Industry Advisory Committee

Industry Advisory Committee

The purpose of the IAC is to support the mission and strategic direction of the DLC and drive efficient lighting through education, collaboration, and expertise. Activities and agenda of the IAC include but are not limited to DLC business updates, programs to promote lighting quality, utility program best practices for lighting efficiency, ongoing opportunities, challenges and potential risks to the advancement of energy saving lighting technologies. 

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Committee Members

The IAC is comprised of 18 representatives from the lighting industry. Committee Members have been self- or peer-nominated, and were either appointed by the DLC or elected by their peers, as outlined in the Committee Charter. The term for all representatives is two years. The current term is 2021-2022.
The 2021-2022 Industry Advisory Committee consists of the following representatives:


Greg Erich
Premier Lighting

In addition to owning and running Premier Lighting for 15 years, Greg runs a management company responsible for NAILD and the Get A Grip on Lighting podcast. NAILD is a leading lighting industry association focused on distributors and the business of lighting. Since it's inception in 2016, the Get A Grip on Lighting Podcast has become the industry's leading podcast with over 25,000 listens per month.

Marc Hodges
Sonepar USA
I am originally from Mississippi. Attended University of Mississippi for both BA and MBA. In my Lighting Career I have worked in Lyon France (internship), New York City (project manager), Los Angeles (Rep Spec Sales) and Nashville TN (Industrial Energy Specialist). I received my LC back n 2016. Really enjoy selling Lighting Solutions that save energy and upgrade the quality of light in the space.

Lighting Controls Manufacturers

Michael Davidson 
Synapse Wireless
Michael Davidson is a solutions architect engineer with Synapse Wireless, assisting OEMs and end-users with everything from controls integration to system installation and configuration. He joined the team in 2009, is focused on building ecosystems around DALI-2 and IEC 62386 standards, and is a member of IES, ANSI, NALMCO, DLC, and DiiA committees on lighting controls. Michael offers his colleagues and customers a wealth of technical and field-application knowledge related to the design, installation, configuration, and commissioning of intelligent lighting systems and other IoT applications. He has been recognized for his professional accomplishments and speaking engagements at lighting industry events. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Michael spent the next 30 years managing sales teams and IoT engineers for Forbes Fortune 100 companies and venture capital organizations.


Pekka Hakkarainen
Lutron Electronics


Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is a past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division and the High Performance Building Council. In 2014 Pekka received NEMA’s Kite and Key award for his service in the Lighting Systems Division. Pekka is currently serving as Vice President of the Global Lighting Association. He previously served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid state lighting.

Chip Poland
Enlighted Inc
Chip Poland is the Director of Turnkey Operations for Enlighted Inc. Enlighted is one of the world’s most advanced IoT platforms for commercial real estate. In his current role, Chip administrates utility incentive program interaction and a large team of auditors, specifiers and ACAD engineers in support of all of Enlighted’s installations.  Chip is also an active member of the IES Advanced Lighting Controls committee.

Medium Manufacturers

Carol Jones
Axis Lighting
Carol Jones has been a visible, published and active leader in the transformation of the lighting industry for 3+ decades. Her wide experience includes lighting design, standards development, emerging technologies, human factors research, energy efficiency, customer insights and system innovation. Carol has long been at the forefront of bringing higher value intelligent lighting into reality and is enthusiastic about how it will change our world for the better.

Ravi Parikh
RAB Lighting

As Business Development Manager, I am responsible for RAB's engagement within the energy efficiency industry. I have worked for RAB for five years. Prior to RAB, I worked directly with utility energy efficiency programs. My work includes management of lighting programs for PG&E, Efficiency Vermont & Burlington Electric Department. Having both the utility and MFG perspective, I am familiar with and cognoscente of the needs/goals of all your stakeholders and members.

Small Manufacturers

Don Lincoln
Lumecon has been a manufacturer of outdoor commercial and industrial LED lighting fixtures since 2006. As Senior Vice President, I co-manage all company operations, but I am specifically responsible for the engineering, supply chain, and production functions. I am a trained metallurgist and product engineer, so I am particularly involved in all aspects of my company’s electrical and mechanical design and testing activities, including CAD design, photometric design via AGi32, LM-79 testing, UL testing, and DLC listings. I have a BS in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University, a MS in Manufacturing from Kettering University, and an MBA from Indiana University.


