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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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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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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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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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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 Webinar Program Prioritizes Topics Most Important to Members

Some may not realize that AAMA’s commitment to continuing education doesn’t start and end with its online certification and education programs. In addition to these crucial training options, the AAMA webinar program has been delivering near-monthly presentations since its inception in 2014. In 2019 alone, four webinars have been offered and more are planned for the rest of the year. Future topics will range from labor shortage and retention to field testing. Webinars take place during non-conference months in the AAMA events schedule.AAMA members can...

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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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New York City Mayor’s Earth Day Comments Trigger Questions About Fenestration

Will New York City “ban” all-glass curtain wall skyscrapers as part of its Green New Deal? Or will it push for codes and regulations requiring more energy efficient buildings that may help boost demand for more sustainable building designs and fenestration products? Those questions are on the minds of the building design, construction and fenestration industries today.On Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a “Green New Deal,” aimed at reducing NYC’s emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Approved by the New...

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