IGA Independents' Days Convention and Spring Glass Show Poised for Exciting, Educational Show

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 against Safelite.

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 attendees.

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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