ILDA Career Achievement Award recipients

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The Career Achievement Award is ILDA's highest honor. It honors "an exceptional individual with a distinguished history of achievement in the laser display industry."

The CAA recipients below can generally be placed into one or more of these categories:
     • Those who helped build significant laser display-related businesses
     • Those who made artistic and technical achievements
     • Those who worked to improve ILDA and the laser display industry.

From 1989 to 2007, Members nominated candidates and a three-person panel made the final selection. Beginning in 2009, Members nominate candidates, and then a few months later vote on the nominees in order to choose each year’s winner.

Recipients are listed below. Click the bar with the person’s name for more information about them. Since 2009, this information usually comes from the nominating statement.


1989

Founder of Laser Images Inc., inventor of Laserium® planetarium shows, and the father of the laser show industry


1990

Co-founder of Laser Media, who made fundamental breakthroughs for laser display technology


1991

Laser Fantasy founder, honored for pioneering work and technical achievements


1992

Co-founder of Image Engineering Corporation and pioneer of digital laser imagery


1993

Award-winning artist and producer at Laser Fantasy and Lightspeed


1994-2003

(Not awarded 1994-2003)


2004

An innovator in laser software, founder of Pangolin Laser Systems, and a strong supporter of ILDA's work


2005

A pioneering laserist whose newsletters, conferences, website and book helped educate and inspire many laserists, and who was a strong supporter of ILDA's work


2006

Early light artist who transitioned into lasers; founder of Audio Visual Imagineering. AVI was an early user of computer laser graphics and is #2 on the all-time list of ILDA Award winners (as of 2006).


2007

President of Pangolin Laser Systems, recipient of numerous ILDA Awards, developer of advanced software and hardware systems, and a strong supporter of ILDA's work.


2008

(Due to a numbering change, there were no awards called “2008 ILDA Awards”. The awards went directly from 2007 to 2009.


2009

President of Lighting Systems Design Inc., tireless proponent of the safe use of lasers. ILDA Safety Committee chair since its inception. A strong supporter of ILDA's work.


2010

Founder and leader of LOBO, one of the major laser light show companies. LOBO has won more ILDA Awards than any other company, and has been a strong supporter of ILDA's work.


2011

A pioneer in laser computer graphics, who was heavily involved in ILDA's formative years. He served four terms as ILDA President.


2012

President of LaserNet for 36 years, especially well-known for beam shows, a Founding Member of ILDA, and 4-time host of ILDA Conferences (as of 2012; he hosted again for a fifth time in 2014).


2013

Founder of KVANT Ltd., which helped bring high quality lasers with affordable prices to the market.


2014

Founding Member of ILDA, past President 2006-2011, Awards Committee chair 1993-2000 and 2006-present. His company Laser Spectacles has won 28 ILDA Awards, and is one of the first two "ILDA Accredited Professional Lasershow Company" Members.


2015

Pioneering German laserist, developer of innovative scanners and laser systems. ILDA Board Member, President, and co-host of the 2000 ILDA Conference.


2016

Head of Orion-Art Multimedia (winner of 47 ILDA Awards as of 2016), helping to improve Russian lasershows’ quality and safety, and host of the 2011 ILDA Conference.


2017

All-time ILDA Award winner as of 2017, three terms on the ILDA Board of Directors, two-time host or co-host of the ILDA Conference.


2018

Pioneering performing live laserist, 27 years with Laser Images Inc. (Laserium®) and trainer of many other early laserists.


2019

Founder of Laser Entertainment srl of Milan, artistic and technical award winner, ILDA Board member and President


2020

Vice President, LaserNet (Laser Production Network) ILDA Board member and President. Conference Committee chair. Host or co-host of six ILDA Conferences.


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