PGT Custom Windows + Doors, a  subsidiary of PGT Innovation, has announced that Jim Heise, senior trainer for PGT’s Corporate Education program, has been appointed to the International Hurricane Protection Association’s (IHPA) board of directors and executive committee. IHPA is comprised of suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, engineers, architects, code writers and government officials dedicated to the protection of life and property from the devastation associated with hurricanes.

“Mr. Heise’s knowledge and experience within the manufacturing industry are incredibly valuable to our association,” said Tim Robinson, president, IHPA. “Over the past decade, he has contributed innovative ideas and worked with leaders across our industry to improve the way we protect ourselves against severe storms. We look forward to working with him in his new roles to make a positive impact in Florida and beyond.”

Established in 2000, IHPA provides a unified voice for hurricane protection industry members. The association aims to provide guidance on legislation, building codes, quality hurricane protection systems and education to minimize the preventable loss of life and destruction of property due to hurricanes. Heise recently advocated for new Florida legislation that would protect consumers by requiring products to be properly tested and approved prior to being advertised as “hurricane-resistant” or “wind storm-resistant”.

“I’m honored to be a part of IHPA as it is a well-respected and truly important organization,” said Heise. “I look forward to working with their team to continue to improve the safety and welfare of the general public and help connect industry leaders to make a difference.”

Heise joined PGT Custom Windows + Doors in 2006 and is currently a trainer and leader for PGT’s Corporate Education program. He is also the treasurer, board member, and code committee leader for the Fenestration Manufacturer’s Association.

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