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 at-tack. He was 63 years old. Flanary 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. 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 ex-pressed 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.

Flanary is survived by his wife, Janet, who also attended AAMA events. They have two daughters—Danielle and De-siree. Desiree reached out to AAMA to thank everyone for sharing wonderful memories and stories.

“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,” she said. “We have created an email address; please feel free to send a story or favorite memory of our dad to We want to create a book that we can read and remember him with.”

A celebration of life ceremony was held December 9, 2018 at the Cedar-brook Lodge in Seattle.Many in the industry have shared their stories or thoughts about Flanary. Ray Garries, vice president of engineering and innovation at MI Windows and Doors, 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,” he says. “… 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. God-speed, Kim!”

Nicholas “Nick” Barone, GGI national sales manager, died October 26, 2018 at the age of 57.

“Nick was a valued member of our team and rose to become our national sales manager responsible for our specialty and picture framing division after holding a number of positions in the company. Nick started working for GGI in 1984, and taking into account a time where he worked elsewhere, his GGI career spanned a remarkable 25 years,” said Richard Balik, executive vice president.

The company describes Barone as a family man and dedicated father whose positive attitude, ability to build lasting relationships and willingness to mentor others were some of his most outstanding qualities.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria; son, Nicholas Jr; brother, Anthony; and sister, Lynn. Barone is also survived by his companion, Lisa Lucadamo; her son, Nicky; and step children, Ashley, Rachael, and Cera.

A mass was held for Barone November 3, 2018 in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Gavin Mair, former CEO of Sinclair Glass, died September 28, 2018 at the age of 75. Born December 24, 1942 in Ayrshire, Scot-land, Mair immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in the early 1960s. He later moved to Southern California where he worked as a sales representative. In 1970, he moved to Hartford City, Ind., where he took on the role of vice president of sales for Sinclair Glass and later became president and owner of the company in 1988. He was well known in the glass business, especially in the lighting and furniture industries.

Mair is survived by his wife of 53 years Yvonne Mair, along with his two sons, Kevin Mair and wife Tina of Jasper, Ind., and Andrew Mair and his partner Jennifer Dittoe (Grace and Jimmy) of Carmel, Ind.; five grandchildren, Brandon, Jason, Allison, Cooper and Kennedy; and nieces and nephews in England.

A memorial service was held in Hartford City, Ind., on October 2, 2018.

Comings and Goings

Anne Coulter will step down from her position as Soft Tech’s CEO effective January 1, 2019. She will be replaced by Rowan Hick and Tyron Ball as a joint CEO team. Coulter will remain a company share-holder and director of the Soft Tech group. In a company release, Coulter expressed her “faith in the ability of [Hick] and [Ball] to take the company to the next level.”

Coulter assumes a new position as the European director in the UK and will focus on creating the same success she made in the Australian market.


Winco Windows, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of architectural and heavy commercial aluminum windows, has promoted Kurtis Suellentrop to vice president of sales and marketing and Joe Dietz to vice president of order development and engineering.

In his new role, Suellentrop will focus on securing new business opportunities and trans-forming how Winco markets itself. He has been with Winco for 16 years, and previously managed Winco’s research and development pro-gram, including multi-threat systems encompassing psychiatric, dynamic, acoustic, thermal, tornado and hurricane windows.

Dietz has been with the company for nine years. In his new role, he will oversee estimating, design, shop drawings, paper fabrication and submittals. He is also responsible for quality control and field service.


Tubelite Inc. has named Judy Bland as vice president of operations in Walker, Mich., David Ham as client development manager serving the Houston market and Michael Ross as client development manager serving the northern Georgia market.

Bland most recently served as the vice president of operations at Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to her five years there, she was vice president of operations at Leatherman Tool Group, a high-end multi-purpose tool manufacturer.

Joining Tubelite with more than 35 years of industry experience, Ham most recently worked as senior architectural sales associate at C.R. Laurence/U.S. Aluminum Inc. and served the central Texas and northwest Oklahoma areas. He started his career at U.S. Aluminum Corp. and held various positions within the company, from architectural sales and project management and estimating, to fabrication and production.

Ross joins Tubelite with more than two decades of operations, business development and sales leadership experience in the commercial construction industries. Previously, Ross held management positions at various locations for Aramark’s uniform services. Following this, he joined American Window and Door in Georgia and served as its owner and senior project manager.

Firestone Building Products has named Jason Flack vice president of sales. In this role, Flack will oversee domestic sales and new business development. He will be based in Nashville.

Flack has more than 20 years of experience in management, sales and operations, most recently serving as west zone vice president for GCR Tires and Service. Before GCR, Flack spent five years with Firestone Building Products as regional business manager and director of corporate accounts. He also spent 13 years with CertainTeed Corp.

Former president of George Ford & Sons, Tom Ford, is now the fused silica product manager at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Haldenwanger business.

A son of the founder of George Ford & Sons, Ford built his career for more than 40 years and has worked in all aspects of the business.

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