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Better Access Adds Value to AAMA Conference Experience

AAMA kicked off the year by celebrating our 80th anniversary during the 2017 Annual Conference in February. Debuted at that conference was a new meeting format that consolidated content into fewer separate sessions:Enabling broader member participation and better access to meeting contentMinimizing scheduling conflicts and content redundancies, andMaximizing access to staff advisors.The new approach also afforded the opportunity to deliver seminar, roundtable and workshop sessions, some of which were repeated throughout the event to accommodate participants’ busy conference schedules. Though a significant change, particularly for...

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AAMA Says Good Luck and Farewell to Dean Lewis, the Answers Man

Where will we go for quick references and answers, now that the great Dean Lewis has retired? He served as an incredible resource to AAMA staff during his 18 years with the association, and for that, among many other wonderful things, he will be very much missed. That said, we are thrilled Dean gets to enjoy some much-deserved time with his family, especially his grandchildren!Dean served as the AAMA Technical Manager, Training and Education, retiring at the end of 2016. We’ll miss Dean the ‘answer...

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Use Social Media to Promote Tips, Best Practices During Window Safety Week

Happy spring! This change of seasons means it’s almost time for warm weather and open windows letting in fresh air. It also means it’s time to brush up on some window safety tips, since open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. The Window Safety Task Force, of which AAMA is a member, has put together tons of tips and resources for Window Safety Week, the first full week of April each year, and companies can easily follow along and...

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Body Language Can Help You in the Work Place

Can something as simple as how you position yourself in a doorway change the way others perceive you at work? A body language expert at a recent AAMA event made a pretty convincing case for it. We were fortunate enough to have one of our most raved-about keynote speakers in recent years address the attendees at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in February – Janine Driver didn’t shy away from a large group. She even managed to round up some volunteers (including staff) to the...

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Window Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

I think we can all agree that windows are pretty great! Some of you have devoted your life to not only making windows but constantly improving their functionality. With all that work you’ve put in, it’s in your best interest to foster and ensure only the most positive customer interactions with your products. Letting your customers know the best ways to use your products not only protects your reputation, it keeps families safe.As the days get longer and warmer, many homeowners will open their windows,...

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How Podcasts Could Help You Reach New Customers

Are you already a podcast listener? If so, I bet you can name at least a few of the sponsors of your favorite shows. The hosts of those podcasts are always introducing episodes by naming them and telling listeners what’s so great about them.Maybe you’ve even tried out a service or product because you heard about it that way – I became a loyal user of Blue Apron’s meal services because I kept hearing about it on shows like Gilmore Guys and Reply All. You...

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Will the EPA Start Showing Signs of Moderation?

Earlier this week, the EPA’s new administrator suggested that the agency’s longtime practice of “sue and settle” may soon become a relic of the past. Senior Vice President for the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce William Kovacs wrote to his newsletter subscribers about this new development.Kovacs writes:“In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal Scott Pruitt, newly confirmed EPA administrator, announced his plan to end the “sue and settle” process, where advocacy groups sue federal agencies seeking to...

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New Block Scheduling to Take Place at AAMA 80th Annual Conference

The Annual Conference in Phoenix next month will mark the 80th anniversary of the AAMA organization and an all new conference structure. AAMA national conferences provide a valuable opportunity for members to discuss the current events of the industry, to further develop the AAMA library of consensus-based technical standards and to see presentations by industry professionals and keynote speakers.

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Some Thoughts on the Year Ahead

It's fortuitous that the International Builders Show takes place early in the year because the outcome of the show usually provides a view of the tempo of the market in the year ahead. If that holds true this year, we're in for a great 2017. Attendance at the show was estimated to approach 80,000 people who were there to see 1,500 exhibitors. I would describe the crowd as having been "on the hunt," meaning that everyone was there looking for something in particular.

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Get a crash course in Fundamentals of Fenestration

In case you haven't heard yet, Fundamentals of Fenestration is AAMA's latest educational offering -- and we are pretty excited about it! The one-hour online course provides an introductory look at the fenestration industry. It takes you through basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights, covering both residential and light commercial products, as well as commercial and architectural applications.

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Get Trained on Social Media on the Spot at the Annual Conference or Anytime

Did you know AAMA offers in-person and online trainings in social media? If you're attending the Annual Conference in Phoenix this February, you can take advantage of an upcoming in-person opportunity. Registration for the conference is now open, with early bird pricing running until January. And if you won't be attending, we can set up a call together anytime that is best for you. As AAMA's Communications Coordinator, I'm always available for social media consulting for your business.

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Plan Ahead Now for End-of-the-Year Social Media Content

As 2016 winds down, it's time to begin planning for the year to come. You may have your budget plans in order and your vacation time planned, but have you given your social media presence the attention it deserves? If not, here are some ideas for content you can create and share, as well as some tips for how to make sure your social media plans get off on the right foot come January. Take a look to set up yourself, and your company's marketing strategy, for a more successful 2017.

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New Year Sees Increased Benefits for AAMA Members

Here at AAMA, we are grateful to our amazing membership for their valued service and drive to better the association as a whole. As an industry, we've all seen highs and lows in the last decade, but the pace and volume of members work intensified.

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Celebrating with AAMA Members at GlassBuild

When asked what I love most about my job (and there's a lot), I always respond, "AAMA has the best members!" These amazing industry representatives strive to make a positive impact on our industry, and that was never more evident than at GlassBuild America last month. With a wide spectrum of beautiful receptions, incredible displays and continuing education, I'd like to extend a few shout-outs to just a few of the amazing members, who really made the most of this popular annual event.

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GlassBuild Brings Engagement, Excitement and Equipment to Vegas

The AAMA team had a great experience at GlassBuild America last week in Las Vegas. The energy on the show floor was a temperature gauge for the industry at large, and it wasn't just the desert sun heating things up. There were a few trends of particular note for the three days of the show - engagement, excitement and equipment...lots of equipment.

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AAMA Value Extends Beyond Card-Carrying Membership

Milgard benefitted from AAMA involvement long before I became an active member. Starting out as an aluminum window company in 1962, Milgard has been an AAMA member for more than 50 years. We've been participating as both a member and an AAMA certification licensee for a very long time, and the value AAMA brings to our company and the industry only continues to grow.

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Members Share Southern Charm on Social Media at Fall #AAMAconf

Were you at the AAMA Fall Conference last month in Savannah, GA? If you missed out, you can still see what participants were up to down south by searching the hashtag #AAMAconf on Twitter and Instagram. From the river boat cruise and the product supplier display to the World Vision backpack build and opening general session, see what happened at the third and final national AAMA event of 2016.

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JDMG Uses Teamwork to Maintain and Update the North American Fenestration Standard

This summer, I had the opportunity to attend an in-person meeting with the members of the Joint Document Management Group (JDMG), a unique group made up of representatives from three different industry associations. The JDMG is comprised of members affiliated with AAMA, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The group was created in order to update and maintain the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS).

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Our Education Focus Never Stops during GlassBuild

With autumn's cooler weather, we get to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves and GlassBuild America! AAMA is looking forward to a great show this year. We'll be presenting an Express Learning session, sponsoring Window & Door Dealer Days and playing "Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?" Our team might even need one of those lattes with an extra shot of espresso to keep up.

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10 Tips for Writing High-Quality, Engaging Facebook Posts

Social media is intended to be participatory. Don't just stand on your soapbox and shout into the ether - get comments and likes by creating Facebook posts your followers will feel compelled to share with their friends. See my tips on how to make this happen.

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