PGC Announces Powerful Line-Up for Fall Symposium

The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) has announced its speakers for the upcoming PGC Fall Symposium, to be held in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This program features several high-profile personalities in the security glazing industry.

"Our approach to this event is to push the envelope further than we have gone before," said Brian Pitman, PGC's director of marketing and communications. "Our program, paired with the fact that we are inviting architects, government officials and glazing contractors to attend at no cost, will set the standard for future PGC educational events."

The announced keynote speaker for the event is Buck Revell, the former associate deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Revell served 30 years as a special agent and senior executive of the FBI from 1964-1994. From 1980 until 1991 he worked at FBI Headquarters first as assistant director in charge of criminal investigations (including terrorism). Then, as associate deputy director, he was in charge of the investigative, intelligence, counter-terrorism and international programs of the Bureau from 1985-91. He served as a member of the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (1980-91), on the National Foreign Intelligence Board (1987-91), and the Senior Review Group, Vice President's Task Force on Terrorism (1985-1986). Mr. Revell served as Vice Chairman of the Interagency Group for Counter-Intelligence (1985-91), and on the Terrorist Crisis Management Committee of the National Security Council.

In September 1987, Mr. Revell was placed in charge of a joint FBI/CIA/U.S. military operation (Operation Goldenrod), which led to the first apprehension overseas of an international terrorist. President Reagan commended him for his leadership of this endeavor. On May 1, 1992, the Attorney General ordered Mr. Revell to Los Angeles, placing him in command of joint Federal law enforcement efforts to suppress the riots and civil disorder; he also coordinated the law enforcement activities of the assigned Military Forces. He received the Attorney General's Special Commendation Award for this endeavor. He was in charge of the Dallas Division of the FBI at the time of his retirement in September 1994. He retired with the rank of Associate Deputy Director.

"We are excited to have Buck Revell as our keynote," said Pitman. "His overwhelming insights into the activities of terrorists over the past four decades give him the perfect foundation to lead our program."

Other high profile speakers include:

· Major General Charles E. Williams, director of the department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO);

· Dean C. Alexander, author of Terrorism and Business: The Impact of September 11, 2001;

· Doug Hall, the assistant director of security for the Smithsonian Institution;

· Jaime Gascon of the Miami Dade County Building Code Compliance Department;

· Dan Kelley, a senior project manager for Applied Research Associates Inc.;

· Bill Koffel, a fire code expert and code consultant for the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC);

· John Abruzzo of Thornton Tomasetti;

· Bob Ford of Solutia Inc.; and

· Wade Belcher of the US General Services Administration.

Each speaker will be bringing specific expertise to the Symposium, with topics focused heavily in blast hazard mitigation, hurricane protection, and more. The program is targeted to architects, government officials, glazing contractors, and others involved in building design and construction.

"Registration for this event is completely free for our intended audience," said Pitman. "Registered manufacturers, suppliers and consultants to the industry are currently giving out free invitations to attend this event: however, anyone in the target audience may pre-register for this event on our website. Registration also includes a free lunch for both days of the event for those who pre-register on our website."

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