The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) announced Georges Thiret as the recipient of the first-ever FGIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thiret was recognized during the 2021 FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. 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.
“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 a chairman twice. I’ve been on the board for a long time. Now, it is time to make room for the younger, smarter, and stronger. I know this industry right now is producing those individuals, and this industry is very healthy,” said Thiret, now a consultant for Graham.
Thiret has held a multitude of leadership roles within the organization, including serving two separate terms as chairman of the board, and he was the 1998 recipient of 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.
This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has dedicated significant resources throughout most 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.