The purpose of the Independent Glass Association State Chapter is to provide a local "grass roots" presence for the association. State chapters support the goals and programs of the IGA on a local basis and help individual members identify with the efforts of the IGA to unify members. State Chapters also allows members to concentrate on issues that may affect them on a state or regional basis.
IGA State Chapters are designed to be effective organizations that focus on real business issues that will help the independent glass shop owner prosper. IGA State Chapters function better as lean organizations with a mission statement that goes beyond the typical social functions found in many state associations. IGA State Chapters benefit their members by aligning with the mission of the IGA while operating as independent organizations that allow for flexibility at the local level.
IGA State Chapters typically develop their own responsibilities and duties which include, but not limited to, the following:
Because competitors are together in a forum where the potential exists to engage in illegal or anti competitive activities, trade associations are subject to strict scrutiny under federal and state antitrust laws. Therefore, IGA State Chapters should take appropriate steps to ensure they are carefully structured, monitored, and guided to avoid falling into the trap of engaging in improper activity. IGA State Chapters should have their own separate incorporated organizational structure with bylaws and a governing board, and its own legal counsel. The IGA has available an Outline of the Antitrust Laws' Effect on Trade Associations and Guidelines for Executives and Members to help you understand and take appropriate action to protect members. The IGA will facilitate the formation of IGA State Chapters with guidance and advice using a process to help you hold effective meetings, manage information, and lend administrative support to help you started.
While a formal organizational structure helps protect you and gives direction to an IGA State Chapter, members should avoid an organizational environment that is overly political and slow to respond to member needs. Taking steps to ensure a cohesive, yet informal group that follows an action plan developed by the group is key to success. Here is what other IGA State Chapters have done to have an informal atmosphere:
The current IGA State Chapters and contact information is listed below:
Organization: AAGA (Arizona Auto Glass Association)
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Organization: IGA of Illinois
Contact: Steve Cramer, First Glass
Address: Galesburg, IL,
Phone: Telephone (309) 342-2001
Organization: IGA of Iowa
Contact: Gerald Zwart , Clearview Windshields
Address: Inwood, IA
Contact: Rick Rosar
IGA members in the following states have indicated interest in forming a state chapter. Contact the IGA for more information: