First-Ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Graham’s Georges Thiret

October 28, 2021

First-Ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Graham’s Georges Thiret

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has chosen Graham’s own Georges Thiret as the recipient of its first-ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place at the 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference held in Phoenix, AZ.

The prestigious award recognizes Georges’ outsized role in shaping the fenestration industry for more than 40 years. Georges took over as president and CEO of Graham Architectural Products in 1993, bringing in skilled associates to restructure the management and sales force. During his 14-½ years of presiding over Graham the company’s fortunes rose significantly as it expanded from a relatively smaller operation to a leading force in the window industry. He stepped down as CEO of Graham in 2007 as part of a planned succession, but has continued to assist with sales in the western region with a focus on blast-resistant products.

Before coming to Graham, Georges had chaired the board of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) for three years. He’s had multiple leadership roles within the organization from its early years through its more recent unification to form the Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). Georges was noted for his “significantly influential” contribution to the institution’s evolution. He was also the 1998 recipient of the Outstanding Member Award.

In his acceptance remarks Georges reflected on the past while noting the promising future of the industry.

“It’s hard to say goodbye. I want to thank everyone for their support. This has been a great ride. I’ve been involved since 1978. I’ve been proud to be Chairman twice, I’ve been on the board for a long time. Now it’s time to make room for the younger, smarter, stronger. And I know this industry right now is producing those individuals. And this industry is very healthy.”

Read more about the event at the FGIA website.

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