At the 2013 Annual Conference, Sept. 22-24, near Austin, TX, American Lighting Assn. (ALA) President Dick Upton announced that he will be retiring.
“Tomorrow is more important than yesterday,” Upton said to the ALA membership during the opening breakfast. “One of the most important tasks will be finding my replacement. It’s time for me and it’s time for ALA.”
Upton will stay in office through 2014, with a transition period planned for January to July 2015. A task force has been appointed and has already delivered its first report, with the next expected in January. Upton is supporting the task force and says he is willing to stay engaged in ALA in some reduced role.
Upton assures the ALA membership that no one has asked him to leave and that his health is fine, but that after a 56-year career, it’s time for him to move on.
Business will continue as usual while the search for Upton’s successor continues in 2014.