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About the Panel

The Sapphire Awards relies on independent judges chosen from industry and consultancy roles to ensure that all entries are fairly evaluated by multiple experts. The judges assigned to evaluate any given product category or Illumineer of the Year entry are screened to ensure that there is no possible conflict of interest in the process. LEDs Magazine staff plays a supporting role in the judging of the submitted products and Illumineer of the Year nominations.

Meet the Judges

Ian Ashdown

Ian Ashdown

SunTracker Technologies

Jim Benya

Jim Benya

Benya Burnett Consultancy

Carl Bloomfield

Carl Bloomfield

Intertek

Deborah Burnett

Deborah Burnett

Benya Burnett Consultancy

Terry Clark

Terry Clark

Finelite

Daryl DeJean

Daryl DeJean

Emerging Technologies Associates

Jerry Duffy

Jerry Duffy

GE Lighting

Rob Empfield

Rob Empfield

GE Lighting

Rachel Gibney

Rachel Gibney

Available Light

Austin Gelder

Austin Gelder

UL

Monica Hansen

Monica Hansen

LED Lighting Advisors

Eric Haugaard

Eric Haugaard

Cree

Chip Israel

Chip Israel

Lighting Design Alliance

Duncan Jackson

Duncan Jackson

Billings Jackson Design

Brad Koerner

Brad Koerner

Philips Lighting

Rita Koltai

Koltai Lighting Design

Therese Lahaie

Apparatus Design

Dave Neal

Dave Neal

Seoul Semiconductor

Steve Paolini

Steve Paolini

Telelumen

Kris Sandheinrich

Kris Sandheinrich

Los Angeles Harbor Community College

Charles Schrama

Charles Schrama

Lumileds

Milena Simeonova

Milena Simeonova

Light4Health

Terrence Walsh

Tempo Industries

Phillip Smallwood

Philip Smallwood

Strategies Unlimited

Robert Steele

Robert Steele

Strategies Unlimited

James Highgate

The LED Show

Maury Wright

Maury Wright

LEDs Magazine