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Janice Yglesias

Executive Director

Janice began her career with the association in 1999 serving in an administrative support role. Over the years she has directed or consulted on all operations activities. In 2008, she was included as one of the 50 most influential people in the glass industry by USGlass magazine. Since 2018, she oversees the full organization with specific focus on strategic planning, financial management, operational efficiency, systems capabilities, program development and customer needs assessment.

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10 Things FGIA Members Can do to Protect Workers During COVID-19

We had an interesting safety speaker at the recent FGIA Virtual Fall Conference. Michael Cook, Corporate Safety Director for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, shared what his company has done during the spread of COVID-19 to adapt workspaces and ensure employees’ safety in the pandemic.Here are some tips Cook shared:Stay current on advances in COVID safety devices and strategies which have evolved since the onset of the pandemicOffer more paid leave so workers do not feel pressured to come to work sickProvide facial coverings along with other standard...

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Learn the Latest on Fenestration and Glazing Trends, Forecasts at the FGIA Virtual Fall Conference

FGIA staff is eagerly preparing for the Virtual Fall Conference October 6-8 and we are all excited to share the knowledge and expertise of several speakers. Our presenters will focus on topics our members care about most, like the state of a post-COVID-19 economy, safety awareness during the pandemic, fenestrations of the future, commercial design trends for fenestration and glazing and more. If you haven’t already, you can still get access by registering now. Early bird pricing ends Monday, September 28.If you attended the Virtual...

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FGIA to Cover Education Programs, Field Testing, Preventing IG Failures at GlassBuild Connect September 1-30

As announced last month, FGIA is pleased to participate as an association partner in GlassBuild Connect: The Glass & Fenestration Online Experience, taking place September 1-30 at GlassBuild.com. We have prepared a slate of interesting and educational sessions that we are excited to share with participants, and we hope you’ll join us for this popular industry event in its new virtual setting. Read on for details of what to expect from FGIA at GlassBuild Connect.Starting September 1, those who register at GlassBuild.com can connect to...

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Use the FGIA Leadership Program to Strengthen Your Career Path

Sometimes leaders are born, and sometimes they are built. You may already have the necessary knowledge to teach others and may have or be pursuing a management-level role. However, knowledge and experience do not always equate to skilled leadership. That is why FGIA is proud to offer the Leadership Development Program, which is geared toward honing skills to effectively lead your team.The FGIA Leadership Development Program focuses on the soft skills leaders need to achieve their full potential. Everyone in the workforce develops hard skills...

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FGIA 2019/2020 U.S. Industry Market Studies Available, Now with New Sections

Every spring, we get eager emails and questions from members about the latest market information. That’s because spring is the time of year when we release the newest data available pertaining to the window, door and skylight markets in the United States. We are pleased to announce that the FGIA 2019/2020 U.S. Industry Market Studies were released on May 29. A complimentary copy was sent to the main contact of each FGIA Category 1 and 2 member company that same day.DuckerFrontier, who administers the study...

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FGIA Supports Fenestration and Glass Companies During Time of Crisis

FGIA staff rapidly transitioned to full-time remote work, and we know many fenestration and glass companies have had to quickly adapt to a lot of change as well. Because of this, FGIA has been inventive in finding ways to help companies in our industry during this time of crisis. As a result of a recent survey of members seeking insight to better understand where and how  pressure points are hitting, FGIA will be announcing discounted rates for online education programs, a revised Virtual Summer Conference...

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FGIA Summer Conference Transitioning to Virtual Event | Quality Information in a New Format

With current efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, those planning industry events in 2020 have had to improvise. The same is true for FGIA – our Summer Conference scheduled to take place in Chicago, IL is being transitioned from an in-person event to a virtual one. The dates remain largely unchanged with the conference taking place Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25. Registration for the virtual Summer Conference is expected to open the week of May 4.FGIA will provide the same high-quality industry...

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Encourage Window Safety for Those Cooped Up at Home

With the spread of COVID-19 leaving so many confined to their homes, window safety for families is even more important now as warmer weather approaches. Window Safety Week, recognized every year during the first full week in April, serves as a reminder of recognizing the importance of window safety and fall prevention year-round. This year, Window Safety Week is April 5-11. The event is designed to heighten the awareness of what parents and caregivers should do to help keep their homes and families safer from...

