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BEC Conference – Las Vegas, NV


W&W Glass is both sponsoring and attending the 2019 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference. This is the must-attend event for more than 500 contract glaziers, industry suppliers and technical experts to connect and discuss trends that impact the glass and glazing industry.

It’s an incredible opportunity to connect with thought leaders and visionaries to discuss critical issues and important trends to take our industry, our workforce and the built environment to the next level.



Sunday, March 3, 2019
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm    
Registration Desk

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Installing Committee Meeting

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   
Welcome Reception [sponsored by AGC Glass Company]

Monday, March 4, 2019
7:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Registration Desk

7:00 am – 7:30 am  
Breakfast/Table Tops Open

7:45 am – 8:00 am 
BEC Conference General Session: Greetings

8:00 am – 9:15 am 
Cutting-Edge Facades: Thermally-Efficient Fenestration Systems
Engage in a panel discussion surrounding thermal values and a comparison of product and design trends in relation to the various components that come together to create a cutting-edge, thermally efficient curtain wall.

Jon Hughes, AGC Glass Company
Joe Erb, Quanex Building Products
Helen Sanders, Technoform
Chris Giovannelli, Kawneer
Tom Culp, Birch Point Consulting – moderator

9:15 am – 9:45 am 
Communications Break/Table Tops Open

9:50 am – 9:55 am 
Take 5 Presentation

10:00 am – 11:00 am 
Creating Your Winning Strategy for Business Success
What is strategy and how can your company benefit from an effective plan? Join a conversation about the strategic planning process, how strategy can be implemented on a day-to-day basis, how having a strategic plan will impact your ability to say yes or no to new ideas, and how it can impact company culture.

Jim Stathopolous, Ajay Glass – pending
Troy Johnson, Apogee
Nataline Lomedico, Giroux Glass
Tony Birchler, Zahner

11:10 am – 12:00 pm 
To DIY or Not: Advancing and Improving Glazing Project Management
Collaboration, trust and ownership all define a successful project management experience. How does schooling, on-the-job experience, or use of consultants also impact the life-cycle of a glazing installation project? Hear from varied panelists’ perspectives on success stories and lessons learned throughout the process.

Brian Filipiak, Alliance Glazing
Paul Robinson, Pioneer Glazing
Neil Opfer, Univ. of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Construction Management

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 
Lunch / Table Tops Open

1:20 pm – 1:25 pm 
Take 5 Presentation

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 
What Drives Design? Product and Technology Trends
As markets become more global, it’s important to grasp what it will take to remain competitive and relevant in the North American market. This presentation will touch on market trends and highlight some innovative features that have gained interest and success in North America, with a focus on the expectations for glazed facades as they relate to evolving standards in sustainable design and energy codes.

Mario Goncalves, UL
Walter Hartnett, Thornton Thomasetti

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm
Job Negotiation: Signing a Good Agreement, then Running the Job
Signing a good agreement is just the beginning. This presentation will also touch on operational practices that are aligned with a project agreement to help fulfill the terms from beginning to end.

Courtney Little, ACE Glass

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Beer Break / Table Tops Open

4:35 pm – 4:40 pm
Take 5 Presentation

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Change Management: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy
presented by Mary Kelly, PhD, CSP, CDR, Us Navy (Ret)
sponsored by Guardian Glass

Change is fun for some people, but miserable for others. Personality type, job position, seniority, and past experiences all determine how different people react to the idea of changing the way they conduct business. Understanding how people will react and addressing their concerns in advance of implementation can determine the success or failure of the new process.

Change management is a critical part of any organization that leads, manages, or enables people to accept and embrace new processes, technologies, systems, structures and values.

Learning objectives:

  • Address the concerns and barriers of the people who will need to adopt the new methods.
  • Address the concerns and trepidation of the supporting roles
  • Overcome the uncertainty obstacles that impede necessary change to achieve greater effectiveness
  • Ensure that everyone in the organization is ready, willing, and able to perform his or her role in the new environment
  • Attendees will overcome ambiguities, barriers, resistance, and reluctance to change behavior and methodologies

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm  
Table Top / Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:00 am – 11:00 am  
Registration Desk

7:00 am – 7:45 am
Breakfast/Table Tops Open

8:00 am – 8:05 am  
Take 5 Presentation

8:10 am – 9:15 am  
Any Way You Want It: Custom Rigging
Architectural installations are becoming increasingly complex with the growing use of jumbo glass, bent or curved glass, and other unique applications. Special times call for special measures. Learn about the unique ways rigging can be approached to fit the needs of the application.

Kirk Beeche, Greg Beeche Logistics
Dan Shields, IWR North America

9:15 am – 9:35 am  
Communications Break / Table Tops Open

9:40 am – 9:45 am  
Take 5 Presentation

9:50 am – 10:50 am  
Reading the Tea Leaves: Adjust, Adapt, Act
by Cynthia Paul, FMI
Market trends tend to come as surprises but they do not have to be. In this session, we will peek into the future to see what the next two to five years hold for the industry and its key organizations. We will look at the macro drivers impacting the markets and what contractors can do to get ready for impending market changes. Why react when you can step back and find the right path forward to be profitable and grow regardless of market conditions?

  • Investigate the current and emerging construction trends and forecasts for key markets
  • Discover what the future holds—growth or decline—by market segment
  • See how the emerging talent market is changing how the industry does business
  • Get a jump start on your competition by knowing the geographic regions projecting the best long-term growth
  • Build a company fit for the next challenge

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  
Training for Profitable Growth and Employee Retention
Labor shortages and employee retention have become buzz words within the glass and glazing industry in recent years. Don’t miss this important conversation on the importance of investing in employee retention and training activities, both for the benefit of the individual and for the growth of the business.