I respect your professionalism and ambitions to improve the lighting industry for the future. I mostly agree with your opinions.
Personally, I find your demeanor is confrontational and in-your-face. If you have an issue with Steve, take it up with him privately and not trash him on the world wide web. I am sure that each lighting contractor has their own opinions on this topic and will choose to support manufacturers/organizations with their wallet.
As you have mentioned before, we need work to establish ourselves as professionals in our industry. This includes quality design, superior installation, and impeccible follow-up service. Steve is just one guy who transfered from one company to another and I feel there are bigger issues that we can focus on.