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Don’t Miss These Crucial Industry Events in 2020

This year has already seen some big events take place in the industry, including January’s successful IBS 2020 and the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference earlier this month. Plus, next week is the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Nashville, TN, with the theme of Glazing 2020: Advanced. Innovative. Complex.In addition to the 2020 Summer and Fall FGIA conferences (June 22-25 in Chicago and October 5-8 in Montreal, respectively), there are plenty of industry events to get on your calendar now, if you haven’t already. Here is...

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FGIA Member Profile | Chip Barrett, President of US Glass & Glazing, Discusses Industry’s Future

Chip Barrett is the President of US Glass & Glazing. He is responsible for operations, product design and installation procedures. We spoke with him about his company, his career and where he sees the industry going a decade from now.Could you describe your role at your company?The US Glass team is made up of InstallationMasters® installers and glazers. My role is to train the installers and oversee the field operations and long-term company goals.What products does your company provide?We provide aluminum and vinyl windows, doors,...

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Attend the Inaugural FGIA Annual Conference

The countdown to the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference has begun: This historic industry event is taking place February 10-13 in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, FL and FGIA staff is hard at work making sure it is the best event we can offer our members. Join us at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort for a week of excellent speakers, seminars and work group sessions with a schedule made to fit each member company’s interests. Plus, enjoy the Annual Awards Banquet, during which members are recognized for their...

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Get Ready to Welcome FGIA in 2020

With every new year comes change and growth, but in 2020, I am especially excited to kick off a new era as the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA)! As of January 1, 2020, AAMA and IGMA will be combined as this new organization and bringing the most critical fenestration and insulating glass content under one roof, providing members and other industry professionals more streamlined access to what they need to know.This unification affords opportunities to enhance education program offerings of value to the entire...

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Coming Soon: FenestrationMasters 2.0 | What You Need to Know

An updated portion of one of AAMA’s flagship education programs comes out in December. FenestrationMasters® version 2.0 offers an update and re-design of the current coursework, which was first launched in 2012. Here is what certified professionals, and those who seek to become certified, need to know about the latest changes to the program.The FenestrationMasters program provides training content based on consensus-based AAMA standards. It is a nationwide program for professionals in the window, door, skylight, curtain wall, storefront and sloped glazing industries. To earn...

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AAMA Member Profile | Rich Allen, MI Windows and Doors, Champions Proper Installation and Product Knowledge

Rich Allen is the National Account Manager for MI Windows and Doors. His company works with vinyl windows and patio doors, and he has been involved with AAMA since 2017. We spoke with Rich about his career and what he is proudest of accomplishing so far.What is a typical day like for you?I host product and installation training at Window World locations throughout the U.S.What is your professional background and how did you become involved in the industry?When I was leaving the Army in 1985,...

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AAMA Member Profile | Kevin Zuege of Tremco Talks Networking and Career Advancement

Kevin Zuege is Senior Director, Technical Services and Marketing, Industrial Products Group for Tremco. He leads the IPG’s Technical Service and Product Management teams, focusing primarily on fenestration applications. We sat down with him to talk about the importance of networking and how to move forward in a fulfilling career and life.What product(s) does your company manufacture?Our Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing Division manufactures a wide range of weatherization solutions for industrial and construction applications, including all six sides of the building envelope. My specific areas...

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AAMA Fall Conference Delivers Value in Content, Connections and More

The AAMA Fall Conference was a great moment in industry history, as it was the final in-person event to take place before the historic unification of AAMA and IGMA. The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), the combined organization, will debut January 2020 and the first-ever FGIA Annual Conference will happen February 10-13 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In the meantime, here are some highlights you may have missed from this month’s Fall Conference.Skylight Recruitment EffortsAAMA’s efforts to recruit more skylight manufacturers to the association continue....

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GlassBuild Delivers on Sales and Innovation

What an outstanding show our industry had last week in Atlanta! Many thanks to the National Glass Association for once again so adeptly delivering with GlassBuild America. The conversation sure did happen here!As I engaged with show participants throughout the event, I repeatedly heard reports of high booth traffic and even higher quality contacts. The volume of on-site sales of products and equipment was also a highlight this year. But beyond exposure and sales for companies that participated, there were also many trends revealed.There was...

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Team Building and Appreciation are Keys to Employee Retention

This year has been an eventful one here at AAMA, which meant this July’s annual summer Staff Week was even more important. Each year, AAMA thanks its staff for all it does with a weeklong event each summer, as well as with a holiday-themed Staff Week in December. During these two weeks, we dedicate a handful of hours to fun activities for our staff to do together.Several AAMA staff members work remotely from their home offices in other states, so it is important to get...