Owen VandeVelde
EiKO Global


Owen VandeVelde is a product development and manufacturing expert with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of industries. After a chance encounter with LED lighting more than 15 years ago, VandeVelde committed himself to the technology and he's never looked back. Throughout, VandeVelde has been committed to developing SSL to it's fullest potential through value engineering efforts, advances in tunable and circadian lighting, along with controls development and implementation. 

Corinne Wilder
Fluence by OSRAM
Corinne has spent her career fusing her childhood love for science with the rigors of international business development.  She entered the lighting industry at Universal Lighting Technologies and Panasonic (ULT), where she tracked LED sales forecasting and demand planning and was responsible for reviewing energy standards and codes for lighting technology. Today, she is responsible for all business reporting and analytics for internal operations, heading the company’s commercial support teams, including the utility rebates and incentives program, and directing internal processes to meet global strategic goals for the cannabis and commercial food markets. 

Lighting Designers

Edward Bartholomew
Bartholomew Lighting
Edward Bartholomew, principal of Bartholomew Lighting, has over twenty-five years of experience designing architectural lighting systems. He has won numerous lighting design awards while refining evidence-based sustainable lighting strategies. His involvement on every project is focused on understanding the needs of the client while analyzing the context of the site, in order to effectively design, specify, implement and commission sustainable, cost-effective lighting systems. He also shares his expertise as a consultant and lighting educator with clients, students and knowledge communities.


James Benya
Benya Burnett Consultancy


Jim Benya is a professional illuminating engineer, lighting designer, educator, and consultant with 47 years of experience. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer, Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (FIES), and Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). Benya established and led California’s first independent lighting design firm Luminæ Souter Lighting Design as Senior Principal and CEO before starting Benya Lighting Design in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. His design work has been published in every major lighting design and architectural journal. He has won numerous lighting design awards, including the Edison Award, the Edison Award of Excellence (7 times), the Edison Award for Environmental Design (thrice), the International Illumination Design Award of Excellence (twice), and the Source Awards First Place Award. He is the author of Lighting Design Basics (Wiley) and Lighting Retrofits and Relighting (Wiley) and his work is featured in nine books, including the Best of Lighting Design.

Top 6 Manufactures by QPL Listings

Tanya Hernandez
Acuity Brands
Tanya is Vice President of Government & Industry Relations at Acuity Brands. She evaluates and advances legislative and regulatory strategy related to energy and environmental issues and works as a liaison to standards development organizations. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, is a registered professional engineer (PE) and is lighting certified (LC). She has more than 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, including lighting and electrical design, energy and environmental standards development, and certification of energy-efficient lighting systems and equipment.


Anthony Serres


Anthony is Manager, Technical Policy for Philips Lighting in Washington, DC. In that role he focusses on energy efficiency issues at the state and national levels including the DOE, Design Lights Consortium, Energy Star, and California Title 20. Anthony is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire with a focus on lighting and daylighting. 

Bob Smith
Cooper Lighting
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Jay Swaris 
Visionaire Lighting

Currently employed at Visionaire Lighting as the Engineering Manager, Jay received his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (Msc) from California State University in 1995. He has 23 years of LED lighting experience working around the world including in the US, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Jay is co-inventor of a modular mounting arrangement for LED lighting which holds four US Patents.

Eric Walker
Hubbell Lighting

Eric has been at Hubbell Lighting for over six years, starting as a technology engineer for the Indoor Commercial group.  Eric’s most recent role is managing a team of engineers supporting Hubbell Lighting’s Indoor and Outdoor lighting brands to determine appropriate light engines for conversion of existing and new fixtures to LED.  Investigate and implement various technologies into lighting fixtures such as PoE, wireless control, wired control, human centric lighting, etc. Prior to working at Hubbell Lighting, Eric was the global engineering resource for the design and implementation of LED lighting into refrigerators and freezers for Electrolux Major Appliances.

Jeremy Yon
Current by GE

Jeremy Yon is the Industry Relations Leader for GE Current, a Daintree company.  In this role, he is responsible for industry-wide activities with external organizations including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Electro-Federation Canada (EFC),  ANSI Standards Committees, Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA), UL Standards Committees, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), National Lighting Bureau (NLB), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  Jeremy has degrees in Architectural Engineering with prior experiences in Lighting Design, Product Design, and System Engineering.


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