Kim Flanary, AAMA Honorary Member

At its 82nd Annual Conference, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) board of directors voted unanimously to designate former association leader Kim Flanary as an honorary member. Flanary, who passed away in November, is now the 14th person in the association’s history to receive such a designation. AAMA officials report that the last member to be honored in this way included Bill Deuschle, who retired from Kawneer in 2016.

“Kim is more than deserving of the distinction,” said Ray Garries, vice president of engineering and innovation for MI Windows and Doors, one of the members who nominated Flanary for the honorary status. “His impact on AAMA over many years, his strong leadership and his commitment to the industry qualifies him. He exemplified a great trade association leader by studying to understand the varied markets and manufacturers. He then, not only helped his own company, but helped all the manufacturers build better products, and helped consumers buy with confidence.”

Honorary membership is given only to model members who have held multiple leadership positions within the association and who have had continuous participation in AAMA for 20 or more years.

AAMA 5k run/walk honoring Kim Flanary

“I had the privilege of knowing and working with Kim through AAMA since 2009,” said Joe Hayden, principal engineer for Pella Corporation, another member who nominated Flanary. “He was the epitome of a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was always positive, upbeat, courteous and always had a smile on his face. I honestly never heard him say a bad word about anyone. I wish I could have known him longer, but I consider myself blessed to have had him for a friend and colleague.”

In addition to the honorary appointment, a 5K was held in Flanary’s name, on Feb. 27, amid the association’s annual conference.

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