Virtual Reality

September 2020 looks different compared to years past. For many of us, September is a month of travel—to Las Vegas or Atlanta. No one, most likely, is going to either of those cities in September, at least not for a trade show. For many of us, this time of year is synonymous with travel, re-connecting and networking with our industry friends and colleagues, learning about new developments and trends and, of course, seeing all the new products. While we may be disappointed that we cannot gather in person, there are opportunities to connect virtually.

Online events have been taking place for a few months now, and provide a comfortable, convenient way to take part in seminars, as well as technical association meetings. Facade Tectonics just wrapped up its month-long 2020 World Congress (read our coverage HERE) and the National Glass Association begins its month-long GlassBuild Connect on September 1.

Another new virtual event will take place September 9-10, and will provide a unique platform for education, a trade show and networking. Presented by the Finishing Contractors Association International and USGlass and [DWM] magazines, GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE combines the GlassCon Global educational program with the Glass Expos – all in one virtual event.

Our team has been testing out the platform in house, and I have to say, I’m getting pretty excited about what you’ll be able to experience. The trade show is especially exciting, as you will truly be able to interact and engage with the companies on the virtual show floor.

5K in Palm Springs
Joe Erb from Quanex and I completed the GANA Annual Conference 5K in Palm Springs back in 2016.

I think you will also be excited about the extracurricular and networking activities we’ve planned. These get started with a virtual 5K run or walk in support of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to run with many of my industry friends before various meetings around the country. While we can’t run together this time, we can still run—and for a good cause. The virtual 5K does require a separate registration of $35. You will receive some fun swag, too, including a t-shirt, race medal and downloadable bib. Once you complete your “race,” you can submit your race time on the official race page. And be sure to share your pics on social media with the hashtags #GEVE, #GCGVE and #runforglass5K.

Run for Glass 5K participants will receive a custom race medal, t-shirt and printable bib.

In addition, there will be a fun virtual wine tasting the evening of September 9, sponsored by Groves Inc. and led by Chris Fronsoe of DeaMor, morning meditation and yoga sponsored by USGlass and [DWM] magazines the morning of September 10, and a closing virtual happy hour that evening you will not want to miss.

2020 has quickly become the year of virtual reality—literally. I know many of us may feel a little stir crazy with the lack of travel this year, but it’s good to know that technology can still bring us together.

I look forward to seeing you September 9-10 for GlassCon Global VE-Glass Expo VE. You can register for free using promo code USGM at And don’t forget to add on the Run for Glass virtual 5K, as well as the virtual wine tasting.