Bob Gordon has become president and CEO of A.C. Lighting... SSP International has opened a facility in Las Vegas that includes sales offices, showroom, training room, and warehouse. It is staffed by sales representatives Craig Burross and Matt Druzbik, and secretary Valerie Masson...Color Kinetics and the Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, have announced that Melina Simeonova, a second-year graduate student enrolled in the MS in Lighting program at Rensselaer, is the recipient of the first Color Kinetics Scholarship in Lighting. Simeonova, a licensed architect in both Bulgaria and the US with over 20 years experience in commercial, urban, and historical preservation projects, was chosen by the Graduate Education Committee of the LRC after submitting a detailed thesis proposal investigating the use of solid-state colored lighting to light retail displays... Acquisition of the assets, technology, and certain key personnel of studio lighting firm Videssence has been announced by EL Monte, CA-based Engineered Lighting Products (ELP), a privately held producer of fluorescent architectural lighting equipment. Joan Weckerle, formerly international sales manager for Videssence, will assume the role of vice president of sales and marketing, focusing on international sales. Julane Sullivan will continue in her role as national sales manager; Gary Thomas will resume his post as Northeast and Canadian regional manager; and Stan Wong, manufacturing manager for Videssence, has been assigned parallel responsibilities at the firm (now an ELP division) and has relocated to El Monte...The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) has announced that the draft American National Standard BSR E1.14, Entertainment Technology - Recommendations for Inclusions in Fog Equipment Manuals, is available for public review until December 19. This is the second public review of the draft standard, which was substantially changed after the first review in response to the comments. A copy of the standard may be obtained from the ESTA website at, or by writing to: ESTA, Technical Standards Manager, 875 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2302, New York, NY 10001; e-mail: standards, fax: 212/244-1502...JSL Lighting has been appointed the Canadian distributor of the entire line of Verilux Healthy Lighting Products, which enhance indoor environments...Farkas Film/Video and Media Visions used Christie Digital projectors (the VistaGRAPHX 5000 and VistaGRAPHX 7000 Roadie) for the World Rhythms on Ice show at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. It took three years to test and design the 40' (12m) digital backdrop and retractable 32' (10m) screen in front of the stage - the video backdrop is used during the show to display horizons and cloudy skies, graphics, and other visual images to enhance the set, and the large front screen enables the crew to change sets and acts as a video transition to the next country and culture explored by the performers and audience...Specialty Lighting Industries announces the appointment of Tracy Dain as director of sales and marketing...ITEC Entertainment Corp. in Orlando celebrated its 15th anniversary on September 1...Port Lighting Systems in Amesbury, MA, celebrated its 15th anniversary on September 12, with an open house gala event that showcased its new 10,000-sq.-ft. (900 sq. m) facility...To find out more information about the Prairie Lights 2001 regional conference and show, to be held February 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, call 888/426-7060 or visit The event is hosted by IESNA Chicago... Intelligent Lighting Creations, offering rental, production services, and sales for clients that have included Nordstrom, Lincoln Mercury, and the band Metallica, has recently remodeled its facility, located at 3714 West Touhy, Skokie, IL 60076; phone: 847/933-9792, fax: 847/933-9794, web: the move: John Levy Lighting Productions has moved to The Roosevelt Building, 727 West Seventh Street, Suite 920, Los Angeles, CA 90017; phone: 213/629-9949, fax: 213/629-9969, web: Lighting North (UK), Hawksworth Commercial Centre, Elder Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS13 4AT, England; phone and fax numbers remain the same: 44/113/255-7666 and 44/113/255-7676, respectively...James Thomas Engineering, Navigation Complex, Navigation Road, Diglis Trading Estate, Worcester WR5 3DE, England; phone: 44/1905/363600; fax is 44/1905/363601...Lighting Research Center, 21 Union Street, Troy, NY 12180-3352; phone: 518/687-7176, fax: 518/687-7120...Live Wire Enterprises remains in Flushing, NY, but reports new phone (718/337-0454) and fax (718/337-0457) numbers; e-mail is Lycian Stage Lighting, 1144 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981; phone and fax remain the same at 914/469-2285 and 914/469-5355, respectively...Murphy Lighting Systems, 621 Brookhaven Drive, Orlando, FL 32803; phone and fax numbers remain the same.