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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:


  • 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 in 2016. Really enjoy selling Lighting Solutions that save energy and upgrade the quality of light in the space.

  • Bernie Erickson

    Facilities Solutions Group

    Bernie Erickson has over 42 years of experience building businesses and designing lighting projects. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Innovation at Facilities Solutions Group, and the President of the NCQLP. Bernie currently holds the LC for the NCQLP, The CLEP from the AEE, the CLMC from NALMCO, and holds Emeritus status with the IES. He received his MBA from Montclair State University and BA from Rutgers University. His recent lighting project at the World Trade Center Oculus received an IES Illuminations Award of Merit in 2021.

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.

  • Dan Wang-Munson

    RAB Lighting

    Dan Wang-Munson is the Optics, Test and Compliance Manager at RAB Lighting.

    She is the lead optical engineer with over ten years of optical design experience. She has designed optics for various types of LED products, some of which had received next generation luminaire, architectural SSL product innovation, Core77 design awards and other awards.

    She is also in charge of the testing and compliance team, managing all new and sustaining products testing, making sure the products perform, last and meet all compliance requirements.

    She has extensive knowledge in product design, product testing, products compliance as well as critical components in LED luminaires.

    She received a MS. in lighting from the Lighting Research Center in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 as well as a MS in optical engineering in China in 2003 and a BS in mechanical engineering in 1999. She received her LC in 2015 and has been granted over 10 patents in products design.

Small Manufacturers

  • 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

  • Jim Gaines


    Jim Gaines has worked on SSL topics since 2000, both in Philips Research and in Signify (formerly Philips) Lighting. Since August, 2010, he has worked for Signify in Burlington MA (Color Kinetics location), on topics including business-to-government relations and standardization activities associated with LED lighting, as well as support for the launching of Signify LED-based products in the US. Prior to that, he worked for Philips Lighting/Advance Transformer Company in Chicago, from January 2004 – August 2010 on LED module product development. He wrote two successful proposals for DOE-funded R&D projects on SSL topics, which he also led as principal investigator. From 2000-2004, he worked as technical project leader in Philips Research, Briarcliff Manor on fundamental technology for LED modules, including RGB color mixing, feedback systems for color control, and optics.
    He worked for 15+ years in Philips Research Laboratories (1988-2004), both in the Netherlands and in New York, on topics including MBE of II/VI materials for blue/green lasers, MBE of oxide materials for magnetic thin-film devices, rare-earth permanent magnet materials and LED lighting systems (as described above). He also spent three years on Philips’ Corporate Research Bureau, a group responsible for processes associated with management of Philips’ Research Program.
    Jim Gaines received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1986. He spent two years in a postdoctoral position, in Herbert Kroemer’s group at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he worked on III/V semiconductor heterostructures, grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE).

  • 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.

  • Bob Smith

    Cooper Lighting

    Bio coming

  • 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.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes