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Welcome to the BEC Conference.
The Glass Association of North America's BEC Conference will be held March 8-10, 2015 at the Paris Las Vegas Resort & Casino.  This year's event will focus on change and growth within the industry and how those changes affect those in the contract glazing industry.

Register for the complete three-day event that comprises the BEC Conference 2015. 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 - CGA Members


     Contract Glazier $    350
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $    550



     Contract Glazier $    700
    Manufacturer/Fabricator/Supplier/Other $ 1,100

Conference Cancellation Policy
cancellation fee of $150 will be deducted from refunds. After February 20, 2015, 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
Paris Las Vegas Resort & Casino features an experience everything you love about Paris, right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. At
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, you are transported to the City of Lights with all the same passion, excitement, and ambiance of
Europe's most romantic city, with all the excitement of the entertainment capital of the world.

Room Rates
Single or Double: $137 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. Use the below phone number to discuss options to secure your hotel room.

PHONE: (877) 603-4389
Group Code: SPGAN5

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 11, 2015

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

Keynote Speaker Guardian Industries
Monday Afternoon Break AGC
Monday Morning Break Quanex Building Products


Tentative Program:
Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration Desk
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BEC Technical Committee Meeting
       New Parkland Hospital Case Study
     Dr. Dudley McFarquhar, McFarquhar Group Inc.

     Industry Highlights
     Chuck Knickerbocker, TGP
  • Building Information Modeling GIB Task Group
  • Commercial Fenestration Systems Manual
  • Blueprint Reading and Estimating Course
  • Project Manager's Reference Manual
  • Building Envelope Commissioning
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Start your conference off right with spending the evening networking with your peers and customers. BEC Conference attendees will enjoy this joint reception with the GANA Annual Conference attendees, who are just ending their event.

Monday, March 9, 2015
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

Glazing Industry Update
Joseph Puishys, CEO, Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
       9:00 am - 9:05 am Take 5 :: Dow Corning Corporation, James Stange

       9:05 am - 10:05 am


Building Your Own Bench :: Onboarding and Retention
John Rovi, Childress Engineering
       10:05 am - 10:10 am

Take 5 :: OptiQ™ Ultra Thermal Windows – AA™5450 Series
Lisa Jackson, Kawneer Company, Inc.

       10:10 am - 10:40 am Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open

       10:40 am - 11:30 am

Future of Glazing Technology

James O'Callaghan, Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
       11:30 am - 11:35 am

Take 5 :: Taking the Guesswork Out of Glazing System Performance
Ken Krieger, Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing

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

       1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Innovation & Insights Consultants Q&A Panel
Stephane Hoffman, Morrison Hershfield
Bruce Kaskel, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

       1:45 pm - 1:50 pm

Take 5 :: Lead Times Shouldn’t be YOUR Concern
Thomas Martini, Vitrum Industries


       1:50 pm - 2:35 pm

Facing Today's Challenges: Fabricator Q&A Panel
Moderator: Max Perilstein

Kawneer Company
Keith Lindberg, Wausau Window and Wall Systems
Rick Wright, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
       2:35 pm - 2:40 pm

Take 5 :: JE Berkowitz, LP, Mike Nicklas

       2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Coffee/Beer Break/Trade Show Open
Sponsored by AGC Glass Company

       3:10 pm - 3:55 pm

Codes & Association Update
Dr. Tom Culp, GANA Energy Consultant, Birch Point Consulting
Urmilla Sowell, GANA Technical Director

       3:55 pm - 4:00 pm Take 5 :: Guardian Industries Corp., Rosie Hunter

       4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity
Jim Abbott, Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by Guardian Industries Corp.

People will tell you that I overcame obstacles -- maybe. But the truth is I was incredibly blessed in my life. More was given than was ever taken away.

Some of you may know that my career statistics weren't that great. There were some incredible highlights and some agonizing low lights. The truth is, I won't go to the Hall of Fame. But if a career can be measured by special moments, lessons learned and a connection with people, then I would stack mine up with anyone's. Maybe there is an obligation to share. To try and learn from the experiences life puts us through.

When you play major league baseball it is easy to become self-absorbed. Your world can become very narrow. One of the aspects of speaking is that I enjoy getting out in the real world and seeing how hard people work. I have been amazed at how much their pursuit of excellence is similar to that same pursuit on a baseball diamond.

The challenge for me as a professional speaker has been to try and formulate a common language. The word that I have come up with is ADAPT. To continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt. To change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.

A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T - Trust

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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 Hot Business Topics! General Session

       8:00 am - 9:00 am

Using Social Media for Marketing
Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting

       9:00 am - 9:05 am

Take 5 :: Super Duper Glass, Chris Boyles

       9:05 am - 10:05 am Legal Issues for Contract Glaziers
Courtney Little, ACE Glass
       10:05 am - 10:10 am Take 5 :: Morrison Hershfield Ltd., Stephane Hoffman
       10:10 am - 10:40 am Morning Communications Break/Trade Show Open
       10:40 am - 11:30 am Building Information Modeling
Tyler Goss, CASE Inc.


Please note: Individuals not registered by February 28, 2015 will not be listed on the pre-registration list.