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AAMA Celebrates Long Partnership with Humanitarian Aid Group World Vision

If you have been coming to AAMA conferences in recent years, you have likely already heard of World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization. They partner with children, families and communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. AAMA has enjoyed a partnership with World Vision and with Mary Garcia, Corporation Relations Director, for many years in several ways, primarily through AAMA’s Annual Backpack Build.Every fall, many AAMA member companies and individuals sponsor a total of 500 backpacks ($12,000)...

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5 Ways AAMA Uses Twitter to Connect the Industry

When I started at AAMA, I had to learn a lot about the industry quickly – I needed to do this in order to effectively communicate to members, to industry media and to others at AAMA about what they needed to know most. I am still learning, and will continue to do so, but with each year at the association, I can feel my understanding of fenestration solidify more and more. As this grasp gets stronger, the value I can contribute to AAMA’s social media...

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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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How Standards Are Developed

Here on the Member Edge blog, AAMA Technical Standards Coordinator Julia Carlucci has talked about why balloting matters. On Trade Secrets, AAMA Executive Director Janice Yglesias recently wrote about the importance of diversity of voices from different companies in ballot responses. But maybe some folks are curious about how standards themselves are developed?Over time, AAMA has become known for the development of comprehensive standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality. We continue to develop specifications, test methods and technical information reports. To...

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What AAMA Members Will be up to at GlassBuild America

GlassBuild kicks off in mere days and AAMA staff is in full prep mode in order to get ready for Atlanta. AAMA will be in the Industry Pavilion in booth 4041. There, those who stop by can discover benefits of AAMA membership, enhance product marketing with AAMA certification, learn about FenestrationMasters® certification and discuss InstallationMasters® training. AAMA staff will be busy, but everyone is excited to network! I am also excited to hear more about what AAMA members have been up to since last year’s show. Here...

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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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Members Showcase Expertise during GlassBuild America

I’m so excited for GlassBuild America, the largest annual gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North America. AAMA is proud to again be an association partner, working in collaboration with other trade organizations to make this year even more successful than the last. But, AAMA members are also bringing their “A” game, showcasing their expertise via Express Learning and Action Demos. If you’ll be in Atlanta for GlassBuild, I encourage you to take advantage of the expertise these members offer....

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Keep in the Loop with Industry News with AAMA LinkedIn Groups

AAMA uses several social media platforms, but LinkedIn has long been a top choice for many of our members. Because that is where our members spend time online, it’s important for AAMA to have an active presence there in order to share relevant industry information. After all, LinkedIn is not just for finding a new position or career – its primary focus is still networking and keeping informed on changes to the industry. Whether a change is personnel or policy, you want to make sure...

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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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