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WASHINGTON, DC  (September 19, 2007) – The National Glass Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the election of Rod Van Buskirk to the office of Chairman of the Board.

Van Buskirk, of Bacon & Van Buskirk in Champaign, IL, has been a supporter of the NGA for many years, having served on the board since 2003 and is a member of the association’s Architectural Glazing Committee. Van Buskirk took the office of Chairman on September 11 at GlassBuild America in Atlanta. He will serve a one-year term.

Joining Van Buskirk as executive officers are Chairman-Elect, Stephen Mort of Don’s Mobile Glass, Inc. of Modesto, CA and Treasurer, Kevin McMahon of K-Man Glass Corp. in Bethel, CT. Wes Topping Jr. of Belron, Inc. in Commerce City, CO, serves as immediate past chairman for the coming year.

Thomas D. Lee III of Lee & Cates Glass, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL leaves the board after nine years of service. John Morris of Jack Morris Auto Glass in Memphis, TN joins the board of directors to serve a three-year term.

Board members returning for the 2007-2008 term are: Steven R. Burnett of Walters & Wolf Curtain Wall, Mukilteo, WA; Al Gauntlett, General Glass Co., Inc., Portland, OR; Bob Lawrence, Craftsman Fabricated Glass, Inc., Houston, TX; Douglas Linderer of Go-Glass Corp., Salisbury, MD; Chris Mammen, Mammen Glass & Mirror, Irving, TX; Gregory P. Pattakos, Advanced Auto Glass, Inc., Akron, OH; Robert J. Trainor, Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, IL; and Richard Voreis, Consulting Collaborative, Dallas, TX.

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Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing over 3,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including – a state-of-the-art online training resource. 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 events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Forum. For more information on NGA, visit