Annual Conference

Save the Date for the 2017 NAILD Annual Conference!

February 19-22, 2017
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

The NAILD Annual Conference provides a space for top lighting distributors and vendor manufacturers from across the nation to experience top notch professional development and industry networking. The Annual Conference is the meeting place for industry professionals to discuss changing technologies, developments, products and more. Lighting distributors and vendor manufacturers go to the NAILD Conference year-after-year to continue their professional development, grow their networks, and strategize with colleagues on emerging business topics.


 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 Annual Conference. See below for details of the event if you missed it.

Check out our conference photo album on Facebook!

 

2016 Keynote Speaker 

Morris, JimJim "The Rookie" Morris Presents: Never Give Up on a Dream

Jim "The Rookie" Morris' inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success connects with audiences, young and old, male and female. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid.

To motivate his rag tag high school baseball team, Jim, as a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When Jim's team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced. That’s what Jim Morris accomplished and—it doesn’t matter who you are—we can all relate to fulfilling our goals and dreams. Jim Morris’ story takes place on a baseball diamond, but it’s really about life.

Jim is candid about his early-life failures and he uses them to provide a roadmap for success in business, family, and community. Jim Morris will take his stories and weaves them into a roadmap of helping you to navigate the LED revolution landscape.

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Conference Presenters

General Session: The Future of Lighting Distribution
Jeffrey Barnhart, CEO and President, Creative Marketing Alliance

Jeffrey Barnhart has more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing strategic programs to help companies grow and achieve their strategic imperatives. Jeff has led the agency to 29 years of success, providing crucial guidance to organizations of all sizes and in various locations around the globe.

Jeff’s rich background includes the integration of sales and marketing through three company mergers at Philips Lighting, and the launch of one of the first energy-efficient, environmentally-beneficial lighting products in the U.S. market. He was also instrumental in launching the first program that advocated using new lighting technologies to reduce electricity demand—the precursor to the current Energy Star program.

An avid boater and fisherman, Jeff currently holds a Masters Captain’s License from the U.S. Coast Guard. An expert at navigating his way through challenging business climates, Jeff’s results-driven strategies have helped launch start-up businesses and associations, and provided sales growth and profit enhancement to small companies and established blue chips.

 

General Session: Predicting Performance of LED Products 
Jack Curran, LED Transformations, Inc.

John (Jack) W. Curran, PhD has spent over 25 years in the area of product development. With 32 patents issued, Dr. Curran has been responsible for products ranging in scope from shear wave seismic sources to fire evacuation systems to LED signals and area lights. Currently he is president of LED Transformations, LLC, a New Jersey based technology consulting company specializing in providing guidance to companies entering the solid-state lighting field. He is a member of the SPIE; IESNA; the Optical Society of America and the Acoustic Society of America. He has given numerous talks to the lighting industry on the correct use of LED technology for general illumination applications both for his own company and on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

General Session: The Controls Forest: Switches, Plugs, Programs, Oh my!
Steve Mesh, Principal, Lighting Education & Design

Steve attended Parsons School of Design and has been a lighting designer and educator for 35 years. He's designed the lighting for a wide variety of projects in the U.S. and internationally. He was the Senior Lighting Program Coordinator at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco. Steve has been a corporate member of the IALD. He's a member of the IES and was previously the Northeast Regional Vice President. For 25 years, he's served on the Energy Management Committee which updates national energy codes (ASHRAE 90.1). He has also been a member of the Quality of the Visual Environment committee. He's an EPA Green Lights Surveyor Ally and has been an AIA Registered Provider. He was also part of the development team for the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program. He has taught lighting for the past 31 years and has been a Contributing Editor of Building Operating Management. He won an IALD award for the Palm House at Dowling College, and an EPRI award for Brower Commons at Rutgers University. He's given several workshops at LightFair and has spoken at Lux Pacifica in New Delhi, India. He is also a private pilot. 

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2016 Full Conference Agenda

Saturday, April 9, 2016
6:00-8:00pm NAILD Board of Directors Dinner
Sunday, April 10, 2016
8:00am-11:00am NAILD Board of Directors Meeting
9:00am–5:00pm Exhibitor Setup
11:15am-4:15pm

Garry Haverland Golf Outing (Separate registration and fee required)

Help us in honoring Garry Haverland at the 2016 Garry Haverland Golf Tournament.  The tournament will take place on the Resort Course at La Cantera, which winds through the Texas Hill Country offering breathtaking views, the most notable being a sheer 80‐foot drop from the 7th tee to the fairway. 

The 7,001 yard par 72 golf course in San Antonio features five sets of tees on each hole to accommodate every skill level. Six holes have breathtaking views of San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the scenic Texas Hill Country. Natural features include natural water features, streams, live oak groves, limestone rock outcroppings and 75 dramatic white sand bunkers.  

4:30-5:30pm Past Presidents Council Meeting
6:00-6:30pm New Member Meet & Greet
6:30-9:00pm

Outdoor Welcome Reception: Hit a Hole-In-One with NAILD

Kick-off NAILD’s 39th Annual Conference with a fun night of networking and some friendly competition by playing Glow Golf. Connect with industry colleagues, old and new, during this fun and interactive welcoming event. Begin your business partnerships early while sinking your best putt and continue those conversations over the next few days.

