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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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Joint AAMA, IGMA Summer Conferences Bring Added Value to Industry

This June, two industry associations and their memberships will meet for one combined event in Victoria, British Columbia for the Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences. Last year, the leaders of AAMA and IGMA announced the possibility of unifying the two associations, and a vote among both organizations’ members will take place in July. Leading up to that vote, this joint event will give members of each association a chance to experience each other’s conference and have questions about unification addressed. Plus, as an added...

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AAMA Commits to Window Safety Through Continual Code Action

It’s that time of year. After a brutal winter, people long to open windows to let in fresh air. And, at this time of year, many of us are also hard at work honing building code proposals.AAMA’s commitment to window safety is at work year-round through our proactive support of building codes. Window safety comes into play in a number of ways in today’s building codes. For example, in the Seventh Edition, 2020 Florida Building Code (FBC) discussion now in progress, AAMA opposes F 7662....

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With members like ours, what’s not to love?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas? No. Valentine’s Day! My favorite holiday. When I was little, my mama made my brother and me feel extra loved. She gave small gifts to her loved ones, including my dad and her six siblings, to let us know how special we were to her. I still have the “Love” cupid pin from Avon that she gave me in kindergarten. It wasn’t about romantic love, but about showering special people in her life with affection. In...

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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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