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Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda Meets with President Obama to Talk about LED Lighting

Today, Chuck Swoboda, CEO of Cree, a manufacturer of LED products, joined President Obama at the White House to discuss the latest developments in energy-efficient technologies. Swoboda and seven other…

Today, Chuck Swoboda, CEO of Cree, a manufacturer of LED products, joined President Obama at the White House to discuss the latest developments in energy-efficient technologies. Swoboda and seven other CEOs representing American companies were invited to meet with President Obama to discuss American innovation in areas such as clean energy and the potential benefits to the U.S. economy.

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After the meeting, the President said: “I just had a meeting with the CEOs of some of the most innovative energy companies in America to talk about growth and progress of a sector that represents a big piece of America’s economic future. It’s men and women like these who will help lead us out of this recession and into a better future. My job–and our job as a government–is to do whatever we can to unleash the great generative powers of the American economy by encouraging their efforts. And when you hear the innovation that’s taking place–everything from LED lighting that can save a huge amount on energy costs to new concrete materials … That gets you excited about the future.”

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People: Visa Promotes Dan Schwade

Dan Schwade’s strong design and communication skills have earned him a promotion from CAD Specialist to Jr. Applications Engineer at Visa Lighting’s Applications group.

Dan Schwade’s strong design and communication skills have earned him a promotion from CAD Specialist to Jr. Applications Engineer at Visa Lighting’s Applications group.

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Howard Brandston Defends The Incandescent Lamp

“If someone really wanted to do a green household, they could use dimmers, they could use occupancy sensors to turn off the lights in case they forgot to. Control of…

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“If someone really wanted to do a green household, they could use dimmers, they could use occupancy sensors to turn off the lights in case they forgot to. Control of the light is really the most energy efficient way to gain benefit.”

–Howard Brandston

LightNOW says: Amen, brother!

Click here to read this interview with Howard Brandston by The New York Times green blog.

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People: Hubbell Promotes Foley and Paul

Hubbell Lighting, Inc. has promoted Bill Foley to Vice President and General Manager for both Kim Lighting and Architectural Area Lighting in a newly created combined position. Foley, who joined…

Hubbell Lighting, Inc. has promoted Bill Foley to Vice President and General Manager for both Kim Lighting and Architectural Area Lighting in a newly created combined position. Foley, who joined Kim Lighting in 2007, was previously Vice President and General Manager of Kim Lighting.

Meanwhile, in other Hubbell news, M.J. Paul has been named VP, Brand Management for Architectural Area Lighting. Previously, he was Director of Marketing for Kim Lighting and prior to that served as Marketing Manager for Prescolite. I know M.J. personally as a great guy and I wish him well.

By the way, if your surfing Hubbell sometime, check out the website for the lighting division’s parent company, Hubbell; the opening sequence on the website hits a rousing note with music and a virtual commercial for the company’s electrical lines.

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People: Trively of Lutron and McCartney of Selux Pass Away

Selux Corporation has announced that John McCartney passed away on March 27 at the age of 57. He was employed at Holophane for over 31 years, where he had the…

Selux Corporation has announced that John McCartney passed away on March 27 at the age of 57. He was employed at Holophane for over 31 years, where he had the position of Director of Sourcing. Since February 2008, John had been working with the Selux Corporation in Highland, New York as a plant manager. He leaves behind his wife Kimberly and their three sons.

Lutron Electronics has announced that Paul H. Trively passed away on April 9, 2009 at the age of 62. He was VP of Specification Sales at Lutron and had worked for the company for 41 years. He was also active in industry organizations. He is survived by Linda Trively, his wife of 41 years; daughter Jacqueline, wife of Terence Ruszin; son Paul Trively III; brother George Trively Jr. and his wife Elaine; and grandchildren William Trively and Victoria Ruszin.

