Association News: AAMA awards members for leadership, marketing and more during 81st Annual Conference

Posted on February 21st, 2018

Schaumburg, Illinois — The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 81st Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Tuesday night in Orlando. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.

AAMA-OutstandingMember_SStrawnPresentsToDHolmberg_web.jpgOutstanding Member Award – Doug Holmberg (Apogee Enterprises, Inc./Wausau Window and Wall Systems)

Doug Holmberg, quality manager for Wausau, was named Outstanding Member, as presented by former recipient Steve Strawn, codes and regulatory manager for JELD-WEN, Inc.

The Outstanding Member Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their work and dedication to the advancement of AAMA and the industry as a whole.

Holmberg, current vice president of AAMA's Architectural Window Council, maintains 36 active committee and task group memberships.

"Doug has played no small role in ensuring progress toward AAMA's basic strategic objectives, notably education outreach and the FenestrationMasters® Program, code compliance and meaningful, yet practical, certification," said Strawn.

AAMA-APGaward_BSlatonPresentsToDHunter_web.jpgArchitectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award – Donnie Hunter (Kawneer Company, Inc.)

The Distinguished Service Award for AAMA's Architectural Products Group was presented to Donnie Hunter, director of global product management for Kawneer, by Brent Slaton, national sales coordinator for Keymark Corporation.

This award is given to an individual who accomplishes formative work on behalf of the association and AAMA's Architectural Products Group.

Hunter, who is now in his 15th year of AAMA involvement, currently is serving as vice chairman of the AAMA Board of Directors.

"Donnie covers a wide scope within the industry, serving the American Institute of Architects, the Aluminum Association, the Glass Association of North America and the Construction Specifications Institute, in addition to AAMA," said last year's winner, Slaton.

AAMA-RPGaward_JFransonPresentedByRLuter_web.jpgResidential Products Group Distinguished Service Award – Jeff Franson (Quanex Building Products)

The Distinguished Service Award for AAMA's Residential Products Group was presented to Jeff Franson, senior director, product development and advanced technology, for Quanex Building Products, by former recipient Rob Luter, director of engineering for Lippert Components, Inc.

Each year, a member who excels in work toward improving the association and AAMA'ss Residential Products Group is recognized with this distinction.

"Those who nominated Jeff praised his level of preparedness and his reputation for always being technically sound," said Luter. "He is a willing volunteer who has, time after time, proven to be more than capable."

Franson began attending AAMA conferences in the fall of 2002. Since then, he has served in 25 groups, mostly with interest in vinyl.

AAMA-MarketingAward_JSchwabauerPresentsToMFortun_web.jpgMarketing Distinguished Service Award – Mark Fortun (Endura Products)

The Marketing Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mark Fortun, manager of code compliance at Endura Products, by previous recipient Jerry Schwabauer, vice president of sales and marketing at Azon.

This acknowledges a single individual who has exhibited leadership and outstanding service in marketing activities for the association.

"Mark consistently brings a fresh, thoughtful perspective from a market and customer standpoint," said Schwabauer. "He is both a detailed technical expert and a big-picture thinker."

Fortun currently serves on 36 committees, councils and task groups.

More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA website,

AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the fenestration industry.SM


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Steve Strawn presents Oustanding Member Award to Doug HolmbergBrent Slaton presents Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award to Donnie Hunter Jeff Franson accepts Residential Products Group Distinguished Service Award from Rob LuterJerry Schwabauer presents Marketing Distinguished Service Award to Mark FortunRequest high res photographs for publication