The annual ALA Conference brings together members of the industry in a comfortable, non-competitive environment for furthering education, as well as renewing acquaintances and making new friends.
Trade shows are always so bustling with activity, there never seems to be enough time to chat with peers about common challenges, sit in on an educational session, or investigate new sources as thoroughly as one would like. The networking functions, seminars, and manufacturers’ exhibit hall at the ALA Conference provided ample opportunity to do all of these things.
. Exchanging ideas at the Welcome Reception are (from left to right) manufacturers Robert Marash of Innovations Lighting, Ed Kolb of Quorum, Brad Smith and Lee Nemeth of ELK Group International.
It was the first ALA Conference for Amy Freeman and Seana Ruppert of the Dallas Market Center
The ALA Conference provides the chance for retailers to spend quality time with their vendors in a relaxed setting. From left to right: Neil Fleischer, Cindy and David Director of Connecticut Lighting Centers with SATCO’s Bill Gilden and Brian Brandes.
The manufacturers’ exhibit hall allowed manufacturers who are new to the ALA audience to introduce themselves and their product line, such as Canadian company Standard Electric.
friends to catch up. From left to right: Bruce Nelson, Rick Spicer and Clark Linstone of Pacific Coast Lighting, and Ace Rosenstein, publisher of enLIGHTenment and Contract Lighting magazines.
Scott Zimmer (left), President of Z-Lite, welcomes Ty Fobare, the company’s new National Sales Manager, to the ALA Conference. Fobare echoed the sentiment of the family atmosphere pervasive at the Conference. “We’re a family-owned manufacturer and we like that there are a lot of family-owned showrooms here,” he remarked.
Keeping the membership up to date on technological breakthroughs is Terry McGowan, ALA’s Director of Engineering. His wife, Charlotte, joined in the fun during the gala dinner.