Lighting Hall of Fame

2014 Inductee

Richard D. Upton, CCE

Dick Upton, CCE, ALA president and CEO, was inducted into the Lighting Hall of Fame during the
2014 ALA
 Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.Upton_Dick-edit-cropped-(2).jpg

Upton has served ALA as its President and CEO since 1994. Under his leadership, the association has grown exponentially, income growth has increased substantially, and member involvement has dramatically improved. His dedication to ALA and its members has been extremely impactful on the association, as well as the lighting and ceiling fan industries.

Upton has been active in government affairs throughout his career. Through his work with ALA, he has established the association as a leader in the energy-efficiency and conservation movement through the U.S. and Canada. In 2007, he was one of the industry representatives at the table who helped shape the energy-efficient lighting section of the Energy Independence and Security Act that was signed into law by President Bush on December 19.

Upton has become a trusted advisor to state and federal lawmakers seeking to address “green” issues without overly hindering business, and he is often called upon to represent the lighting inudstry in negotiatios between business and conservation groups. He has also been instrumental in working towards the harmonization of industry standards between the U.S. and Canada.

In 2000, Upton was honored by six current and retired members of Congress with a Citizen Leadership Recognition and a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital Building. In 2008, he received the Life Member Award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the most prestigious award given  by the organization.

A native of Iowa, Upton completed his undergraduate work at the University of Iowa and is a graduate of the Academy of Organization Management at Michigan State University. His post-graduate work was done at the University of Colorado. Upton has 50+ years of experience as a professional Organization Management Executive.

Upton and his wife, Mrs. Moira Upton, have been proud residenta of Dallas for more than 20 years. Together, they have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons.

Upton will retire in January 2015 as President and CEO of ALA. He will be greatly missed among ALA’s staff and membership. Since announcing his retirement, Upton has been preparing the association for the upcoming leadership transition. Eric Jacobson, ALA executive vice president, will take over for him in January 2015.

Lighting Hall of Fame Members

John McKiernan *
Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
Harry Kallick

Varaluz Lighting and Solar Sign Light LLC

Judy Anderson
Illumination Systems, Inc.

Susan Solomon Auerbach
Generation Brands

Michael H. Ber, CLC
Lighting Inc.

Nelson J. Bleisch *
Thomas Lighting

William F. Blitzer *

William K. Branham, Sr. *
The Brecher Company

Burton A. Burton *
Casablanca Fan Co.

Arthur Director, CLC
Connecticut Lighting

Zia Eftekhar
Philips Professional Luminaires North America

Murray Feiss
Murray Feiss Lighting

Gerald Fleischer *
Hermitage Lighting Gallery

Harry L. Gilham, Jr. *
Georgia Lighting

Philip S. Hoefer
Hoefer/Funsinn Lighting Agency

Ray Huizinga *
Huizinga Sales Co.

Stanley D. Johnston, CLC
Johnston Lighting Associates

Sam Minoff

Ira H. Phillips
Quoizel, Inc.

Larry K. Powers
Philips Business Unit, Professional Luminaires North America (formerly The Genlyte Group)

Bruce A. Robinson *
Robinson Lighting

Andrew Schonbek
Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Inc.

Edwin N. Solomon *
Sea Gull Lighting Products, Inc.

Dennis Swanson
Lamps Plus

Bill Teiber *
Bill Teiber Co.

David Weisberg
Affiliated Distributors