Oct. 26 2020 07:43 AM

The recognition is for leadership and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representing citizenship within the lighting industry, WAC, Port Washington, New York, received the 2021 HEARTS Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership, empathy and service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was made by the Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network. The 2021 HEARTS Awards are taking the place of the traditional ARTs Award hosted by ART and DMC. Twelve additional companies from other industries are being honored as well.

In March of this year, WAC supplied 500,000 surgical masks to U.S. hospitals, primarily in the New York metropolitan area, where healthcare workers were being overrun by caseloads and were in desperate need of supplies.

“With regards to our customers, we recognize the particular hardships that retailers have been facing in the pandemic,” says Shelley Wald, WAC president and co-CEO. “To help make it easier for dealers to operate safely and avoid personal contact during COVID, we have been subsidizing creative drop ship programs to eliminate unnecessary contact with their customers for handling deliveries that would normally be shipped to showrooms.”

In addition, WAC has created new content for completely virtual platforms. New product launches, sales/marketing presentations, sales promotions, product training and AIA-, ALA- and IDCEC-accredited CEU courses are now offered on a variety of websites and social platforms so they can be taken at home.