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Glazing Executives Will Examine Latest Industry Trends at Las Vegas Forum September 13

WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2012) — The 7th Annual Glazing Executives Forum (GEF) will feature discussions on the economy, green building, project management and other key issues facing the glass industry, the National Glass Association (NGA) announced today. It will be held in conjunction with the GlassBuild America Expo in Las Vegas and is scheduled for September 13, 2012.

"We are thrilled with the innovative lineup of speakers and discussions at this year's Glazing Executives Forum," said Rick Hamlin, Chairman of the NGA's Architectural Glazing Committee and National Estimating Manager at Cupples, Inc., a Division of CH Holdings, Inc. "As always, this is a can't-miss event for executives who want to keep up with the latest trends and best practices in our industry."

The 2012 forum will once again feature the popular economic forecast by Jeff Dietrich of Eco Trends. Dietrich will provide a variety of key insights on the glass industry, including financial and operating trends, forecasts, research and more.

Another highlight of the event is a panel discussion on the current state of the glass industry, which will examine the latest technology, building codes, products and energy issues. The panel includes Garrett Henson of Viracon, Oliver Stepe of YKK AP, David Balik of General Glass International and Scott Clymire of United Architectural Metals.

Project management will be the focus of the Forum's final session of the day, with an interactive and lively panel discussion on trends in project management and how industry leaders approach this important discipline. The project management panel will consist of several project managers from NGA member firms that will offer their insight on how they approach project management, and will be moderated by one of the foremost project management specialists in the world, Frank Ryle, PMP. He is author of Keeping Score: Project Management for the Pros, a book and video unveiling a nine step approach to project management. Frank's architectural and engineering background makes him uniquely qualified to cap-stone this year's GEF.

Additional sessions will address green building and LEED 2012, and marketing efforts focused on the architectural community.

"The forum is absolutely unmatched in creating opportunities for networking and information sharing in the glass and glazing community," said David Walker, vice president, association services, NGA. "We know that participants will find significant value in our top-notch slate of discussions and workshops."

For a complete agenda or to register for the conference, visit www.glass.org.

About the NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the auto and architectural glass, and window and door industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing nearly 2,200 member companies and locations, NGA offers education and training, including MyGlassClass.com and MyWindowClass.com. NGA publishes the industry's leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™, WDweekly™, and For Technicians Only e-bulletin™. NGA also hosts the industry's premier annual trade event: GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo®. The Window & Door Dealers Alliance, an organization for independent window and door dealers, is an initiative of the NGA. For more information on NGA, visit www.glass.org.