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Tanteri + Associates Moves to Irvington-On-Hudson

Matthew Tanteri, IES, IALD Educator, Principal of Tanteri + Associates, LLC recently wrote to me to let me know that his consulting firm has moved to new offices at One…

Matthew Tanteri, IES, IALD Educator, Principal of Tanteri + Associates, LLC recently wrote to me to let me know that his consulting firm has moved to new offices at One Bridge Street, Suite 72, Irvington-On-Hudson, NY 10533, phone: 914.693.7800.

Nice view, Matthew!

Nice view, Matthew!

His office is literally a stone’s throw from the water in a ground-level storefront in the converted Lord and Burnham Building, the noted 19th century American greenhouse manufacturers that built the first steel-framed curvilinear conservatory.

And it’s got a great view, too–check out the photo left.

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People: Bradshow Promoted at Speirs and Major, Zumtobel Lighting and WAC Welcome New Presidents

UK lighting design practice Speirs and Major Associates has announced the promotion of Keith Bradshaw to Director. Bradshaw, formerly an Associate Director, first joined the Edinburgh office in 2002. A…

UK lighting design practice Speirs and Major Associates has announced the promotion of Keith Bradshaw to Director.

Keith Bradshaw.

Keith Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, formerly an Associate Director, first joined the Edinburgh office in 2002. A graduate of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, he has a broad range of experience as a lighting designer. During his time at Speirs and Major Associates he has worked on many of the projects that have won the lighting firm its major awards, including the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi, Armani Ginza Tower Tokyo, Copenhagen Opera House. He has also worked extensively on the recently opened Armani store on 5th Avenue, New York.

The U.S. division of Zumtobel Lighting, Inc. has welcomed Tim O’Brien as its new President.

Before joining Zumtobel, O’Brien held several senior management positions within the lighting industry, including Osram Sylvania, GE and most recently Cooper Lighting. While at Cooper Lighting, he spent time as the VP of Marketing and Product Development and as Vice President and General Manager of the Architectural Products and Controls Business Unit. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Egger‘s role has shifted to a stronger exclusive focus on sales and marketing to strengthen the company’s U.S. market position.

Shelley Wang.

Shelley Wang.

WAC Lighting Co-Founder and CEO Tony Wang has appointed Shelley Wang to President.

In her new position, Wang will oversee all operations of WAC Lighting Company, including WAC Lighting North America and W2 Architectural Lighting, its architectural division specializing in specification grade commercial products. She will coordinate all sales, marketing, development and administrative activities, in conjunction with the company’s manufacturing campus in China. Previously, she served as Vice President and General Manager for the company.

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Leviton’s Bob Freshman Climbs for Charity, Asks Your Help

Leviton marketing manager Bob Freshman has been a lieutenant/firefighter/EMT for Newberg, OR for the past eight years. Starting in 2008, he began competing in the Seattle Firefighter stairclimb and is…

Leviton marketing manager Bob Freshman has been a lieutenant/firefighter/EMT for Newberg, OR for the past eight years. Starting in 2008, he began competing in the Seattle Firefighter stairclimb and is participating in the 2009 event this weekend.

Bob Freshman at the 2008 event.

Bob Freshman at the 2008 event.

The primary purpose of this event is to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and last year more than $530,000 was donated for this event.

Bob told me it’s a tough event for 1,500 firefighters from the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and other countries who participate each year.  

Wearing full firefighting gear and airpack (70 pounds), he will be climbing the 69 floors of the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle.

At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city. On Sunday, March 8, firefighters will race up the stairs in full fire gear and SCBA to help raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year some 1,500 firefighters from 225 departments are expected to compete in the event, making the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb the largest single firefighting competition in the world.

At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps to reach the highly acclaimed observation deck overlooking the city. On Sunday, March 8, firefighters will race up the stairs in full fire gear and SCBA to help raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year some 1,500 firefighters from 225 departments are expected to compete in the event, making the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb the largest single firefighting competition in the world.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Bob’s name, click here.

Here is a link to a news story done by a Seattle TV station on the 2008 event.

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