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  • Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
02:00 PM - 05:00 PMExhibitor Move-In (Aurora Ballroom)
02:00 PM - 05:00 PMRegistration Open (Aurora Ballroom Foyer)
  • Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
07:00 AM - 06:00 PMRegistration Open (Aurora Ballroom Foyer)
08:00 AM - 01:00 PMExhibitor Move-In (Aurora Ballroom)
08:00 AM - 08:15 AMGlass Expo Rocky Mountain™ ’23 Welcome By Deb Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine, and Chris Medina, President of CGCA
08:15 AM - 08:45 AMRocky Mountain Economic Update By Nick St. Denis, director of research for Key Media & Research (KMR).

This session provides recent industry-specific research and up-to-date information on the Rocky Mountain region’s economic standing. Nick will provide a forecast of what regional commercial and residential glass and metal industries can expect and what to anticipate as a result of market shifts. Understand what these shifts can mean for current and future business moves.

Faculty: Nick St. Denis, director of research for Key Media & Research (KMR). KMR provides syndicated and customized research reports for the architectural glass and metal, fenestration and auto glass industries as well as other related markets. Nick is currently completing his master’s degree in Survey Research at the University of Connecticut.

08:45 AM - 09:45 AMWorking with Large-size Glass

There’s never been a session quite like this one in the Rocky Mountain area. Our team of experts will explain the best ways to move and store glass, common mistakes and how to avoid them, as well as providing an emphasis on the movement and storage of jumbo glass lites. While use of jumbo glass increases, many shops shy away from it because they are unsure how to handle, store and move it. This seminar will give you the tools to do jumbo jobs.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMDelegated Design of Glazing Systems By Stewart Jeske, P.E., founder and president of JEI Structural Engineering.

Delegated design of glazing systems requires understanding of architectural intent, building structural movement, manufactured system limitations, design loads and methods. Architects, engineers and contractors should be aware of essential key design requirements and what to look for and approve in delegated design submittals for curtainwall, storefront and other glazing systems.

Faculty: Stewart Jeske, P.E., founder and president of JEI Structural Engineering. JEI Structural is a company of 16 employees providing façade engineering services across the United States. Stewart is the owner of four patents, two of which are associated with facade system support. He is a regular continuing education presenter in the areas of glazing systems design and serves as the authorized technical expert for the New J-Edge Anchor System. Prior to founding JEI he served as a senior structural engineer at Burns & McDonnel and served in the Air Force as a base civil engineer. He received a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and a M.S. in civil engineering from University of Missouri at Kansas City.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AMUnderstanding the Liability Issues in Shop Drawings By Marcus Dreher, owner of MP Drafting & Design and co-owner of LearnGlazing.

Even the most detailed shop drawings can come back to hurt glazing contractors, if they don’t understand the liability they carry. This seminar explains the steps involved in developing drawings and the areas of exposure and liability contract glaziers must protect against. It also details items to watch for whether creating such drawings in-house or when sub-contracting estimates. Managing the process will also be discussed.


Faculty: Marcus Dreher, owner of MP Drafting & Design and co-owner of LearnGlazing. Marcus started in the glass and glazing industry in 2002 after working with civil engineering and process controls companies. In 2006 he started MP Drafting & Design which has now grown to more than 15 employees and does drafting and engineering work across North America. Marcus partnered with Chris Martin to start as a resource for new project managers in the glass and glazing industry. Through our contacts with the drafting business we constantly heard the need for a training option for this industry, and thus was born.

12:45 PM - 02:00 PMEnhancing Security with Laminated Glass (1 Learning Unit, HSW) By Mark Jacobson, market manager in North America for Trosifol® interlayers from Kuraray.

Laminated glass is used in many different applications requiring different performance attributes. Glass makeups for structural, decorative, acoustic, security, ballistics, and safety can be tailored to achieve optimum properties. Interlayer properties that contribute to desired performance and tools to help select the appropriate interlayer will be described. Once an interlayer is selected, it must be specified properly and architectural specifications for the different interlayers. All this and more will be discussed in this thought-provoking session. Learning objectives include: identifying different reasons why laminated glass is used, understanding properties of interlayers that make them best suited for specific applications; reviewing tools that can be used to select the appropriate interlayer for different applications; and specifying the interlayer once it is selected.


Faculty: Mark Jacobson, market manager in North America for Trosifol® interlayers from Kuraray. Mark has been involved in the laminated glass industry for the last 11 years focusing on architectural applications and the photovoltaic industry. Mark provides training for architects, designers, engineers, and contractors on laminated glass. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and worked for DuPont for over 35 years prior to
his joining Kuraray.

02:00 PM - 06:00 PMTrade Show Floor Open (Aurora Ballroom)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PMWelcoming Cocktail Party (Aurora Ballroom)
  • Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
07:00 AM - 02:00 PMRegistration Open (Aurora Ballroom Foyer)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AMProject Management Starts with your People By Faculty: Rebecca Graves, executive director of the Colorado Glazing Contractors Association

Start your day with a cup of coffee and action items that you can use right away to hone your project management team into the precision instrument it should be.

09:00 AM - 10:00 AMSupply Chain Challenges and How to Meet Them in the Future

This insightful session has two parts. Part One will discuss the lessons of companies that have successfully navigated through crisis, what they have learned, and the new programs/procedures they have put in place. Part Two talks about the implications of the crisis for the glass and metal industries in the future—in the supply chain, technology, new products, changes in types of construction, human resources, and more.”

10:00 AM - 02:00 PMTrade Show Floor Open (Aurora Ballroom)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMNew Ways to Find Employees By Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass magazine and its online news service, USGNN™

As demand for employees far exceeds supply, the traditional methods of building your workforce no longer works. Come hear some of the new and out-of the-box strategies auto glass companies utilize to attract workers who stay.

02:00 PM - 06:00 PMExhibitor Move-Out* (Aurora Ballroom)

*All exhibitors must vacate the Ballroom no later than 6:00 p.m.

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