May 2017

Eric Jacobson, CAE
President and CEO
American Lighting Association
ALA is conducting more than 18 committee, board and foundation meetings, as well as a number of educational offerings during Lightovation, June 21-24. We have scheduled the following two seminars in the ALA Seminar/Meeting center: How Consumers Shop for Lighting and Improving Lighting and Health for the Aging Population.

ALA is also partnering with the Dallas Market Center to offer a series of connected lighting seminars:
  • Your Customer is Ready for the Smart Home
  • Lighting's Role in the Internet of Things
  • Collaboration and the Connected Home
The connected lighting day seminars will be held in Trade Mart 4804, Light + Technology Center. For a list of seminars and registration information,  click here .

Make sure to stop by the ALA booth on the fourth floor of the Trade Mart during the event. This year, we will have a fun, interactive booth display you won't want to miss. 

The ALA Young Executives is group co-hosting an event with the ART Under 40 group and the Dallas Market Center. All industry members under the age of 40 are encouraged to attend Beers With Peers on Thurs., June 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Trade Mart. This year's event will feature refreshments, peer networking and a creative photo op.

With many ALA showroom members up for the Showroom of the Year Awards, sponsored by Lighting & Decor magazine and the Dallas Market Center, we encourage all members to attend the event to celebrate the finalists and honor the winners. The awards presentation will be held in the Loft 4 area on the 4th floor of the Dallas Trade Mart, Wed., June 21 at 6 p.m. To see a list of Showroom of the Year finalists,  click here.
ALA Annual Conference
Sept. 10-12, 2017
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Momentum is continuing to build for the ALA Annual Conference in Vancouver, B.C.

The ALA Conference is the year's one opportunity for manufacturers, retail showrooms, and manufacturers' representative members to learn and network together in a positive environment.

With the continued success of LED lighting and our new connected world, the ALA Conference is the perfect place to rejuvenate, grow your business, and learn from the top speakers and leaders in the lighting industry. 

To view the ALA Conference program,  click here.

Passport Needed - Everyone (children included) attending the ALA Conference in Vancouver MUST have a valid passport to enter Canada.

ALA Washington, D.C. Fly-in

Twenty ALA members and staff descended onto Washington, D.C. May 17-18 for the association's annual fly-in.

ALA met with 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 8 members of the U.S. Senate, as well as with officials from the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, Americans for Affordable Products Coalition, Energy Star, and Appliance Standards Awareness Project.

In our meetings, ALA conveyed our support of Marketplace Fairness Act legislation; Tax Reform, without the inclusion of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) language; EPCA reform; and legislation to exempt LEDs from the External Power Supply rule.

Member companies can support ALA's efforts to combat the Border Adjustment Tax by joining the Americans for Affordable Products Coalition.
(From Left) Eric Wiedemer, Hinkley Lighting; Michael Estrin, Estrin Sales Agency;
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Eric Jacobson, ALA; Terry McGowan, ALA; and Larry King, Capital Lighting; meet to discuss issues affecting the industry.
Showroom Performance & Profitability Report

ALA is collecting data from member showrooms to compile the Showroom Performance & Profitability Report. This is a free member service, which will allow ALA to develop a financial benchmarking report. 

The report will cover 2016 data, and will emphasize actions members can take to improve showroom results and business success in clear, understandable steps. To participate, please complete the survey, which can be downloaded here. By completing the survey, showrooms members will receive:

  • Showroom Performance & Profitability Report - A financial operating profile of all participating members.
  • Profit Improvement Profile - A confidential report sent directly to you comparing your firm with similar participating firms. Many firms take this report to the bank to discuss loans and lines of credit.
  • Profit Dashboard - An online financial analysis and planning tool exclusively for participants.
ALA Lighting Magazine - Best Issue Yet

The 2017 Lighting magazine is receiving rave reviews by the ALA membership. The heavier cover stock, whiter pages and expanded magazine showcases the innovation and design of lighting, ceiling fan and control products. The magazine also focuses on driving consumers to ALA-member showrooms to utilize their knowledge, resources and expertise. I want to also give special thanks to the advertisers who make this magazine possible. You may view the digital edition of the magazine here . Shipments of Lighting magazine have been received by showroom members. If you have not received your shipment, or if you want to place an order, contact Amy Wommack.

EU Environment Conference

Steve Andrews of the UK Government will be the main speaker at the EU Environment Conference hosted by the Commerce Department Mon., June 12, starting at 9:15 a.m. and running until 12:15 p.m. There is a great deal going on with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive with scope reviews and the addition of new substances. Andrews will discuss updates to the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and the EU’s new Circular Economy program. There will be a section on the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals) regulation at the conference. To register (admission is free), contact Bob Straetz at the Commerce Department at or at 202-482-4496. Please respond by Thurs., June 8 to reserve a place.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in the association and our efforts to enhance the industry. I look forward to seeing everyone in June.


Eric Jacobson, CAE
President and CEO
American Lighting Association