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BEC Registration & Room Reservation Details
The Glass Association of North America's BEC Conference will be held February 21-23, 2016 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.  This year's event will focus on education, networking, business growth and other opportunities within the industry and how they affect those in the contract glazing industry.

Register for the complete three-day event that comprises the BEC Conference 2016. Take part in the Sunday Technical Committee Meeting, Monday and Tuesday’s General Sessions, along with Sunday and Monday’s networking receptions. Register by January 28, 2016 to avoid a "late registration" fee of $100!

Registration Fees:
GANA - CGA Members


     Contract Glazier $    400
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $    700



     Contract Glazier $    800
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $ 1,400

Conference Cancellation Policy
cancellation fee of $150 will be deducted from refunds. After January 21, 2016, 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. Review the latest list of attendees here.

Hotel Accommodations
Caesar's Palace is One of the most iconic Las Vegas hotels, Caesars Palace offers a stellar lineup of superstar talent such as Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Elton John, celebrity chef-helmed restaurants from the likes of Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy, and sexy nightlife at multi-level OMNIA Nightclub. The deluxe guest rooms, lavish suites and luxurious Laurel Collection villas at this Las Vegas hotel are spread out over five fabulous towers.

Room Rates
Single or Double: $179 plus tax
Check-In: 4:00 pm Check-Out: 11:00 am

Hotel Reservation Options: Secure your room by January 28 2016
Hotel reservations will not be made through GANA, but instead through the hotel directly. Use the below phone number or online reservation link to discuss options to secure your hotel room.

PHONE: (866) 227-5944
Group Code: SCGAN6


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

Keynote Sponsor Guardian Industries Corp.
Welcome Reception Sponsor Viracon
Silver Sponsor 2016 Dow Corning

Break Sponsor AGC Glass Company
Presenting Sponsor Kawneer Company
Refreshment Sponsor TGP
Break Sponsor W & W Glass, LLC



Sunday, February 21, 2016
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration Desk
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BEC Technical Committee Meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Viracon
Start your conference off right! The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to reconnect with peers and customers and make new connections too!

Monday, February 22, 2016
6:30 am - 8:00 pm Registration Desk
7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8:00 am - 5:00 pm BEC Conference General Session
       8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome
Jon Kimberlain, Dow Corning Corporation, BEC Division Chair
Bill Yanek, GANA Executive Vice President

       8:15 am - 9:00 am

State of the Glass and Glazing Industry
Serge Martin, AGC
       9:00 am - 9:05 am Take 5: Erdman Automation Corp.

       9:05 am - 10:05 am


New Windload Provisions Causing a Flurry?
“Nail” Your Proposal Now

Speaker: Tony Childress, Childress Engineering Services

Preparing a proposal using the new ASCE windload provisions? Nailing the proposal can be accomplished when you clearly understanding what questions to ask with regard to the project scope and specs under the back drop of the building code it’s being built under, the location of the building, and the design of the building. These variables can be tricky and if you’re able to ask the right question for the right situation, you can get the correct information to bid the project properly, and help you win the business. An entertaining understanding and history of the creation of codes will also be discussed.
       10:05 am - 10:10 am

Take 5: Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing

       10:10 am - 10:40 am Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
Sponsored by AGC Glass Company

       10:40 am - 11:30 am

Q&A Session: Design and Fabrication of Oversized Glass
Large glass panels are being used more frequently in projects as a part of trends to expand total vision area for increased transparency. Join experts in the design and fabrication of larger than typical glass lites for insight on questions such as handling and installation logistics.

James Cole, AGNORA
Jeff Haber, W&W Glass
Kelly Schuller, Viracon

Moderator: Jon Kimberlain, Dow Corning Corporation

       11:30 am - 11:35 am

Take 5: Kuraray

       11:35 am - 1:00 pm Lunch/Trade Show Open
       1:00pm - 1:05pm

Take 5: Quanex Building Products


       1:05 pm - 1:35 pm

Glazing Contractor Certification Panel Discussion
Recently the North American Contractor Certification established an ANSI accredited certification program for contract glazing companies. The intent of the program is to provide recogntion of companies with business practices that promote quality, safety, competence, ethics, and good business practices. The panel provides the ability to interact with key participants in the program.

