ALA Honors its 2013 Pillars of the Industry
October 1, 2013 - 9:16am
Hunter Fans' David R. Turner, Westinghouse Lighting's Dave Gatto, Lighting Solution Development's David Shiller and Lofings Lighting's Wendy Lofing-Rossotti received awards during the 2013 annual banquet.
From left: David Shiller, Wendy Lofing-Rossotti and David R. Turner

The American Lighting Assn. (ALA) honored its 2013 Pillars of the Industry during the annual conference, Sept. 22-24, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, TX.

Recipients included David R. Turner, Senior Product Manager at Hunter Fans; Dave Gatto, Manager, Product Compliance at Westinghouse Lighting; David Shiller, President of Lighting Solution Development; and Wendy Lofing-Rossotti, Treasurer and co-owner of Lofings Lighting, Sacramento, CA.

ALA’s Pillar of the Industry Awards recognize sales representatives, showrooms and manufacturers for their work to advance the industry and the association during the previous 18 months.

David R. Turner and Dave Gatto were nominated and selected because of the leading role they took in rewriting the Department of Energy’s 75 rules affecting the ceiling fan industry. This was no small task and took hundreds of hours of research.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Turner said in his acceptance speech, “but I’m ready to keep researching and tackling the issue head on.”

David Shiller has served as the co-chair of the ALA Engineering Committee, and was an attendee of both the 2012 Washington, D.C. mission and the ALA-EPA Workshop for LED requirements. He also stopped a fixture light-output test for LED fixtures. In his acceptance speech, Shiller stressed the importance of LED education.

“There’s a price to pay for staying ahead of your customers, but there’s a bigger price to pay for falling behind."

Wendy Lofing-Rossotti has been with her family lighting showroom, Lofings Lighting, since 1985. She was instrumental in establishing a webinar series on key topics for ALA education, was a member of the 2011 Membership Campaign Committee, and served as a moderator for many showroom networking groups. Living and working in California, Lofing-Rossotti is also an instrumental part of the ALA-PAC efforts in the state.

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