First-ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Georges Thiret

November 30, 2021 - by commARCH
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First-ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Georges Thiret

Who?
Georges Thiret of Graham Architectural Products, recipient of the first-ever Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

When?
Thiret was recognized during the 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference in Phoenix. The industry peers who nominated him described Thiret as a consistent, active leader since the early 1980s within what was formerly the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and now FGIA.

What is the award for?
This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has dedicated significant resources throughout the majority of his industry career to guiding and achieving the strategic objectives of the organization and who is distinguished in thought leadership, extensive contributions, vision, and impact relative to the organization and the industry.

Why was Thiret recognized?
Thiret has held a multitude of leadership roles within the organization, including serving two separate terms as Chairman of the Board. In 1998 he received the Outstanding Member Award. Having served for many years as the Chair of the Sites Committee, he is credited with evolving AAMA events into some of the most well-renowned gatherings in the industry.
 
Thiret was a leader in advocating for material-neutrality within the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) and for its harmonization between the U.S. and Canada. He also served as a key driving force behind bringing supplier companies and vinyl materials interests into the Association, the latter of which was the catalyst for the AAMA Profile Certification Program.

“Georges has been significantly influential in AAMA’s evolution, culminating in the unification with IGMA to form FGIA," Janice Yglesias, FGIA Executive Director, said. “The Association is proud to present him with this award, which serves as a well-deserved tribute to a wonderful person and member."

Why is this award important?
This award can serve as motivation for others in their association. Emulating Thiret's examples will bring their association to greater heights. His industry contributions and influence extend well beyond the association world. He was instrumental in evolving Graham into a leading commercial fenestration products company.  He served as a collaborative voice, bridging technical and marketing expertise, and steadily encouraging strong industry relationships.

He influenced many colleagues to become active industry leaders. His fellow employees at Graham describe him as an excellent leader and strategist who is well-liked, respected, and trusted by his team.  By regularly encouraging collaborative work with other industry organizations, Georges helped build their association into the highly influential and credible entity that it is today.  

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