Ira Phillips was one of our industry’s most-respected members and I always admired him for some of his great marketing programs. Along with the rest of the lighting industry, I mourn his loss.
I am saddened to hear of Ira’s passing. He was truly a pillar in our industry and will be sadly missed.
Ira was a master who wove together sharp business acumen and warm personal relationships. Condolences to the Phillips family, and to Ira’s large extended family in the lighting industry.
I’m hesitant to extend condolences as I’d truly rather extend celebration for the immense joy, love, light, and many gifts Ira brought to his family and friends. You were abundantly blessed! Here’s a toast to you, Ira!
“Ira was a good guy and a good friend,” notes Murray Feiss, founder of the lighting company that bears his name. “In some regards we were competitors, but we worked together on various committees to make the industry better. Ira was my partner, along with Fred Glassman [Fredrick Ramond] in founding 4 Star at the Dallas Market. I will miss him.”
As a member of the Lighting Hall of Fame, Ira was widely recognized as an innovator in our industry and the patriarchal leader of his company. Ira was a mentor to many and always a friendly competitor; good for a bit of advice, a resounding laugh, or to loan us a depleted item from our bar. I cherish the personal relationship I had with him for many years.
“When you talk about the lighting industry and the people who built it, Ira Philips is always mentioned. He was a pillar and an icon. His name is synonymous with the lighting industry. “The impact that Ira Philips made on the lighting industry is remarkable. Through his vivacious personality and personal sales ability and grit, Ira helped put the lighting industry on the map. He was always forward-thinking and helped ALA in every endeavor over the years including the launch of ALA’s BiNational Advertising and PR program. As a member of the ALA Lighting Hall of Fame, Ira is in elite company,” Jacobson remarks. “He had a deep love and affection for the people in his life, and was truly happy sharing his opinions and helping others along the way. The lighting industry will never forget his legacy of service and commitment, and his smile and energy will be missed.”