Material ConneXion Receives Innovation Award from American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

The American Society of Interior Designers has chosen global materials resource and innovation consultancy Material ConneXion for its annual Innovation Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed a significant and innovative product, project or body of work relating to interior design. The ASID recognizes the work of Material ConneXion and its role as a leader in the research and presentation of new material innovations that advance the industry of design. The ASID is the countrys leading association for interior designers and has more than 30,000 members throughout the US and Canada. It is a community driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change lives. The Society strives to advance the interior design profession through education and advocacy and, in the process, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design.

Material ConneXion was founded fifteen years ago by George M. Beylerian who saw how critically important material innovation would be in the very near future. Today, Material ConneXion is a resource for thousands of designers around the world who are increasingly looking for sustainable materials to create their designs. With more than 6,500 innovative materials and processes in nine locations worldwide, as well as a state-of-the-art online database, theres a material solution for every idea. For Material ConneXion, innovation means offering designers and architects a very real solution by researching materials that are not only beautiful and useful but often have groundbreaking impacts on the environment, says Michele Caniato, President of Material ConneXion, speaking from Chicago while attending NeoCon where the announcement was made.

The ASID Innovation Award is just another example of the extraordinary breadth and scope of Material ConneXions unwavering determination towards making material innovation an element of everyday life, says Adam I. Sandow, CEO of Sandow Media, the parent company of Material ConneXion. Having worked side by side for many years with the ASID, Material ConneXion is incredibly honored to accept this award that for us, celebrates the power of material innovation to enhance the world in which we live and interact with on a daily basis. Our primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for design innovation. We do this by being a conduit for educating designers on whats happening in the world of materials across all disciplines and industries, said Michael LaGreca, VP Library of Material ConneXion, who accepted the award on Monday night on behalf of the company.

The ASID Award winners are being showcased at the ASID National Conference at NeoCon in Chicago, June 11 13, 2012. For more information please contact Susan Towers, VP Marketing and Communications at / (+1) 212-842-1509 or cell 917-405-6563 or Gabriella Vivaldi, Marketing and Communications Manager at gvivaldi(at)materialconnexion(dot)com / (+1) 212-842-1679

About Material ConneXion:

Material ConneXion (a Sandow company) is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps companies create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Focused on delivering Innovation That Matters, Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500s, and any forward-thinking company or government agency seeking a creative, competitive, or sustainable edge. With offices in New York, Milan, Cologne, Bangkok, Seoul, Daegu, Istanbul, Beijing and Shanghai, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the worlds largest subscription-based Materials Library with over 6,500 innovative materials and processesan indispensable asset to a wide audience of users. Its sister company, Culture + Commerce, represents the worlds leading designers, including Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, in licensing their groundbreaking new products. For more information, visit

About Sandow

Founded by Adam I. Sandow in 2002, Sandow ( is a leader in building multichannel, vertically integrated brands. The companys foundation is built on identifying underserved markets, creating indispensable resources, and building influential consumer and trade platforms across marketing, media, experiential and commerce. Sandows media platform includes the powerhouse print, digital and commerce properties under NewBeauty; Worth, the business and finance magazine for the ultra-affluent; Luxe Interiors + Design, the nations largest network of luxury design magazines; Interior Design, the iconic publication serving the interior design industry; Surface magazine, the American voice of the contemporary luxury design world; and the Furniture Today Group, recently included in B2B Magazines Media Power50. Sandows experiential/event platform includes Gen Art, the beloved organization that engages consumer audiences and aligns brands organically with emerging talent in film, fashion, music and art. Sandows marketing platform includes Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy and library, Culture + Commerce, a strategic design consultancy that develops opportunities for global brands and international designers, and Wonder, a multi-disciplinary design and branding agency. Sandow has more than 400 employees nationwide, with offices in New York, Florida, Los Angeles and North Carolina.

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RMC Destination Management Receives Global Recognition from Special Events Magazine as Top 25 Destination Management Company

Aspen, Colo. (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

RMC, a longstanding destination management and special events company with seven operations in California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, was recently recognized among global leaders in destination management. With $ 15 million in annual revenues, RMC earned a spot in the Top 25 Destination Management Companies (DMCs) distinction, an annual ranking running eight years now in Special Events magazine that is awarded on the criterion of top revenues in the industry.

“It is gratifying beyond words to be recognized alongside the top DMCs in the world,” says Nathan Boyd, president of RMC. “Our focus and discipline over the past two and a half decades has been to deliver exceptional guest service and creative execution of luxury high-end meetings and events, in premier resort destinations in the West. It’s a formula that has worked well, and we’re thrilled to be acknowledged for it in this competitive industry.”

RMC has offices in Aspen, Colorado Springs, Denver and Vail, Colo.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Park City, Utah; and Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. It is the preferred in-house destination management provider for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Montage, Westin and Four Seasons properties in the destinations where they do business. Other DMCs in the top 25 ranking by Special Events magazine included global consortiums based in international cities such as Singapore, Beijing and Zurich. Domestic DMCs were represented in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and Dallas.

