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FGIA Board Shares Outline for Association’s Future Strategic Plans

FGIA has exciting news to share about the activities of the Association moving forward, which include a commitment to high-value in-person events, expanding FGIA’s network of partnerships, broadening the use of FGIA’s education programs and funding crucial industry research projects.The FGIA Board has been doing some strategic planning work throughout the first half of this year, including the completion of a two-day retreat which took place May 12-13 as a hybrid event, with the majority of Board members participating in person. During the retreat, the...

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Five Tips for Hosting Hybrid Events like the 2022 FGIA Annual Conference

In October, FGIA learned a lot from hosting the 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference in Phoenix, AZ – our first ever hybrid event. Offering in-person and virtual formats concurrently was a challenge, but we were proud to be able to offer an array of content options for two different audiences based on both their comfort levels and their companies’ willingness to allow travel. We will be reprising these roles next week at the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference in Amelia Island, FL. In preparation for...

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Back in Person at the FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

The 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference was a great success last week, merging an in-person audience with an online one for a widely attended event full of excellent speakers and presentations. From Janine Driver’s insight into body language and workplace culture to a live demonstration of InstallationMasters®, there was plenty to learn. We held several networking events, including online and in-person costume contests with prizes. See below for some photos from Phoenix and our online crowd.Before the conference officially kicked off, I went horseback riding...

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Demystifying the FGIA Corporate Renewal Process

It’s that time of year again, when FGIA corporate members will be preparing to re-up their membership with the Association. The corporate renewal process will begin in early November this year, with all renewals due by January 1, 2022. Let’s get into how the process works, and why it is such an important part of maintaining your membership.In a few weeks, member company main contacts will receive renewal notices via email from me at dpeters@FGIAonline.org. From there, simply click the link provided to complete the...

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Safety is Top Priority at 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

In anticipation of next month’s 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference in Phoenix, AZ, we sent out information to our members about the safety protocols and what to expect at the event, for those attending in-person. The health and safety of our participants and staff is of paramount importance, and I wanted to also share that information here on the Member Edge blog. The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, our event venue, will accommodate CDC-recommended spacing for our group under current operating capacity. At this...

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Five Applications (and Four Tips) for Using Hashtags

I first became aware of hashtags circa 2009 when I was taking a social media course about using Twitter for organizations. They appealed to me for a lot of reasons, but primarily, I saw them as a way to get your message out to a wider audience, even if you yourself didn’t have a ton of followers. But while Twitter may have brought hashtags into the mainstream, today they apply to social media platforms across the board. Facebook, Instagram and even LinkedIn now recognize them...

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FGIA Seeks Ways to Ease Members’ Burdens Resulting from COVID-19

Now that the holiday season has arrived, things are winding down for 2020. But what is not taking a break is FGIA’s commitment to our industry, more important now than ever with the unexpected changes brought by COVID-19. Last month, FGIA sent a survey to members to ask how companies have fared this year, and what FGIA can do to continue to ease their burdens. Three things were frequently requested by membership: education opportunities; a return to in-person conferences; and ways to combat the labor...

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Inaugural FGIA Conference a Success, Per Member Feedback

Staff always spends much time preparing for conferences, but we pulled out all the stops for the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference in February, making sure it was a productive and fun event for all. From receptions and lunches outdoors overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to our Annual Awards Banquet and beach party with sandcastle team building and volleyball. No detail was overlooked to make the event as interactive and engaging as possible for those ready to network.I want to congratulate and thank the entire FGIA staff...

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AAMA, IGMA Members Enjoy Combined Summer Event in Canada

The 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences went off without a hitch earlier this month, with members from both associations coming together to network and hear from industry leaders and speakers. The unique combined event in Victoria, BC was memorable for many reasons, but the scavenger hunt around the city especially brought out everyone’s fun, albeit competitive, sides. Be sure to read news coverage of the event in the AAMA News section of the AAMA website, but for now, look below for photos from...

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AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences Visit Victoria, BC

The 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences are almost here. This event is happening June 17-20, but there is still time to register. By nature of being a combined event, members of both associations can expect to gain even more value from the presentations and content than they do by attending independent AAMA or IGMA events.Over on the Member Edge blog, AAMA Meetings Manager Florence Nicolici wrote about the many advantages of these two conferences being combined. Now, as the event draws closer, I’d...

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IGMA Winter Conference, AAMA Annual Conference Host Unification Discussions

February has proven to be a particularly busy month for the industry, thanks to two major conferences taking place in locations (thankfully) warmer than Chicago. During the first week of the month, I attended the IGMA Winter Conference in Austin, TX and now, AAMA staff is wrapping up details for next week’s AAMA 82nd Annual Conference in Palm Springs, CA. Together, the two events provide an excellent backdrop for the ongoing discussions underway, of unifying IGMA and AAMA into one organization. Here are some takeaways...

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AAMA Members Use Twitter to Show Off During GlassBuild

During GlassBuild America last month, many AAMA members took up real estate on the tradeshow floor, showing off what they’ve been innovating in 2018. Several AAMA staff were in Las Vegas, either working in the association’s booth or meeting with industry leaders on the floor and at networking events. I worked behind the scenes to find and share updates from AAMA members posting about the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #GlassBuild. Here are some highlights AAMA members were sharing.Kicking Off the ShowNetworking and Demos    Last...

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How to Use Twitter During Live Events Like GlassBuild

Two big industry events are happening soon, and both are great opportunities to use Twitter to your advantage when it comes to networking and getting the latest information live. Even if you can’t attend GlassBuild America next week or next month’s AAMA Fall Conference, you can still get the scoop in real time by following each event’s hashtag. Here are some tips to get the most out of an in-person event’s Twitter presence, even if you’re not there.Tip 1: Find out the official hashtag. In...

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