Lighting by Gregory's Chief Lighting Designer Clifford Starr was recently elected the new chapter president of the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY). Starr’s presidential appointment comes after serving as vice-president for two years and a DLFNY board member for five years. Starr was recently elected to the position during the association’s annual vote on leadership.
“To carry its mission forward, the DLFNY identifies and promotes members of the lighting and design community in the New York metro area to lead and evolve the organization and Cliff is an ideal choice. With his long standing relationships and knowledge of the NYC design community, Cliff will continue to expand membership and deliver informative and insightful lighting programs.” remarked Lana Lenar, former DLFNY president and principal at lighting design firm zeroLUX. “Cliff promises to be a great president for our organization."
Starr has over thirty years of expertise in lighting design and project management in residential, commercial, hospitality and retail applications. His extensive background in electrical engineering and degrees in both hotel and restaurant management provide customers with a unique insight from design through installation. His work has been covered by numerous industry publications including The New York Times, Newsday, and House Beautiful, and he has served clientele from Bermuda to Boston, with over 1,500 residential and commercial projects focused in the northeast region from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
As a seasoned lighting designer and active industry professional, Starr is instrumental in the support of industry events and education. He is an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and currently serves as president on the board of directors for the Designers Lighting Forum of New York. He is also a LEDucation committee member.
Starr is a seasoned presenter and provides educational sessions and training in the Lighting by Gregory showroom to further support the education of lighting, architect, and design students from various universities throughout NYC. Cliff also provides invaluable feedback in the selection and procurement of the latest and most innovative products to be selected for display in the 8,500-square-foot showroom that has made Lighting by Gregory a household name in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
“Being actively involved in the design industry and supporting the educational and networking events is critical to remain engaged in this industry,” Starr said. “I volunteer my time because I feel it’s important to give back to community. One of my goals as president is to encourage the chapter’s growth in the design profession by increasing promotion of our education and networking events by expanding our reach to the design community.”
The DLFNY hosts monthly networking and educational events and served as the official host and organizers of LEDucation, one of the industry’s largest educational annual expo’s on Solid State Technology. For additional information on DLFNY events, visit www.dlfny.com.