The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has focused on education over the past year, and it will continue to push in that direction.

Recently, the association’s Education and Safety Committee met during IGMA’s summer conference in Banff, Alberta. At the center of conversation were the various educational programs the group has put together, including the upcoming IGMA Leadership Development Program (LDP).

Oak Moser, who spent 33 years in the glass industry with Cardinal and PPG, now does consulting work and helps companies with leadership development. On behalf of Coaching to Connect, he put together IGMA’s LDP program, which will consist of a 12-part, 12-month webinar series—with activities and assignments in between—set to start in January 2017.

“Glass doesn’t move people—people move glass,” Moser said during a presentation to the group. “We are in the people business, but we don’t typically spend a lot of time developing our people skills.”

Moser said the program is dedicated to helping leaders in the industry improve communication and “soft skills.” He explained the difference between “empire builder” and “multiplier” leadership types, as the program will focus on participants becoming the latter. Empire builders, he said, focus more on hard skills and are driven by near-term results, while multipliers build an organization that is set up for success in the long term thanks to soft skills. Training strategies for the LDP will include character strength recognition, communication skills development and multiplier training.

“Success doesn’t come to you,” he said. “You go to it.”

The committee also discussed other educational activities it has performed and has planned in the near future. IGMA successfully held its first IG Fabricator Workshop earlier this year in Plano, Texas, at the Intertek Testing Facilities. More than 40 industry members got both classroom and hands-on education regarding glass fabrication.

“We had everyone from industry veterans all the way to individuals just starting out in the industry,” committee chairperson Bill Briese of GED Integrated Solutions said.

IGMA will hold its second workshop November 1-3 at ATI/Intertek in Minneapolis, and it will hold a Preventing IG Failures program October 18-19 in Las Vegas in conjunction with GlassBuild America.

IGMA is also re-designing its website to be more education-based.

The association’s 2017 winter conference will be held January 23-26 in Clearwater, Fla.

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