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Flashback Friday | Benefits Series | Take Advantage of AAMA’s Marketing Services

I joined the AAMA Marketing Department almost five years ago, and I am proud to be part of 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.In my role as AAMA Communications Coordinator, I specialize in written communications as well as social media. Have you thought about setting up a Facebook Business page for your company, but feel unsure about where to...

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Flashback Friday | Benefits Series | AAMA Keeps Close Tabs on the Industry

Being an AAMA member has many benefits, but one I’d like to highlight this month is the association’s working relationships with other industry organizations. AAMA currently represents our members in interactions with four organizations: IGMA, ASHRAE, ASTM and NFRC. Members of AAMA staff regularly attend these meetings and representatives from these organizations are welcome to attend AAMA Conferences. This level of industry representation is crucial.IGMAThe Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is the first group that AAMA monitors, in addition to attending their meetings. IGMA’s industry...

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AAMA Members Show Off Their Best at GlassBuild

GlassBuild is a force to be reckoned with no matter how long you’ve been in the industry, and AAMA staff and members lived to fight another year. Attendance at the 2018 show in Las Vegas was good and traffic at AAMA’s booth was up compared to the 2016 show in the same venue. We were able to visit with many different AAMA members and connect with several potential members and certification program licensees.The big topic of conversation at the AAMA/IGMA booth was the potential unification...

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Flashback Friday | Benefits Series | Supporting Continuing Education to Build the Fenestration Industry Workforce

Have you participated in an AAMA webinar yet? Over the last several years, the webinar program has had continuous growth since its inception in 2014. Today, AAMA presents at least one informational webinar each month during non-AAMA conference months. Earlier in August, we held a webinar on labeling changes coming soon to California’s Prop 65, and our most recent session on August 14 addressed using Instagram to bolster your brand’s online identity. While our webinar series covers a range of topics, we in AAMA Education...

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What Do You Need to Know About Complying with the New Prop 65 Labeling Requirements?

If you operate in the state of California, you may have heard by now that changes are coming down the pike for Proposition 65 this summer. Officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Prop 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, and new labeling is being implemented August 30. These requirements may have a direct impact on your business.An AAMA webinar will be held...

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Flashback Friday| Benefits Series | AAMA Market Research Reports

Even in an ever-changing political climate, we’re continuing to see positive growth throughout the fenestration industry, across all product segments and geographic markets. This is certainly evident in the new edition of the AAMA U.S. Industry Market Studies released last month, which offers both residential and non-residential data on new construction and remodeling by building category.To help members track market trends, AAMA provides a free copy of its annual market study reports to all Category 1 and 2 members, delivering timely information on residential and...

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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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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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AAMA Website, Easily Find AAMA Staff Thanks to Online Directory

There have been a lot of changes to the AAMA website and its vast members-only content, and we’ve gone over plenty of resources now available to members. But there’s one page that is a great, quick resource for me personally and that can be a valuable resource for members as well. As part of the ongoing improvements to the updated AAMA website, users can now easily find and contact specific members of the AAMA staff. A new staff directory was added and can be found...

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Shape Up Your Team with “Flawless Execution”

I look forward to meeting many of you at the AAMA 81st Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida!For those of you I have yet to meet, I am Air Force Colonel (retired) Chris “Elroy” Stricklin. For more than 23 years, I served at various levels of Air Force leadership, hanging up my G-Suit last year. During my time in uniform, I flew Combat F-15s and Thunderbird F-16s, led a squadron of 36 airmen, a combat wing of 1,000 NATO servicemembers and culminated my career leading a...

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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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AAMA Website, Network with Members via Online Directory

The AAMA Member Directory is a helpful networking tool for members and gives consumers easy access to your business contact information. In this area, site visitors can search by business name or keyword. AAMA members can see even more information about your company as well. You can also search for individuals of a member company which is helpful when connecting for committee and task group work or simply building relationships with peers. Be sure you are logged in to take full advantage of all the...

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AAMA Website, Dashboard Gives Access to the Learning Center and other Personalized Member Features

As an AAMA member, you can edit your personal and company information, access the AAMA Learning Center and view councils, committees and task groups that you belong to right on the AAMA website. Be sure you are logged in to access your personalized Dashboard.To locate your dashboard, click the “My Dashboard” link found below your name at the top of the left-hand menu, once you have logged in. Let’s review the many personalized options available on your Dashboard.AAMA Learning CenterThe first thing you will see...

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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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AAMA Website, Resources for Your Customer Service Representatives

The AAMA website has several resources for your customer service representatives. These easy-to-access web pages provide homeowners with a third-party resource to explain air infiltration and indoor condensation, and also answer common questions about residential windows.I have used the indoor condensation reference on many occasions to answer questions that I have received from our dealers and homeowners. Indoor condensation is one of the more misunderstood phenomena and can become a source of frustration when new energy efficient windows and doors are installed. The indoor condensation...

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AAMA Website, Directory of Committees Make Group Involvement and Information Easy

The Committees section of the AAMA website provides many helpful tools for AAMA members. In this area, you can join a committee, confirm conference call information, view minutes and more. Be sure you are logged in to the website in order to take full advantage of all the content available exclusively to AAMA members.When you go to the Directory of Committees, you will see a listing of “All Committees,” plus other tabs including AAMA “Councils” and “My Membership.” Let’s go through what is available to...

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AAMA Website, Resources Page Pulls Must-Haves Together

Years in the making, and after much input from membership, AAMA has recently revised its website. The new format offers a cleaner view and easier user navigation and an up-to-date appearance. The Resources page is a great place to start, as it is home to a collection of materials ranging from technical articles to instructional brochures to meeting presentations. The information found here is valuable not only to AAMA members and industry employees, but also to homeowners or non-technical audiences.Looking a bit deeper into what...

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AAMA Members Only, State Codes Web Page

In 2016, at the urging of AAMA members looking for state specific building code requirements, AAMA resolved to develop a state code directory. This was a significant undertaking involving much study and research, as state code information is not always easy to find, and each state has its own timeframe and method of code development.AAMA is now pleased to tell you about our exclusive State Codes web page. This directory of building code requirements for all 50 states can be accessed by visiting aamanet.org/statecodes and...

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AAMA Website Redesigned with Members in Mind

Have you had a chance to review AAMA’s newly redesigned website, yet? We have spent many painstaking hours, days, weeks and months developing and perfecting what we hope is going to be one of your top go-to resources in the industry. The updated site features many improvements to make your visit to the site more productive.The new responsive design allows for a much better experience on all devices whether you are on a PC, tablet or smartphone. Members-only content is easily accessible on all devices...

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Plugging the Leaks on Lawsuits: Practical Advice for Window Manufacturers, Curtain Wall and Glazing Companies

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference in Rhode Island! For those of you that have heard me preach around the country about the numerous litigation risks and challenges that fenestration companies face, you know that there is a healthy list of topics that should keep you up at night. Warranties. Field inspections. Testing. Specifications. Shop drawings. Insurance. Document retention polices. Defense counsel. Installation. The list goes on. Failing to have a working knowledge of the various landmines...

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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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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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