2019 Light Stars Announced

—Program honors dozens of top salespeople from lighting retailers across North America—

DALLAS – May 29, 2019 – Dallas Market Center has announced the 2019 Light Stars honorees, representing top salespeople from the leading lighting retailers across North America. A total of 40 participants from 18 states and four Canadian provinces will attend the June 19-22 edition of Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting show as part of the Light Stars program.

Light Stars are top retail salespeople who have never attended Lightovation, but would greatly benefit from the experience. Honorees accepted into the Light Stars program receive airfare and two nights of hotel accommodations during the show. Hundreds of nominations were received this year through March 30.

In addition to travel and hotel arrangements, Light Stars are granted access to all Lightovation educational seminars, exhibits and events, including the Showroom of the Year Awards and Lighting After Dark party at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, as well as CLC®-accredited sessions during market in The SMART Center. Educational programming at this edition of Lightovation includes keynotes from customer experience expert David Avrin and social media guru Leslie Carothers.

“Working with exhibitors we are pleased to support top retailers with this unique program honoring great sales people,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We welcome this class of Light Stars to Dallas and proudly present the opportunity to review products and trends and deepen their knowledge and relationships.”

The 2019 Light Stars honorees are:

Patricia Davis Arizona Lighting Company, Yuma, AZ

Ashley Weed Aztec Lighting, Phoenix, AZ

Barb Renaud BA Robinson, Calgary, AB

Tom Buckley Sprick Black Whale Lighting, Encinitas, CA

Ken Rempel Burr Ridge Lighting, Westmont, IL

Mike Bitchatcho Capitol Lighting, Boca Raton, FL

Judi Gottlieb Capitol Lighting, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lorrie Ronca Capitol Lighting, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Kelly Slater Capitol Lighting, Stuart, FL

Sherry Dacunha Capitol Lighting, East Hanover, NJ

Alexa Anderson Capitol Lighting, Eatontown, NJ

Nicole Paporello Capitol Lighting, Paramus, NJ

Judy Padrick Coastal Lighting and Supply, Chesapeake, VA

Linda Schneider Colonial Lighting, Sugar Hill, GA

Lynn Hibbs Crest Lighting, New Lenox, IL

John Ready Crest Lighting, Chicago, IL

Misty McPherson Denali Lighting One, Shelby Township, MI

Carrie Thompson Denney Electric, Ambler, PA

Jaspreet Kaur Design Lighting Sales Ltd., Surrey, BC

Kaity Bellerby Dominion Electric Supply, Arlington, VA

Susan Payne Dominion Electric Supply, Arlington, VA

Chandler Barnett Ferguson, Houston/Sugar Land, TX

Nikki Nichols Ferguson Lighting, Katy, TX

Kelsey Perry Illuminating Expressions, Rochester, NY

Stephanie Shubert J & J Electric, Albany, OR

Jeffrey P Nichols-Gordon Just Lights, Nashua, NH

Kelly Wilson The Light House Gallery, Springfield, MO 

Lovisa Champion Madison Lighting, Madison, WI

Chesney Boyer Kendall Lighting Center, Fort Wayne, IN

Addison Tomlin Magnolia Lighting, Hernando, MS

Amber Lyle Mayer Lighting, Birmingham, AL

Svea Poulsen Norburn Lighting & Bath Centre,Burnaby, BC

Eric Weyhausen Patdo Light Studio, Portchester, NY

Donna Welz Robinson Lighting, Winnipeg, MB

Bhrook Trembllay Robinson Lighting, Kelowna, BC

Cassidy Nelson Seattle Lighting, Bellevue, WA

Brenda Bergstrom Seattle Lighting, Everett, WA

Ian Bear Seattle Lighting, Silverdale, WA

Paula Benvenuti Sescolite Lighting, Toronto, ON

Sharita Isringhouse Simply Floors and Lights, Gilmer, TX

Ron Decicco We Got Lites, Staten Island, NY

Sam Ferguson Wiseway Supply, Florence, KY

Lightovation attendees can learn more about each of the Light Stars through a dynamic interactive touch screen display located in The SMART Center, Trade Mart 4826.

Visit the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website for more information about the show, including registration, and hotel and travel assistance. Also, keep up-to-date by following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media, visiting the Lightovation Facebook page and joining the Lightovation Lighting Industry Discussion Group. The Lightovation app will also help you navigate the events and exhibits at the show.

Plan ahead for January 2020 when a new, earlier date pattern for Lightovation will mean a head start on business for the new year. Lightovation will take place January 8-12, 2020, and travel plans may be made in person in The SMART Center during the June show. Nominations for the June 2020 Light Stars program are also already being accepted at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/lightstars.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in lighting, home décor, furniture, gifts, apparel, and accessories. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek new products, industry trends, networking, and business education from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.