As we celebrate his 90th year, it’s a great time to reflect on what an impact he has made, all the accolades he has received and all of the endearing friendships he has cultivated.
Known as the “PT Barnum of the Lighting Industry,” Ira Phillips joined Quoizel in 1964 and since then has led it through extraordinary growth by expanding the product mix and providing innovative merchandising strategies to retailers. Phillips acquired full ownership in 1986. Today, Quoizel remains a privately held, family-owned and operated business offering more than 2,000 items in its full line catalog. Quoizel has 150 employees between three locations in South Carolina, New York and China.
However, it is the the relationships and friendships that he has made that have been the most rewarding. They have spanned through the years and continue to grow as new generations of the lighting industry emerge. The impressive longevity of Quoizel’s employees proves that Ira’s hands-on approach and commitment to personally know everyone in the company brings out the best in everyone.
No doubt that a strong work ethic, vigor and enthusiasm have been passed on to the younger generations…good genes, healthy living and hard work seem to be the fountain of youth, and Ira’s get-up-and-go attitude continue to impress others and prove that age is just a number.
Please join us for lunch at the Dallas Market Center to celebrate Ira’s 90th birthday! The party will be Wednesday, June 21st at Quoizel’s showroom, 3rd Floor, Space 3200, from 11:30am – 1:59pm. At 2:05pm, please meet in the atrium to sing “Happy Birthday” to Ira. He will be so happy to see his lighting family there!!