The Industry Remembers Kim Flanary

Kim Flanary
Photo: AAMA

Kim Flanary, who was engineering director at Milgard Windows & Doors and worked at the company for 25 years, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 of a heart attack. He followed his mother, who passed away two days earlier. Flanary was a long-time American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) member and a member of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA).

Flanary attended his first AAMA event in 2004 and was recognized with the Outstanding Member award in 2014. This award is given to an individual who has distinguished themselves in their work and dedication to the advancement of AAMA and the industry as a whole. He also served as chairman of the board (2013-2014) in addition to the numerous leadership and committee and task group positions he held.

Flanary was a Residential Products Group Distinguished Service Award winner, Marketing Distinguished Service Award winner and participant in 74 committees and task groups, including nine of AAMA’s 11 governing board committees.

“For many of you, like me, Kim was a treasured colleague and friend for many, many years. He will be missed in a way that cannot be adequately expressed in words. AAMA will never be the same without him, but I, for one, am eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to know him and learn from him,” says Janice Yglesias, AAMA executive vice president.

Kim’s wife, Janet, also attended AAMA events and is well loved by the members, spouses and staff. Kim and Janet have two daughters – Danielle and Desiree.

Desiree reached out to AAMA to thank everyone for sharing wonderful memories and stories the last few days. The family would like to expand upon that, and Desiree (on behalf of her mother) asked that the following information be shared.

“Thank you, everyone, for the kind words, prayers, hugs and love. It means the world to me, to us. I always knew my dad was an amazing person, but hearing some of the stories and memories from you has been so wonderful. We have created an email address; please feel free to send a story or favorite memory of our dad to rememberkim12@gmail.com. We want to create a book that we can read and remember him with.”

Many in the industry have shared their stories or thoughts about Flanary. Kimberly Kenzevich, solutions sale executive with Amesbury Truth, knew Flanary for 20 years through Milgard and AAMA.

“I looked up to him in so many ways. The way he talked about his family with so much love and pride, the respect he had for his team and co-workers and how he encouraged me over the years and believed in me. The long lunches I had with him and his team when I went to Milgard talking about biking, hiking, family and even some work. I would apologize for taking up so much of his time and he would always tell me, ‘You came a long way to have this meeting, the least we can do is give you the time you deserve.’ He talked me through the AAMA Fenestration Master’s Program many times throughout my study and encouraged me to finish when I was so ready to give up. He believed in me. He was a true friend … I could go to him for business related advice and guidance. Kim believed in the ‘good’ in people and the ‘good’ in the world. He was the light in the room and will be greatly missed,” says Kenzevich.

Mark Caldwell worked with Flanary at Milgard Windows & Doors.

“Kim was not just my boss and mentor, he was also my friend [and] the type of man he was is proved 4 ½ years ago when I had a kidney and liver transplants. Before I had them he would come twice a week to my dialysis and I had them three times a week he was there to make feel needed even with me near death,” says Caldwell. “He was there for me all the way through, a man that made me feel like I was a value to him. He was an amazing selfless man with whomever he came in contact with. After my surgeries he would come to my house and comfort me while I was recovering. The support he gave me and my wife made us feel like I was going to make it back to work. For me this is more than his passing, it is a great lost to all mankind. I can say this, I will love him forever and I will continue what he showed me. I will continue spreading selflessness to all. For Him!”

Ray Garries, vice president of engineering and innovation at MI Windows and Doors, also shared his experiences.

“Kim has been in our industry 25 years as a technical leader and executive at Milgard manufacturing. During that time his influence was felt in every corner of our business. Kim not only did great things for Milgard but worked tirelessly on window and door standards at AAMA and directing work on thermal standards at other organizations. The volume of his work is impressive as he chaired at least 20 key committees over the years, eventually rising to chairman of the board at AAMA,” he says. “During his leadership there, 25-plus standards were produced that included his influence of fairness, accuracy and transparency. Every time you see a mulled window assembly you can thank Kim as author and originator of the methods now used to qualify those units. He was always the calming voice in many debates and brought opposing ideas to compromise. With this ability Kim gained many friendships that last. I was fortunate to meet Kim early in his Milgard days and have counted him and his wife, Janet, as friends for many years. We have lost a great voice and key force that cannot be replaced. Godspeed, Kim!”

“Kim was one of the most personable people I have ever met. He was not only an industry veteran, he was a consensus builder as anyone who attended a meeting with him knows. I personally will miss his kindness, sense of humor and support. He was and is an example of the best of us. I will miss him terribly,” adds IGMA executive director Margaret Webb.

Tracy Rogers, a longtime member of the glass industry, also remembers Flanary warmly.

“I’ve known Kim and his wife, Janet, for more than 20 years and the simplest thing that I can say about Kim is that he was a truly good man and one of the best people that I’ve ever known. I’ve never heard Kim say a bad thing about anyone and he was always one of the best at bringing people together to find a place of understanding. Over many dinners we talked about his family and he was so proud of his daughters and loved to share about the times they spent running, biking and racing together. Kim was a good friend and my heart breaks for Janet and their family to know that he is gone. He will be missed greatly.”

“I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Kim Flanary through AAMA industry standards writing activity and as a technical services supplier to Milgard Windows and Doors. Kim was a man of integrity, respectful to everyone’s opinion and collaborative. In my 40 years in the building and construction industry Kim stands out as a leader everyone looked up to and appreciated. His leadership and positive attitude will be missed,” says Scott Warner, vice president of operations at Intertek Building & Construction.

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1 Response to The Industry Remembers Kim Flanary

  1. Bob Block says:

    Ken was a great man and a great listener as to regional product needs thru out Milgard
    locations. Working in Los Angeles, I had expressed a great need for the development of a wide Stile & Rail French Sliding Glass Door back in the early 2,000’s to which I, and others felt would greatly increase sales thru out the west.
    We went to work on the research and Ken went to work on the engineering and development to produce an Industry leading product that took off thru out the entire company and is still one of Milgard’s top products today.
    Rest in peace my friend, you will be greatly missed.

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