Ironmonger success to be celebrated at IAI awards

IAI Award winners 2017 The winners of the IAI Awards 2017 with Mario Del-Signore, IAI chairman, and Maria Powell, the previous president of the GAI.

The best industry professionals and most promising newcomers within the international door hardware industry will be celebrated at the IAI Awards next March.

Nominations for the awards are made by any member of the Institute. There are four separate highly valued awards that candidates can be nominated for. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2017.

The IAI Fellowship Award is given to an individual who has shown a longstanding and ongoing commitment to the IAI over at least 10 years, and who is still actively involved within the industry and Institute. Last year’s winner was Peter Haywood, chair of the IAI south east branch.

The Paul Lewis Award for Customer Service is given to an individual, group or company that has made an outstanding commitment to customer services throughout the year. Last year’s award, sponsored by Royde & Tucker, went to Paul Barrows.

The GAI Award for Services to the Institute is always awarded to a current IAI member who has made a recent and visible contribution at branch level. Last year’s winner was Paul Grech who previously served as vice chair, and then as chair, for the south east branch.

The Promising Ironmonger of the Year award is intended to recognise the brightest ironmongers in the early stages of their careers. They could be involved in scheduling, estimating, sales or a combination of them all. The 2017 award went to Tom Davis.

Mario Del Signore, chairman of the IAI, said:

“I have spent a lot of time meeting members throughout the UK and overseas, understanding their issues and enhancing the profile of the Registered Architectural Ironmonger. As I’ve visited the different branches I’ve seen first-hand the commitment to continued personal development (CPD) and the encouragement and support given to our younger members joining the industry.

“There’s a lot of unsung heroes in our industry, from supportive managers to those that go above and beyond for their customers, so it’s great to celebrate those people that give ironmongers a good name.”

The awards are given at a dinner following the IAI AGM, an event that also includes CPD opportunities for Institute members and an Ironmongers’ Village area with new door hardware products on display.

Click here to make a nomination to the awards.