Pillars of the Industry

The annual Pillars of the Industry awards recognize up to three ALA members (manufacturers’ representative, showroom and/or manufacturer) for their unique and meaningful service to advance the lighting industry and the ALA’s program and mission during the previous 18 months. Award recipients, nominated by ALA members and staff, are selected by the ALA Awards Committee. Nominations may be submitted to llauck@americanlightingassoc.com.

2017 Pillars of the Industry

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Jon Sayah

Sayah is president of Fleco Industries and is an involved ALA member, with a dedication to harnessing the power of innovative ideas to move the lighting industry forward. In addition to the role with Fleco Industries, he also serves as president of Lights Fantastic, and president of Texas Fluorescents. In 2015, Sayah orchestrated the creation of the Larry Sayah Innovation Forum. He was also the first major contributor to the ALA Charitable Trust, developed to support ALA education programming. 

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Rick Seidman

 

Rick Seidman is president of Quoizel, Inc. He entered the lighting industry in 1989 through a family connection. Seidman's dedication working his way up at the family-owned Quoizel, Inc. to the role of president is demonstrated in his commitment to both ALA and the industry as a whole. Recently, Seidman furthered his education and career growth, earning his MBC in Entrepreneurship and Innovative Management at Clemson University. He has served integral years in the leadership and expansion of ALA on the Manufacturers and Membership Committees, as well as on the Board of Governors. In 2018 he will serve as Chair of the Conference c

 

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Jon McMahan

Jon McMahan serves as owner and partner at KTR Associates, LLC. He has been with the company since 2000, previously working for Capitol Lighting as a sales associate. At KTR, McMahan focuses on a variety of managerial tasks and is highly skilled in marketing, visual merchandising, in-depth sales planning and forecasting, campaign management, as well as team building. For ALA, McMahan has sponsored ALA showrooms to attend conference. Additionally, he volunteers annually to serve on the ALA Membership Campaign and is a strong proponent of the benefits of ALA membership. 

 

Past Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

 

2015

Andy Burns, CLC, LC, CLMR
Owner
Triple C Lighting and Controls
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Bob Warmbold, CLC
Owner
Accent Lighting
Lake Oswego, Ore.

Jeffrey R. Dross
Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends
Kichler Lighting
Cleveland, Ohio

                             

 

2014

Richard M. Alan, CLMR
Owner
Richard Alan & Associates, LLC
Katy, Texas

Bruce Bellwood
President
Tuthill Lighting, Inc.
Rochester, N.Y.

Eric Borden, LS
Director of Business Development
Kichler and Teron Lighting
Lake Worth, Fla.

                                                       

 

2013

David A. Gatto
Manager, Product Compliance
Westinghouse Lighting
Philadelphia, Pa.

Wendy A. Lofing-Rossotti, LS
Treasurer/Co-Owner
Lofings Lighting
Sacramento, Calif.

David S. Shiller
President
Lighting Solution Development
Pittsburgh, Pa.

David R. Turner
Senior Project Marketing Manager
Casablanca-Hunter Fan Company
Memphis, Tenn.

2012

Richard M. Alan, CLMR
Owner
Richard Alan and Associates, LLC
Katy, Texas

Ronald D. Milam
Owner
Lighting Emporium, Inc.
Springdale, Arkansas

Joey I. Sadofsky
President
Alico Industries
Markham, Ontario

2011


James E. (Jim) Decker
Vice President, Brand Management
Progress Lighting
Greenville, S.C.

Fred C. Fennell, CLMR
Owner
Fennell Marketing and Sales, Ltd.
Barrie, Ontario

Larry W. King, LS
President and Owner
Capital Lighting
Columbus, Ohio

 

2010

Alan Colker
President
Alco Lighting Sales, Inc.
Richmond, Va.

Jack D. Fleischer, CLC
President
Hermitage Lighting Gallery
Nashville, Tenn.

Rick W. Seidman
President & CEO
Quoizel, Inc.
Goose Creek, S.C.


2009


 

Norm R. Brown, CLC
Regional Manager
Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre
Burnaby, British Columbia

Bob Evans
Owner
Showroom Lighting Sales
Houston, Texas

Jim K. McCarthy, CLC, LC
Senior Market Specialist
Cooper Lighting
Peachtree City, Ga.

 

2008


 

Clark R. Linstone
CFO, Lamps Plus
Chatsworth, Calif

Howard J. Ketzner
President, Ketzner Enterprises Inc.
St. Louis, Mo.

 

2007


 

Michael S. O'Boyle, LC
Manager of Codes, Standards & Laboratories
Lightolier, a Philips Group Brand
Fall River, Mass.

Monty J. Gilbertson, CLC
Manager of Lighting Design
Lighting Design by Wettstein's
La Crosse, Wis.

Lars E. Bostrom, LS, CLMR
President
Bostrom Lighting Sales
Raleigh, N.C.

 

2006


 

Tom A. Garber
Director of Engineering
Quoizel, Inc.,
Goose Creek, S.C.

Beverlee S. Griffin, CLC, CLMR
Principle
Deitch-Griffin & Associates
Auburndale, Fla.

Dean A. Gottesman
President
Royalite Lighting
Amherst, N.Y.

 

2005


 

Paul W. Eusterbrock
President
Holtkoetter International
South St. Paul, Minn.

Paul Levitt
President
P.D. Levitt & Associates
Nanuet, N.Y.

M. Thomas Early
President
Burgess Lighting
Forestville, Md.

 

2004


 

Howard S. Bernstein
Vice President
Artcraft
Champlain, N.Y.

Jack D. Fleischer, CLC
President
Hermitage Lighting Gallery
Nashville, Tenn.

David M. Stark
President
Lighting Concepts International
Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

2003


 

Fred C. Fennell, CLMR
Owner
Fennell Marketing & Sales, Ltd.
Barrie, Ont., Canada

Barry Minoff
Chairman
Kichler
Cleveland, Ohio

Carolyn G. Overman
Owner
Western Montana Lighting
Missoula, Mont.

 

2002


 

John F. McKiernan
Vice Chairman
Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
Coopersburg, Pa.

Linda M. Pavletich, LS
President
Premier Lighting
Bakersfield, Calif.

Scott Zanger
Chief Executive Officer (retired)
Zanger Associates, Inc.
Eldersburg, Md.

 

2001


 

David R. deSteiger
President
Ray Lighting Centers
Sterling Heights, Mich.

Todd L. Langner
President
Hunter Lighting Group/Kenroy Lighting
Jacksonville, Fla.

Tom M. Underwood, IES, CLMR
National Sales Manager
Fanimation
Zionsville, Ind.

 

2000


 

Stan J. Angelo
Chairman
Westinghouse Lighting Group
Philadelphia, Pa.

Harold J. Baumritter
President
Radin Lighting Sales, Inc.
Lake Worth, Fla.

Clark R. Linstone
Chief Financial Officer
Lamps Plus
Chatsworth, Calif.

 

1999


 

Zia Eftekhar
President
Lightolier a Genlyte Company
Fall River, Mass.

Philip S. Hoefer
Partner
Hoefer/Funsinn Lighting Agency
Lake Oswego, Ore.

Bruce A. Robinson
President
Robinson Lighting
Winnipeg, Man., Canada