It's important at Thomas-Grace that we keep ourselves fresh and up to speed with the industry standards, guidelines, regulatory law and industry happenings as it relates to what we do from day to day. Here are several that we are proud to be a part of, always looking to play an active role in our industries finest associations and events.
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2012 marks our 48th annual SPECS (store planning, equipment, construction and facilities services) event that is exclusively produced by Chain Store Age magazine. This 3½-day program is an intimate gathering of the top retailers and top suppliers for the purpose of learning, sharing ideas, developing partnerships and problem solving.
GlobalShop is the world’s largest annual tradeshow and conference dedicated to store design, visual merchandising, and shopper marketing. It is the only place where retailers and brand marketers can visit over 600 suppliers in one location. The GlobalShop show floor is conveniently divided into six sections of the retail design industry: The Store Fixturing Show, The Visual Merchandising Show, Store Design & Operations, The Digital Store, At-Retail Marketplace, and Retail Marketing Services.
NARMS is actively involved in providing our members with quality education, research, networking, and member programs. NARMS is an association of people helping people. NARMS unites Retail Marketing Services Providers, Manufacturers, Retailers and Associated Industry Members in a trusted global association marketplace exemplified by professionalism and high ethical standards by providing a broad array of resources, innovative services, educational opportunities and accreditation and certification processes that help its diverse membership become more effective & efficient defined retail solutions through a recognized industry voice.
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is best defined by the companies we represent: America’s leading retailers.
RILA proudly counts nine of the top 10 U.S. retailers as members. RILA members also hold the top spot among key retail segments including: apparel, consumer electronics, department stores, home improvement, large format and small format, demonstrating that RILA is truly the association for ‘retail leaders.’ In fact, no trade association represents more top retailers than RILA.
Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. We carry out our goal through advocacy, information, and community. AIA member groups help you meet like-minded architecture professionals who share the same interests, expertise, and experience; get to know each other; and stay informed of the latest issues and trends.
NACE (NACE International)
NACE International is the leader in the corrosion engineering and science community, and is recognized around the world as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. From just 11 engineers, our association has grown to more than 25,000 members in over 100 countries. Built upon decades of knowledge and expertise from dedicated members all around the world, NACE International is involved in every industry and area of corrosion prevention and control, from chemical processing and water systems, to transportation and infrastructure protection.
NSC (National Safety Council)
The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
By 2014, the council will save an additional 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries. To achieve this goal, we will continue to partner with businesses, elected officials and the public to make an impact in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, and safety in the home and community.
USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council)
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. It's mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is “The Source & Resource for Construction Financial Excellence” and the only nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the educational needs of today's construction financial professional.
Timberline Users Group (TUG) is a professional organization committed to supporting the users of Sage Timberline Office software – an application used by construction and real estate professionals to track their projects’ lifecycles. The guiding purpose of TUG is to help our Members be more productive, accurate and knowledgeable with the greatest possible camaraderie.
IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 22,655 members in 78 countries. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) is a Hollywood, Fla.-based non-profit trade association representing the retail environments industry. Their 600 member companies include store fixture suppliers, retail design firms, suppliers of visual merchandising products, and suppliers of materials and equipment for the retail environments industry. Member capabilities include importing, exporting, consolidating, installing, project management, engineering, design, and more.
The Retail Contractor's Association is a national organization of high caliber retail contractors united to provide a solid foundation of ethics, quality and professionalism within the retail construction industry.