Jeff Dalaba, Administrative Management Systems, Inc.
Jim Stathopolous, Ajay Glass
David Stutzman, Conspectus, Inc.

Moderator: Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consultants

       1:35 pm - 1:40 pm

Take 5: Kawneer Company


       1:40 pm - 2:05 pm

GANA Codes Update
Tom Culp, GANA Energy Consultant, Birchpoint Consulting
       2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

GANA Technical Update
Urmilla Sowell, GANA Technical Director

       2:25 pm - 2:55 pm Afternoon Coffee/Beer Break/Trade Show Open
Sponsored by W & W Glass, LLC

       2:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Take 5: Tecnoglass


       3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Innovation in the Industry
Kai-Uwe Bergmann, BIG architectural firm


       3:50 pm - 3:55 pm

Take 5: Guardian Industries Corp.


       4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Vowels of Success
Johnny Bench, Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by Guardian Industries Corp.

Johnny Bench was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 7, 1947 and grew up in the small town of Binger, Oklahoma. His childhood dream was to become a major league baseball player and, under the guidance of his father, decided that the position of catcher was the most direct route to the majors. Taking that advice, he was selected and signed in the 1965 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. After two seasons in the minors, Bench made Cincinnati’s Major League roster for the 1968 season. This marked the beginning of one of the most successful careers in baseball history.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989, Bench is considered "Baseball's Greatest Catcher" and was named the starter behind the plate of the All-Century Team. His successes include National League Rookie of the Year (1968), National League Most Valuable Players (1970, 72), back-to-back World Series Championships with the Big Red Machine (1975, 76), World Series MVP (1976), 14-time All-Star, and 10 Gold Gloves. In 1980, Bench set an endurance record by catching 100 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons.

Over the years, Johnny has maintained a sense of balance by using his celebrity status to aid such worthy causes as the Heart Association, the American Cancer Society (as past National Chairman of Athletes vs. Cancer), the Kidney Foundation, Franciscan Sisters of Poor Health System, Autism Speaks, USA Cares, the American Lung Association, and the ‘Catch the Cure’ program of the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati. He also supports the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Museum of Science and Industry in addition to the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund, which provides funds for students to attend college in the Cincinnati area.

Johnny has also spent quite some time in entertainment, logging thousands of hours in personal appearance on television networks such as ESPN, MLB Network and Fox Sports in addition to participating in events such as touring with Bob Hope’s Christmas Shows, and visiting troops in the Far East during Desert Storm. He has also sung with the Cincinnati Pops, authored books, and hosted the Emmy-Award-winning instructional show, “The Baseball Bunch.”

Johnny’s national broadcasting background includes nine years with CBS Radio broadcasting the National Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, the League Championship Series and the World Series as well as play-by-play on Reds’ television.

Join us as Johnny talks about:

Vowels of Success
Attitude you have each day.
Effort for Excellence :: Being the best
Individual and accepting responsibility
Taking advantage of Opportunities that come your way.
Using the knowledge and information available from everyone you meet.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Trade Show Networking Reception                                                         

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:00 am - 11:00 am Registration Desk
7:00 am - 7:45 am Breakfast/Trade Show Open
8:00 am - 11:30 am BEC Conference Contract Glazier Business Topic Session

       7:55 am - 8:00 am

Take 5: JE Berkowitz


       8:00 am - 9:25 am

Professional and Personal Branding for Contract Glazing Firms
Peggy Noe Stevens

Sponsored by Kawneer Company

       9:25 am - 9:30 am

Take 5: Kawneer Company

       9:30 am - 10:00 am Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
       10:00 am - 11:30 am Professional and Personal Branding for Contract Glazing Firms (cont'd)
Peggy Noe Stevens

Sponsored by Kawneer Company


Please note: Individuals not registered by February 1, 2016 will not be listed on the pre-registration list.