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Better Access Adds Value to AAMA Conference Experience

AAMA kicked off the year by celebrating our 80th anniversary during the 2017 Annual Conference in February. Debuted at that conference was a new meeting format that consolidated content into fewer separate sessions:Enabling broader member participation and better access to meeting contentMinimizing scheduling conflicts and content redundancies, andMaximizing access to staff advisors.The new approach also afforded the opportunity to deliver seminar, roundtable and workshop sessions, some of which were repeated throughout the event to accommodate participants’ busy conference schedules. Though a significant change, particularly for...

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Window Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

I think we can all agree that windows are pretty great! Some of you have devoted your life to not only making windows but constantly improving their functionality. With all that work you’ve put in, it’s in your best interest to foster and ensure only the most positive customer interactions with your products. Letting your customers know the best ways to use your products not only protects your reputation, it keeps families safe.As the days get longer and warmer, many homeowners will open their windows,...

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New Block Scheduling to Take Place at AAMA 80th Annual Conference

The Annual Conference in Phoenix next month will mark the 80th anniversary of the AAMA organization and an all new conference structure. AAMA national conferences provide a valuable opportunity for members to discuss the current events of the industry, to further develop the AAMA library of consensus-based technical standards and to see presentations by industry professionals and keynote speakers.

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Get a crash course in Fundamentals of Fenestration

In case you haven't heard yet, Fundamentals of Fenestration is AAMA's latest educational offering -- and we are pretty excited about it! The one-hour online course provides an introductory look at the fenestration industry. It takes you through basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights, covering both residential and light commercial products, as well as commercial and architectural applications.

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Member Edge: Brian Gagne, Tremco, Offers Advice to Those New to the Industry

Could you describe your role at your company?Most recently I have been working as design engineer for our rubber extrusions plant in Ashland, OH. I am also Tremco’s technical service representative for silicones and our T3 line of products. These duties have me creating gasket profiles, performing in-house testing at our test facility, setting up samples in our labs, performing structural glazing drawing reviews, and participating at industry functions such as AAMA, ASTM and GANA.What products does your company manufacture?Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing manufactures...

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Get Trained on Social Media on the Spot at the Annual Conference or Anytime

Did you know AAMA offers in-person and online trainings in social media? If you're attending the Annual Conference in Phoenix this February, you can take advantage of an upcoming in-person opportunity. Registration for the conference is now open, with early bird pricing running until January. And if you won't be attending, we can set up a call together anytime that is best for you. As AAMA's Communications Coordinator, I'm always available for social media consulting for your business.

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Celebrating with AAMA Members at GlassBuild

When asked what I love most about my job (and there's a lot), I always respond, "AAMA has the best members!" These amazing industry representatives strive to make a positive impact on our industry, and that was never more evident than at GlassBuild America last month. With a wide spectrum of beautiful receptions, incredible displays and continuing education, I'd like to extend a few shout-outs to just a few of the amazing members, who really made the most of this popular annual event.

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AAMA Value Extends Beyond Card-Carrying Membership

Milgard benefitted from AAMA involvement long before I became an active member. Starting out as an aluminum window company in 1962, Milgard has been an AAMA member for more than 50 years. We've been participating as both a member and an AAMA certification licensee for a very long time, and the value AAMA brings to our company and the industry only continues to grow.

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Our Education Focus Never Stops during GlassBuild

With autumn's cooler weather, we get to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves and GlassBuild America! AAMA is looking forward to a great show this year. We'll be presenting an Express Learning session, sponsoring Window & Door Dealer Days and playing "Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?" Our team might even need one of those lattes with an extra shot of espresso to keep up.

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Philip Morton Shares Knowledge From Nearly 40 Years in His Field

Philip Morton, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Deceuninck, offered some historical context to the changes he's seen in the industry across his career, as well as what he anticipates for the future. We sat down with him to talk about PVC extrusions and what advice he'd offer to those new to the industry.

