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Welcome to the BEC Conference.
The Glass Association of North America's BEC Conference will be held March 16-18, 2014 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  This year's event will focus on innovation and disruptive change that our industry seeing on a daily basis, and how to incorporate those two changes into your business for its growth.

Choose the Right Experience for You.
Register for the complete three-day event that comprises the BEC Conference 2014. Take part in the Sunday Technical Committee Meeting, Monday and Tuesday’s General Sessions, along with Sunday and Monday’s networking receptions.

Registration Fees:
GANA Members  
     Contract Glazier $    300
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $    500

     Contract Glazier $    600
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $ 1,000

Conference Cancellation Policy
cancellation fee of $150 will be deducted from refunds. After March 7, 2014, no refunds will be issued.

Tickets for your functions will be included in your registration packets and are non-refundable or exchangeable. There are no refunds for non-attendance at any of the activities included in your registration fee. If you wish for a person to attend the BEC Conference, you must register them for the Conference. No individual function registrations will be allowed.

Pre-Registered Attendees
Registrations will be accepted until the day of the Conference. However, if you would like to review a list of to-date pre-registered attendees, click here.

Hotel Accommodations
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino features Las Vegas hotel accommodations fit for the celebrity A-List, and perfect for Hollywood
buffs. Every one of our rooms and suites features one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia set against a backdrop of stylish, modern luxury.
When you stay in a Planet Hollywood hotel room, the celebrity lifestyle is yours for the living, and fame lies around every corner.

Room Rates
Single or Double: $134 plus tax
Check-In: 4:00 pm Check-Out: 11:00 am

NOTE: The GANA hotel room block is sold out on Saturday, March 15. We can still provide you with a room that night, but the rate is $279 for that night only.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 28, 2014

Tentative Program:
Sunday, March 16, 2014
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration Desk
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual Meeting
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BEC Technical Committee Meeting  (Click for Agenda)

The Benefits of BIM for Curtain Wall
Jon McFarland, Wheaton & Sprauge Engineering

Up to Code and Energy Efficient; NFRC's Commercial Ratings Program Does It Right
Jim Benney, NFRC

School Security: Advanced Glazing Solutions to Protect People and Property
Julie Schimmelpenningh, Eastman Chemical Company

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception

Monday, March 17, 2014
6:30 am - 8:00 pm Registration Desk
7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8:00 am - 4:45 pm BEC Conference General Session
       8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome
Jon Kimberlain, Dow Corning Corporation
BEC Division Chair

       8:15 am - 9:00 am

Anticipating and Managing Change in the Glass Industry
Richard A. Beuke, Vice President, Flat Glass, PPG Industries, Inc.
       9:00 am - 9:05 am Take 5 :: JEB's New Services and Products
Mike Nicklas, JE Berkowitz

       9:05 am - 10:05 am


Maximizing Your Profit : How Productivity Dramatically Affects Profitability
Speaker: Gregg Schoppman, FMI Corporation
       10:05 am - 10:10 am

Take 5 :: New Silicone-Based Innovations Offering Productivity, Thermal, Energy Efficiency and Design Benefits

Paul Wisniewski, Dow Corning
       10:10 am - 10:40 am Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
Sponsored by Quanex Building Products

       10:40 am - 11:30 am

Face Change, Innovation and Rapid Technology

Mic Patterson, enclos corp.
       11:30 am - 11:35 am

Take 5 :: Guardian SunGuard SNX 51/23

Chris Dolan, Guardian Industries Corp.
11:35 am - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Show Open

       1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

GlassCon Global
Tony Darkangelo, Finishing Contractors Association


       1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

New Dispense Technology Provides Real Time Mix Ratio Assurance for the Glass Industry
Nick DiDonato, Graco

       1:45 pm - 1:50 pm

Take 5 :: Three-Level Sealing System for Connections Throughout the Building Envelope

Brian Gagne, Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing

       1:50 pm - 2:35 pm

Codes, Standards, and the Battle for the Wall
Speaker: Tom Culp, Birch Point Consulting, GANA Energy Consultant
       2:35 pm - 2:40 pm

