In addition to introducing a variety of exciting new LED and pixel products that are helping to redefine House of Worship lighting, Elation Professional took time out to look to the future of this growing market by honoring the winners of its 2008 Elation Educational Experience (E3) awards at the 2008 WFX (Worship Facilities Conference and Expo) show in Houston in early November. The annual award, which Elation has been sponsoring since 2006, recognizes young lighting designers and students with an interest in working in the House of Worship field.
"We believe very strongly in the House of Worship market and want to be a part of it," says Eric Loader, director of sales for Elation Professional. "The E3 Awards are a vehicle that promotes awareness of house of worship lighting among young people and celebrates their achievements in this area."
The three winners of the 2008 E3 Awards are Frank Meyer, Scottsdale, Arizona; Josh Johnston, Sheffield, Alabama; and Yoshihito Takahashi, Brooklyn, New York. Meyer is a youth minister and lighting designer who is completing his degree; Johnston has worked on lighting installations and retail sales; and Takahashi is a college student with an interest in stage design, audio and entertainment/theatre technology.
Elation provided the three winners with an all-expense paid trip to WFX in Houston, where they met with company executives, toured the show, and were given an "under the hood" look at some new lighting and software products. The trio also had dinner with Loader and other Elation team members, and were given attractive E3 Award trophies.
"It was a great time for us and the E3 winners," says Loader. "The young people learned a lot being here, and we learned a lot from them. There was a great interchange of ideas. Elation is committed to the future of HOW lighting, and one way we live up to this is by learning from the young people who will be shaping that future."