The American Lighting Assn.  (ALA) presented its Pillar of the Industry Awards during the Annual Banquet gala to close the 2010 Conference at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The awards recognize up to three ALA members (one sales representative, one showroom and one manufacturer) for their meaningful service to advancing the industry and the association during the previous 18 months.
This year’s recipients were (pictured from left) Alan Colker, President of Alco Lighting Sales Inc.  in Richmond, VA; Rick Seidman, President and CEO of Quoizel Inc. ; and Jack Fleischer, CLC®, President of Hermitage Lighting Gallery  in Nashville, TN.
Colker has supported the ALA educational program by hosting more than 25 regional seminars for his showroom customers of the past 14 years, including three in the last year and a half. He is also an active membership recruiter, serving on several ALA membership campaigns, and a supporter of the ALA BiNational Advertising and PR Program.
In his acceptance speech, Colker thanked Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IE, former ALA Director of Education and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky School of Interior Design, who has led his most recent regional seminars “for bringing outstanding educational opportunities to all in our industry and association.”
Seidman serves as Chair of the ALA Manufacturers’ Sales Survey Task Force and was instrumental to the survey’s development and successful launch in 2009. He helped secure participation from more than 50 member manufacturers and continues to address survey issues as they arise. Seidman has also served as Chair of the ALA Annual Conference Long Range Planning Committee since 2008, was a member of the Governors Nominating Committee in 2008 and 2009, and has been a member of the Manufacturers Council since 2007.
“I truly feel fortunate that I’ve made a career in the lighting industry,” Seidman said in his speech, recognizing his own family as well as Quoizel’s iconic owner Ira Phillips and the “wonderful family” that had nurtured him since he started at the company in 1989.
Fleischer’s active involvement in government affairs includes serving as Chair of the ALA Political Action Committee (ALA-PAC). He participated in ALA’s critical lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., in 2006 and 2009 and has been a member of the ALA Government Affairs Committee since 2006. He has also served on the Electronic Technology Committee since 2001 and the Annual Conference Long Range Planning Committee since 2008, and he was a member of the 2010 Annual Conference Committee. He was even a runner-up in this year’s ALA membership campaign, recruiting nine new members.
“My participation with ALA has given me tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth,” Fleischer said in his acceptance speech, looking quite fit as he had recently completed the Ironman Louisville in Kentucky. “And one of the finest treasures of being involved is my lifelong friendships.”
Fleischer also received a Pillar of the Industry Award in 2004, and his late father Gerald Fleischer, CLC, was inducted into the Lighting Hall of Fame in 2001.