Janice Yglesias

Executive Vice President

Janice began her career with AAMA in 1999 serving in an administrative support role related to meeting planning and marketing. In 2008, she was named one of the 50 most influential people in the glass industry by USGlass magazine. Currently, she serves as the Executive Vice President overseeing marketing, membership, accounting and operations activities, with specific focus on strategic planning, work flow efficiency, systems capabilities, program development and customer needs assessment.

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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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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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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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