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Rich Walker and Angela Dickson | GlassBuild America booth
AAMA's Rich Walker and Angela Dickson
The AAMA team had a great experience at GlassBuild America last week in Las Vegas. The energy on the show floor was a temperature gauge for the industry at large, and it wasn't just the desert sun heating things up. There were a few trends of particular note for the three days of the show - engagement, excitement and equipment...lots of equipment.

The traffic wasn't just steady throughout the trade show floor, it was engaged. The vast majority of attendees that stopped by the AAMA booth were armed with questions or were willing to stop for a while and learn more about educational and certification opportunities. I heard this sentiment echoed from other exhibitors as well. Hosting both Express Learning sessions and the Window and Door Dealer Days on the actual show floor may have aided in the increased traffic, while also serving to educate various audiences within the industry.

It was evident that the attendees were upbeat about both 2016 and 2017. The beverage distributors opened well before the 5:00 p.m. show closing, and the celebrations continued well into the night, as exhibitors hosted after hours receptions to thank their suppliers and customers for their current success and an even more profitable year ahead.

Joyful equipment manufacturers answered many questions and sold equipment on the floor. One manufacturer shared with me that he sold his first machine at the Vegas-located show in almost 20 years ago. Typically, Atlanta is seen as prime location for selling machinery, but Vegas beat those odds this year. There were many "sold" signs on equipment throughout the aisles. Even software companies were seeing renewed interest.

One final observation from this year's event - the badge pick-up process couldn't have been easier. Scanning the QR code from the registration email was a breeze, even on the morning of the first day! Nicole Harris and her team at NGA sure know how to bring the industry together.

Looking forward to next year in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!
Katy Devlin and Rich Walker
Katy Devlin (Glass Magazine) and Rich Walker (AAMA)