Ber Inducted Into Lighting Hall of Fame
 

The American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Annual Conference at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas culminated in a ceremony to induct Michael Ber, CLC, President of Lighting Inc., New Orleans, into the Lighting Hall of Fame. Ber received a plaque commemorating his status from Rick Wiedemer (left), President of Hinkley Lighting and Past Chair of the ALA Awards Committee, and his photo will be displayed in the Lighting Hall of Fame at the Dallas Trade Mart.

 

A second-generation ALA member, Ber has nearly 40 years of industry experience and has been active in the organization since the early 1970s, when it was known as the American Home Lighting Institute.

His multiple ALA leadership roles include serving as Chair of the Board of Directors, Showroom Division, in 1987 and Chair of the Board of Governors in 2005. He was also named Lighting Person of the Year in 1987.

Ber attended his first ALA Conference in 1975 and has since helped plan several conferences, chairing the Annual Conference Committees in 1982 and 2003 and the Long-Range Conference Planning Committee from 1995 to 2002. He also successfully led the drive to expand the ALA’s BiNational Advertising and PR Program financially to more than $500,000.

He currently serves on the ALA Long-Range Annual Conference Planning Committee and the Finance Committee.

In his acceptance speech, Ber credited the association’s ongoing progress to the dedicated staff that came on board starting in 1993, when the association changed from being run by an outside management company to its current Dallas-based team. “They make not only what I do, but what others do easier,” he said.

Ber said the programs ALA has provided, with membership support, have enabled showrooms to stay informed and keep customers abreast of changes that affect them. “We must all be vigilant,” he said. “You never know what legislation in a city or state might affect not just your business, but every ALA member.”

 

Lighting Hall of Fame Members

Judy Anderson
Illumination Systems Inc.

Michael Ber
Lighting Inc.

Nelson J. Bleisch
Thomas Lighting

William F. Blitzer
Lightolier

William K. Branham, Sr.
The Brecher Co.

Burton A. Burton *
Casablanca Fan Co.

Arthur Director, CLC
Connecticut Lighting

Murray Feiss
Murray Feiss Lighting

Gerald Fleischer *
Hermitage Lighting Gallery

Harry L. Gilham, Jr.
Georgia Lighting

Philip S. Hoefer
Hoefer/Funsinn Lighting Agency

Ray Huizinga *
Huizinga Sales Co.

Stanley D. Johnston, CLC
Johnston Lighting Assoc.

Sam Minoff
Kichler

Ira H. Phillips
Quoizel Inc.

Larry K. Powers
Philips Business Unit, Professional Luminaires North America (formerly The Genlyte Group)

Bruce A. Robinson
Robinson Lighting

Andrew Schonbek
Schonbek Worldwide Lighting Inc.

Edwin N. Solomon *
Sea Gull Lighting Products Inc.

Susan Solomon-Auerbach
Generation Brands

Dennis Swanson
Lamps Plus

Bill Teiber *
Bill Teiber Co.

David Weisberg
Affiliated Distributors

* Deceased

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