AAMA Honors Several Members at Annual Conference

February 25, 2009

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at its 72nd annual conference. The meeting, held in Coronado, Calif., concludes today.

AAMA presented David Moyer of Architectural Testing Inc. its 2008 Outstanding Member Award, given to an individual for his or her work and dedication to the advancement of AAMA and the industry as a whole. Moyer currently participates in 18 AAMA committees, and has been a member, chairman or co-chairman of 23 additional committees. "Whenever AAMA is in need of volunteers to develop a new program, [Moyer] raises his hand and usually winds up in a leadership role," noted Raj Goyal, also of Architectural Testing, who presented the award.

Tracy Rogers, technical director for Edgetech IG, was honored with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for the AAMA's residential products group. A 20-year veteran of the fenestration industry, Rogers has worked for both component suppliers and window and door manufacturers and has become established as an expert in insulating glass sealing systems.

Within AAMA, he currently chairs the green and sustainability specification development task group, the glass care and cleaning task group and the glass material council marketing committee. He remains active in 16 councils, committees and task groups. In presenting the award, Ray Garries of Jeld-Wen, stated, "As I look at [his] track record, I am amazed by both the scope and depth of his involvement in the fenestration industry."

Steve Fronek of Wausau Window & Wall Systems was the recipient of the 2008 Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award. Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO, who presented the award, noted that Fronek has been instrumental-and often the driving force behind-a number of AAMA initiatives. He has served in various capacities on more than 15 AAMA committees and task groups. Walker also stated that Fronek has done the work "behind the scenes on much of the heavy lifting needed to reach goals on behalf of AAMA and our industry."

For the first time this year, AAMA also presented a Marketing Distinguished Service Award, with the inaugural award going to Joe Hums of Mikron, a division of Quanex Corp. Hums is a veteran in AAMA marketing-related committees and task groups and has worked diligently as the chairman of the Vinyl Material Council continuing education development task group. From this position, he has not only contributed to the development of new education programs, but has also served as a presenter during AAMA's annual educational seminar, Architects of a Better Mind. Additionally, Hums has chaired the VMC marketing committee for many years, and served as the council's representative on the AAMA marketing steering committee.

Kim Flanary of Milgard, who presented the award, stated that Hums "continues to raise the bar in pushing forward marketing efforts for both AAMA and the vinyl products industry."

The meeting also saw the presentation of the biennial Chairman's Award to Acralight International, based in Santa Ana, Calif. This award is determined by the AAMA chairman of the board at the end of his two-year term and presented to a single company in appreciation of its outstanding commitment and dedicated support of the industry. Outgoing AAMA Chairman Gantt Miller of Winco selected Acralight for its dedicated involvement not only to AAMA, but to the industry as a whole.

Since joining AAMA in 2003, members from Acralight have held an impressive list of AAMA leadership positions and have led the charge by mobilizing other manufacturers of smoke vents and commissioning research to defend their products on the code floor, Miller noted. "Thanks to their leadership, perseverance and marshalling of resources, smoke vents remain a viable option for fire protection in large buildings."