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GANA Annual Conference

The GANA Annual Conference is scheduled for March 2-5, 2016 in Palm Springs, CA. Six Divisions of GANA have meetings planned at this event, along with the non-Division Committees including Marketing and Protective Glazing Council. The GANA Annual Conference is being held immediately following the IGMA Annual Conference.

Conference fees are due when registering.

Registration Fees (Members)  
Full Conference $850
Spouse $500


Registration Fees (Non-Members*)  
Full Conference $1699
Spouse $500

*Non-member companies attending a GANA meeting for the first time can attend the conference at the member rate. Please contact the office first to confirm first time attendance before registering. Non-members not eligible to receive the discount that join GANA prior to 60 days after the meeting will receive a credit for its registration fees on membership dues.

Cancellation Policy
Meeting Cancellation: The registration fee is refundable (minus a cancellation fee of $150) if notice of cancellation is received by February 1, 2016. After this date, no refund will be issued.

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.

We would like to recognize and support our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the GANA Annual Conference, contact Sara Neiswanger

Silver Sponsor 2016 Dow Corning
Wireless Internet Sponsor Glass Coatings & Concepts
Wine Tasting Sponsor ICD High Performance Coatings
Fun Run/Walk Sponsor Kuraray
Lunch Sponsor Mappi
Annual Conference Gold Sponsor Quanex
Break Sponsor Schilling Graphics
Presenting Sponsor Technoform
New Professionals Break Sponsor Vesuvius


Annual Conference 2016 Program

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration Desk
8:30 am – 12:00 pm GANA Insulating Division/IGMA Technical Services Committee Joint Meeting
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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm GANA & IGMA Luncheon Presentation
1:00 pm GANA & IGMA Miniature Golf Tournament at Boomer Amusement Park
Show off your golf skills in a miniature golf tournament! Other features of the amusement park include rock climbing, go-karting, bumper boats, and virtual studio. Buses will be provided.
6:00 pm GANA & IGMA Classic Hollywood Theme Dinner
This evening of entertainment will feature dinner and dancing and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite classic Hollywood movie star! We're even hosting a photobooth so we can capture the memories that are sure to be created at this exciting event.


Thursday, March 3, 2016

7:00 am – 3:30 pm Registration Desk
7:30 am – 10:00 am GANA Laminating Division Meeting
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Considerations in Laminated Glass Rails
Paul Daniels, CRL

10:00 am – 11:00 am GANA Protective Glazing Council
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Overseas Building Operations and Government Services Administration Design Excellence Programs

Valerie Block, Manager, Business Development-Americas, Kuraray
11:15 am – 12:30 pm Town Hall Luncheon
Get the latest updates on GANA marketing efforts including a special area of focus for 2016 - the GANA website. The Town Hall luncheon is a great opportunity to share your own ideas, insights and feedback about the activites of the Association.
12:45 pm – 3:15 pm GANA Tempering Division Meeting
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Nuances of Vision Glazing Color

Kevin Ramus, PPG Industries
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm GANA Marketing Committee Meeting
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5:15 pm - 6:30 pm GANA New Professionals Committee
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm GANA Member of the Year Awards Reception
Let's celebrate and recognize the GANA members who go above and beyond to make our Association and the glass and glazing industry better!


Friday, March 4, 2016

6:30 am – 8:00 am GANA Fun Run/Walk: 1- Mile & 5K
Get outside and take in the beautiful Palm Springs scenery! Join your fellow GANA walking and running enthusiasts for a one-mile or 5k course. Thanks to sponsors like Kuraray, the first 40 participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt for participating! If you're interested in sponsoring this great activity please contact Sara Neiswanger: sara@glasswebsite.com.
7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration Desk
8:00 am – 10:00 am GANA Annual Membership Meeting
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10:15 am – 12:30 pm GANA Energy Division Meeting
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The Why, How and Business Value of LCAs and EPDs

Heather Gadonniex, VP Corporate & Product Marketing, thinkstep

Heather Gaddonniex Heather Gadonniex, LEED AP BC&C is an experienced strategist with over a decade of expertise developing and leading international product marketing, business development, and product development initiatives focused on sustainability and transparency for start-ups and large multi-national organizations.She has extensive expertise in green building and sustainability, and has published numerous articles on creating and integrating corporate and product sustainability strategy, product transparency, and wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business. She is currently a VP at thinkstep, where she is responsible for corporate and product marketing. Prior to this role, Heather lead thinkstep’s building and construction practice. In addition to her work at thinkstep, Heather is a volunteer on the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and sits on AEC Design Transparency’s advisory board. Heather is passionate about the intersection of technology, innovation and the built environment.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch Served
1:00 pm – 3:45 pm GANA Decorative Division Meeting
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Going Green with Decorative Glazing

Marc Deschamps, Walker Glass, Ltd.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm GANA Flat Glass Manufacturing Division Meeting
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5:30 pm Wine Tasting, hosted by Chris Fronsoe, ICD High Performance Coatings
Wrap up the day with a unique experience! Join Chris Fronsoe, ICD Coatings for a wine tasting session. Get familiar with how to describe wine and tips for pairing with food. Chris will give an overview of a selected few wines. In the end, we'll find out if you can pass a blind taste test! Thank you to ICD High Performance Coatings for sponsoring and hosting this unique social event!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

8:00 am – 12:00 pm GANA Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm GANA Educational Foundation Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Centric Shareholder Meeting (Closed Meeting)
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Centric Organizational Meeting (Closed Meeting)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Centric Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)


Hotel Accommodations
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is a full service hotel with business center, spa and access to numerous golf courses in Palm Springs, CA and surrounding areas. The hotel features one full-service restaurant, two bars and an outdoor pool dining area.

Room Rates
Single or Double: $230 plus tax
Check-In: 4:00 pm Check-Out: 11:00 am

Hotel Registration Options
Hotel reservations will not be made through GANA, but instead through the hotel directly. Make your reservations though our unique hotel website link below.


Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 9, 2016

Internet Access
Stay connected with internet access in both the sleeping rooms and meeting space. GANA has negotiated in-room internet access to be included in your hotel resort fee. Meeting rooms will also have internet access. Wireless internet is sponsored by Glass Coatings and Concepts.

Click here to register online.