Take 5 :: New Advances in Dynamic Glass Enable Greater Design Flexibility and Solar Control

Dr. Helen Sanders, SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
       2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Coffee/Beer Break/Trade Show Open
Sponsored by AGC Glass Company

       3:10 pm - 3:55 pm

Legal Issues :: OSHA Initiatives, Insurance, Mold and Mildew, Lead Paint

Courtney Little, Ace Glass
       3:55 pm - 4:00 pm Take 5 :: Digital Printing Direct on Glass
Roger Erwin, m3 Glass Technologies

       4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Benefits of Different Glazing Systems Panel
Discuss the benefits and differences of glazing, with captured systems, structural silicone and structural glazing tapes with the benefits of each type. Close out the panel with your opportunity to ask questions of the panels and their various systems.

MODERATOR: Chuck Knickerbocker, Technical Glass Products
Captured System – Chris Giovannielli, Product Manager Curtain Walls, Kawneer
Structural Silicone – Larry Carbary, Dow Corning Corporation
Structural Glazing Tapes – Steve Austin, 3M

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm St. Patrick’s Day Trade Show Reception                                                         

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
6:30 am - 11:00 am Registration Desk
7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8:00 am - 11:30 am General Session

       8:00 am - 9:00 am

Personal Experience on Innovative Change
Ron Jaworski
Sponsored by Guardian Industries Corp.

After a 17 year distinguished career as an NFL quarterback, today Jaworski is coaching football fans on TV with a multiplatform NFL analyst role that includes appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup, NFL-branded specials, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Pardon the Interruption, and other platforms and shows throughout the year. ESPN’S Mike Tirico said, “If you made a list of 10 guys on TV in any sport as an analyst who you'd want to have a beverage with and watch a game, he's [Ron Jaworski] high on that list."

Before switching to his current multiplatform analyst role with ESPN, Ron spent five seasons in the booth with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden as the color commentator for Monday Night Football.

Jaworski’s passion for football can be traced back to his days as a kid growing up in the gritty steel town of Lackawanna, NY.

A three-sport stand out in high school (football, basketball and baseball), Jaworski was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school. He wanted to go play baseball immediately, but his father pushed for college first, and Jaworski’s football talents brought him to Youngstown State where he excelled as the quarterback for the Penguins.

The Los Angeles Rams drafted Jaworski in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft. After four years with the Rams, Jaworski joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977. Under head coach Dick Vermeil and behind Jaworski’s ability and field leadership, the Eagles advanced to their first-ever berth in a Super Bowl vs. the Oakland Raiders. Jaworski finished the 1980 season as the No. 1-rated passer in the NFC and was the 1980 NFL MVP.

Along the way, Ron became known as Jaws. The name was hung on him by his next-door neighbor at the time, Doug Collins, who was a star guard for the Philadelphia 76ers and today is their coach. "He didn't come up with Jaws because of that shark movie, though." Jaws says,"Doug said it was because my mouth was always open, talking."

Until Ron suffered a broken leg at St. Louis during the 13th game of the 1984 season, he had started 116 straight NFL games, a record for most consecutive starts. Jaws held that record until 1999, when Brett Favre broke it.

Today, Jaworski lives in Southern New Jersey and is civically active. Jaworski is committed to the Jaws Youth Playbook, which focuses on a mission to improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region. To date, the Jaworski family is proud to have donated over $4 million to at-risk youth.

       9:00 am - 9:05 am

Take 5  :: Optimize Glass Bonding & Sealing with Real Time Ratio Assurance

Nick DiDonato, Graco Inc.
       9:05 am - 9:35 am Morning Coffee Break/Trade Show Open
       9:35 am - 10:30 am Innovation & Insights Consultants Q&A

MODERATOR: Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting

Stephane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
John Wheaton, Wheaton Sprauge
       10:35 am - 11:30 am

Innovation & Insights Fabricator Q&A

MODERATOR: Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting

Jeff Haberer, Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC

Kirk Johnson, Hartung Glass
Rick Wright, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Gardner Glass Products
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual Meeting


Please note: Individuals not registered by March 7, 2014 will not be listed on the pre-registration list.