enLIGHTenment Magazine is proud to present the recipients of our annual awards honoring those individuals in our industry who have been nominated by their peers for leading by example, standing out in their field, and inspiring others.
How did you enter the lighting industry?
My father was in the lighting industry when I was young in my home country, so I followed in his footsteps. I would like to give credit to Sam Bernstein, who was my original partner. He was sincere and greatly contributed to our growth in many ways, until he passed away in 1987.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen?
The Internet has been one of the greatest changes in the lighting industry, from communication/email, the web, information sharing, etc., and will continue to be a change in the industry for some time. And in one other word – CHINA.
What has been the key to your success?
The support from my wife Sofie, now deceased, who was my biggest supporter; plus perseverance, hard work, and the next generations of Cohens and Bernsteins joining Artcraft with added youth and energy.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out?
Nothing really other than my own desire to succeed.
Where do you see your business in the next 5 to 10 years?
Continued growth in the volume of business performed because of good management.