Door, window and glass industry education, products and networking will be heading your way virtually next month, with the debut of GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE, September 9-10. Organizers say this will be unlike any virtual event thus far, and much more than a website or a series of seminars. The virtual platform contains many opportunities to engage and interact between exhibitors and attendees. Co-sponsored by the Finishing Contractors Association International, [DWM] and USGlass magazines, the event combines the well-known GlassCon Global educational program with Glass Expos for a familiar two-day format.


The educational line-up includes more than 20 sessions, complete with live question-and-answer sessions with presenters. This includes a panel discussion, “The Door and Window Industry in a Post-Pandemic World,” moderated by [DWM] publisher Tara Taffera. Panelists include Jeff Jackson, CEO of window manufacturing company PGT Innovations and Ed Kalaher, president and CEO of Window Depot USA with 60 locations throughout the U.S.

Another session, “What you Need to Know About Buying Machinery,” hosted by USGlass editor Ellen Rogers, will include knowledgeable experts from the machinery industry.

In a presentation titled “Glass Industry Outlook: Potential Impacts of COVID-19,” Key Media & Research director of research Nick St. Denis will give an update on the U.S. construction economy with a focus on architectural glass and glazing.

In addition, Dr. Franz Prettenthaler, M.Litt, the director of LIFE Institute for Climate, Energy and Society at Joanneum Research, and one of the world’s experts on economic climate impact and risk modeling, will lead be the keynote presenter. He will share his expertise with attendees by examining the impacts of climate change on urban living, energy consumption and the role glass, doors and windows will play in sustainable and resilient design. Dr. Prettenthaler holds a Ph.D. in economics and an M.Sc. with honors in environmental system sciences, both from the University of Graz, a Master of Letters degree in philosophy from St. Andrews and a DEA in public economics and Finance from Paris X / Cergy. After serving as an assistant professor at the University of Graz, Austria, he steadily built up the environmental economics group at Joanneum Research. He’s served as the director of LIFE Institute for Climate, Energy and Society since 2016 and is also a lecturer at Graz University of Technology.

Virtual Spaces

The look and feel of GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE is designed to approximate the familiar feel of industry trade shows. Show partners are equipped with virtual booth spaces where they’re able to share product info and videos, as well as engage with attendees through live chat functions. Networking lounges, resource centers and other interactive avenues are also available for participants to connect.

Attendees enter through a virtual lobby, where they can then navigate to the exhibit hall, an auditorium (for the event’s educational programming) and a lounge for networking. On the trade show floor, company booths are represented by graphics and logos, which can be clicked to bring up videos of services, products and PDF catalogues and spec sheets that attendees can gather and save in their briefcases. Salespeople can login to engage with attendees and answer questions in real-time during show hours. Attendees will be able to see a list of personnel on hand in each booth to request specific representatives.

Activities and Networking

There are also a number of social activities available to participants. These include a wine tasting, virtual 5K, and yoga and meditation.

During a virtual wine tasting sponsored by Groves Inc. and led by sommelier Chris Fronsoe, pre-construction manager with DeaMor Associates, participants will learn how to smell, taste and drink wine like a professional. Fronsoe, who holds titles from the Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Society of Wine Educators, will share his expertise and give participants a deeper understanding and appreciation of wine.

Before joining DeaMor, Fronsoe was the global sales manager at ICD High Performance Coatings. The wine tasting will take place the evening of September 9.

In addition, the event will also include an optional virtual 5K to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Open to runners and walkers, participants in the Run for Glass VE 5K receive authentic race medals, t-shirts and downloadable race bibs. Registration is $35 (separate from GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE) and all materials are mailed in advance directly to registered participants.

“When we began working on plans for Glass Expo VE, we knew we wanted it to be something unlike other virtual events, and to offer participants additional activities so that it would feel more like a live event,” says Holly Biller, vice president of digital media services for Key Media & Research, parent company of [DWM] and USGlass magazines. “Since we know there are many people in the industry who enjoy both running and walking, we decided that offering a virtual 5K as an option would be a fun and healthy extracurricular activity.”

The event will also offer yoga and meditation sponsored by the two magazines on the morning of September 10. From 8-8:45 a.m., Irene Francis, , will lead participants through a relaxing, inspirational meditation and yoga class. Simply log into the main Auditorium and begin your day in a balanced frame of mind.

GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE wraps up the evening of September 10 with a closing happy hour. Visit the Plenary Auditorium from 6 – 7 p.m. and BYOB (bring your own beverage) to launch the Closing Happy Hour. Visit colleagues and network virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Schedule of Events: GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE

Wednesday, September 9

7 a.m. – Virtual 5K – Supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital*

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. GlassCon Global Educational Programming

1 – 5 p.m. Glass Expo VE Exhibit Hall Hours—Exhibitors in Booth

4 – 6:00 p.m. GlassCon Global Educational Programming

6:30 – 8 p.m. Virtual Wine Tasting, sponsored by Groves Inc.

Thursday, September 10

8 – 8:45 a.m. Morning Meditation and Yoga, sponsored by [DWM] and USGlass magazines.

9- 10 a.m. International Hour for the Exhibit Hall

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. GlassCon Global Educational Programming

1 – 5 p.m. Glass Expo VE Exhibit Hall Hours—Exhibitors in Booth

4 – 6 p.m. GlassCon Global Educational Programming

6 – 7 p.m. Closing Happy Hour

* Optional event and additional fee applies

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

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