The year 2014 is off to a great start with lighting manufacturers during celebrating landmark anniversaries, company parties, and sales awards at the Dallas Market Center.
At left, Craftmade president Todd Teiber raises a glass to toast the retirement of Bob Hinson (right) with Bob’s wife Dixie (center). Hinson has worked with Teiber for more than 30 years, starting at Teiber’s family firm, which was later acquired by Craftmade.
Karen Lang of Hinsdale Lighting in Hinsdale, Ill., congratulates Cameron Cole of Legrand on the company’s permanent showroom at the Dallas Market Center during the company’s welcome party.
Mario Gonzalez, vp/marketing for Legrand North America, welcomes rep Lars Bostrom, CLMR, of Bostrom Lighting Sales in NC, to the controls manufacturer’s new showroom.
During a Lighting One party, hosted by Artcraft Lighting, Scott Cohen presents Carrie Arnold of Phillips Lighting & Home with the new iPad she won during a drawing.
Rep David Stark (at left) of Lighting Concepts International in Arizona catches up with Lynn Prince of The Prince Agency outside of the newly renamed Elements showroom (formerly Hemisphere).
Larry Braunstein (second from left) of Larry Braunstein Lighting Sales in Sarasota, Fla., received the Sales Rep of the Year award from Crystorama Lighting’s Brad Kleinberg, Nancy Lonoff, and Ryan Ranzino for his outstanding efforts.
Hubbardton Forge CEO Bob Dillon, national residential sales manager Bruce Hathaway, and vp/sales & marketing Steve Rice celebrated with customers during the company’s 40th anniversary party.
Daniella Fleischer of Hermitage Lighting Gallery in Nashville celebrates her win at Blackjack during Casablanca Fan’s Casino Night.
Fred and Jilla Farzan, founders of Nora Lighting, and their daughter Neda, welcome customers to the company’s 25th anniversary party.
Admiring the new displays for merchandising bulbs is Julian Frank of Light Bulbs Unlimited in San Diego (center) with Alan Karen, Satco’s vp/sales, and Florida rep Billy Hibbard.
Barry, Sam, and Roy Minoff of Kichler Lighting toasted to long-time employee Linda Wintersteller’s retirement after 40 years with the company. Linda started as a temp with Kichler while in high school, and chose a full-time job with Kichler as her career – a decision she said she has never regretted.
One of the best-kept secrets of domestic manufacturing is Salt Lake City-based Hammerton. Founded by metalsmith Levi Wilson (at right) in 1995, the company had previously shown its high-end custom designs at High Point Market years ago. This year Wilson opened a permanent Dallas Market Center showroom to debut its more affordable Studio line for lighting showrooms.
At the entrance of the Casablanca showroom, John Gerber of Casablanca and Kevin Liu of KTR Associates in NJ handed out $3,000 in Casablanca Cash[redeemable for big savings on orders] for retailers to gamble with during its Casino Night.
Markets are a great time to reminisce. At the Quoizel showroom, Klaff’s CEO Joe Klaff Passero of Klaff’s (right) in Norwalk, Ct., recalled going to his first lighting show (in Reno), where he had lost a good portion of his buying money to the casino and Ira Phillips, then president of Quoizel, offered him $500 to make up for his loss. (Passero didn’t take him up on his offer.)
At the time this photo was taken, California rep Doug Glassman and his wife, Jennifer, were toasting to Hubbardton Forge’s 40th anniversary. One day later, he received the ARTS Award for best sales rep in the West. He also received the top Sales Award from Modern Forms.