziers and full-service glass companies.

9:00am - 9:15am
Opening Remarks

A walk-through of the day’s activities.

9:15am - 9:45am
Lessons Learned: Risk Management Case Studies

Presented by Vic McConnell, Smith Cashion & Or, PLC 

Hear real-world case studies of construction jobsite and contract issues that led to serious legal issues for contracting companies. The case studies offer a closer look at contractual disagreements and even serious jobsite ethical concerns, noting where things went wrong and how mistakes might have been avoided. Attendees will come away with actionable take-home strategies to help manage risks and protect their companies. 

9:45am - 10:15am
The Evolution of Labor and Use of Handing Equipment

Presented by Bryan Wood, Wood’s Powr-Grip; Merv Campbell, Omni Cubed; and, Flemming Storm Nielsen, SmartLift 

Today’s contract glaziers face a continued shortage of skilled labor while navigating increasingly more complex installations. To successfully execute installations, companies rely on evolving handling equipment solutions, designed to help companies meet changing needs on the jobsite. This selection of project case studies will offer expanded ways of thinking about how firms handle and install glass today and into the future. 

10:15am - 10:30am
Networking Break
10:30am - 11:15am
Recruiting for Your Future

Hear about the approach and tactics employed by installing companies that have shaped their workforce recruitment strategies. 

11:15am - 11:20am
Message from YKK AP America, Gold Sponsor
11:20am - 11:30am
Networking Break
11:30am - 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions

Get one-on-one time with your choice of one of the morning’s speakers for Q&A sessions on risk management, glass handling equipment or workforce development.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Networking Lunch
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Solutions on Display: Guided GlassBuild Round Robin Booth Tours

For the first time at the Glazing Executives Forum, attendees will have an opportunity to head to the GlassBuild America trade show floor for exclusive visits with key exhibitors to see demonstrations of new products. 

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Keynote: Annual Construction Economic Outlook

Presented by Connor Lokar, ITR Economics by the NGA in recognition of its 75th anniversary 

Back by popular demand, dynamic industry forecaster Connor Lokar returns to the Glazing Executives Forum for a special keynote on the economic outlook for construction. For the first time, Lokar brings his full-length forecast to the GlassBuild show floor. He will provide an in-depth look at the state of the economy and what's to come for glass companies, and he will offer essential insights and takeaways for glass and fenestration leaders to ensure they are prepared to face the coming challenges and opportunities from an always-changing construction environment. The session is presented as the 3rd quarter gift from the National Glass Association as part of its year-long 75th anniversary celebration. Attendees of the Glazing Executives Forum will receive priority seating. 

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Exclusive Glazing Executives Forum Reception

Gather in the Industry Pavilion on the show floor for an exclusive reception for Glazing Executives Forum registrants.

This special event brings executives and owners of contract glazing and full-service glass companies to learn and share best business practices, and go deeper into top-of-mind topics unique to installing companies. Attendees will hear from thought leaders on topics that will help equip companies pursuing business growth and excellence while fostering a people-focused culture necessary for today’s work environment. 

Registrants who wish to cancel their registration should send a notice of cancellation via email to Notices received prior to the cancel deadline of 12 p.m. noon (EST) on Monday, October 3, 2023 will be refunded minus the appropriate cancellation fees. A $50 cancel fee will be applied for all education registration cancellations.  There will be no cancellations for Trade show only registration.  

Those who submit their cancellation request after the deadline will not receive a refund. No exceptions will be made to this policy. No refund will be issued for on-site registrations.   

Want to exhibit at GlassBuild America 2023?

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