Rising stars’ recognised
The rising stars of the door and window hardware industry were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
This year, exams were sat by 355 learners from 23 countries across all three stages of the GAI online training programme.
Since 1980, the GAI Education Awards have included Gold, Silver and Bronze medal awards for the top students in the GAI Diploma and prize awards for the top three students in the Certificate in Architectural Hardware. The Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Assa Abloy, is also given to the student with the best aggregate results of the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and the Diploma programme.
Eryl Jones, managing director of Assa Abloy Security Solutions, presented this year’s Pinnacle Award to Thennarasu Parimalam, former architectural sales consultant at dormakaba in Kuwait.
The winners and newly qualified Diploma holders were presented with their awards by David Stacey, president of the GAI, and the event’s keynote speaker and ex-England international football player, Graeme Le Saux.
The Education Awards winners in 2018 were:
The Pinnacle Award: Thennarasu Parimalam, former architectural sales consultant at dormakaba in Kuwait
• Gold - Reina Tangilon-Bautista, dormakaba
• Silver - Hanish Arora, dormakaba (India)
• Bronze – Chris Grimshaw, Allgood
Certificate in Architectural Hardware
• Gold - Jessa Comia, dormakaba
• Silver – Dan Savage, Hoppe (UK)
• Bronze - Bala Vignesh, Assa Abloy