Who at BEC
"The list of attendees at the BEC Conference reads like a
'Who's Who in the Glazing Industry,'" said BEC Division Chairperson
Max Perilstein of Arch Aluminum when he opened the event Monday
He wasn't kidding. The event, sponsored by the Glass Association
of North America (GANA), drew more than 700 attendees including
a veritable line-up of all-stars and suppliers. The sheer number
of attendees, as well as their diversity, led to some interesting
conversations. USGNN.com caught a few:
There was Tom Harris of Vistawall congratulating Ken Werbowy,
Steve Green and Walt Lutzke on the sale of Tubelite
to Apogee Industries. Vistawall had been sold to Oldcastle last
year ... Russ Ebeid of Guardian Industries had more than
just BEC to commemorate. He is also celebrating his 47th year at
Guardian. When asked if he was going for 50 straight, Ebeid replied
"at least" ... Julie Schimmelpinningh of Solutia
officially completed her duties on the GANA board as she moved from
past president to past director after many years of service
Perilstein, aided by GANA's Brian Pitman, created
a hysterical "Top Ten Things I'd Do if I Wasn't in the Glass
Industry," which left attendees howling
of J.E. Berkowitz was talking about his company's heat-soaking ability.
"We are one of only two companies in this country that can
do this," he said
Jorma Vitkala of Tamglass attended,
promoting Glass Performance Days, which GANA co-sponsors
Josie Smith of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association
had more reason than the BEC to make her smile. Her boyfriend surprised
with an airport send-off that included a marriage proposal and engagement
ring. "I guess he was real worried about her going to Las Vegas
without him," joked cohort Rebecca Kaspari.
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