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. 

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:

Distributors

  • 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.

  • Eric Miller

    Avi-on Labs

    Mr. Miller is Co-Founder/CEO/CTO Avi-on Labs. Prior to founding Avi-on, Mr. Miller was Senior Vice President at Trilliant, Vice President of global software at Itron, and Vice President of Strategy at Silicon Energy. Eric has over 20 years of experience overseeing the development and deployment of multiple large-scale utility, industrial, and commercial building IOT platforms. Mr. Miller has also been a National leader in energy efficiency policy, renewable energy development, demand response, and utility energy resource planning for over 30 years.

  • 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.

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

    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

    Signify

    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

    Bio coming

  • 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.

  • Jon Vollers

    Cree Lighting

    Jonathan is Lighting Certified, has mechanical engineering degree from Syracuse University, and has a MBA from Baker College. He worked in the Aerospace Industry for 15 years prior to making the switch into Lighting in 2012.  Since that time, he has managed photometry laboratories, a reliability laboratory, and the performance validation of Cree Lighting Solid-State LED lamp and luminaire designs to meet ENERGY STAR, DesignLights Consortium, California Energy Commission’s Quality LED Lamps, Title 20, & Title 24 requirements, as well as many others.  He also elevates the industry by contributing on the IES Test Procedure and the NCQLP Test Examination Committees along with his work at Cree Lighting.

  • 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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