The 2018 ALA Annual Conference
will be held Sept. 24 – 26 in Asheville,
N.C., at the Omni Grove Park Inn.
Registration for the event is open
now at ALAConference.com. The
link to reserve a hotel room is
also available at the conference
website. This year’s event location
is at one of the most popular Omni
properties in the country, known for
its beautiful scenery and luxurious
accommodations. ALA members
planning to attend the event are
encouraged to book their hotel
rooms as early as possible.
Member Volunteers Help Raise
Funds for ALA Education Foundation
Through raffle ticket sales and proceeds from the Conference sports activities,
$10,560 was raised for the ALA Education Foundation. ALA member volunteers
were key to the fundraising success during the event.
The raffle prize winners were:
John Deininger - $500 VISA Gift Card
Pamela Willis - $500 VISA Gift Card
Michael Estrin - $1,000 VISA Gift Card
The ALA Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation established
to support the association’s educational programs, and tasked to ensure
the programs are as relevant, up-to-date and as convenient as possible
for members to access. ALA-member support ensures the association’s
membership has access to the top training in the residential lighting industry.
ALA Launches Women in the
Industry Group During Conference
On the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 12, the association hosted its inaugural event
for the newly established Women in the Industry group. During the event,
the women attending conference enjoyed a private reception, where they
networked and heard an inspiring kick-off speech from Littman Brands Vice
President of Sales and Marketing Kellee Hammond.
The group was created as a way for women in the lighting industry interested
in networking and connecting to share ideas, experiences and tips, with the
goal of enhancing each other’s careers and the industry as a whole.
ALA staff liaisons to the group will be Amy Wommack, communications
manager; and Liz Ware, program manager. A Facebook group has been created
for the group, and emails will be sent out with future meeting dates and
events. To be added to the Facebook group, members may email Liz Ware at
ALA Young Executives Announces
Group Book Study
During the Annual Conference in Vancouver,
ALA Young Executives Committee Chair
William Senofsky, regional sales director at
LED Inspirations, announced the group’s
first book study activity. The book study,
designed to unite the members of ALA’s
young executives group to further
enhance their careers and positively
impact the industry, will focus on
“ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
by Steven R. Covey.
In Vancouver, Senofsky spoke to
the Young Executives group about
guiding the members into a growth
mindset. “A growth mindset is believing
that your skill, abilities and intellect can
be grown through hard work and dedication,” explains
Senofsky. “This mindset creates a love for learning and a resilience that is
essential for great success. It is our hope this book study will guide us as we
learn and grow into the future leaders of this industry.”
To support this book study activity, the Young Executives group will be hosting
eight webinar-style meetings throughout the year for participants to discuss
what they are learning. During the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in Asheville,
N.C., Sept. 24-26, the group will meet for a final presentation and discussion.
Additional details on reading assignments and meeting times will be sent out
to members via email.
ALA is providing free copies of the book for the study. All ALA members under
the age of 40, or those interested in helping support the younger leaders in
the industry, are welcome to participate in this study. Those wishing to obtain
a copy of “ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” may contact ALA Marketing
Manager Raelle Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and
ALA Conference attendees meet during the inaugural Women in the Industry event. This new group is designed for women in the lighting industry to network, connect and share ideas, experiences and tips, with the goal of enhancing each other’s
careers and the industry as a whole.