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InstallationMasters Program Overhaul

Back in 2001, AAMA announced the nationwide launch of the InstallationMasters Program, providing training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and glass doors in residential and light commercial construction applications. The program has seen great success since that time with over 11,000 installers achieving certification.

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Mark Toth Shares 30 Years of Industry Experience, Gives Advice

Mark Toth, Geographic Sales Manager East for H.B. Fuller, has been in the industry since 1985. He's been involved with AAMA since 1998. Today, he talked to AAMA about what he wishes he'd done at the start of his career and what he sees for the future.

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A Focus on Door Standards and Testing

AAMA is well-known for having broad and active participation by residential and commercial window companies, but the scope of our organization is actually far more expansive than that. The AAMA Door Council is an excellent example of what I'm talking about. It's a very active, but lesser known, segment of the AAMA membership. In the May issue of the AAMA e-news, a couple of articles highlighted recent door-related activities, which have advanced further even in just the last few months.

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Elizabeth Cotton, Product Manager, Talks Bright Futures and Good Advice

Kawneer Product Manager of Storefronts, Entrances & Framing, Elizabeth Cotton took some time to speak with AAMA about her career so far, and her life's biggest influencer.

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FenestrationMasters - What's New?

While the AAMA FenestrationMasters professional certification program is still fairly new, we've made some updates and improvements to the continuing education program recently that are pretty exciting. Whether you're already certified, currently going through the coursework, or you're considering enrolling your team and taking advantage of our group discount, read on to see what's new with the program.

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A Fresh Approach to AAMA Conferences?

I have to admit that I'm very proud to be able to say that consistently the participants at AAMA national conferences comment on how superbly organized and efficiently operated our events are. Our attendance has remained strong, even through the more difficult economic years, and our long-standing success over decades of hosted events is certainly a core part of our association's legacy.

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Fenestration Finishes - Evolving Tests and Requirements

Performance standards for coatings and finishes applied to fenestration products are well-known and extensively used items in the AAMA document library. We offer standards for finishes applied to aluminum, fiberglass, vinyl, wood and cellulosic composite profiles and all of these areas are seeing considerable activity right now.

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The Future of AAMA - Annual Strategic Planning

Though AAMA was originally founded 80 years ago, we have continued to evolve to meet the needs of an ever-changing marketplace. Through the wisdom and guidance of our member leaders and our professional staff, we develop new programs and modify our existing offering to better serve our broad member interests.

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Comfort - The Key to Selling Energy Efficiency

For many years, our industry has attempted to calculate payback periods for higher up front investments in more energy-efficient fenestration products. We've attempted to educate the public about U-factors, Solar Heat Gain Coefficients and Visible Transmittance to help them understand how highly energy-efficient products work. But maybe all those calculations and explanations are not as important as we once thought.

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John Westerfield, CrystaLite, Foresees Advancement in Glass Technology

John Westerfield, Marketing Media / Web Development / Building Code Compliance Officer for CrystaLite, reflects on a long career, shares his accomplishments and makes plans for a bright future.

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Western Region Spring Summit Focuses on Plant Safety

The association began hosting the AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum at the AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference. This new feature is modeled after the long-standing and super successful safety forum that the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) operates. In fact, Marg Webb, IGMA Executive Director, and other key IGMA members have been instrumental in helping AAMA establish this new forum.

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A Year in Certification, A 2015 Review

As 2015 winds down, we in the AAMA Certification department would like to take some time to reflect. It was a big year for the AAMA Certification Programs. Here's a look at what we did, as we take pause and begin to plan for the year to come in 2016.

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Brian Gagne, Tremco, Offers Advice to Those New to the Industry

Brian Gagne serves as a Technical Applications Specialist and Design Engineer at AAMA member, Tremco. Today we sat down to speak with him about what advice he would give to those new to the industry, what he foresees for the future and more.

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It's Membership Renewal Time - Don't Miss a Beat

November marks the launch of the membership renewal process. What better time to look back at AAMA's achievements and services provided for our members throughout the year!

