ILDA history & timeline

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The International Laser Display Association (ILDA), founded in August 1986, is the world's leading organization dedicated to advancing the use of laser displays in the fields of art, entertainment and education.

The information below describes some of the people and events in ILDA's history. If you are interested in Board members and their terms of service, there is a timeline chart of all ILDA Board members, showing this information using graphics.


1986

First organizational meeting, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Aug. 15, 1986. Click for a list of founding members who attended the first meeting.

East Coast organizational meeting, Boston, MA, Nov. 21, 1986. Hosted by Image Engineering. Click for a list of East Coast members who attended.

Board of Directors, Aug. 1986 - ?
     Ron Goldstein, Laser Media (President)
     Len Debenedictis, Coherent
     Walter Gundy, Image Engineering Corporation
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp.

Secretary (later Executive Director): Barbara Inatsugu


Notes from the very first ILDA organizational meeting, taken by Tim Walsh. This includes the first known use of the word "lase-off" to describe a meeting of laserists showing off their talents, 8/14/1986.

Tim also provided audio files recorded at the first meeting: Track 1 and Track 2.


1987

ILDA Meeting: San Francisco, California, November 13-14 1987

Board of Directors, (exact dates unknown)
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering (President)
     Ron Goldstein, Laser Media
     Len Debenedictis, Coherent
     Walter Gundy, Image Engineering Corporation
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp.

First ILDA Ethics Committee
     Don Dorsey, DnA Creations
     Scott Blake, Image Engineering Corporation
     Paul Crosby, Coherent
     Craig McNeer, Science Faction Corp.
     Doug McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Rick Stevenson, Laser Ionics
     Todd Rogers, Stage Sound, Inc.

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu


1988

ILDA Meeting: Stone Mountain, Georgia, November 1988
Host: Stone Mountain Lasers
Click for the 1988 ILDA Awards (first year for ILDA Awards)

Board of Directors, Nov. 1987 to Nov. 1988:
     Walter Gundy, Image Engineering Corp. (President)
     Ron Goldstein, Laser Media
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Ed Ruff, Ed Ruff Associates
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp.

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: Diane P. Burley (first year for Laserist magazine)


1989

ILDA Meeting: Seattle, Washington, November 1989
Host: Laser Fantasy International (now LFI)
Career Achievement Award: Ivan Dryer
Click for the 1989 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1988 to Nov. 1989:
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp. (President)
     Ron Goldstein, Laser Media
     Walter Gundy, Image Engineering Corp.
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Ed Ruff, Ed Ruff Associates

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: Diane P. Burley


1990

ILDA Meeting: Bradenton, Florida, November 1990
Host: Bishop Planetarium
Career Achievement Award: Seiji Inatsugu
Click for the 1990 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1989 to Nov. 1990:
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp. (President)
     Ron Goldstein, Laser Media
     Walter Gundy, Image Engineering Corp.
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Ed Ruff, Ed Ruff Associates

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: Diane P. Burley


1991

ILDA Meeting: Los Angeles, California, November 1991
Host: Laser Images, Inc.
Career Achievement Award: Floyd Rollefstad
Click for the 1991 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1990 to Nov. 1991:
     Ivan Dryer, Laser Images Inc. (President)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Dick Sandhaus, Science Faction Corp.
     Bob Yazell, Coherent, Inc.

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: Diane P. Burley


1992

ILDA Meeting: New York City, November 1992
Host: Science Faction Corporation
Career Achievement Award: Jennifer Morris
Click for the 1992 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1991 to Nov. 1992:
     Ivan Dryer, Laser Images Inc. (President)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Joanne McCullough, Audio Visual Imagineering
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
     Bob Yazell, Coherent, Inc.

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1993

ILDA Meeting: Orlando, Florida, November 1993
Host: Audio Visual Imagineering
Career Achievement Award: Robert Mueller
Click for the 1993 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1992 to Nov. 1993:
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies (President)
     Ivan Dryer, Laser Images Inc.
     John Hare, Bishop Planetarium
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
     Bob Yazell, Coherent Auburn Group, Inc.

