AGMCC holds inaugural annual general meeting
By Patrick Flannery
The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council held its first-ever annual general meeting in Chicago on Nov. 7 and 8. About 50 glazing contractors, union representatives, industry suppliers, general contractors, architects, consultants and trade media gathered in the Willis Tower at the offices of the AGMCC’s law firm. Over two days of meetings, the group heard updates on the organization’s progress in developing its third-party-accredited programs for certifying glazing contractors and individual glaziers to high standards of integrity and quality.
AGMCC officers Jeff Dalaba, John Kent and Ben Beeler led the discussions. Attendees received a thorough overview of all programs and a chance to give their feedback. Extensive discussions were held as to how to market the programs to both the design and contracting sectors.
Participants unanimously voted in a new board:
Jim Stathopoulos, Ajay Glass (president of AGMCC)
Jim Maggiore, Royal Glass
Peter Neudorf, Ferguson Neudorf
Terry Webb, Eureka Metal and Glass
Felix Munson, Anchor Ventana
Jim Rathdone, Kensington Glass
Joe Ashdale, professional glazier, Philadelphia
Paddy Byrne, professional glazier, Vancouver
Anton Ruesing, Finishing Trades Institute
Dale Fuhr, WJE (vice-president of AGMCC)
David Stutzman, Conspectus
Mark Coulis, Wheaton Sprague
Mike Spence, Kraus Anderson
Rodney Harvey, CDC
Yvon Chiasson, Morrison Hershfield
Jon Kimberlain, Dow
Raymond Roy, Guardian
Joe Schiavone, C.R. Laurence
AGMCC is a not-for-profit organization accredited by ISO to provide third-party certification services. Its two programs are North American Contractor Certification and Architectural Glass and Metal Technician. NACC commits glazing contractor companies to a rigorous program of quality assurance, business best-practices and safety compliance, including regular audits and documentation of adherence to the standards. AGMT uses written and physical tests to certify individual glaziers to a high level of trade competence, with regular recertification requirements.
At present, 18 companies are signed up to NACC and efforts to aggressively market the program across the continent are underway. AGMT anticipates full certification of its program by March of 2019 and final tweaks to its testing are being made.
Glass Canada editor Patrick Flannery volunteers on the AGMCC marketing committee.