Message from the President

November 2019

The holiday season is almost here, and the end of our year won’t be far behind.

While the calendar year may be winding down, our Section committees are picking up even more momentum planning for next year. The final program for 2019 will be our Holiday Party on December 11th, so save the date and watch out for further information.

If you missed attending Lighting Jeopardy, you missed another big event emceed by Gary Dulanski. This year, the Section gave the winners money to donate to the charity of their choice. $2,500 went to the American Parkinson Disease Foundation thanks to first place winner Phil Cialdella (Light Abilities and a member of the IESNYC Board of Managers); $1,000 went to St. Jude’s Research compliments of second place winner Eric Perkins (NY Digital), and $1,000 was sent to the American Breast Cancer Foundation thanks to third place winner Jack Tulley (Brazill Lite Tech).

That night, we presented our first Presidential Proclamation to Megan Carroll (NY Digital) in recognition of the unwavering support she gives to our Section and the greater lighting community. Megan is an example of one of the great treasures we have in our Section. More >

Our next program sold out not long after we opened registration. On November 6th, we will be co-hosting with DLFNY, a tour given by lighting designers from One Lux Studio and Cooley Monato Studio, of the new TWA Hotel and see the renovated TWA Flight center, new hotel wings, and event spaces. On November 14th we will present an intriguing discussion on “Isolation and Darkness: Surviving Winters in Antartica,” presented by Martin Valentine, Global Design Director, Ligman Lighting.

Our 2020 Perspective Sponsorship Campaign is underway. The support we receive from this campaign is a major part of our annual funding. We hope we can count on your support. Lee Brant (HLB Lighting) has graciously accepted our call to be our 2020 Perspective Spokesperson and she is another Section treasure. Thank you, Lee!

Which brings us to this month’s challenge: What’s your vision for the next year?
Our lighting community has fortunately been very busy and very prosperous. New technology always seems to be on the rolling out, and new codes will present new challenges. To grow your firm? To find new projects internationally? To take more time for personal travel? And of course, to become a 2020 IESNYC sponsor!

One component of my vision is to continue to find opportunities to work with our greater lighting community. Moonlighting is a wonderful example of us all coming together to support our comprehensive lighting community and I will try to encourage more collaborations.

2020 will be here before we know it: plan for it or not, like it or not, it’s coming. I would really like to hear your 2020 vision. Please send your ideas to [email protected]

Best Regards,
Mike Barr, MIES
President, New York City Section of the IES