More than 70 key decision-makers from door and window manufacturer and supplier firms participated in the Northeast Window & Door Association (NWDA) winter conference, held recently.

The conference featured industry speakers, tabletop supplier displays and a “speed networking” reception event, which gave attendees a unique chance to get to know each other.

Speed networking - similar to speed dating - was one of the activities at the conference.
Speed networking – similar to speed dating – was one of the activities at the conference.

Changes to the NWDA board were discussed, including the addition of past NWDA president Chuck Scalzott of Vytex and Frank Luccisano of Entryguard Doors to the association’s board for 2015. Steve Chen, COO of Crystal Window & Door Systems, will continue as president. The board also reported NWDA’s membership growth continues with the addition of five new firms: Bronze Craft, PH Tech, Roto Fasco, Royal Window & Door Profiles and Skyreach L&S Extrusions.

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 meet manufacturers.

Educational sessions included a presentation by James Lang of WTS Paradigm on the concept of “Big Data” and its potential value to the fenestration industry. Brad Boone of PPG offered insights into the current national concerns over float glass production capacity, pricing, transportation challenges and how manufacturers and glass suppliers can best work together in 2015. Other presentations included Kevin Koonce of the Vinyl Building Council and Joe Reed of ATI.

President Steve Chen had a message for those interested in NWDA functions.

“I urge all our members and those interested in learning more about NWDA to come to our summer conference this June,” he says. “I’m sure it will be an informative, productive and enjoyable event.”

The summer meeting is scheduled for June 15-16 at Crystal Springs Minerals Resort in Vernon, N.J.

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