enLIGHTenment – The Lighting Industry Trade Publication

LEADER Retailer: Ric Jolie- Benson’s Lighting...

How did you enter the lighting industry? While in college in the early 1970s with the goal of attending law school, I came to that proverbial “fork in the road”…and, as Yogi Berra directed…I took it! I had been doing side work as a discotheque DJ...

LEADER Manufacturer:Todd Teiber- Craftmade

How did you enter the lighting industry? I was born into the lighting industry. My dad, Bill Teiber, was a manufacturers’ rep and importer in the residential lighting business.  As a young boy I tagged along with my dad when he called on...

LEGEND Sales Rep: BJ Ferber Bill Ferber &...

How did you enter the lighting industry? I learned a lot about the home furnishings business from my dad, Bill Ferber, Sr., who established his own rep firm and had a permanent showroom in the Dallas Market Center for many years. However I entered...

LEGEND Sales Rep; Howard Ketzner Ketzner...

How did you enter the lighting industry? In 1975, I interviewed at Angelo Brothers Co. (now Westinghouse) and was hired as a sales representative. My primary customers were lamp shops, lighting showrooms, and small regional chain stores. I made many...

LEGEND Retailer: Craig Barre Arrow Lighting

How did you get your start in the industry? At age 14, I asked the owner of Arrow Lamp and Lighting in Larchmont, NY, for a job sweeping the floor and cleaning the chandeliers. That was back in 1969 and I continued working there through high school...

LEGEND Manufacturer: Albert Cohen & (the...

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...

Big Things, Small Package

Measuring less than 2,000 square feet, Patdo Light Studio is “more than [customers] will ever need” to find just the right lighting for their project. Overhearing Mari-Lou Nania consult with a couple about lighting selection at Patdo Light Studio is...

Mark-Okun-enlightenment

Reduce Retail Friction

From the title, you may think this article is about a new type of grease or lubricant, but it is not. It’s about making it easy for our customer base to shop with us both in our brick and mortar and our online businesses. This new term “friction”...

RepZio Signs its 500th Client at High Point Market

RepZio Signs its 500th Client at High Point Market RepZio, the Florida-based technology company that offers the lighting and home furnishings industries a mobile sales solution, has signed its 500th client, The Phillips Collection, during the 2017...

Bulbrite Hosts Bike Build Challenge, Donates Bikes

Bulbrite Hosts Bike Build Challenge, Donates Bikes Moonachie, N.J.-based BULBRITE recently hosted a company-wide Bike Building Contest resulting in the donation of five children’s bicycles to the town of Moonachie and children in need. All Bulbrite...

Focus Industries Welcomes Howard Ma as Product...

Focus Industries Welcomes Howard Ma as Product Manager Lake Forest, Calif.-based Focus Industries Inc. has hired Howard Ma as its new Product Manager. He will be responsible for all product line development with the support of Focus Industries...

New Showroom Buildings Set to Debut in High Point

New Showroom Buildings Set to Debut in High Point

When High Point Market opens on April 22, a long list of home furnishings exhibitors will debut new addresses and refreshed spaces. “We’re witnessing the largest expansion of showroom space in 10 years,” says Tom Conley, President & CEO of the...

Seoul Semiconductor

Seoul Semiconductor Files LED Patent Infringement...

Korean manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany in the District Court of Düsseldorf against Mouser Electronics Inc. (“Mouser”), a global electronic components distributor, asserting infringement...

ALA to Launch Ceiling Fan Specialist Certification

Thanks to a small group of industry professionals, there will soon be two specialized education programs focused on ceiling fans for installers as well as retail salespeople The Hawaiian islands are often considered to be a modern-day paradise, but...

Editors Note: April 2017

How “Smart” Are You? Those keypad home alarm systems have been around for a really long time now, yet can you believe only 15 percent of American homes are armed with security systems? And out of that number, 54 percent of owners surveyed revealed...