Executive Director: Barbara Inatsugu
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1994

ILDA Meeting: Lincoln, Nebraska, November 1994
Host: Mueller Planetarium
Click for the 1994 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1993 to Nov. 1994:
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies (President)
     Ivan Dryer, Laser Images Inc.
     John Hare, Bishop Planetarium
     Bill Holtkamp, Crystal Technology Inc.
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.

Executive Director, Jan-Nov 1994: Barbara Inatsugu
Executive Director, Nov-Dec 1994: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1995

ILDA Meeting: Miami, Florida, November 1995
Host: Laser Production Network (LaserNet)
Click for the 1995 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1994 to Nov. 1995:
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies (President)
     Bill Holtkamp, Spectra-Physics
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
     Patrick Murphy, Pangolin Laser Software
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1996

ILDA Conference: Burlington, Ontario, Canada, November 1996
Host: "Team Canada"
Click for the 1996 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1995 to Nov. 1996:
     Patrick Murphy, Pangolin Laser Software (President)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
     Carol Seidel, Lexel Laser
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1997

ILDA Conference: Lincoln, Nebraska, November 1997
Host: Mueller Planetarium and FirstLight Laser Productions
Click for the 1997 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1996 to Nov. 1997:
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design (President)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Greg Makhov, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
     Carol Seidel, Lexel Laser
     Casey Stack, Laser Physics

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1998

ILDA Conference: Amsterdam, November 7-9 1998
Host: ABC LaserEvents
Click for the 1998 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1997 to Nov. 1998:
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design Group (President)
     Stephen Harvey, Laser Magic (now LM Productions)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Casey Stack, Laser Physics
     Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


1999

ILDA Conference: Orlando, Florida, November 21-23 1999
Hosts: Walt Disney World & Lighting Systems Design Inc.
Held in conjunction with: LDI trade show
Click for the 1999 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1998 to Nov. 1999:
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design Group (President)
     Dirk Baur, MediaLas
     Stephen Harvey, Laser Magic (now LM Productions)
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2000

ILDA Conference: Stuttgart, Germany, October 6-8 2000
Hosts: LOBO electronic & MediaLas Laserproducts
Click for the 2000 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 1999 to Oct. 2000:
     Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design Group (President)
     Dirk Baur, MediaLas
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Craig Nelson, Logic Systems/Laser Fascinations
     Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2001

ILDA Conference: No formal meeting (due to 9/11 attacks)
Awards: Presented in an online webcast held in November
at Lighting Systems Design Inc. in Orlando
Click for the 2001 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Oct. 2000 to Nov. 2002:
     (no election held in Nov. 2001 due to 9/11 attacks)
     Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World (President)
     Robert V. Belfatto, Sr., NEOS Technologies
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production
     Craig Nelson, Logic Systems/Laser Fascinations

Executive Director: Linda Hare
Secretary: Page Howard
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2002

ILDA Conference: Orlando, Florida, November 24-26 2002
Hosts: Lighting Systems Design Inc., Pangolin
Laser Systems & Walt Disney World
Click for the 2002 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 2000 to Nov. 2002:
     (no election held in Nov. 2001 due to 9/11 attack)
     Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World (President)
     Robert V. Belfatto, Sr., NEOS Technologies
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production
     Craig Nelson, Logic Systems/Laser Fascinations

Executive Director: Page Howard
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2003

ILDA Conference: Brussels, Belgium, November 27-29 2003
Host: Laser System Europe
Click for the 2003 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 2002 to Nov. 2003:
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies (President)
     Robert V. Belfatto, Sr., NEOS Technologies
     William R. Benner, Jr., Pangolin Laser Systems
     Jim Hardaway, LFI International
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director, Jan-Aug 2003: Page Howard
Executive Director, Aug-Dec 2003: David Lytle
Secretary: Melissa Chisholm
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2004

