Members of the lighting industry dressed in their finest for the 23rd annual ARTS Awards.
The year 2011 was a rough one for everyone in the industry, which makes a night that celebrates the achievements of those whose businesses have stood out as the best in each region especially sweet. The ARTS Awards are co-sponsored by the Accessories Resource Team (ART), the Dallas Market Center (DMC), and several trade magazines.
In the Lighting Fixtures category, Corbett Lighting came away with the top honor once again. In accepting the award, David Littman, president of parent company Hudson Valley Lighting, said, “We work hard at design. Nothing makes us happier than seeing big smiles on our customers’ faces.” He credited Steve Nadell, president of the Troy-CSL division, with guiding Corbett’s design direction.
The Portable Lamps category was won, once more, by Currey & Company. Designer Tom Caldwell addressed the crowd, confiding, “I’m so proud to accept this award. It’s not just great-looking product, but [our success comes from] a lot of people behind the scenes.”
The winner of the International Retailer category, which was surprisingly comprised of all lighting-based retailers, was Spectro Lighting Group in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. “It is amazing to be here,” said company owner Luis Jose Jacabo. “We are privileged to express the magnitude of our gratitude.”
In fact, the ARTS Awards is known for embodying a sense of camaraderie and celebration of the industry as a whole. Greg Unthank, of the family-owned Valley Lighting Gallery in Arizona and the winner of the best lighting showroom in the West, began his acceptance speech by giving a shout out of appreciation to his competition. He also thanked his father, Donald, who founded the Valley Lighting Gallery. “He taught me the value of a handshake. I’d also like to thank my showroom team. I’m [thankful] to work with the best team in lighting. I’d also like to thank the people I do business with and my wife, who has taught me love and laughter.”
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