AAMA to Focus on Innovation at Upcoming Conference

February 5, 2013
Meetings & Events

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association will host its 76th Annual Conference, February 24-27, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The event will feature keynote speaker, Robert Tucker, author of "Innovation is Everybody's Business," who will discuss tools and strategies to help managers and their employees identify opportunities for success, take the initiative and develop unconventional solutions.

Immediately following the keynote presentation, Tucker will moderate a discussion panel with AAMA leaders Rod Hershberger, COO and president of PGT Industries; Georges Thiret, consultant to Graham Architectural Products; and Ray Garries, corporate manager of codes and regulatory affairs for Jeld-Wen Inc.

“In today’s uncertain economy, it is especially imperative for fenestration companies to seek out new ways to separate themselves from the competition and provide innovative products that meet their customers’ needs,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “The panel discussion is an excellent opportunity to hear from a few of AAMA’s own thought leaders about their experiences in advancing the fenestration industry.”

Also during the annual conference, Esmael Adibi, director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University, will offer his economic forecast.  He will discuss  monetary and fiscal policies affecting the national economy, specifically focusing on the European debt crisis, job and residential housing market outlook, the future of interest rates, as well as the commercial real estate market.

Two additional national conferences and two regional meetings are also planned for 2013. In addition to the February conference in Tucson, events include:

  • April 2-3, Southeast Region Spring Meeting at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
  • April 30-May 1, Western Region Spring Summit at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Ariz.
  • June 9-12, AAMA National Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.
  • October 27-30, AAMA National Fall Conference at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Md.

“The national conferences and regional meetings address issues of critical importance to AAMA’s member companies, both large and small, domestic and international, that manufacture window, door, skylight, curtain-wall and storefront products,” Walker says. “AAMA’s councils and committees represent the full spectrum of framing materials sold into both the commercial and residential market segments.”

More details on upcoming events are available on the AAMA website.