The NGA Announces Dynamic Speakers for the 11th Annual Glazing Executives Forum

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The National Glass Association (NGA) is pleased to announce George Hedley, known as "The Construction Business Builder," as the keynote speaker for the 11th annual Glazing Executives Forum, taking place October 19 at GlassBuild America in Las Vegas.

Presenting "Win More Work, at Higher Margins," Mr.Hedley draws on over 30 years of experience as a general contractor and business owner, and his personal experience growing a company into a $50 million business in just seven years, to help organizations develop leaders, create long-time repeat customers, focus on priorities, install profit-generating systems, and continuously improve.

The Glazing Executives Forum will also feature Ken Simonson, chief economist with Associated General Contractors, to present the Construction Spending, Labor & Materials Outlook, including a look at what to expect in terms of construction spending and labor availability in the coming year, as well as examining current market conditions affecting contract glaziers.

"The Glazing Executives forum has a 10-year track record of hosting insightful and informative speakers, and this year is no exception," said Jenni Chase, NGA's content director.  "George Hedley, a general contractor and business owner himself, knows the contract glazing industry very well and will provide attendees with specific strategies to improve profitability.  And while we are sad to say goodbye to Jeff Dietrich upon his retirement, we are excited to welcome Ken Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors, to the event to offer a look at current and future market, labor and economic conditions."

The Glazing Executives Forum is presented by the NGAWDDA for owners, presidents, CEOs and senior managers in the North American glazing and architectural glass industry. The day-long event provides industry professionals a unique venue for building enduring relationships and discussing common challenges.  The forum features knowledgeable speakers, peer-to peer sharing and a networking reception.

Registration for the 2016 Glazing Executives Forum will open on May 9.

For more information on the event, CLICK HERE.




Now in its 14th year, GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo is the gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries. Presented by the National Glass Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance along with show co-sponsors, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, and in conjunction with industry’s leading publications – Glass Magazine and Window & Door – GlassBuild America is a comprehensive and united event. For more information, visit

In 2016, GlassBuild America is being held in October because of a date change by our marketing partner show, glasstec in Dusseldorf, Germany. glasstec, the largest glass industry trade fair in the world, was bumped out of its usual October timeframe into the September timeframe by an even larger plastics industry trade fair. This meant GlassBuild America had no choice but to shift to October for our 2016 event.


Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association (NGA),, is the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry, and represents the interests of glazing contractors, glass retailers, glass fabricators, primary glass manufacturers and architects. Its sister organization, the Window & Door Dealers Alliance (WDDA),, represents the interests of retail, wholesale and installing dealers of new and replacement windows, doors, skylights and related building products. The NGAWDDA provides education and training programs and services for its member companies and keeps them informed through the Glass Magazine and Window & Door family of print and electronic publications.  The NGAWDDA also produces the industry’s largest annual trade show in the Americas, GlassBuild America, and hosts the Glazing Executives Forum and Window & Door Dealer Days, bringing together thousands of industry professionals to help them build more profitable businesses.

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Date: 9 May 2016

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