“Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Ron have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor,” the B-K Lighting team says. “Ron leaves behind a powerful legacy deeply ingrained in the culture and purpose of our industry. His spirit will forever be a vast part of the foundation of B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination.”
“It is a painful loss to the organization and the industry," says Becky Carlson, Marketing Manager at B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination. "Ron was an exceptional leader and visionary in the lighting industry. We have lost a good friend and inspiring mentor but are up and running full steam ahead. This is how Ron would have wanted it.”
Naus also served a short tenure as the IALD Education Trust President and inspired his board of directors in their fiduciary role to support lighting education by promoting the notion of "doing good even better" with metrics and accountability. In his honor, the IALD and the IALD Education Trust hope to continue to build on his momentum and to fulfill his major wish: to build a sustainable endowment for the IALD Education Trust.
Naus was an inspiration to both the IALD and IALD Education Trust boards, and such a convincing champion for lighting education that at its May meeting, the IALD Board of Directors approved a $100,000 allocation to the Trust. At the IALD Education Trust Benefit Dinner on June 4, IALD President Barbara Horton, FIALD, announced that the IALD Board of Directors wanted to make the donation in Naus' memory.
Doug Hagen, owner of B-K Lighting+TEKA Illumination, pledged to match IALD's donation of $100,000 USD over five years to establish the Ron Naus Memorial Fund.
Naus is survived by his wife, Danielle, and his two children, Christian and Kai.
B-K Lighting + TEKA Illumination is establishing an account for college donations for Naus’ sons. For more information, contact Dionna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.