Mario Del-Signore
GAI President

Kaz Spiewakowski
Vice-President

Steve Bewick
GAI Treasurer

We are pleased to announce Mario Del-Signore as the new GAI President. Mario has been involved in the industry since 1984, when he first took a role in one of his local ironmongers. Following 12 years in a very successful retail ironmonger, he then joined CISA UK, leading their Mechanical Business division. Then, after roles with both Ingersoll Rand and GU, Mario established the CES UK business in the UK in 2009.

Having served on the GAI Technical and Marketing Committees, Mario served the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) as Vice Chairman 2013 to 2015 and Chairman 2015 to 2018. He was also the recipient of the GAI Trophy for services to the IAI in 2011, Fellowship Award in 2018 and took over as the GAI President in May 2021.

Alongside Mario's appointment, Kaz Spiewakowski was appointed as GAI Vice President and Steve Bewick as GAI Treasurer. 


Below you will see a list of Keynote speaker sessions, Breakout sessions, Product Showcases and the AGM address. These sessions are only available for members to download. 

Keynote speaker session 1 - 'The future for AI'
Panelists - Liz Male from Liz Male Consulting (host), Hannah Mansell from Masonite, Paul Martin from dline, Richard Waterhouse from NBS and Steve Bewick from dormakaba.
MEMBERS ONLY

Annual General Meeting
Julian Newman - GAI Past President, Simon Forrester - GAI Chief Executive, Kaz Spiewakowski - GAI Vice President and Mario Del-Signore - Incoming President. 
MEMBERS ONLY

Plenary speaker session 2- 'Shining a light on wellbeing'
Bill Hill, Lighthouse Club
MEMBERS ONLY

Breakout session 1 - 'Why standards matter: What it means for you as a GAI member'
Speakers - Daniel Mansfield from BSI and Douglas Masterson from GAI
MEMBERS ONLY

Breakout session 2 - 'Quest: Essential Membership Services'
Speaker - Steve Charles from Quest Services
MEMBERS ONLY

Breakout session 3 - 'Best practices in recruitment'
Speaker - Matthew Robinson
MEMBERS ONLY

Breakout session 4 - 'AIJ: adding new channels and new audiences'
Speakers - Stephen Quirke and Nicky Roger from Atom Publishing
MEMBERS ONLY

Breakout session 5 - 'The future of the Guide and Institute'
Speakers - Mario Del-Signore GAI President and Deborah Cannon Institute Chair
MEMBERS ONLY


Product Showcase A1 - GEZE
MEMBERS ONLY
                      Product Showcase A2 - Croft
MEMBERS ONLY 
                      Product Showcase A3 - Simonswerk
MEMBERS ONLY 
                                                 
Product Showcase B1 - Forza Doors
MEMBERS ONLY
                      Product Showcase B2 - Strand Hardware
MEMBERS ONLY
                       
                                                 
Product Showcase C1 - HOPPE
MEMBERS ONLY
                      Product Showcase C2 - Mann McGowan
MEMBERS ONLY
                      Product Showcase C3 - Abloy UK
MEMBERS ONLY
                                                 
Product Showcase D1 - Codelocks
MEMBERS ONLY
                      Product Showcase D2 -Masonite
MEMBERS ONLY
                       

 


Keynote speaker session 2 - 'A comparison between BS, EN and American standards'
Speakers - Laura Frye Weaver from DHI and Douglas Masterson from GAI
MEMBERS ONLY