and Educational Programs Lure Industry Players to Annual BEC Conference
Industry veterans, new members and some who are just starting to
learn about the Glass Association of North America (GANA) will travel
to Las Vegas next week for GANA's 13th annual Building Envelope
Contractors (BEC) Conference. The event is slated to take place
February 15-17 at the Palms Casino Resort.
The BEC Conference has seen stellar growth since its launch in
1997, going from 75 attendees to 650 last year. And this year, despite
the struggling economy, the conference is still expected to be the
second largest. So just what is it that draws the industry to this
"The growth is because the conference has proven to be an
excellent source of information and it's the single best networking
event our industry has," says Max Perilstein, current chair
of the BEC division. "No other event gathers the mix of people
in one accessible place like BEC. I think people come back because
they know it's a great chance to see their customers, suppliers
and industry comrades, and that is really important."
Ken Altman, a project manager with Icon Exterior Building Systems,
a curtainwall installer located near Baltimore, a new GANA member
company, will be attending the conference for the first time this
year. Altman agrees that the networking opportunities are one the
biggest draws of the event, but the information presented is also
"I'm also attending so I can stay up-to-date with information
and standards as far as the entire industry goes," says Altman.
David Norgren, president of Skyline Sky-Lites, a supplier of skylight
systems located in Colorado Springs, Colo., attended the conference
for the first time last year and will be there again this year.
While he says his company has not yet joined GANA it is something
he is looking into. And like Altman, the networking opportunities
are bringing him back to the conference.
"The quality of the programs," Norgren adds, "is
another reason for attending."
And Perilstein agrees, the event is one that mixes top-notch education
and networking like no other.
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