FMA to Gather for Spring Conference

March 11, 2009

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association will meet this month in Cocoa Beach, Fla., for its annual spring conference. The event will run March 31 through April 2 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront property.

Organizers for the association have planned speakers and seminars to keep attendees informed of recent code changes in the Southeast, as well as provide strategies for the current economic environment. "...[T]his happens to be the bread and butter of the FMA," says Dick Wilhelm, executive director of the association.

David Toney, an industry lawyer with Adams and Reese law firm in Houston, Texas, will return as a meeting participant to speak about product liability, particularly as the economic crisis and green building can legally impact manufacturers and dealers.

Consultant Chris Mathis and Jim Larsen of Cardinal Glass will give attendees an update on the new Florida energy code and its impacts on the industry, and Dr. Forest Masters, assistant professor in the Civil and Coastal Engineering Department at the University of Florida, will present the final report on the performance in his wind driven rain study of windows in extra-tropical storm systems. "The significance of these results may have far reaching effects on current water infiltration test standards as well as defining installation protocols for extreme high wind/ high rainfall regions for your products sold in Florida," says Wilhelm. "To carve out a place at the table representing our members' interest while recommendations are made to the Florida Building Commission will be the primary goal of [the] association staff."

Jeff Brainard of Catch Your Limit Consulting in Tallahassee, Fla., will speak to manufacturers and dealers about generating "generational momentum" among employees. For the first time in history, companies must deal with employing four generations; Brainard will explain and provide practical solutions to deal with the Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers and the Millennials.

In addition to its general membership meeting and other code- and installation-related seminars, FMA will also host several networking activities. In light of the current economy, the association has folded its Fall conference into its Spring event, giving members and potential attendees only one event for this calendar year and budget.

For more information about the event and for discounted hotel rate information, visit the FMA Web site or call 850/402-2954.