Lutron Electronics Co.’s Vice Chairman John McKiernan was inducted into the American Lighting Assn. (ALA) Hall of Fame during the 2013 Annual Conference, Sept. 22-24, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, TX.
McKiernan is a 40-year lighting industry veteran who joined Lutron in 1973 as assistant to the President; he was promoted to Vice President in 1974 and to his current position in 1990.
“I will accept this award not only for myself but for everyone else who helped me along the way,” McKiernan said in his acceptance speech. “The opportunity to work at Lutron was immense — the chance to build a new product category and work with such wonderful, talented people is a privilege.”
Joel Spira, founder of Lutron, says he is honored to work with McKiernan. “John has always been willing and eager to help anyone inside our company and outside.”
ALA President Dick Upton adds: “Two things need to be said about John — first, he’s everyone’s good friend. Second, he is an excellent businessman. On a personal note, I am happy to be considered one of those friends.”
During his long career, McKiernan has served as Chairman and executive committee member of the Electrification Council; executive committee member of the Board of the National Lighting Bureau; member of the Governor of Pennsylvania’s International Task Force Committee; and Chairman, executive committee member and Board of Governors member of the ALA. He is a lifelong member of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers.
McKiernan has also received the Manufacturer of the Year Award from the National Electrical Manufacturers Representative Assn. as well as the Pillar of the Industry Award from the ALA.