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Speakers Announced for Glazing Executives Forum
Energy efficiency, economic forecast, networking to highlight
gathering of industry professionals

Washington DC (April 14, 2011) – The National Glass Association announced the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual Glazing Executives Forum being held Monday, September 12, 2011, in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo™.

Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials will open the day with a presentation on opportunities for glaziers in energy efficient projects. Surace was Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.  Serious Materials is the leading provider of high-tech products and services that reduce energy usage in the built environment, the largest contributor of CO2 worldwide. Surace will highlight his firm’s involvement in retrofitting the Empire State Building and other projects.

Jeff Dietrich of EcoTrends will present his annual economic forecast. Back by popular demand, Dietrich mixes his accurate information with humor and insight available nowhere else. The day will also feature eight breakout discussion groups led by industry experts on important topics to glazing professionals. Tentative topics include Bidding and Estimating, Contract and Legal Issues, and Project Management.

“The Glazing Executives Forum is one of the most important dates on the glazier’s calendar,” noted Rick Hamlin of Trainor Glass, chair of NGA’s Architectural Glazing Committee, “This year, attendees can be confident that they’ll be getting practical, relevant information that they can take back to their offices and start implementing.”

Registration for the 2011 Glazing Executives Forum, sponsored by Carson & Coil, GTS, and Guardian, will open in late April.  For more information, visit GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo™ will run from September 12-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  For more information, visit

About the NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 2,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training. NGA publishes the industry’s leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites:,,,, and NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo. For more information on NGA, visit