Northeast Window & Door Association Winter Conference a SuccessFebruary 10th, 2014 by DWM Magazine
Almost 80 key executives from door and window manufacturers and suppliers enjoyed two days of education, industry information, collective brainstorming and business networking at the recent Northeast Window & Door Association (NWDA) Winter Conference. Held at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Ct., January 27-28, 2014, the annual conference included an agenda of industry expert speakers, supplier tabletop exhibits, the association board meeting and a special fun business networking activity.
The conference also introduced a few new concepts to the meeting format. The NWDA Board and the association management staff employed several techniques to improve the attractiveness and value of the conference. On the first evening of the conference there was a Speed Networking session, similar to a speed dating forum, in which all manufacturers and exhibitors met one another.
The next morning, attendees collectively “brainstormed” possible solutions to several industry problems. Some fenestration industry issues raised included glass costs, increasing regulations, employee healthcare insurance changes, and window testing requirements and expenses.
“The NWDA Board and management staff was seeking to inject some new life into the association’s traditional meeting format,” said Steve Chen, NWDA president and Crystal Window & Door Systems’ chief operating officer. “We were looking to increase the value and enjoyment for the participants as well as boost attendance. I feel we’ve succeeded on all fronts.” This opinion was widely shared by many attendees, including Jim Murphy, vice president of Strybuc Industries, who termed the meeting “the best one in many years.”
The educational sessions offered on the morning and afternoon of the second day included a presentation offered by Jim Reeb of CR Manufacturing and the Manufacturers Institute that made the case that despite all the negative press, manufacturing in the U.S.A. continues to be a vibrant, extremely large critical component of the national and world economies. Other informational sessions included an update on the Energy Star program from Doug Anderson of the U.S. EPA, getting fenestration products specified by architects from Vincent Grieco of Crystal Windows, an analysis of window gases presented by Ken Unfried of the Linde Group, an exciting look at future fenestration technology trends by Debra Levy of DWM Magazine and Joe Reed of Architectural Testing presented an update of national and state codes.
The NWDA annual Summer Meeting is scheduled for June 2-3, 2014, at Caesar’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.