I am honored to be your new President for 2023-2024, and I would like to thank Fitz Fitzgerald for his service the last two years! I would also like to acknowledge this year’s new board members: Vice President Scott Hatton, Secretary Topher Lobo, and Managers David Martin and Adam Levine.
We have some great events and programs scheduled for this program year, including, but not limited to the Golf Tournament, the Wally Whitney Product Fair, The Student Design Competition and of course, Lumen West. We also have some programming that should be interesting and engaging that include a conversation with Patrick Quigley, the first winner of the IESLA’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”, a conversation with Jane Slade on night lighting, and a panel discussion on “The Roles in Lighting Specifications” moderated by Scott Hatton.
The Emerging Professionals program has a full and exciting calendar. The LA Lighting Speakers bureau continues to develop into a formidable program that reaches out to young at-risk youth and exposes them to lighting as a purposeful career. And for the first time in several years, we will be offering the Fundamentals of Lighting.
All of this programming would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors! At the Gold Level: Forman & Associates, Lucifer Lighting, Performance Lighting Systems, SCI Lighting, and Western Lighting and Controls. At the Silver level, DSA Lighting and Vode Lighting. At the Bronze level ETC, MPA Lighting, Qtran Lighting, and Contech Lighting, a Leviton Company. At the Studio Level, Creative Engineering Group. We are very grateful to our sponsors.
I would like to switch gears to talk about community involvement, a value that is important to me and the board. Involvement is not merely a matter of participation; it's about engagement and commitment. It's about taking an active role in shaping the future of our IES Section. When we come together to share our knowledge, exchange ideas, and tackle challenges as a community, we unlock new opportunities.
So, if you are not a member, please join us! If you are a member, consider joining a committee or helping to organize an event. Remember, "Many hands make light work."
I genuinely appreciate your support and encourage you to share any ideas you may have as we work together in the upcoming year.