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Tuesday September 17 - Wednesday, September 18

Location: Express Learning Theater / Booth 4029
Free to all registered attendees.

Express Learning is BACK once again on the GlassBuild America trade show floor.  For the last several years these 20-minute educational sessions drew standing-room-only crowds. This year, the content experts at the National Glass Association are producing a new series of FREE Express Learning sessions, aimed at providing attendees with specific product- and business-related information they can use to build more profitable companies. 

Tuesday, September 17

11:00 am
Finding Good People is Hard. Training Them is Not.
Presented by Jenni Chase, Director of Education & Training, NGA
Recognizing that in-house training programs can put a financial burden on glass companies, the National Glass Association has relaunched MyGlassClass.com to assist the industry in its training efforts. Learn how your company can take advantage of this new resource, as well as the deep discounts available to NGA members.

11:30 am
Technical & Codes Update
Presented by Urmilla Sowell, NGA Director of Technical Services and Advocacy, and Tom Culp, NGA Code Consultant
Learn about the codes and standards affecting the glass industry, how your company can respond, and what NGA is doing to help.

12:00 pm
The Importance of Glass in Biophilia Design
Presented by Elizabeth Cotton, product manager, AGC Glass North America
Research reveals that people want building structures that provide psychological restoration, reducing fatigue and stress levels. This stimulating session with AGC Glass North America will cover how glass in its current and future development will play a major role in satisfying our needs to be more aligned with our environment and nature.

1:00 pm
Annual Economic Forecast
Presented by Connor Lokar, ITR Economics
Back by popular demand, Connor Lokar will return to GlassBuild America to give an energetic and informative session on business-cycle trends and a look at the year ahead. His economic insight and forecasting experience play a key role in ITR Economics’ 94.7 percent forecast accuracy.

2:30 pm
The Labor Dilemma: Engage Your Front Line to Improve the Bottom Line
Presented by Mack and Ria Story, Top Story Leadership
Many leaders don’t realize the competition for customers is only one of two types of competition. Disengaged leaders lose more than customers to competitors; they also lose their team members. High-performance employees are looking for more than great pay; they want growth and development opportunities that keep them engaged and loyal to your organization. In this session with the founders of Top Story Leadership, you’ll learn how to build engagement in your team which will lead to increased productivity and bigger profits.

Wednesday, September 18

11:00 am
Finding Good People is Hard. Training Them is Not.
Presented by Jenni Chase, Director of Education & Training, NGA
Recognizing that in-house training programs can put a financial burden on glass companies, the National Glass Association has relaunched MyGlassClass.com to assist the industry in its training efforts. Learn how your company can take advantage of this new resource, as well as the deep discounts available to NGA members.

11:30 am
Navigating the Challenges of Exit Planning and Succession
Presented by Katy Devlin, editor in chief, Glass Magazine
The exit process is full of roadblocks, and fewer than 30 percent of businesses actually succeed in transferring ownership. Learn about the primary hurdles in succession and exit planning, and how to begin the succession and exit process with Katy Devlin, co-author of the award-winning book “An Owner’s Guide to Exit & Succession Planning: A Complete Introduction, with Case Studies from the Glass Industry.”

1:00 pm
Protect Your Company from Inside Threats
Key takeaways for all business owners
Presented by Dustin Anderson, owner, Anderson Glass
At Anderson Glass, a dishonest controller almost sank the company. In this session, Dustin Anderson shares his personal experience to help other glass company owners avoid the same fate.

1:30 pm
The Best and Most Interesting Shower Enclosures of 2019
Join the moderator of the popular Facebook group “Shower Door Professionals” Chris Phillips as he walks attendees through some of the best shower enclosure installations on social media, while providing insights on the most profitable trends of the year.

3:00 pm
2019 Glass Magazine Award and Window & Door Crystal Achievement Award Ceremonies
Winners of the 2019 Glass Magazine Awards and Crystal Achievement Awards will gather at the Express Learning theatre for the official award ceremonies. Attendees will have the opportunity to check out the advanced products and innovative projects that garnered attention of judges and industry voters.