Association News: AAMA Summer Conference features keynote on U.S. manufacturing outlook, 50th anniversary of AAMA Gold Label Certification, 2013 scholarship winners

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference will be held in Rosemont, Ill., June 9-12, and includes: keynote speaker Stephen Gold on the outlook for the U.S. manufacturing industry, a commemoration of AAMA’s Gold Label 50th anniversary, AAMA Scholarship Program and Partner Program recipients, updates on committees and other pertinent industry topics. Registration is open through May 31 at

AAMA Keynote Speaker | Stephen Gold | MAPIConference Speakers
Keynote presenter, Stephen Gold, is the president and CEO of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a contributing columnist for IndustryWeek and on the Board of Trustees of The Manufacturing Institute. On Mon., June 10, he will present “A U.S. Manufacturing Outlook,” addressing questions such as: Is a manufacturing resurgence actually occurring? After leading the economic recovery, how is the American factory sector performing today and what is the outlook for the next year? What are the obstacles to full recovery?

Speaker, Graham Wright, Ph.D., is a certified consultant with the Passive House Institute U.S. and the principal of Wright On Sustainability. On Tues., June 11, he will discuss the certified data program for window performance.

50th Anniversary of AAMA Gold Label Certification
During Tuesday’s luncheon, Dean Lewis, AAMA’s educational and technical information manager, who also managed AAMA’s Certification Program for more than 13 years, will discuss its history and development and will share some of his experiences with customers and licensees.

AAMA Scholarship Award Winners
Recipients of the 2013 AAMA Scholarship and Partner Program awards will be announced at the Summer Conference. The AAMA Scholarship Program is a one-time award of $2,000 and is eligible to students who are pursuing an engineering or technical degree in the building products industry.

The Partner Program allows companies to extend an added benefit to their employees’ children with opportunities for financial aid in furthering their education.

Session Highlights
Mon., June 10

  • A kick-off presentation regarding “Product Category Rules,” will be provided by Dr. Tom Gloria with Industrial Ecology Consultants from 8:15-9:30 a.m.
  • The Vinyl Institute’s president, Richard Doyle, delivers an update from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tues., June 11

  • Green and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group provides updates, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • A presentation overview of the AAMA website and its Members Only section will be given by Lori Benshoof, AAMA’s marketing coordinator, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Aluminum Material Council hosts Bruce Tichenor (Ensinger), who presents on use of thermal insulating profiles for commercial fenestration products, 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Both Monday and Tuesday, one-on-one social media/AAMA website training sessions are being scheduled. Appointments are available by emailing

Wed., June 12

  • The Code Action Committee’s update on the International Code Council (ICC) Group B Code Development Hearings in April will be shared by AAMA’s code consultant, Julie Ruth, and AAMA’s action plan in response to the hearings’ results will be determined, 8:45-10:15 a.m.
  • The Certification Policy Committee and Rich Rinka, AAMA’s certification manager, report on the AAMA Procedural Guides related to the AAMA Certification Program, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To learn more about the conference or to register, visit the AAMA National Summer Conference web page or contact Kaydeen Laird, AAMA’s senior meetings coordinator.


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