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December 19, 2019
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NGA Announces New Board Members
NGA is pleased to announce the following three new board members: Jim Stathopoulos, Ajay Glass Co., Canandaigua, N.Y.; Mark Chapman, Chapman Windows, Doors and Siding, West Chester, Pa; and Ron Crowl, FeneTech, Inc., Aurora, Ohio. 

The new members join these current board members for the 2019-2020 term: chair, Chris Bole, Pikes Peak Glass Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo.; chair-elect, Cathie Saroka, Goldray Glass, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; treasurer, Doug Schilling, Schilling Inc., Galion, Ohio; immediate past chair, Angelo Rivera, Faour Glass Technologies in Tampa, Fla.; Brian Hale, Hale Glass, Inc., Placentia, Calif.; Tim Kelley, TriStar Glass Inc., Catoosa, Okla.; Rick Locke, Windows, Doors & More Inc., Seattle; Guy Selinske, American Glass & Mirror, Prior Lake, Minn.; Mark Twente, AGC Glass Company North America, Alpharetta, Ga.

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Utah Glass Association Welcomed as New NGA-Affiliated Chapter

NGA welcomes the Utah Glass Association (UGA) as an NGA-Affiliated Chapter. “NGA has made educating the workforce one of its top strategic goals, and the Utah Glass Association’s recent launch of a four-year glazier apprenticeship program in Utah illustrates their commitment to that crucial common goal,” says Chris Bole, president, Pikes Peak Glass, Inc. and chair of NGA’s Board of Directors.

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NGA Staff Goes to Washington
As many of you may know, NGA’s office is located in suburban Washington, DC.  We recently took advantage of our proximity to the Nation’s Capital to take the entire NGA staff on a ‘field trip’ to the U.S. Capitol. While there, we were led on a tour to learn about some of the more architecturally significant elements of the building (both new and old) and were reminded of our country’s motto, E pluribus unum, meaning “out of many, one.” In reflecting back on our visit, that motto stands out as a guidepost for NGA’s staff, as we are many who form one team with a singular focus to work on behalf of our member companies. We are here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out to any staff member if a need arises. And if you ever find yourself in the DC area, please know that you always have an open invitation to visit NGA.

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HEADLINES
'Glass is Part of the Solution' Global Glass Associations Aim to Make 2022 the Year of Glass
Final Reminder: Recyclability & Re-Use of Glass Survey
From the Fabricator: My list of Best Buildings of 2019
Contractor or Employee? Misclassifying workers puts companies at risk of penalties, fines and even criminal charges
2019 Reader Photo Contest: Industry Snaps Show Interior Glass Innovation
 
 
YOUR PROFITS
Are You Top Gun When It Comes to Innovation?

By David Vermeulen, TGP

I was recently turned onto a podcast called The Rewatchables, which features a round table discussion of movies the hosts can’t seem to stop watching. This show is insightful without being boring, and the cast is hilarious. Recently I listened to an episode where they broke down the 80s classic, “Top Gun.” Like most people, I believed that I already had a pretty good take on the movie. But the podcast made me look at “Top Gun” in an entirely new light.

In The Rewatchables, they analyze the movies by using a consistent series of prompts that guide the team as they explore ambiguous themes and topics. For example, when they looked at “Top Gun” the categories included, “Moments of Unintentional Comedy,” “What Aged the Best/Worst,” and “Apex Mountain” where they ask, “is this the actor’s best work … the peak of his or her career?”

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NGA EVENT UPDATES


Annual Conference Presents Economic Update
The 2020 Annual Conference, taking place January 13-15, 2020 in La Jolla, CA, will feature Taylor St. Germain, an economic analyst at ITR Economics, to give an energetic and informative session on business-cycle trends with a focus on the construction industry to help attendees plan for the future. As a member of the Leading Indicator team with experience in both consulting and forecasting, St. Germain is a key contributor to ITR Economics' forecast accuracy rating of 94.7 percent. The Economic Update is sponsored by Dow.

In addition to meetings of NGA's Advocacy, Fabricating and Forming Committees to address the latest issues and develop industry resources, attendees can participate in the Volunteer Celebration & Awards dinner, the 5th annual Fun Run/Walk and golf at Torrey Pines!

It's not too late to participate! View the full schedule and register.

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BEC Conference 2020: Register Now for Early-Bird Savings
The 24th annual Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, being held for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee, will take place March 1-3 at the JW Marriott Nashville. In addition to the work of the Installing Committee, attendees will participate in valuable discussion, educational and networking sessions. 

Get more information and register
by January 10 to save with early-bird rates. NGA members receive additional savings.

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CHAPTER UPDATES
Save the Date: 2020 Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo

Save the date for the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association's (MGA) Glass Expo 2020, taking place Wednesday, April 29 in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo in the only glass exposition in the Washington, D.C. area and includes the latest in architectural glass and glazing products, curtainwall and storefront systems, equipment and machinery, tools, mirrors, bath enclosures, sealants, adhesives, doors and hardware, software and much more.

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NGA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
TransTrust Logistics

Meet fellow NGA member TransTrust Logistics, located in Marietta, Georgia. TransTrust provides shipping and logistics services to the glass and glazing industry.

The company's keys to success, according to owner Chris Belli, include ensuring a reliable carrier network, on-time, damage-free delivery and affordable rates.

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