ILDA Conference: Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2004
Held in conjunction with: LDI show
Career Achievement Award: Patrick Murphy
Click for the 2004 ILDA Awards

Board of Directors, Nov. 2003 to Oct. 2004:
     Jim Hardaway, LFI International (President)
     William R. Benner, Jr., Pangolin Laser Systems
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Alberto Kellner, Laser Entertainment
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director: David Lytle
Secretary: Melissa Chisholm
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2005

No ILDA Conference held. (Conferences had been in November of each year. To save money and make the date convenient for some members, the Conference was moved five months later to March 2006, where the 2005 ILDA Awards were presented.)

Board of Directors, Oct. 2004 to Nov. 2005:
     Alberto Kellner, Laser Entertainment (President)
     William R. Benner, Jr., Pangolin Laser Systems
     Steve Heminover, Aura Technologies
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production
     Craig Nelson, Conquip/Logic Systems

Executive Director: David Lytle
Secretary: Melissa Chisholm
Laserist Editor: David Lytle


2006

ILDA Conference: Rimini, Italy, March 11-14 2006
Held in conjunction with: SIB Rimini trade show
Click for the 2005 ILDA Awards, presented March 14 2006 in Rimini

Board of Directors, Nov. 2005 to March 2007:
     Dirk Baur, MediaLas (President)
     William R. Benner, Jr., Pangolin Laser Systems
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Nov. 2005 through April 2006
     Craig Nelson, Conquip/Logic Systems

Nov. 2005 to March 2006
     James Stewart, Laser Visuals

July 26 2006 to March 2007 (replacing James Stewart)
     Hugo Bunk, Laserimage b.v.

October 18 2006 to March 2007 (replacing Craig Nelson)
     Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles

Executive Director, Jan-Feb 2006: David Lytle
(Read David's farewell letter here)
Executive Director beginning March 2006: Patrick Murphy
Laserist Editor: Julie Stewart


2007

ILDA Conference: Heshan, China (near Hong Kong),
March 9-11 2007
Host: Neo-Laser, a division of Neo-Neon International
Career Achievement Award: Doug McCullough
Click for the 2006 ILDA Awards, presented March 11 2007 in China

Trade show participation:
     ILDA Stand at PALME Dubai, May 20-22 2007
     ILDA Booth and ILDA Laser Theater at LDI 2007 in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 16-18 2007

Board of Directors, March 2007 - Sept. 2008:
     Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles (President)
     Dirk Baur, MediaLas
     Hugo Bunk, Laserimage b.v.
     Jim Hardaway, Neo-Neon
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy
Publication Editor "A Complete Guide to Laser Shows for Event Producers": Patrick Murphy


2008

ILDA Conference: On board the Carnival Imagination
(cruising out of Miami), Sept. 8-13 2008
Host: LaserNet (Laser Production Network)
Career Achievement Award: William R. Benner, Jr.
Click for the 2007 ILDA Awards, presented Sept. 10 2008 on board the Carnival Imagination.

Trade show participation:
     Show-way, Bergamo Italy, Feb. 24-26 2008
     FLEM (Florida Laser Enthusiasts Meeting), Orlando, March 1 2008
     SIB, Rimini Italy, April 5-8 2008
     PALME Dubai, April 27-29 2008
     SELEM (South East Laser Enthusiasts Meeting), Newton NC, August 16 2008

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, San Diego CA, Aug. 11-14 2008

Board of Directors, Sept. 2008 - June 5 2009:
     Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles (President)
     Dirk Baur, MediaLas
     Paul Berthot, Clandestine Systems
     Christine Jenkin, LaserNet
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy
Publication Editor, The Laserist Summer 2008 issue: Bruce Jordahl