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Making AAMA Resources Accessible to Your Employees

As our member guest blogs over the summer clearly indicated, there is much value to be gained from active participation as an AAMA member. But we all know that the realities of budgets and time constraints don't allow for entire engineering or marketing teams to travel to association conferences. That's what makes the free AAMA webinar program so indispensible.

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Atlanta, Here We Come - 2015 GlassBuild America Show

Next week, many of us will be venturing to Atlanta for three days of product innovation and educational programs focused on the fenestration industry at the GlassBuild America Show (September 16-18). Fortunately, the weather forecast seems to indicate that "Hot-lanta" may not quite live up to its moniker - low 80s and low humidity sound like a lovely business trip to me!

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A Seat at the Table is Just as Important as Having Strength in Numbers

CrystaLite is a northwest manufacturer of skylights, sunrooms and aluminum railings. Our primary distribution channel is limited to our corner of the country; however, we typically get involved in projects spanning all 50 states in any given year. I often jest that we should change our company motto to 'the small company that does big things' because despite our large manufacturing capabilities, we are very much a small business.

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Guy Long, Building Envelope Technical Specialist, Celebrates 40 Years in the Industry

Guy Long is a Building Envelope Technical Specialist at PROSOCO. Today on the Member Edge blog, he talks about his career, which has touched many facets of the industry.

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How My Company Sees Value in AAMA Membership

My company, Kawneer, has been a member of AAMA for 48 years. I am fortunate that the company has allowed me the time to participate at AAMA which I have done for the last 27 years. When I look back on the first meetings I attended, it was a bit intimidating with all of the task groups, committees, councils and learning Robert’'s Rules of Order. It didn't take too long before someone asked me if I would chair the next Organic Coatings Task Group, and I only had a few weeks to prepare.

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Tim McGlinchy Sees Advancement of Materials in Industry's Future

Tim McGlinchy serves as Executive VP of Engineering at GED Integrated Solutions. Today, this AAMA member talks about what qualities make a great leader and where he sees the industry heading in the next decade.

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Why AAMA Conferences Matter

It's almost time for the Summer Conference, and everyone at AAMA HQ is gearing up. In-person meetings and events are our chance to show members how we've been serving them since we last saw them, and they're an opportunity for us to get feedback about what our members are most interested in. Will you join us in Seattle at the end of this month?

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Trade Secrets: 2014 AIA Convention Recap

I had the pleasure in late June of attending our first American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention, which was held in Chicago. The initial impression of the AIA convention is that of a mini-International Builders Show with a greater emphasis on the commercial market.Those in my group and I spoke to dozens of attendees and exhibitors over two days and the tone was unanimously positive. Companies operating in various segments and located throughout the US were uniform in reporting that they are in a full-fledged...

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Jack Reed, Senior Technical Service Engineer, Stresses Active AAMA Involvement

Jack Reed is Senior Technical Service Engineer at Arkema. Today he looks back on a long career so far, and speaks to the importance of active AAMA involvement.

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Take Advantage of AAMA's Marketing Services

I joined the AAMA Marketing Department a little over a year ago, and I am proud to have joined a team and an association that is so committed to its hard-working members. AAMA is constantly working toward bettering its member experience and adding to its slate of services and tools offered.

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The Most Successful People in LIFE Make this ONE Choice Daily

The number of meaningless choices is increasing every day. Even with spam filters we get overwhelmed. Persistent texts that may or may not be of any level of importance bombards us. Then there are the unexpected yet "urgent" distractions that life just throws at us on a regular basis. How do we get anything done? How do we know what needs to get done and keep it on track and on time? In the next 180 seconds you can do a simple exercise that may actually change your productivity for good…forever.

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Delivering the Message of Window Safety

Did you know that Window Safety Week is the first week of April each year? That's right - from April 5 to 11 this year there will be an increased focus on spreading the message of window safety.

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Recognizing Our Hard-Working Members

Boy, am I anxious to get down to that warmer Florida weather for next week's AAMA 78th Annual Conference! But more than that, I'm excited for the Annual Awards Banquet hosted on Monday evening.