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AAMA Member Profile | Robert Jutras, Principal Engineer at UL, Prizes Collaboration in His Work

Robert Jutras, principal engineer at UL, is responsible for participating in different organizations for the development of standards and codes, performing trade association-related tasks including technical and Board functions, attending webinars and conference calls mostly related to standards and codes development as well as the development and maintenance of test data sheets. He also provides technical support to the building science team at UL, preparing and dispensing webinars, presentations, day seminars and training sessions related to his field of expertise from fenestration to building science...

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AAMA Member Profile | Solatube Vice President Neall Digert Celebrates Career Stemming from Admiration of Architecture

Neall Digert, Ph.D., MIES, is Vice President of Solatube International and a leader within int AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council. As Solatube’s Vice President, he draws upon his expertise in the daylighting and sustainable design and consulting arenas to build public awareness of new optical daylighting technologies, guides future product developments and refinements, develops new global sales and marketing strategies and pioneers new design and application tools and protocols to support the successful integration of optical daylighting products. We talked with Neall about his career so far.What...

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Standards Development Hinges on Participation, Diversity of Voices

Building and energy codes, green building programs, architects, specifiers, consultants and other industry professionals rely on performance standards to select the right products for different projects. For standards to support this purpose effectively, it’s important for companies of all sizes to participate in the development process so the published documents represent input from companies focused on various product segments and in various regions.Throughout our history of industry leadership, AAMA has become known for the development of comprehensive standards that deliver confidence in product performance and...

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Member Shout-Outs | AAMA Member Companies Celebrate Recent Good Works, Milestones

A staff week celebration is about to kick off here at AAMA HQ, and we will be volunteering together at a humanitarian organization called Feed My Starving Children. Giving back is an important pillar of our core values, and we know philanthropy and professional development are important to our membership, too. At AAMA, we like to commend our member companies for the good work they are doing in their local communities, at their headquarters and with their staff. Below are some examples of the positive...

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Structural Engineer Sarah Erickson Values Business Sense, Industry Involvement

Sarah Erickson, PE, works at Apogee Enterprises and is responsible for the structural analysis of projects, including preparing redlines for the design team and formal stamped calculation packages for project submittals. Additionally, she mentors new associates, manages projects sent to external structural engineering consultants, assigns structural engineers to new projects as they come in and participates in continuous improvement events. She also represents her company at AAMA, so we spoke with her to discuss her career so far.Give me a brief history of your professional...

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AAMA, IGMA Members Enjoy Combined Summer Event in Canada

The 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences went off without a hitch earlier this month, with members from both associations coming together to network and hear from industry leaders and speakers. The unique combined event in Victoria, BC was memorable for many reasons, but the scavenger hunt around the city especially brought out everyone’s fun, albeit competitive, sides. Be sure to read news coverage of the event in the AAMA News section of the AAMA website, but for now, look below for photos from...

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Dennis Kelly Discusses Working Closely with People to Improve Performance

Dennis Kelly is Executive Vice President at Graham Architectural Products, working in general management with concentrations in Risk Management, Engineering and Quality. His company custom engineers commercial and architectural windows and doors. We sat down with Dennis to ask about his long career and what his time in the industry has taught him.Give a brief history of your professional background and how you originally became involved in the industry.I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering. My first job out of college was with Seasonal Industries...

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AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences Visit Victoria, BC

The 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences are almost here. This event is happening June 17-20, but there is still time to register. By nature of being a combined event, members of both associations can expect to gain even more value from the presentations and content than they do by attending independent AAMA or IGMA events.Over on the Member Edge blog, AAMA Meetings Manager Florence Nicolici wrote about the many advantages of these two conferences being combined. Now, as the event draws closer, I’d...

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AAMA Commemorates Earth Day, Celebrates Increase in ENERGY STAR Market Penetration

Earth Day is a moment to recognize the importance of our environment, and in AAMA’s case, what those in the fenestration industry are doing to protect it. Sustainability remains a crucial issue in our work, and AAMA remains committed to the efforts of ENERGY STAR®. To this end, AAMA collaborates each year with the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees ENERGY STAR, and research company Ducker Worldwide to receive updated information about the ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Windows Programs.ENERGY STAR is a voluntary...