2009

ILDA Conference: Claus Event Center/Courtyard by Marriott Amsterdam Airport, Hoofddorp, Netherlands, June 5-7 2009
Host: DMXLASER (Peter Broerse)
Career Achievement Award: Greg Makhov, LSDI
Click for the 2009 ILDA Awards, presented June 7 2009 at the Amsterdam Conference (note that the numbering system changed; the previous year's awards were called the 2007 ILDA Awards and were presented in Sept. 2008)

Trade show participation:
     FLEM (Florida Laser Enthusiasts Meeting), Tavares FL, March 21 2009

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Feb. 2009
     ILSC (International Laser Safety Conference), Reno NV, March 23-26 2009

Board of Directors, June 6 2009 - Sept. 7 2010:
     Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles (President)
     Paul Berthot, Clandestine Systems
     Hayden Hale, Pangolin Laser Systems
     Christine Jenkin, LaserNet
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2010

ILDA Conference: Carnival Destiny sailing from Miami FL, September 6-11 2010
Host: Laser Production Network (LaserNet), Tom Harman
Career Achievement Award: Lothar Bopp, LOBO
ILDA Accredited Professional Laser Show Companies: Laser Production Network (LaserNet), Laser Spectacles
Click for the 2010 ILDA Awards, presented September 9 2010 on board the Carnival Destiny

ILDA LSO course:
     Carnival Destiny, September 8 2010 (this is the inaugural ILDA LSO class)

Board of Directors, September 7 2010 - November 11 2011:
     Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles (President)
     Paul Berthot, Clandestine Systems
     Hayden Hale, Pangolin Laser Systems (to 8/2011); Independent laserist (after 8/2011)
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic
     Christine Jenkin, LaserNet
     Peter Mayer, Creative Laser Production

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2011

ILDA Conference: Moscow, Russia, Radisson Blu Belorusskya/Golden Palace, November 10-13 2011
Host: Orion-Art Multimedia, Dr. Alexander Timofeyev
Career Achievement Award: Stephen Heminover, Aura Technologies
ILDA Accredited Professional Laser Show Companies: Lightwave International, LOBO
Click for the 2011 ILDA Awards, presented November 12 2011 at the Golden Palace hall

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Feb. 2011
     ILSC (International Laser Safety Conference), San Jose, CA, March 14-17 2011
     SAE G-10T, San Francisco, Aug. 2011
     Air Line Pilots Association conference "Laser Illumination of Aircraft: A Growing Threat", October 27 2011

ILDA LSO course:
     SELEM meeting, Newton, NC, August 22 2011

Trade show participation:
     LDI, Orlando, October 2011. Assistance with laser safety issues

Board of Directors, November 11 2011 -November 4 2012:
     Christine Jenkin, LaserNet (President)
     Dan Goldsmith, X-Laser
     Hayden Hale, Independent laserist
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic
     Justin Perry, Pangolin Laser Systems

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2012

ILDA Conference: San Antonio, Texas, St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel, November 4-7 2012
Host: Laser Spectacles, Tim Walsh
AV Provider: Clandestine Systems, Paul Berthot
Career Achievement Award: Tom Harman, Laser Production Network (LaserNet)
Click for the 2012 ILDA Awards, presented November 6 2012

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Jan 31-Feb 3. Two invited presentations to the G-10 Plenary Session
     ANSI Z136 Committee Meeting, Orlando, FL, Feb. 17-18
     Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Reno, NV, July 13. Invited speaker on laser illumination of aircraft

ILDA LSO courses:
     LSDI, Orlando, FL, February 18 2012
     SELEM meeting, Newton, NC, August 20 2012
     ILDA Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 4 2012

Board of Directors, November 5 2012 - November 5 2013:
     Christine Jenkin, President
     Olga Eser, Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri
     Dan Goldsmith, X-Laser
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic
     Justin Perry, Pangolin Laser Systems

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2013

ILDA Conference: Aalen Germany, Ramada Hotel Limes-Thermen, and LOBO headquarters, November 4-7 2013
Host: LOBO (Lothar Bopp and Alex Hennig)
Presented in conjunction with LOBO's hosting of the Laserfreak meeting Nov. 1-3 2013
Career Achievement Award: Pavel Kubosek, KVANT Ltd.
Click for the 2013 ILDA Awards, presented November 7 2013

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Jan. 29-31. Two presentations to the G-10T subcommittee.
     SAE G-10T, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 12-15. Two presentations.

