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WASHINGTON, DC  (October 2, 2006) – The National Glass Association (NGA) is pleased to announce the election of Wesley Topping Jr. to the office of Chairman of the Board.

Topping, of Elite Auto Glass in Commerce City, CO, has been a supporter of the NGA for many years, having served on the board since 2000. Topping took the office of Chairman on September 21 at GlassBuild America in Las Vegas. He will serve a one-year term.

Joining Topping as executive officers are Chairman-Elect, Rodney Van Buskirk of Bacon & Van Buskirk in Champaign, IL and Treasurer, Stephen W. Mort of Don’s Mobile Glass, Inc. in Modesto, CA. Thomas D. Lee III of Lee & Cates Glass Inc. in Jacksonville, FL, serves as immediate past chairman for the coming year.

John Heinaman of Heinaman Contract Glazing in Lake Forest, CA leaves the board after nine years of service. Chris Mammen of Mammen Glass & Mirror in Irving, TX joins the board of directors to serve a three-year term.

Board members returning for the 2006-2007 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; Kevin M. McMahon, K-Man Glass Corp., Bethel, CT; Gregory P. Pattakos, Advanced Auto Glass, Inc., Akron, OH; Robert J. Trainor, Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, IL; and Richard Voreis, Consulting Collaborative, Dallas, TX.

About NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the entire flat glass industry. Based outside Washington, DC, NGA offers certification, education and training, and recently debuted—a state-of-the-art, online training resource. NGA publishes the leading trade magazines—Glass Magazine®, Window & Door®, AutoGlass™, and new 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 Conference & EXPO.