Lighting One lived up to its 2018 convention theme, “Be MORE,” as the organization hosted its annual awards reception June 19 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Dallas.
Gregg Garofalo, President of Lighting One, received the Guiding Light Award from the H Foundation for his commitment toward cancer research. Garofalo will be Guest of Honor at the non-profit’s 18th annual Goombay Bash, to be held in Chicago on Saturday, July 28th at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.
Beginning with 2018, the “Guiding Light Award” will be given annually to an individual who personally exemplifies the leadership qualities that will guide others towards a brighter future in which no one will suffer the hardships of cancer.
“Gregg has become not only an icon and an advocate for us, but for fighting for a cure,” says John Rot, Executive Board President of The H Foundation.
Since its inception in 2001, the non-profit has raised more than $8 million to fund research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, which has earned $50+ million in additional grants that has led to clinical trials for cancer treatments. The first “Guiding Light Award” was presented last year to lighting industry companies Generation Lighting, Hinkley, Kichler, Quoizel, Satco, and WAC Lighting to honor their long-term commitment to the H Foundation and to recognize their consistent and enduring efforts to fund basic science research to find a cure for cancer.
Lighting One’s awards event closed its annual two-day, seminar-packed convention. Nearly 250 industry members gathered to acknowledge other individuals – manufacturers, retailers, and sales representatives – who have made significant contributions across several categories. Honorees Pat Graf of Accent Lighting was recognized as Member of the Year, and Tony Davidson of Kichler was presented with the Supplier Lifetime Achievement Award.
Member Rising Star: Dale Smerglia, Whitmer’s Lighting
Industry Rising Star: Robert Marash, Innovations Lighting
Industry Next Generation: Jake Phillips, Quoizel
Member Next Generation: Todd Director, Connecticut Lighting Centers
Humanitarian Award: Gabriel Trinidad, Lighting Inc.
Member Lifetime Achievement: Larry Edwards, The Light Center
Representative of the Year: Todd Tuchfarber
Supplier of the Year: SATCO/NUVO
“The strength of our independent showrooms lies within our people,” says Gregg Garofalo. “When we come together as one… we show true strength. Our goal at Lighting One is to energize our members and their employees with key core values. With more than 300 locations and thousands of other global division members, we’ve achieved in making our showrooms part of a something greater than themselves.”
The “Be MORE” convention began Monday, June 18 with a focus on the future of retail, the importance of digital marketing, LED technology, and upcoming trends in home initiatives, and concluded with a roundtable-style networking party.
During the event, Lighting One’s national team revealed the future marketing direction of the cooperative. Its revamped website will drive consumers into member showrooms with a user-friendly member locator, as well as highlight the total value of a member’s showroom versus the competition. It will also serve as a platform to feature products exclusively designed with Lighting One vendor partners.
Garofalo adds, “We’re thrilled at the progress we’ve made and look forward to what lies ahead.”