Organizing Committee Kicks Off Efforts to Form Dealer Association
The first official organizing committee meeting of the new Window & Door Dealers Alliance was held last week in Atlanta, in conjunction GlassBuild America. Under development for more than a year, the new organization is designed to serve the "critical, yet overlooked" retail segment of the residential window and door industry.
"The WDDA has been a long time coming, and we are very pleased that the WDDA has stepped into this void to fill a very important need within our industry," said Vaughn McCourt, director of operations for Penguin Windows, and a member of the alliance's organizing committee. "We have high expectations for this group, and we are confident that our fellow dealers across the nation will quickly embrace the alliance."
McCourt was joined by a half-dozen dealers from around the country in the meeting, along with staff from the National Glass Association. The group, which will represent the interests of retail, wholesale and installing dealers of new and replacement residential windows, doors, skylights and related building products, seeks to develop training and educational resources for member companies and provide meetings, trade shows, seminars and publications to advance the professionalism of industry participants.
"This is an important initiative of the National Glass Association, and we are very pleased to have played a role in bringing it to fruition," said David Walker, NGA's vice president of association services. "We look forward to delivering outstanding products and services to this critical segment for many years to come."
Among the planned initiatives is a new Window & Door Dealers Forum, patterned after the NGA's popular Glazing Executives Forum. The new forum will hold its inaugural event in conjunction with GlassBuild America 2010 in Las Vegas, scheduled for September 12-14.
"A national forum for our industry has been sorely lacking, so this event will be a welcome addition for all our dealer brethren," said Larry Meadows, CEO of American Exteriors, another charter member of the WDDA organizing committee. "The forum will not only offer best practices that will improve each of our businesses, but it will serve as a powerful unifying force for bringing our segment of the industry together."
The organizing committee is seeking industry input in getting WDDA started, Walker noted. He urged all those involved in the retail end of the residential window and door business interested in joining WDDA and/or playing a role in its development to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.