Annual Conference

Thank you for joining us at NAILD's 40th Annual Conference

For 40 years NAILD has been at the center of the industry bringing together lighting distributors and manufacturers to network, share ideas and business tactics, and educate members on important trends, and opportunities. 

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40 Years of Distinction
For 40 years the NAILD Annual Conference has been the meeting place for industry professionals to discuss changing technologies, developments, products, and more. Lighting distributors and manufacturers join NAILD year-after-year to continue their professional development, grow their networks, and strategize with colleagues on emerging business topics.

40 Years of Education
The NAILD Annual Conference provides the best lighting education in the industry. For 40 years NAILD has continued to impart important knowledge and takeaways to its members. 

40 Years of One-of-a-Kind Networking
For the past 40 years NAILD has created a place where distributors and manufactures are able to gather, learn and connect. The NAILD Annual Conference features abundant networking opportunities that bring you face-to-face with potential customers and suppliers. Take advantage of the Conference to find new business techniques, share ideas, network, and build your business base. 

40th Annual Conference Speakers


Keynote Session: When Generations Connect
Phil Gwoke, speaker, consultant and Gen Xer, Bridgeworks  

Four distinct generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Organizations are feeling the pain of generations as they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service in a challenging economy. This program will give you the tools to covert this form of diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity.


General Session: Maintaining the Future
Cy K. Eaton, IES, Associate IALD, Independent Lighting Specialist, formerly Sr. Lighting Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering, Shanghai Disneyland Resort

How can the lighting industry evolve in response to shifting technology to ensure lighting quality and customer satisfaction are maintained throughout a project's lifecycle?  Join us for a collaborative discussion in search of solutions and opportunities to respond to these current challenges.


General Session: Connected Lighting – Beyond Illumination
Mark Roush, FIES, M.Arch., LC, Marketing Consultant, Experience Light, LLC, Faculty Member, Philips Lighting Application Center, Immediate Past President, Illumination Engineering Society

As LEDs continue to penetrate the lighting market, it is legislated requirements for controls which will ultimately drive the adoption of LEDs for general. This presentation explores how controls will drive the value of lighting far beyond illumination to connect people to the very spaces they inhabit and enable “the internet of things” indoors and out.  Discover how connectivity in lighting has brought about change to enable us to sense, anticipate and respond to the world surrounding us by enabling location-based services and information retrieval.


General Session: Outdoor Lighting & AMA Concerns 
Chris Monrad, P.E., LEED AP, Principal and Vice President, Monrad Engineering, Inc., Member, Board of Directors, International Dark-Sky Association, Past President, South Arizona Chapter, Illumination Engineering Society

Are your customers beginning to ask you about the AMA’s opinion on LED lighting and possible health concerns? This talk will help you understand and discuss the issues with your customers. Learn about “dark sky friendly” exterior lighting applications that minimize off-site glare and skyglow, while providing high performance energy-efficient lighting designs that install a safe, secure and attractive aesthetic. 

8:30-9:15 am

Demystifying the DLC
Brady Nemeth, Program Specialist, DesighLights Consortium
The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) is a nonprogit organization dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing commercial lighting solutions. Learn how the DLC works, how a product becomes qualified and how you can use the program resources in promoting energy-efficent lighting in your day-to-day work. 


General Session: Forces of Change 2017
Mark Lien LC, CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED BD&C, Industry Relations Manager, Illuminating Engineering Society

Will the LED revolution be eclipsed by our integration into the IoT?  The global lighting industry awaits the storm.  “Smart” technologies offer convenience but not without risk and trade-offs. Who will make these new products and who will sell them This presentation considers the forces of change we are facing and addresses the consequences. 

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NAILD 40th Annual Conference Exhibition

Thank you to all of the exhibitors who came and displayed their lighting products.

The Exhibition portion of the Annual Conference features leading industry manufacturers whose target customers are lighting distributors and will offer the latest product innovations and equipment advances. The Conference provides the perfect setting for these participants to meet potential clients and customers face-to-face, and become closer to closing the deal on profit-making transactions and partnerships. The Conference offers you and your company tremendous networking opportunities and education that will lead you on the road to success

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 Thank you to NAILD's 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

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NAILD Product Sprint Awards 

Congratulations to the 2017 NAILD Product Sprint Winners!

Best Luminaire: Green Creative, New Construction Thinfit Series
The 6” & 4” downlights produce a smooth uniform lighting effect. They have low-glare lights that integrate seamlessly into all ceiling applications.

Best Lamp: Philips Lighting, InstantFit with EasySmart Technology chain or parallel               
InstantFit plug and play LED T8s work with 184 types of ballasts, delivering even light output, proven energy savings and a long average lifetime. 

Best Ballast/Driver: Keystone Technologies, Smart Safe LED Emergency Battery Backup Kit
Intelligent Constant Wattage technology detects the LED load in the light fixture and adjusts the output accordingly. Emergency illumination of 500 or 1,200 lumens. Works in virtually any type of LED fixture. 

Best Accessory/Service: Lutron, LED Compatibility Tool
The LED Compatibility Tool helps users find the best bulb/dimmer combinations. Just answer a few basic questions and the online tool will generate a short list of compatible bulbs or C·L dimmers for your needs.

Best Overall: Keystone Technologies, Smart Safe LED Emergency Battery Backup Kit

The Product Sprint award honors lighting manufacturers with the best products in five (5) categories. Exhibitors will have an opportunity to showcase their newest product with distributors during the Product Sprint session on Tuesday morning. NAILD Distributor members are encouraged to vote for those they feel are the best product in each category. Learn about the best products in the industry and recognize your peers for their achievement. 

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