March 12, 2024

The BEC Conference: My Take

By Paul Daniels

BEC’s agenda was packed with great speakers and industry leaders sharing decades of experience with the attendees.

This year’s Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference in Nashville reported another great attendance. The people I spoke with were excited and optimistic about the year ahead.

Like past years, the agenda was packed with great speakers and industry leaders sharing decades of experience with the attendees. Education and building relationships are the event’s overall themes.

I was honored to be invited to the Guardian Glass Awards dinner. This event showed our industry leaders’ pride in their work and employees and how glass is still a favorite of the design community. All these projects demonstrated the collaborations between the architects, glass fabricators and installers.

A great thing about the glass industry is that it takes us all to continue improving and growing our market. The glass manufacturers continue to develop new products that save energy, money and time and offer the designers more ways to use glass.

One of the seminars I attended was priceless. The session, “How to Manage Delays and Avoid Exposure,” was presented by Vic L. McConnell from Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC. McConnell reviewed common ways to protect your company’s exposure from scheduling delays.

Of course, reading your contract was his first piece of advice. Things like the consequences of the general contractor not enforcing schedules on other trades or allowing the completion date to pass without objection on other construction parts can also get you off the hook. Every slide McConnell presented had simple common-sense suggestions that could be the difference between making or losing money on a job.

Industry trade shows and conferences are well worth your time and money. Most now emphasize education. These events are priceless if you can pick up just a few ideas to improve your business or find new products and vendors to keep your company on top of industry innovations. Make sure that you keep up with these events coming to your area. You don’t want to miss a chance to keep ahead of your competition.

Here is a quick note on my car repairs. I got my weekly text today. They moved my completion date from March 18 to April 8 (or 9). Still waiting for backordered parts. Lead times and bad shipping dates are still an issue.