Residential Lighting Announces 2012 Industry Leadership Award Nominees
August 2, 2012 - 4:01pm
The winner, who will be chosen by Residential Lighting readers, will be announced at the American Lighting Assn. Conference in September in Scottsdale, AZ.
Sergio Orozco, David Director, Robert Newell and Ye Chung
(From left) Industry Leadership Award nominees Sergio Orozco, David Director, Robert Newell and Ye Chung

Residential Lighting recently announced the nominees for this year's Industry Leadership Award, an annual award the magazine gives to recognize an individual for their service to the lighting industry. 

This year's nominees are Ye Chung, President and owner of Dale Tiffany; David Director, President of Connecticut Lighting Centers; Robert Newell of Robert Newell Lighting Design and Sergio Orozco of Sergio Orozco Designs.

A pioneer in Tiffany lighting, Chung was the first to mass produce Tiffany-style products, which had previously only been available through small workshops. This allowed the category to grow substantially and created a broader audience for handcrafted art glass products.

”Mr. Chung created a classification of lighting from a once cottage craft industry,” says Neil Graves of Tri-State Sales. ”Dale Tiffany is still recognized as the leading brand.”

A lifelong member of the lighting industry, Director serves as President of Connecticut Lighting Centers, which was started by his parents, Arthur and Edythe, in 1972. Over the past 31 years, Director has been a leader in both ALA and his local community. 

Art Langlais of the Langlais Group says he chose to nominate Director because of his recent successful efforts to get a favorable rebate for independent lighting retailers in Connecticut. “He did this for the benefit of the Connecticut lighting industry and paid 100 percent of the costs from his own pocket,” Langlais says. “I doubt his competitors have any idea what he did for them. He is truly a supporter of the lighting industry, not just of his own success.”

An accomplished member of the Intl. Assn. of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Newell is an experienced lighting designer who has worked on a variety of projects, from single-family homes to 600,000-square-foot corporate facilities. A frequent guest lecturer for IESNA and many university design programs, Newell is also a staff instructor at the Philips Application Center in Somerset, NJ. 

“Robert has done and continues to do a lot of wonderful work in the residential market,” Jesco Marketing Manager Andrij Burchak says. “He has always been a fantastic lighting design resource for his clients.”

Award-winning designer Orozco studied music for 18 years before turning to design, creating a wide array of products including furniture, accessories, lighting and ceiling fans. 

Hinkley Lighting President Rick Wiedemer says Orozco has touched many product lines over the years, including Hinkley’s. “Sergio has years of experience designing products for several key providers while coordinating with many factories,” Wiedemer says. “His passion for consumer trends and demands makes his designs right on point at all times.”

The winner will be chosen by Residential Lighting readers in an online vote and announced during this year's American Lighting Assn. Annual Conference, Sept. 9-11 in Scottsdale, AZ. To vote, please visit the online form before July 31. 


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