John McKiernan, vice chairman of Lutron Electronics Company, Inc., is the newest inductee into the ALA Lighting Hall of Fame. McKiernan accepted the honor, Sept. 24, during the 2013 American Lighting Association (ALA) Annual Conference, near Austin, Texas.
The ALA Lighting Hall of Fame was established in 2000, and is presented to individuals who have provided a lifetime of exceptional devotion to the industry, as well as to the ALA. The selection criteria is based on magnitude of success in the lighting industry, numbers of years of professional service, the impact of their contributions to the industry, and level of peer respect.
“John’s contribution to the industry and to the ALA is off the charts, and his peer respect is unsurpassed,” says Larry Lauck, ALA vice president of communications.
McKiernan joined Lutron in 1973 as assistant to the president. He was promoted to vice president in 1974 and to his current position of vice chairman in 1990. He also serves as a director of Lutron’s overseas companies. Before joining Lutron, McKiernan was vice president of marketing for Triangle Industries.
An influential participant in the lighting industry, McKiernan has served as chairman and executive committee member of the Electrification Council; executive committee member of the Board of the National Lighting Bureau; member of the governor of Pennsylvania’s International Task Force Committee; and chairman, executive committee member and Board of Governors member of the ALA. He is a lifelong member of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers.
"John is very well-liked and is one of the most respected individuals in the lighting industry," says Dick Upton, CCE, ALA president and chief executive officer. "He is also one of the finest executives and individuals I have worked with in my career."
Other professional honors bestowed upon McKiernan include the Manufacturer of the Year Award from the National Electrical Manufacturers Representative Association, and the Pillar of the Industry Award from the ALA.