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Consumer Safety, Plant Safety of Equal Import

We all know how much emphasis our industry puts on plant safety, and rightly so – safety in manufacturing is a critical matter. However, it’s just as important to get safety information and awareness to customers. That’s why AAMA is actively involved in the promotion of window safety. Take time this spring to share window safety tips with your customers during Window Safety Week, the first full week of April (April 7-13 this year). The pre-designed 2019 Window Safety Week Tool Kit makes it easy...

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IGMA Winter Conference, AAMA Annual Conference Host Unification Discussions

February has proven to be a particularly busy month for the industry, thanks to two major conferences taking place in locations (thankfully) warmer than Chicago. During the first week of the month, I attended the IGMA Winter Conference in Austin, TX and now, AAMA staff is wrapping up details for next week’s AAMA 82nd Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA. Together, the two events provide an excellent backdrop for the ongoing discussions underway, of unifying IGMA and AAMA into one organization. Here are some takeaways...

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AAMA Member Profile | Josh Wignall Discusses Messaging, Millennials

Josh Wignall is the Director of Marketing at EFCO, responsible for all product and brand strategy in the company. For today’s member profile, we talked with him about being part of a younger generation of the industry and the importance of both mentorship and strong messaging.Could you describe your role at your company?My team is made up of our product marketing group, which is in charge of all product management functions and product strategy. When most people think of marketing, they don’t necessarily think of...

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AAMA Member Profile | John Moore Talks Future in Robotics

John Moore, Vice President – Marketing for GED Integrated Solutions, provides the vision and leadership to ensure that the marketing strategies and programs align with the corporate objectives while providing a positive ROI for the company. Additionally, he provides strategy direction and guidance on several corporate programs. Today, AAMA spoke with him about his work in the industry as a whole.What products does your company manufacture?GED manufacturers automation equipment and software for manufacturing high-quality, residential vinyl windows. We provide insulating glass unit (IGU) and glass...

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Learn How to Address Blind Spots at Next Month’s AAMA Annual Conference

In any industry, problems can creep up unnoticed. In fenestration, I know our members talk often about things like the skilled labor shortage, the economy and other crucial factors – and how the risks related to them can be mitigated. If you too are entering 2019 looking for ways to avoid problems before they arise, a speaker at next month’s AAMA conference may be able to help. AAMA is proud to welcome keynote speaker and author Kevin McCarthy, who will present “Welcome to the BlindSpot...

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Recognizing Leadership | Why AAMA Bestows Annual Awards

Next month, AAMA will take the time to thank some of its hardest workers during one of my favorite events every year: the AAMA Annual Awards Banquet. This year’s banquet, which will take place during the 82nd Annual Conference, has a classic Hollywood theme, which I’m sure will make it feel at least a little bit like the Oscars. But what I really love about it, and every year’s celebration, is that it gives the association a chance to spotlight the accomplishments of some of...

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As 2018 Winds Down, AAMA Staff Gives Back

It’s been a busy year for AAMA in a lot of ways, but I am proud that we didn’t lose sight of the importance of helping others despite all the association’s activity. AAMA staff is committed to philanthropy in a lot of ways, including participation in World Vision’s Global 6K for Water this past May, as well as a staff volunteer event this past summer at Feed My Starving Children here in Schaumburg, IL. We held our annual backpack build at the Fall Conference in...

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AAMA Members Show off Innovation, Plus Environmental and Educational Relevance at GlassBuild

During GlassBuild America last month, around 8,600 representatives participated in the show and nearly 400 exhibitors displayed. It was a busy industry event, but companies involved in GlassBuild took the opportunity to talk about key industry matters like sustainability, hurricanes and structural glazing sealants. AAMA members had key roles in the show, and their work proved to have environmental and educational relevance in 2018.In the Express Learning part of GlassBuild, Vik Ahuja from thinkstep presented “Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Why You Need Them.” With...

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AAMA Rapid Response Team Addresses AB 262, Buy Clean California Act

As many in the western region know, the Buy Clean California Act (Assembly Bill 262) was signed into law last October, requiring state agencies to consider the embedded carbon emissions of industrial products, including steel and glass, when contracting for state-funded infrastructure projects. Last month, AAMA’s Rapid Response Team sent a letter to the California Department of General Services listing its concerns as well as its recommendations to effectively comply with the provisions of this law, while still providing the intended results of the bill’s...