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Mark Fortun, Testing and Certification Manager, Shares Advice for Succeeding in the Workplace

Mark Fortun manages Endura's product testing and certification and is an active member of AAMA. Today, Mark discusses why it's crucial to take ownership of and pride in your work.

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Benefits Series - AAMA Immersion Camp - Conferences and Meetings

When I was in high school, there was an option for students to enroll in foreign language immersion camps. The idea was to saturate the students in the language, forcing them to use it 24/7 in everything they did. It was a way to significantly enhance the book-learning process and provide an intensive and memorable experience. The students who enrolled in these programs returned to school often leap-frogging their non-camp counterparts in fluency and knowledge of the language.

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Marcia King, Technical Director, Cites Being Up For New Challenges As Key

Marcia King serves as Technical Director at Sherwin-Williams. Today she talks about what she is most proud of accomplishing and who has influenced her along the way.

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Benefits Series - Sharing the AAMA Experience Throughout Your Company

The most effective way to maximize the benefit your company gets from AAMA membership is to actively engage and participate in the organization. Attending national conferences and regional meetings is the best way to do this since attendance at these events allows for involvement in task group and committee activities as well as in-person networking advantages.

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James D Katsaros, PhD, Research Fellow, Discusses Need for Unified Voice

Jim Katsaros leads product development programs and code/standard development for the flashing and roofing industries at DuPont Building Innovations. Today, he talks about how the industry can benefit from clear, singular communication.

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Benefits Series - Supporting Higher Education to Build the Fenestration Industry Workforce

It was great to see such broad participation in the members only market study webinar earlier this week. While continued market recovery is something we're all happy to see, it brings with it an increasingly critical challenge - finding qualified employees to help your company meet growing product demand.

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Dave Cooper, Advanced IG Program Leader, Shares Thoughts on Teamwork and Making a Difference

Dave Cooper, Advanced IG Program Leader at Guardian, discusses the rewards of AAMA activism and why collaboration matters.

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Ben Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Manager, Identifies Long-Term Benefits of Teamwork

Ben Mitchell currently works at AkzoNobel as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the liquid coatings group primarily for aluminum extrusions with involvement globally and direct responsibilities for the Americas. Today he talks about the importance of teamwork for industry-wide long-term results.

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Benefits Series - AAMA Market Research Reports

Throughout the industry, we're continuing to see market recovery following the economic downturn of recent years. The pace of this recovery varies across product segments and geographic markets, but signs continue to generally point in a positive direction.

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Mike Hamand, Engineer Team Leader, is Proud to Help Shape Specification Future For Customer Need

Mike Hamand entered the industry in 2005 after spending 22 years in appliances. He now works at Pella and today he talks about the value of communicating with supplier partners.

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Chris Magnuson, SSGC First Vice President, Discusses Importance of Product Evolution in Fenestration

Chris Magnuson has worked at WASCO since 1978. In today's post, he talks about his career in the industry as well as what he believes the future holds for fenestration products.

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Benefits Series – AAMA Label and Logo Use

Last month I talked about AAMA's code initiatives and how that information prepares our members for ever-changing product performance requirements. But even high-quality, code-compliant products don't sell themselves. Leverage your AAMA certification and membership by promoting them in all of your company and product marketing. All it takes is a little paperwork.

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Richard Slomko, Testing Services Division Director, Shares Learned Advice

Richard Slomko (Atlas Material Testing Technology) has been at Atlas for 17 years. Today he talks about the best career advice he ever got, and why company growth is so important.

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Benefits Series - Building and Energy Code Resources

Hello to all of the Member Edge blog readers! It's great to be back in the saddle following what was a wonderful and fulfilling maternity leave with my sweet little Emilia 'Mila' James. It's been a bit tricky shifting my brain from diapers, sleep schedules and feedings to fenestration, conference calls and project deadlines, but it is refreshing to get back to adult conversations (although I'm becoming quite fluent in baby babble).