ILDA LSO courses:
     WDI, Glendale, CA, January 11 2013
     LaserNet, Las Vegas, June 21 2013
     SELEM meeting, Newton, NC, August 19 2013
     ILDA Conference, Aalen, Germany, November 4 2013
     LDI, Las Vegas, November 22 2013

Board of Directors, November 5 2013-November 18 2014:
     Christine Jenkin, President
     Olga Eser, Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri
     Dan Goldsmith, X-Laser
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic
     Francesco van Loon, Collimated

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2014

ILDA Conference: Las Vegas, NV, Riviera Hotel, November 17-20 2014
Host: Laser Production Network (LaserNet)
Presented in conjunction with LDI, November 21-23 2014
Career Achievement Award: Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles
ILDA Accredited Professional Laser Show Companies: Dynamic Lasers
Click for the 2014 ILDA Awards, presented November 19 2014

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Jan. 2014. Two presentations to the G-10T subcommittee.
     ANSI Z136 Committee, San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 2014.

New Member & Event Management system implemented at ILDAmember.com, April 2014

ILDA LSO courses:
     SELEM meeting, Newton, NC, August 18 2014
     ILDA Conference, Las Vegas, November 16 2014

Board of Directors, November 18 2014-October 10 2015:
     Christine Jenkin, President
     Olga Eser, Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri
     Dan Goldsmith, X-Laser
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic
     Francesco van Loon, Collimated

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy


2015

ILDA Conference: Dubai, Radisson Blu Diera Creek, October 9-12 2015
Host: 3rd Dimension EvenTech (Abdulwahab Baghdadi)
Career Achievement Award: Dirk Baur, MediaLas
Click for the 2015 ILDA Awards, presented October 11 2015

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T, Melbourne FL, Jan. 27-29 2015
     ILSC (International Laser Safety Conference), Albuquerque, NM, March 23-26 2015

Trade show participation:
     PLASA Focus Orlando, February 17-18 2015

Board of Directors, October 10 2014-November 7 2015:
     Christine Jenkin, President
     Abdulwahab Baghdadi, 3rd Dimension EvenTech
     Olga Eser, Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri
     Brian Gonzalez, Individual Member
     Alex Hennig, LOBO electronic

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy
Secretary: Christopher Short


2016

ILDA Conference: Baltimore, Maryland, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, November 5-9 2016
Host: Image Engineering
Career Achievement Award: Dr. Alexander Timofeyev, Orion-Art Multimedia
Click for the 2016 ILDA Awards, presented November 8 2016

Safety meeting participation:
     SAE G-10T and G-10OL, Melbourne FL, February 2-4 2016
     SAE G-10OL special test with pilots at Embraer, Melbourne FL, August 22 2016
     FDA TEPRSSC Advisory Panel meeting, October 25-26 2016

ILDA laser safety courses:
     Laser Operator Class, November 5 2016 (morning), Baltimore
     Advanced Audience Scanning Safety Class, November 5 2016 (afternoon), Baltimore
     Laser Safety Officer Class, November 6 2016, Baltimore

Trade show participation:
     SELEM, August 13 2016

Board of Directors, November 7 2016-present:
     Brian Gonzalez, President
     Abdulwahab Baghdadi, 3rd Dimension EvenTech
     Bradley Billet, BB Laser Productions
     Olga Eser, Effect Ses Işik Lazer ve Görüntü Sistemleri
     Christopher Short, Individual Member

Executive Director: Patrick Murphy
Secretary: Chad Timinskis


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