“RMC is well-positioned to continue to excel on a national and global level with our top-notch staff in place in our seven business locations,” says Shawn Thomson-Palermo, owner of RMC. “With strong bench strength and hundreds of strategic provider partnerships, we have the know-how to continue to serve our longstanding clients with the level of service and detail they have come to expect.” RMC manages 300 to 350 events per year, and a partial list of clients includes AT&T, Citigroup, Citibank, ESPN, Ford Motor Company, HBO, Honda, Lexus, Mercedes, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Time Warner and the Walt Disney Company.

In addition to its recognition from Special Events magazine in July 2012, RMC was awarded a 2012 Best of State Medal for destination management in the hospitality, travel and tourism category in Utah’s statewide awards in May. Other awards and accolades of note, from a long list, include:

Dimmitt Automotive Group Receives Prestigious LEED Certification & Aurora Award

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) August 07, 2012

The Dimmitt Automotive Groups Rolls-Royce, Bentley and McLaren showroom finishes Pinellas Parks newest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building. The project recently was awarded an Aurora Award for Green Construction in the category for commercial/retail/office. The beautiful Gandy Boulevard structure on the Dimmitt campus is a testament to the familys commitment to save energy and honor the community.

Gilbert Lang Mathews, Lighting Industry Pioneer, Receives Honorary Architectural Designation

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) May 25, 2012

The maker of precision-engineered architectural lighting fixtures, Lucifer Lighting Company, has announced that its founder and chief executive officer, Gilbert Lang Mathews, has been given the special designation of Honorary AIA membership (Hon. AIA) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

A visionary and creative entrepreneur in lighting technology who is active in a wide realm of the arts. Mathews is a longtime supporter of architecture and the AIA in San Antonio, the state of Texas, and nationally.

Commending his extensive accomplishments, the AIA jury called Gilbert Lang Mathews committed to improving his community, to opening minds through active dialogue, and to partnerships that advance opportunities for all. Adding that he has served as an inventor and a collaborator, the jury described Mathews as an inquisitive student, bringing people together who can connect, solve problems, and elevate the value of our profession.

The award was presented at a May 17 ceremony in Washington, D.C., as part of the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition.

Honorary membership is among the highest honors the American Institute of Architects bestows upon a person outside the profession of architecture, granted to allied professionals of esteemed character who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. The Honorary AIA membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. The 2012 selections for Honorary AIA membership were made by a jury of two professional architects Pamela Touschner, FAIA, of DLR Group WWCOT in Palm Springs, California, and Christopher Kelley, AIA, with Gensler in Washington, D.C. along with Carol Pedigo, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA Middle Tennessee in Nashville.

Rare Honor

The AIA does not often grant honorary membership to leaders of manufacturing enterprises, and Mathews was commended in part for his development of innovative, sophisticated lighting technologies at Lucifer Lighting but even more so for helping sustain architecture and the arts elsewhere. Mr. Mathews is an indispensable supporter of AIA San Antonio and has extended his support to the Texas Society of Architects and AIA National, said the AIA jury. His financial support has enabled AIA San Antonio to sustain a very successful world-class lecture series that is free and open to the publicthe only one of its kind in the region.

The lecture series has featured such luminaries as Marlon Blackwell, Billy Tsien, Peter Bohlin, Tom Kundig, Julie Vandenberg Snow and Thomas Phifer, among many other prominent architects. For his support and service to the Institute, he was named an honorary member of AIA San Antonio in 2009 and of the Texas Society of Architects in 2010. Of Mathews, the AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin said, Through his support of the AIA, programs at the University of Texas and sponsorship of events like the lecture series, he opens doors for young people to pursue a future enriched by knowledge and exploration. This is a contribution that will have a great impact on our profession for years to come.

Lucifer Lighting is also active in developing continuing education programs for architects and lighting designers.

More than a generous benefactor and underwriter, Mr. Mathews is a vital part of the community of design professionals, says the AIA jury. As an influential member of the wider design community, Mr. Mathews has enabled AIA to better serve its members and strengthened the profession.

A Legacy of Efficient, Elegant Lighting

As CEO and founder of Lucifer Lighting Company, Gilbert Mathews has built a thriving family business manufacturing high-end architectural lighting fixtures that are widely regarded as innovative and of exceptional design quality. Appealing to acclaimed architects and designers around the world, Lucifer Lighting fixtures are found in museums, five-star hotels, top restaurants, corporate headquarters and luxury residences. Many of the products use sophisticated LEDs as the illumination source.

Prior to founding Lucifer Lighting more than 30 years ago, Mathews practiced law with Vinson Elkins in Houston and founded his own law firm in San Antonio, with degrees from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School and Columbia Universitys School of Law. Mathews became interested in lighting design and manufacture indirectly, through his familys longtime retail business, Frost Bros., a high-fashion retail chain based in San Antonio since 1917. Armed with only his law degree and an inquisitive nature, Mathews saw an opportunity to improve display lighting in the stores. Using bright strip sources that were concealed, his ideas improved the visibility of merchandise on display cases and shelves and the solution led Mathews to establish Lucifer Lighting, named for the Latin term light-bearer.

Since then, Mathews and his family have built Lucifer Lighting into a global leader in creating sophisticated, precision-engineered lighting systems that allow unmatched design possibilities. Known for harnessing and concealing their powerful, advanced light sources within elegant, inconspicuous housings, Lucifer Lighting has attracted architects needing solutions for a range of interior challenges. According to many customers, Lucifer Lightings progressive, research-oriented building product solutions allow architects the ability to advance and develop their craft in new directions.

An Ally of Arts, Design and Culture

Mathews is widely regarded as an ally of architectural design, the arts and historic collections. He is a Life Advisory Board Member of The University of Texas School of Architecture, a member of the Advisory Council of the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, a member of the President’s Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, a board member of the San Antonio Museum of Art and the KLRN Endowment Fund and founder of the Winston Salem Light Project. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Press contacts:

Alexandra Mathews

Lucifer Lighting Company

3750 IH35 North

San Antonio, TX 78219



Chris Sullivan

C.C. Sullivan

PR Counsel to Lucifer Lighting

+1.914.462.2096 (mobile)


About Lucifer Lighting Company

For more than 30 years, Lucifer Lighting has created original lighting solutions that bring to life the places and spaces we inhabitindoor and outdoor, from grand-scale commercial to cozy residential nooks. A manufacturer of precision engineered downlights, light strips, track and spot lights, and landscape lighting, Lucifer Lighting uses a variety of light sources, from halogen to metal halide, from LED to fluorescent. Lucifer Lighting has received numerous awards for innovative lighting and building projects, and it manufactures form a LEED-rated facility in San Antonio. The companys fixtures are regularly recognized for distinction. Installations of Lucifer Lighting may be found in diverse venues ranging from Polo Ralph Lauren and Gucci to Goldman Sachs and Yankee Stadium, and from Windsor Castle to the White House and private residences around the world.

For more information, please visit our website

Kemptville District Hospital Board of Directors Receives Award from the United Counties of Leeds Grenville

Kemptville, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) June 18, 2012

Late last week the United Counties of Leeds Grenville presented the Bill Thake Economic Development Leadership Award to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Chair of the Kemptville Hospital Board of Directors.

The award is presented annually to a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment and leadership toward the growth and vitality of the Leeds Grenville economy.

This years award was handed out at a United Counties Leadership Forum held June 14 in Roebuck. Rousseau accepted the award on behalf of the entire Kemptville Hospital Board of Directors. The Board was cited with overseeing the multimillion-dollar expansion of the hospital and the launch of the new Total Joint Replacement orthopaedic surgery program. The Board was also recognized for providing leadership during a period when the hospital saw an increase in its operating budget and the hiring of new staff for orthopaedic surgery, leading to a $ 7.8 million increase in the local payroll. The Board was further commended for playing a role in the hospitals offer of office space within its campus to its service partner, Beth Donovan Hospice.

Now in his seventh year of volunteer service to the community on the Board, Rousseau has been Chair for one year. He commented that he was pleased to see Kemptville Hospital being recognized for its leadership at the County level. Serving on the Board of Directors is so rewarding, he added, as we have such an interesting and dedicated group of people on the Board. He further commented that the hospital is blessed with the leadership of its CEO, Colin Goodfellow, and his committed staff.

Rousseau also spoke about the hospitals recently approved new strategic plan, which will see Kemptville Hospital moving forward in three key directions: integrating and supporting community-based primary care, looking for new open market service opportunities, and further developing the hospitals primary role as a health hub.

This is the second year for the award, named after Westports Mayor Bill Thake, who has spent a record-breaking 50 consecutive years in municipal government, including four terms as county Warden.

Leeds and Grenville MPP Steve Clark commented that this years nominees came from a variety of backgrounds, but they all shared one thing: they give their time and talent to improving economic activity in Leeds Grenville. The other nominees were Karen Cook (Athens), John Jodoin (Augusta Township), Frank Kinsella (Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands), Dana, Mike and John Purcell (Front of Young Township).

If you would like to make comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Kemptville District Hospital Chief Executive Officer Colin Goodfellow at 613.258.6133 extension 132, or by email at cgoodfellow(at)kdh.on(dot)ca.

About Kemptville District Hospital:

Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility committed to building healthier communities. We are distinct with the provincial health system as a model of hospital-led integrated health services. We operate on two sites and provide primary care management services, acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care and pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction.