Winter Meeting

NWDA Hosts Successful Winter Meeting!

Over 70 key decision makers from window and door manufacturer and supplier firms participated in the annual 2-day Winter Meeting, held January 12-13, 2015 at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The productive and enjoyable conference featured informative industry speakers, tabletop supplier displays and a special "speed networking" reception event.

The Winter Meeting educational sessions offered on the second day were well received for their value and timeliness. James Lang of WTS Paradigm provided a thought-provoking, future-focused presentation on the concept of "Big Data" and its potential value to the fenestration industry. Brad Boone of PPG offered insights as to the current national concerns over float glass production capacity, pricing, transportation challenges and how best for manufacturers and glass suppliers to work together in 2015 in his presentation. Other presentations included Kevin Koonce of the Vinyl Building Council and Joe Reed of ATI.

In keeping with recent NWDA conferences, the first day's evening reception featured speed networking sessions between the tabletop supplier exhibitors and the manufacturer attendees.  In a fashion similar to a speed dating forum, suppliers moved from table to table at timed intervals to meeting a manufacturer, thereby assuring everyone met each other in an effective and extremely efficient process.

Following the speed networking reception, attendees descended to Foxwoods High Rollers luxury bowling facility. Awaiting them in the exclusive event area were six dedicated lanes, pool table and a private cocktail bar with plentiful hors d'oeuvres.  The fun evening networking spurred some spirited but friendly competition with prizes awarded for both the highest and lowest bowling scores.

Presentations for the meeting can be found on the NWDA Member's Only Archive Libary.


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NWDA 2014 Winter Meeting a Big Hit with Attendees

Over 80 key executives from window and door manufacturers and suppliers enjoyed two days of education, industry information, collective brainstorming and business networking at the recent meeting at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT on January 27-28, 2014.

During the opening reception, the traditional tabletop supplier exhibits were enhanced through the use of a Speed Networking session.  In a fashion similar to a speed dating forum, all manufacturers and exhibitors were ensured of meeting everyone in an extremely timely manner.

Following the reception, attendees were treated to some friendly competition at High Rollers, the resort's luxury bowling facility.  No matter the score, a fun entertaining evening was had by all. See the pictures below.

Another new feature to the meeting was a roundtable discussion over breakfast where a facilitator, speaker Jim Reeb of the Manufacturing Institute, circulated amongst the tables, challenging the gathering to enumerate common industry challenges and collectively "brainstorm" possible solutions to those problems.  Some fenestration industry issues raised included glass costs, increasing regulations, employee healthcare insurance changes, and window testing requirements and expenses.

The successful meeting continued through the day with speakers listed below.

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What’s on the Meeting Agenda: Speakers

The Winter Meeting was packed with new features and educational opportunities designed to address the most pressing issues our industry is facing. Speakers and topics include:

JimReeb Jim Reeb, CEO of CR Manufacturing: Made in America and the Skills Shortage
Anderson_Doug_Pic_2012 Doug Anderson, US EPA ENERGY STAR Program: ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Program Update
 DSC00404aVincent-Crystal Vincent Grieco, New York Regional Sales Manager for Crystal Windows: Product Specifications with Engineers and Architects
 Ken-Unfried Ken Unfried, Assistant Manager Rare Gases at Linde Electronic and Specialty Gases: Analysis of Window Gases
 Deb Debra Levy, President of DWM: Evolving Fenestration Technologies
 jreedarchtest Joe Reed, Director – Engineering for Architectural Testing: Codes and Specs Update

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