Charbel Tagher

Charbel Tagher is the president of Specified Technologies Inc (STI), a firestopping manufacturer he co-founded in 1990. Today, STI is one of the top two firestopping manufacturers in the United States, with an increasing presence worldwide. Charbel is also deeply involved with numerous industry associations representing manufacturers, contractors, as well as code bodies. In addition, he is dedicated to helping the less fortunate, principally through improved education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Teach For Lebanon (, and co-founded TFL-US which raises a high proportion of the funds needed to support TFL. He is also on the Honorary Board of FLFS. Charbel is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Touch Foundation which trains doctors and nurses in Tanzania, and helps build hospitals. The approach developed by Touch is now in high demand and being expanded to a number of countries in Africa. ( Charbel studied at the Jesuits in Egypt and Lebanon, earned a BBA from the American University of Beirut , followed by an MBA from the Wharton School in 1976. He then spent 8 years with McKinsey and Company, working on assignments in Europe, the Middle-East, North Africa and the United States. Subsequently, Charbel became a Vice president of Thomas and Betts, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, where he ran a division for three years. Prior to co-founding STI, he spent two years with an investment group. Charbel has been married to Aida since 1984 and they lived in NYC until 2014, when they became residents of Miami. They have two adult children who live in NYC. Charbel is a U.S. citizen of Lebanese descent. He enjoys reading, gardening, playing golf, and traveling. Charbel and Aida love being with friends and family and sharing good times and good laughs..