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Benefits Series - AAMA Keeps Close Tabs on the Industry

During Janice's maternity leave, there have been several guest bloggers. I wish that I could say that this will be the best or most exciting, but one thing that I can say for certain is that Janice will be back writing this next month, cute baby and all. In last month’s “Member Edge” post, Maureen wrote all about the legislative and regulatory activities that AAMA follows for our members and how there is a regular LinkedIn presence for these issues.

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Brent Slaton, National Sales Coordinator, Says Knowledge is Power

Brent Slaton (Keymark) has nearly 30 years of industry experience. He talks today about the value of AAMA membership, the importance of integrity and why those who are able should share their experience with those new to the industry.

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Benefits Series - Legislative and Regulatory Issues in Fenestration - A Whole Different Ball Game

To those of you who have attended a Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting during an AAMA Conference, you are familiar with both the multitude of legislative and regulatory issues that impact the fenestration industry each year <i>and my need for Toastmasters' classes</i> - but that's a blog for another day.

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Benefits Series - AAMA Product Certification, Graduation Season is Year-Round

For some, May signals the end of the school year. Attending class is not only a time for development but also for tests. Testing assures that performance standards are being met, and result in a certificate of completion, or a diploma.

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Steve Strawn, Product Compliance Manager, Sees Future in Energy Efficiency

Steve Strawn (JELD-WEN) has more than 24 years of experience in his field. He is proudly involved in the AAMA Code Action Committee.

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Teri Palmer, Quality Assurance Professional, Takes Pride in Work and High Performance

Teri Palmer works hard to maintain Milgard's AAMA certification in her role in quality assurance. She is proud of the Fiberglass Materials Council's work in new document creation and standards for fiberglass window and door profiles.

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Benefits Series - InstallationMasters; Providing Your Customer All They Paid For

Last month's topic in our Benefits Series was the new AAMA FenestrationMasters program; its structure, organization, and benefits. While this program is rapidly gaining in both recognition and participation, it's actually the most recent of AAMA's professional education and certification programs.

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Benefits Series - FenestrationMasters, An Education in AAMA Standards

We've been talking the last couple of months about programs available to AAMA members that get our standards into the hands of your employees and your customers. But where can they go to get a better understanding of the content of those standards? The answer is FenestrationMasters.

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Tracy Rogers, GMC Second Vice President, Stresses the Importance and Dismissal of a Five Year Plan

With early plans for a career in aerospace engineering, Tracy Rogers, Second Vice President of the Glass Material Council, stresses the importance of a five year plan…and the need to throw it out.

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Bill Deuschle, AAMA Board Member, Speaks to the Importance and Impact of a Great Mentor

After more than 40 years in the industry, AAMA Board Member, Bill Deuschle, knows the importance and impact of a great mentor and looks back at how his first few years in the industry shaped his future career and AAMA involvement.

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Benefits Series - AAMA Document Licensing, Getting Technical Information into Your Customers' Hands

Many fenestration companies test their products to AAMA standards and earn various performance ratings based on those tests. They do this because they recognize the integrity of the AAMA performance standard development process, the value of third-party validation and the credibility of the AAMA performance ratings. In many cases, these companies also talk extensively with their customers about the performance standards they comply with and what the testing means.

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Benefits Series - AAMA Virtual Library, Employee Access to Standards that Saves Money

The beginning of a new year - resolution time. So my professional resolution for this year is to help introduce members to all of the programs and benefits available to them through their AAMA membership. My objective? To help every member get the most value possible out of their dues investment and to provide a central resource for on-going reference about the programs and services available from AAMA. We'll kick off 2014 with an in-depth look at the AAMA Virtual Library program.

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AAMA Growth in 2013 Strengthens Member Opportunities

What a wonderful year of growth AAMA has seen in 2013 with the addition of 23 new corporate members and 41 new professional and technical consultant members. With that growth comes enhanced opportunities for all members through increased access to potential customers and/or suppliers, greater exposure to the expertise of a broader cross-section of the industry and strengthened influence on critical issues impacting fenestration companies.

