Stone Forest in China (January LD) was one of the winning attractions at the Themed Entertainment Association's THEA awards dinner, held last month...LD Peter Kaczorowski won a Hewes Design Award (1999-2000) in theatre for his work on the New York productions Contact, Kiss Me, Kate, and The Music Man...Among recent accolades for Valencia, CA-based Passamonte Lighting Design Inc.: an IESNA Lumen West Award of Merit and the Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Award of Excellence for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC...LD (and LD contributor) Rita Ann Kogler, of the Lighting Design Group (LDG), took home two Silver Awards for her TV work at the 2000 Axiem Awards, for The Montel Williams Show (a co-design with Dennis Size) and Elmo's World. LDG founder and president Steven Brill (a member of the LD Advisory Board) won, with Size, a Cooper Award for Good Morning, America...High End Systems has opened its fully equipped New York office, just off Times Square, at 311 West 43rd Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10036; phone: 212/957-6840, fax: 212/957-4466...LD Jacques Rouveyrollis and board operator Enrick Christianson used ChainMaster VarioLift variable-speed chain hoists for a recent Montreal appearance by French rocker Johnny Halliday. The products are distributed in North America by Quebec-based Show Distribution Group...Daniel Gelman has been named president of Stony Point, NY-based Lighting Services Inc...Omnisistem has added Rick Poole to its sales staff...New to Bandit Lites in Knoxville, TN: human resources director Kim Frazier and marketing associate Ben Dickmann. Phay MacMahon has been named managing director of Bandit Lites offices in London (whose general manager is Jason Tang) and Dublin. To better serve the growing corporate events market, the company has purchased more than $7 million worth of new gear, including more than 500 pieces of truss, over 220 chain hoists, and more than 1,000 Martin Professional and High End fixtures...Lo Tincher has been promoted to marketing director of Westsun International in Las Vegas...Mark White, formerly theatre consultant to London's Royal Opera House, is now sales manager for ETC England and Ireland...Lighting-related personnel news at Group One: the hiring of Display market manager Michael Puehse, for Clay Paky's Display line, and the promotion of Brian Quinn to operations manager of the lighting and audio divisions...Chris West has joined Avolites UK as its full-time training manager...Derrick Saunders has retired from Pulsar Light of Cambridge. Andy Graves has been appointed head of sales and marketing, with Jane Monk as marketing manager and Snowy Johnson as technical sales manager...Ron Sizemore has been appointed service manager of Vincent Lighting Systems, which has launched an online purchasing site, Todd has joined Tomcat USA's design department...Jennifer A. Nelson is Lazarus Lighting Design's new principal lighting designer...Bega has named Don Kinderdick its new vice president of marketing and product development...Des Fallon has joined UK-based video systems firm Nocturne Europe as sales manager, working with Chris Mounsor, Lee Spencer, and Richard Burford...W.A.C. Lighting has achieved ISO 9001 certification for its quality design, product development, and production, which has more than 80 manufacturers and 74,000 lighting products on its site, has been chosen by to be its exclusive provider of lighting products... Francis Rubinstein of Berkeley, CA, and Theodore Ceraldi, AIA, of Syracuse, NY, have been elected to serve two-year terms as chairman's selected directors of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD)...PLASA welcomes Helen Kneale (membership services administrator/PA) and Emanuela Mills (marketing manager)...LC Group of Canada, the exclusive North American distributor for Italy's Genius, a maker of scanners and moving heads, has opened a branch office in Champlain, NY. For more information contact Ernie Armas at 518/298-2929...Diehl Graphsoft has changed its name to Nemetschek North America. For further information contact Nemetschek North America, 10270 Old Columbia Road, Columbia, MD 21046; phone: 410/290-5114, fax: 410/290-8050, web: new entrant on the fiber front: Visual Lighting Technologies, formed by company president Daniel Haydt and other former employees of Remote Source Lighting International. It is located at 23352 Madero #J, Mission Viejo, CA, 92691; phone: 949/248-3119, fax: 949/496-8459, web: www.visual- the move: Apollo Design Technology has a new address: 4130 Fourier Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46818; phone and fax numbers remain the same...Articulight, 15-06 Morlot Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410; phone: 201/796-2690, fax: 201/796-8818, e-mail:, web: