Fanimation  President Nathan Frampton (pictured, with Residential Lighting  Publisher and Editorial Director Laura Van Zeyl) took home Residential Lighting’s 2011 Industry Leadership Award at the American Lighting Assn.’s  (ALA) Annual Conference in Palm Beach, FL, on Sept. 13.
“It’s been an honor to be recognized alongside these iconic and well-deserving nominees,” Frampton said in his acceptance speech. “In my view, this award is a testament to the hard work of Fanimation employees, sales representatives and loyal customers, both past and present.”
Frampton has worked in the fan business for over 20 years, and took over as Fanimation’s President in 2007. He is also a second-generation member of the company, which was founded by his father, Tom, to whom Frampton credits much of his success.
“The person that is most critical to the success of Fanimation is our founder and CEO, my father Tom Frampton,” he said in his speech. “My dad without question has played a major role in the evolution of the ceiling fan industry. In my book, he is already in the lighting hall of fame.”
Frampton, an ALA-certified Lighting Specialist, is very active in the industry, having been recently appointed to the Dallas Market Center’s  Lighting Board of Governors. He is also a part of ALA’s Government Affairs committee and Political Action Committee (PAC), and used his speech to emphasize the importance of both.
“It would be much better if the PAC, government affairs committee and ALA staff spent less time talking about getting consent to contact forms signed and raising funds and spent even more time fine tuning our message to Congress and our strategy for getting rid of bad legislation,” Frampton said. “As [ALA President and CEO Dick Upton] often reminds us, ‘We are either at the table or on the menu.’ Right now, we are at the table and we need to do everything in our power to stay at the table and expand our presence.”
Frampton also spoke about the importance of change in his speech, and thanked his friends in the industry, Shelley and Dirk Wald of WAC Lighting  and Cathy Choi of Bulbrite , for their support. Both Choi and Shelley Wald have previously received this award.
The Residential Lighting Industry Leadership Award recognizes individuals who exemplify leadership and service to their organizations and the industry at large. Nominees were announced in the August issue of Residential Lighting, and readers chose the winner by popular vote, which was done online for the first time. Past recipients of the award include Quoizel  President Rick Seidman, Fredrick Ramond  founder Fred Glassman and Generation Brands  Executive Vice President Susan Solomon-Auerbach.