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Fenestration Day Solidifies Importance of AAMA Membership and Certification

Halloween was not only a day for tricks and treats, but it was also a day for fenestration!<br><br> Fenestration Day 2013 in conjunction with the Glass Expo Midwest kicked off near the AAMA office in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, October 31. When I say nearby, it was just about five minutes away, so it was really convenient for a few of us to go over and check it out. The staff entourage included Lori Benshoof and Sam Sinkhorn from AAMA’s marketing team.

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Economic Recovery Increases Demand for Qualified Labor

As I mentioned in last month's blog post, the GlassBuild America Show exhibited a refreshing optimism about the continued recovery of the fenestration industry. With this upward trend comes an increasing need among manufacturing companies for qualified labor to handle the increased production volume. So what can manufacturing companies do?

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GlassBuild America, Optimistic and Interactive

The GlassBuild America Show, hosted by NGA and co-sponsored by AAMA, IGMA, GANA and BEMA, took place September 10-12 in Atlanta, GA. By all accounts, show traffic was steady and included key decision-makers and valuable contacts. Many AAMA members exhibited during the show and reported an overall optimistic sense to the event and a great ROI.

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Broaden Your Fenestration Industry Knowledge with AAMA Membership

As an AAMA member, you have access to significant discounts on a variety of programs and services offered by the association. One of the newest and most exciting programs is the FenestrationMasters professional training and certification program. The content of this program covers the majority of AAMA's technical documents and standards, and with two levels of participation available--Master and Associate--you can choose the amount of detail that's right for you.

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Allan Hite, FMC Second Vice President, Says AAMA Has Been Integral in the Growth of Comfort Line

Fiberglass Material Council Second Vice President, Allan Hite (Comfort Line), has been in the fenestration industry for the last 18 years. He recently shared with me who has been his biggest inspiration in his career, as well as advice to those who may be on the fence about becoming an AAMA member.

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What the AAMA Members Only Website Offers You

As an AAMA member, you have exclusive access to the Members Only area of our website. The goal is to provide valuable information to you that you can access at anytime with your member login. I've broken down some key items that you have access to as an AAMA Member.

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Joe Hums, VMC Second Vice President, Underscores the Importance of AAMA Involvement

I recently had the chance to speak with Joe Hums (Quanex), Vinyl Material Council Second Vice President, regarding his professional background and his work with AAMA's VMC Marketing Committee.

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Maximizing Product Performance with Proper Installation

It's summer in Chicago, and things are heating up outside…at least on some days. With the nice weather comes increased home remodeling projects including window, door and skylight replacement. These types of home improvements can yield improved aesthetics as well as energy savings. But, as the well-known saying in the fenestration industry goes, even the best performing product is only as good as its installation.

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Robb Plagemann, FMC First Vice President, Shares His Goals on Advancing the Fenestration Industry

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Robb Plagemann (Tecton Products), FMC First Vice President, about his industry experiences, professional influences and the advice he would give to new AAMA members.

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Kelly Broker, WIC Second Vice President, Brings Her Technical Expertise to AAMA Document Development

This month, I spoke with Wall Interface Council Second Vice President, Kelly Broker (Dow Corning Corporation), about how the fenestration industry can work together to become more successful, as well as her accomplishments with the association.

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Leveraging Your AAMA Certification

Members who certify their window, door and skylight products through AAMA's Certification Program have the distinct advantage of access to program discounts and, even more importantly, participation in setting the standards on which the Certification Program and International Code Council (ICC) building codes are based. But, beyond that, there are a number of marketplace advantages to utilizing the AAMA Certification Program.

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Dick Kreidel, Door Council First Vice President, Gives Advice to Prospective AAMA Members

This month, I had the opportunity to speak with Dick Kreidel (ASSA ABLOY), Door Council First Vice President, about his industry experiences and the advice he would give to prospective AAMA members.

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