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In Focus

Through its subject-matter experts and years of expertise in the fenestration industry, Quanex brings you InFocus – the premier industry blog for the latest market insights, marketing trends, association news and legislation updates.

200 Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright is the Director of Strategic Marketing & Analysis for Quanex Building Products. With more than 20 years of experience leading research projects and setting long-term business strategies for national brands, Anthony will keep you up to date on the latest market insights and how they impact your every day.

Contact Anthony Wright directly at anthony.wright@quanex.com

200 Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson is the Director of Marketing at Quanex Building Products. Erin has more than 20 years of experience in the fenestration industry and leads the global marketing and branding efforts for all of Quanex’s business units. She’ll be keeping you up to speed on marketing trends to help maximize your business.

Contact Erin Johnson directly at erin.johnson@quanex.com

200 Ric Jackson

Ric Jackson is the Director of External Affairs and Government Relations for Quanex Building Products. An active member of the NFRC and WDMA, Ric has been key in the development of industry standards and will share his extensive knowledge of the latest government regulations and forecast for the fenestration industry.

Contact Ric Jackson directly at eric.jackson@quanex.com

Eyes on ENERGY STAR Midway Through 2017

ENERGY STAR will survive, but with a lot less money in the coming budget year. Quanex Director of Government Relations Ric Jackson breaks down the latest news out of Washington about the popular program.

Posted: July 27, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: government, industry, ENERGY STAR

Will an Increase in Apprenticeships Help the Labor Shortage?

Some interesting news out of Washington last month, with a potential impact on the building and construction industry: President Trump signed an executive order to increase apprenticeship funding to $200 million, granting the private sector more influence in designing those programs.

In an industry where 73% of construction companies anticipate having difficulty hiring the right people this year, any initiative that may help overcome that difficulty is greeted as welcome news.
 

Posted: July 19, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: workplace, Labor Shortage, Apprenticeships, Workforce

Marketing May Have Changed, but Professional Development Hasn’t

Last week, I wrote about a few areas where marketing professionals—whether in the fenestration industry or beyond—can be looking to keep their competitive edge.

While digital marketing has made it necessary to learn new tricks you might never have thought possible when you began your career, some things have remained the same.
 

Posted: July 11, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: marketing, insights, industry, Professional Development, Leadership

Keeping Your Marketing & Communications Skills Sharp in the Digital Age

Don’t let yourself get complacent when it comes to sharpening your marketing skills. Even the most seasoned communications professionals can—and should—learn new tricks. Quanex’s Erin Johnson details some ways to stay competitive in an evolving marketing landscape

Posted: July 05, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: marketing, insights, strategies

A Different Spin on Communications in 2017

What’s big in communications so far in 2017? We’re not just talking marketing trends—Quanex Marketing Director Erin Johnson puts a different spin on the importance of communications in today’s forward thinking glass shops.

Posted: June 23, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: communication, industry, internal, 4.0

Make the Most of Your Seasonal Staff

In the fenestration industry, temporary employees are a critical part of the day-to-day work. Corporate HR Manager, Natalia Bubis shares why it's important to gain loyalty among them. 

Posted: June 19, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: employee, workplace, seasonal

Tracking the Evolution of Automation

As industry leaders predict a new period of industrial revolution, Quanex is paving the path to the future. Learn more here. Mark Yeandle shares insights on the evolution of automation and what this will mean for the industry.

Posted: June 13, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: industry, automation, development

Finding the Employees You Need

Quanex prides itself on the quality of its employees. Find out how to find the right employees from Natalia Bubis.

Posted: June 09, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: employee, HR, hire

Creating More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Some call it a crutch, others can't live without it. In this post, Erin Johnson shares her PowerPoint tips and best practices.

Posted: June 02, 2017 by Erin Johnson

Filed under: communication, visual, strategies

Gearing Up for Tradeshow Season

When is it too early to talk tradeshows? Well, never. Learn about how Carrie Scheetz gears up for tradeshow season in this In Focus post.

Posted: May 19, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Filed under: communication, tradeshows, strategies

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