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See You in Las Vegas! Visit AAMA in Booth 927 During GlassBuild America September 12-14

It’s almost time again for GlassBuild America, the largest annual gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North America. As a co-sponsor, AAMA works with other industry leaders to make each year’s event a success. This year, some new features are being introduced, such as an NGA-sponsored opening reception, a modified Window & Door Dealer Day format and the option to visit industry experts at the Knowledge Bar. If you’ll be in Las Vegas for GlassBuild next week, visit AAMA in booth...

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AAMA Takes Time to Appreciate Personnel During Staff Week Celebration

It’s been a busy spring and summer over at AAMA headquarters, so we decided to thank our staff for all their hard work with a full week of appreciation events. Staff Week took place in July thanks to our Accounting/Human Resources Manager, Karen Allen, who brought in breakfast and snacks each day and organized one R & R day with events like BINGO, raffles, games and movies.Some staff also teamed up for a volunteer shift together at Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that...

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Lake Tahoe Proves Perfect Place for Summer Conference

If you’d never been to Lake Tahoe before the AAMA Summer Conference earlier this month, I hope you went to the conference dinner at Gar Woods, overlooking the lake itself. It’s incredible how blue it really is! Lake Tahoe made for the perfect location for this summer’s conference agenda, full of important industry presentations and committee and task group work – but also whitewater rafting, fly fishing, golf and site seeing.We kicked off the Summer Conference with a tribute to Rich Walker, who stepped aside...

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Member Shout Outs | Accomplishments Abound This Spring

This spring has been a busy time for AAMA, but it’s always important to stop and reflect on the good work being done by those around you. AAMA recently raised $1,000 for World Vision’s Global 6K for Water at a Chicago walking event, and this contribution made us want to take a moment to single out some AAMA member companies for doing great work. Join us in recognizing these folks for their accomplishments.MilgardFor the sixth year, Milgard Windows & Doors worked with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat...

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Flashback Friday | 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. However, we recognize that not all member companies are in a position to budget for and prioritize employee attendance at industry events which is one of the reasons that...

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Grab a Road Map to Economic Trends at the Summer Conference

Will you be traveling to Lake Tahoe this June for the AAMA Summer Conference? I’ll be there, helping industry leaders advance codes and technical matters along with standards development – while enjoying being outside in Northern California, of course. I’m excited for our speakers, especially the one giving our keynote address. John Manzella, speaker and author, will provide an overview of economic trends, critical global issues and what’s to come. [Photo credit: Christian Arballo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arballoimages/8760130276/)]

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Flashback Friday | Benefits Series | AAMA Immersion Camp - Conferences and Meetings

We’re re-running some blog posts from our excellent 2014 Benefits Series. You’ll know a post is from that series because it will be called a Flashback Friday post.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...

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Why We Love AAMA Members

Happy Valentine’s Day! Every day of the year is a great one to share with people what they mean to you, but we wanted to take some time now to reach out. We already know our association’s members are the best, but we want to make sure they know it, too. Here are some nice things AAMA staff had to say about AAMA’s members. [Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/2EtT8rW]

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What 30 Years in the Industry Taught AAMA Member Kim Kenzevich

Kim Kenzevich is the Sales Support Specialist for weatherstrip and balances in the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canada at AmesburyTruth. She has been in the industry for three decades, so we spoke with her to hear what she’s learned in that time.What products does your company manufacture?We make window and door hardware for the residential and commercial market, as well as pile weatherstrip, foam weatherseals and custom extrusion accessory parts.What is your professional background, and how did you become involved in the industry?In 1987, I...

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InstallationMasters – Improving on an Incomparable Legacy

In August 2016, we shared news about updates that had been made to the content of the InstallationMasters® Program – a program designed to provide training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and doors in residential and light commercial construction applications. At that time, we also mentioned some upcoming enhancements related to the InstallationMasters website and segmenting the training into replacement and new construction programs.In March, AAMA brought the program administration and management in-house after having been handled for 15 years by Architectural Testing,...

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Brian Stephens, Market Team Manager, Looks Forward to Future Work with AAMA

Brian Stephens has been with his current company, Technoform, for six years. Today, he shares some highlights from his time in the industry so far.Could you describe your role at your company?I am responsible for business development in the Western part of North America. I work with both fabricators and influencers to drive the use of high performance façade systems.What products does your company manufacture?Technoform has two divisions in North America. Technoform Glass Insulation which manufactures a high-performance hybrid insulating glass spacer and Technoform Bautec...

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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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