The Independent Glass Association's (IGA) Independents' Days Convention
and Spring Glass Show gets underway tomorrow morning with the IGA overview
and gets straight to business with a session detailing the lawsuit filed
The seminars continue throughout the weekend with informational sessions
expected to be well received and well attended. Among the hot-topic
seminars is Saturday morning's Rebalancing Starts Monday, Now What?
Understanding the New NAGS Rebalanced Pricing, with Bud Oliver and
Jesse Herrera, NAGS director of operations and general manager, respectively.
Given recent stirrings within the industry-from both sides, including
insurance companies, TPAs and the glass shops themselves, as evidenced
on the AGRR message board (www.agrrmag.com)-the question and
answer segment of this session is expected to be well attended and with
plenty of audience participation.
On the heels of the Rebalancing and in light of the recent slew of
O&A letters issued by various insurance companies and glass distributors,
the Real Time Solutions for the Auto Glass Industry's Problem
seminar with Lynnette Hartman of NEON Billing Service, an independent
billing service dedicated to helping independent glass shops get paid
on claims (see AGRR January/February 2005, p. 38), is expected
to be a popular seminar this year, bringing billing alternatives to
Peer learning opportunities will be available to attendees at the IGA
convention this year with a whole series of seminars titled "What
Worked for Me." IGA members with different and sometimes unique
marketing strategies will share insights with attendees for ideas on
what they have done to market their companies in innovative ways, which
tactics worked and which didn't.
This year also marks the first year that the IGA has started courting
the flat glass industry. With a whole separate seminar track arranged
for the flat glass industry, noted speaker and former AGRR columnist
(and current USGlass columnist) Lyle Hill will lecture on Auto
& Flat Glass Do They Mix?, a look at what those in either industry
should know about crossing over.
Individuals interested in attending can still register onsite at the
Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Registration is located outside the
Rosen Plaza Grand Ballroom A/B and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
on Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
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