AAMA Outlines Plans for February Conference

January 15, 2010

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced plans for its 73rd Annual Conference for fenestration industry leaders and decision-makers, February 14-17, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif.  Details and registration information for  the event is available on the AAMA Web site.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Mark Whitacre, the highest-level executive of a Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in U.S. history. After turning informant in 1992, Whitacre then worked undercover with the FBI for three years, donning a wire everyday in one of the largest price-fixing cases in history. His presentation will focus on his experiences and the importance of personal and business ethics.

As for the AAMA agenda, highlights include a meeting of the group's green and sustainability specification development task group will be meeting. Due to high interest in this initiative, the schedule has again been arranged so that all conference attendees will be able to participate in this session. 

“At a time when the legislative landscape is changing rapidly, it is vital to ensure that member concerns are shared with leaders of influence in Washington, regional and local government organizations,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “These conferences and meetings are essential in establishing and maintaining association-wide initiatives that ensure that the voices and concerns of our members are heard.”

The February event will also feature AAMA’s annual awards banquet, providing attendees the opportunity to honor the leaders, chairmen and many members who are responsible for AAMA’s continued success.

Two additional national conferences and two regional meetings are also planned for 2010. AAMA’s complete 2010 schedule of events includes:

  • The 73rd Annual Conference at the JW Marriott Resort in Palm Desert, Calif, February 14-17.
  • The Southeast Region Spring Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas, March 23-24
  • The Western Region Spring Meeting at the Waterfront Plaza Hotel in Oakland, Calif., May 5-6
  • The National Summer Conference at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott in Oak Brook, Ill, near Chicago, June 6-9
  • The National Fall Conference at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., near Albuquerque, October 10-13

“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 fenestration products,” says Walker. "AAMA’s councils and committees represent aluminum, fiberglass, glass, vinyl and wood and cellulosic composite products in both the commercial and residential market segments.”