for ILDA Career Achievement Award
ILDA's Career Achievement Award is for an exceptional individual with a
distinguished history of achievement in the laser display industry. The
criterion for this award includes:
- those who helped build significant laser display-related
- those who made artistic and technical achievements, and
- those who worked to improve ILDA and the laser display industry.
Thomas H. Harman of Laser Production Network (LaserNet) has made
outstanding contributions in all of these areas. I therefore nominate him
for the ILDA Career Achievement Award.
-- Christine Jenkin, LaserNet
TOM HARMAN BIOGRAPHY
Tom Harman graduated from the University of Florida in
1972. After college he worked in TV news broadcasting. In 1976, he had the
chance to interview "the guys" who were doing a laser light show. It did
not take him long to get hooked and join the company.
The company was then called "Eye See the Light Show,"
which started in 1968. They performed laser light shows in planetariums in
New York, California, Michigan, Colorado, and Florida all at the same
time! In 1983, the company decided to make Miami its headquarters. The
newly located company was then called Laser Productions. Today Laser
Production Network is 44 years old, and Tom Harman has been its President
for 36 years. Alone that might be reason enough for an award, however, Tom
has provided much more to our industry.
lf I had to find one word to describe Tom it would be
Quality. He brings quality to everything he does. Tom Harman
set forth on a path that is still today the company's mantra: "you're only
as good as your last show'''. It is this philosophy and Tom's driving
force is what keeps LaserNet a step ahead.
Tom always provides clients
with the best that can be done, going above and beyond to give the client
the "Star Wars" dream they have in their head, even if their budget is
more akin to a "laser pointer." LDI recognized this ability in
1998, when LaserNet won their "Laser Display of the Year" award, shown at
Besides doing laser light shows, Tom decided that the
company should also get into manufacturing. We did so in 1986 and today
LaserNet manufactures a line of American laser projectors of professional
quality. In 2006, Tom received the Club World Award (shown in the photo at
top) for "Best Effect Product", for LaserNet's Beam Raider projector.
Ok, that's LaserNet. What about ILDA? Why Tom you ask?
FOUNDING MEMBER OF ILDA; HAS RUN 4 CONFERENCES
Tom Harman was one of the original founders of ILDA and
one of its charter members. He has maintained LaserNet membership in ILDA
every single year without fail. Tom is one of only three members to do so
over these 25 years.
Tom has supported ILDA in many ways, including hosting
the ILDA Conference three different times: 1995, 2008 (shown at right) and 2010. In
addition, the 2004 Conference at LDI in Las Vegas was managed by myself
(Christine Jenkin) along with Steve Heminover. So that is four Conferences
that LaserNet has hosted and run.
He has volunteered himself, his employees, equipment,
technical support, and whatever is needed to ILDA time after time without
question or reward.
ONE OF 4 ILDA PROFESSIONAL
is one of just four businesses that have successfully become an "ILDA
Accredited Professional Lasershow Company". This is a demanding process
where a company demonstrates its laser show experience, training in laser
safety, and participation in the entertainment industry. Tom's achievement
of the "ILDA Pro" level helps prove LaserNet's qualifications for the top
tier of internationally-active laser show companies.
KNOWN ESPECIALLY FOR BEAM AND AERIAL SHOWS
Tom's ideas for show and projector creation continue
today. Tom is actually famous for beam and aerial shows. We have repeat
clients that demand his presence as no one can do a beam treatment as well
as Tom. He won one of the early ILDA awards (long before we had crystals
to hand out) in 1988 for one of his beam shows.
He lit up the City of Miami by putting multiple lasers
at top 15+ buildings in downtown Miami (right). The event was called Light Up
Miami and drew over 250,000 people just to watch the city "light up".
Newscasters that night used words like the "Aliens are coming" and "never
before has there been so many people downtown at night".
This LaserNet website has
and other information about LaserNet's performances.
PRAISE FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS
Below are excerpts from testimonial letters by industry
here if you want to read a
4-page PDF with the
full letters they wrote about Tom.
Matthew Dillingham, President of Advanced Entertainment Services, Las
"Tom and I have worked on dozens of shows together
over these many years. In every one, without exception, he has
exemplified professionalism, creativity, and a passion for "doing what's
right". His innovations in the laser industry have not only catapulted
his company into the proverbial "spotlight", but have been the catalyst
for other production related businesses to grow and prosper, my company
is one of them."
Steven Pollock, Manager Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe writes:
"Tom exemplifies the very best in personal integrity,
world-class production values, leadership in the community of event
professionals, and blazing trails into the future. Tom Harman certainly
deserves to be recognized for his Career Achievement!"
Mona Meretsky, CSEP, President of COMCOR Event and Meeting Production,
"I was thrilled to have Tom join me as a Founding
Member when I became the first President of the first chapter of ISES
(International Special Events Society) in the state of Florida 25 years
ago. Tom served on the Board and was, and still is, an outstanding
member who generously contributes to the chapter. His dedication to his
craft and attention to detail as well as his professionalism and caring
demeanor make him exceptional to work with and a great team member."
Last year's ILDA CAA winner, Steven Heminover of Aura Technologies
"His professional attention to detail and pursuit of
perfection are unmatched in the industry. He has always been a both a
good friend to me and a supporting peer over many years. Tom is always
ready to entertain ideas from outside of his own or his company and also
willing to try something new that pushes the boundaries of what has been
done before and move the industry to the forefront of laser
technology.... As last year's Career Achievement Award winner, I can
absolutely state that Tom Harman has the 'Right Stuff' to receive a very
long overdue award celebrating his continuing career."
Tom's level of professionalism has actually set a
standard in our industry. He brings that professionalism to every client,
every meeting, every show he does. Promoting ILDA all along, he has hosted
and helped run four ILDA conferences already and donated countless time.
I am proud to know a person of such character and call
him my friend, and it is my great honor to nominate Tom Harman for the
ILDA Career Achievement Award.
-- Christine Jenkin, March 2012
To vote for Tom, send an email to ILDA at
with your name, ILDA member name (e.g., your company), and state that
you are casting your CAA vote for Tom Harman. You must be a
2012 ILDA Member in order to
cast a vote.