GANA is the Glass Association of North America, and I’m attending their annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. No, no time for Mickey this time, because I’m serving as a representative of Gardner Glass Products. I am currently the Chair of the Mirror Division, and this will be my last meeting in that capacity after serving a 2-year term. I also serve at the pleasure of the Decorative Glass Committee, on various committees like website and standards; as well as as a chair of a subcommittee of the Marketing Committee dealing with Membership Expansion. So, no time for princesses,…we’ve got work to do.
For those of you who don’t know, GANA is an incredibly useful organization of which to be a part. Aside from the networking opportunities with all the top glass manufacturers, glass fabricators, commercial glaziers, machinery manufacturers, and other suppliers to the industry; GANA works very hard with advocacy issues that affect the glass industry (like building codes having to do with safety issues, solar gain, daylighting, and the amount of glass ‘allowed’ for use in curtainwall glazing), as well as setting standards and educational white papers and “GIBs” (Glass Informationa Bulletins) for each individual division – of which there are currently 7 that work at Annual Conference. (there’s a BEC – “Building Envelope Contractors” Division that meets separately) The GANA Divisions here in Florida are:
- Tempering Division
- Mirror Division
- Decorative Glass Division
- Flat Glass Division
- Energy Division
- Laminating Division
- Insulating Division
What strikes me as so special about GANA is that is comprised of glass folks, whose main drive is to make the industry better and stronger. The amazing knowledge and experience that is present in those meeting rooms is overwhelming. I’m a Marketing and Design person. For me to soak up even a little of the knowledge of engineers, scientists, chemists, and other technical professionals in my industry is a real gift, and it makes me do my job better. I feel like what GANA is working on is of vital importance; useful, and helpful to the people that end up writing specifications, installing, or fabricating our products in their buildings.
Gardner Glass Products is proud to be a member of GANA, and the Dreamwalls family of brands is right at home there. Affiliate Membership is offered to individuals in professions involved with the design, specification, use or testing of architectural glass products; architects, engineering firms, specifiers, and testing labs. These members receive discounts on educational programs and materials.
If you think you’d be interested in joining GANA, visit http://www.glasswebsite.com
Now,…where exactly IS that lovely pool?