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Western Region 2013 Spring Summit

April 30, 2013 to May 1, 2013

Event Sponsors
Caldwell Manufacturing
Quanex Building Products
Contact Kaydeen Laird for sponsorship opportunities
Online Registration is now closed for AAMA's Western Region 2013 Spring Summit at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, AZ.

Registration Information
Meeting Highlights
Meeting Announcement, Schedule and Registration Forms
Hotel Reservations
Transportation Information

Registration Information
Members: Register online and save $25. Online registration closes April 24.

Non-Members: Paper registration is required.
Note: A $25 processing fee applies to paper registrations for Members.

New Member Sponsored Attendee Registration
Members can sponsor/invite a prospective member and/or first time attendee to the meeting activities on Tuesday, April 30 at a discounted rate of $150. A member sponsor paper registration form is required as this discounted fee is not available online.
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Meeting Highlights
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel | 2013 Western Region Spring SummitTuesday, April 30
A panel discussion that will address general ideas on how to save energy in homes as well as some specifics about how windows can positively influence this process will take place. Our panelists (Forrest Fielder (Contractor and Building Official); Eric Jackson (Quanex Building Products); Ken Nittler (WESTLab); and Wayne Dobberpuhl (Arizona Power Supply)) will then engage in an interactive discussion with the audience to get their perspective on the matter. Additionally, updates will be provided on recent Code Changes, DOE and Title 24. The very popular Dr. Esmael Adibi (Chapman University) is once again scheduled as our after-dinner speaker to provide an Economic Update.

Wednesday, May 1 (Please sign up no later than April 24)
A tour will be offered at the Palo Verde Energy Education Center in Buckeye, AZ. This facility serves as an emergency base of operations in the event of a crisis at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) located 22 miles away. The center was designed by Arrington Watkins Architects to be an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art building and incorporates the latest technologies in creating sustainable structures to achieve this goal. Some of the green building concepts utilized in this LEED Gold Certified facility include heavy insulation for the building envelope, specialized sizing and shading on all the windows installed and the air distribution system.

Utility companies, especially those found in the Southwest, continue to offer funding opportunities to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency. Summit attendees will learn about these important efforts and how Palo Verde values fenestration as a means to ensure energy-efficient buildings.
  • Complimentary transportation will be provided. Participants are encouraged to travel with the group on the chartered bus.
  • The Energy Center (600 N. Airport Road, Buckeye, AZ 85326) is located approximately 45 minutes from the hotel. 
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Meeting Announcement, Schedule and Registration Form
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Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms is being held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, AZ. The deadline to make room reservations has been extended to April 19. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis and the group rate of $149* (plus tax) may not be available.

Reserve your room online (Note: the daily hospitality fee will be indicated on the online reservation but will be removed upon check-in and/or on the final bill.)
60 East Fifth Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 894-1400
Reservations (800) 547-8705 (be sure to mention AAMA)

*Airport transportation, wireless high speed internet in the sleeping room, local and toll-free telephone calls, incoming fax service, daily newspaper, in-room coffee service, valet/self parking and access to the fitness center are included in the group rate.
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Transportation Information
The Tempe Mission Palms and Conference Center offers transportation for individual travelers to and from Sky Harbor International Airport every ½ hr from 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily. Courtesy phones are located in the baggage claim area or you may contact the hotel directly.

LinkedIn Travel Discussion Forum
Want to coordinate your travel plans to/from the airport with other attendees? Join the LinkedIn discussion group.
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Questions/Contact Information
If you have any questions or trouble with the online registration process, please email Kaydeen Laird or call (847) 303-5859 ext. 223.


  • Several of the sessions I attended [during the conference] were excellent with information that allows our company to focus on the upcoming issues that we will face. By attending it allows us to not be blindsided by market changes we did not know about.

    Emory Budzinski
    Weather Shield Mfg.
  • My company has been an AAMA member continuously for nearly 40 years. Perhaps the greatest value of AAMA membership lies in the opportunity to network one-on-one [during AAMA conferences]. In general, AAMA is very responsive to the needs of the industry, addressing important issues and pursuing solutions to problems. Everyone has an equal voice, a time to be heard and their viewpoint seriously considered.

    Is it justified? Absolutely! I can honestly say there has never been a time when I have questioned the value of our investment of time and dollars in AAMA.

    Henry Taylor
    Architectural Testing, Inc.
  • [AAMA conferences are] very useful for everything concerning green and energy performance for the window industry.

    Jean Marois
    Royal Window & Door Profiles
    Senior Product Development Manager
  • As always, the AAMA meetings are a great place to network.

    Jerry Schwabauer
    Azon USA
    VP of Sales and Marketing
  • I am new to this industry, and I’ve belonged to a number of other industry associations over the years and this one was one of the most organized and content rich conferences I have ever attended. I found the sessions were professionally run and the attendees to be passionate with their participation and ideas.

    Jim Eisenbeis
    Graham Architectural Products
    Director of Marketing
  • In the last five years, we started to get involved in AAMA attending both National [conferences] and Regional meetings. AMSCO Windows has found that being involved has been very beneficial in both marketing and product development. The information provided by AAMA has helped our business. I feel we are a stronger company because of the AAMA relationship.

    Joe Jonely
    AMSCO Windows
    Vice President of Engineering
  • VEKA has been a member of AAMA since 1984. The depth of technical knowledge and positive involvement in related issues is a key reason that we consider our AAMA affiliation to be beneficial. In particular, the vinyl profile certification program is extremely important.

    Being my company’s representative at AAMA [conferences] for the last 11 years has also been a tremendous benefit to me personally. I am able to discuss technical issues with my peers and have easy access to the vendors, their knowledge and product lines.

    Kevin Seiling
    VEKA Inc.
    Vice President of Engineering & New Business Development
  • As a company, Quanex aspires to be a leader in our industry. AAMA sponsorships have always been a very visible testament to Quanex’ support of our customers/ and manufacturers, who are the heart and soul of the good work that AAMA is doing. Support of AAMA events that have the best interest of our industry in mind is something that Quanex intends to stand behind both now and into the future. 

    Mike Hovan
    Quanex Building Products
    Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing
  • Our company has been a member for almost 30 years. We have dedicated our resources to AAMA because we believe by being involved in standards writing, lobbying, and ensuring our window product is installed properly, we can grow and protect our industry.

    Our company has benefited not only by participating in the writing and revising of standards that govern our industry, but also by expanding and strengthening contacts with industry vendors and manufacturers at AAMA conferences.

    Mike Kinard
    Kinro, Inc.
    Vice President of Engineering and Marketing
  • AAMA conferences represent one of the best opportunities to be able to interact with a broad base of the fenestration industry, including various component suppliers, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, laboratories, industry stakeholders, etc.

    Paul Bush
    PPG Industries
    Manager Flat Glass Technical Services

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