During the official ceremony at this month’s ALA Conference, the recipients will talk about their backgrounds in the industry, but we took a fun approach to revealing what you don’t know about this year’s honorees.

The Pillar of the Industry awards recognize three ALA members – one for each category served by the ALA (manufacturers’ representatives, retail showrooms, and manufacturers) for their unique and meaningful service to advance the lighting industry plus the ALA’s program and mission during the previous 18 months. The award recipients are nominated by ALA members and the ALA staff and are selected by the ALA Awards Committee.

Q. If I weren’t in lighting, my career would be

A. Less illuminating.

Q. The best business advice someone in the lighting industry gave me

A. Don’t be afraid of hearing no. “No” doesn’t always mean no…it sometimes means, “Try another way.”

Q. The toughest challenge I faced working in this industry

A. Continuing to reinvent what we do to be better.

Q. The best personal advice a family member gave me that I try to apply to my life

A. Do today what others won’t so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.

Q. My favorite part of being in the lighting industry

A. Every day is something new.

Q. I knew I was going to make it in this industry when

A. I’m still not convinced that I have what it takes to make it in this industry. I take it day by day.

Q. I will retire when

A. I don’t expect to be able to retire.