9:00pm Hospitality
Monday, April 11, 2016
7:30-8:30am Continental Breakfast/Opening Remarks
8:30-9:30am

Grand Opening Keynote Session: Never Give Up on a Dream
Presented by: Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim "The Rookie" Morris' inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success connects with audiences, young and old, male and female. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid.

To motivate his rag tag high school baseball team, Jim, as a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When Jim's team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced. That’s what Jim Morris accomplished and—it doesn’t matter who you are—we can all relate to fulfilling our goals and dreams. Jim Morris’ story takes place on a baseball diamond, but it’s really about life. Jim will take his stories and weave them into a roadmap to help you to navigate your own challenges, including the LED revolution landscape.

9:30-9:45am

Coffee Break

9:45-10:15am

Jack-CurranGeneral Session: Predicting Performance of LED Products 
Presented by: Jack Curran, LED Transformations, Inc.

In today’s lighting industry, the performance bar has been raised significantly, as compared to most traditional light sources. Customers are looking for high CRI, long lifetime, stable CCT and high efficacy. For those supplying LED products, how does one determine the performance of LED luminaires and lamps? What can the various measurement standards introduced over the past 8 years tell us about how LED products perform? What performance parameters are not well understood and cannot be predicted? How are the various LED parameters evaluated? Since in many cases the measurement techniques are different from traditional lighting, they may not mirror real world environmental conditions. Finally and most important, can those measurements predict field performance? During this session, Jack will cover the important standards you need to know; what they imply for a lighting project and how they are measured. He will also cover what standards don’t tell you and what solid-state characteristics are not well understood. Knowing the difference will help you guide customers as to what performance they can expect from their LED products.

10:15-11:30am

Product Sprint Presentation & Product Sprint

11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch/Exhibits/Open Floor Trade Show

1:00-4:20pm

OCCs 

6:00-9:00pm

Dinner on Your Own or Optional River Walk Dine Out

Make your own dinner plans or join us for NAILD's 2016 Dine Out. Join fellow members for a night on San Antonio's famed River Walk. San Antonio's number one tourist attraction, the River Walk, is lined with the city's top restaurants and attractions. We will visit two restaurants then attendees have the option to stay and have fun on the River Walk.

NAILD's River Walk Dine Out is an optional event so make sure to sign up for during registration.

9:00pm

Hospitality

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
7:45-8:30am Continental Breakfast / Committee Reports
8:30-9:30am 

Craig_DiLouieGeneral Session: Controls: Back to Basics 
Presented by: Craig DiLouie, ZING Communications, Inc.

Lighting Controls is the new wave of technology that NAILD members need to be ready to conquer. This presentation will present the basic functionality of lighting controls and the various control strategies available, with associated benefits. Learn the best ways of implementation and more in this informative presentation.

9:30-10:00am

Break

10:00-11:30am

Distributor Survival Roundtables
• Marketing Strategies
• Ways to Increase Sales
• Handling Manufacturer Warranties
• Strategies for Employee Retention
• Staying Relevant in Lighting

11:30am-12:30pm

Lunch

12:40-3:20pm

OCCs

3:30-5:00pm

Exhibitor Breakdown

6:30-8:30pm

Deep in the Heart of Texas Dinner and Awards Celebration

Join NAILD Deep in the Heart of Texas for a night of networking in a relaxed and fun environment, Texas style! During this evening, we will also present NAILD’s awards and recognition. Enjoy fun music, TexMex fare and Texas themed attire—yes, bring out the jeans, plaid, cowboy boots, spurs and hats!

8:30pm

Hospitality

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
8:00-8:30am  Continental Breakfast
• Passing of the gavel
• Board of Directors election results
8:30-10:00 am

General Session: The Future of Lighting Distribution: An Interactive Session
As the lighting industry morphs and changes attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive SWOT analysis. Help NAILD assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the industry and walk away with valuable information to help you start or enhance your organizations strategic plan and create tangible value to add to your business.

10:00-10:15am

Coffee Break

10:15-11:30am

General Session: LED Tubes Replacements: All You Need to Know: A Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Jack Curran, LED Transformations

This panel of experts will discuss linear LED tubes and compact fluorescent pin based LED replacements. The panel will weigh the pros and cons of each technology associated with these products.

11:30am

Closing Remarks

12:00-1:00pm

Closing Board of Directors Meeting

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Exhibitors at the 2016 Annual Conference

Thank you to our exhibitors! 

ARVA, LLC. JESCO Lighting Group Satco Products, Inc.
Creative Marketing Alliance Keystone Technologies Simkar Corporation
EiKO, Ltd Litetronics International Technical Consumer Products, Inc.
Energetic Lighting Lunera Lighting, Inc. Topaz
Epicor Software Corporation Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
Forest Lighting  MaxLite, Inc. USHIO America Inc.
Green Creative NAILD Veolia North America
Gripple, Inc. Osram Sylvania Viribright Lighting Inc.
Halco Lighting Technologies Philips Lighting North America  
Hatch Lighting RAB Lighting, Inc.  

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Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the following companies who were sponsors of this year's Annual Conference. We appreciate their valuable support and encourage everyone to recognize their generous contribution to this event.

Premiere Sponsor

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Signature Sponsor

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Supporter Sponsor

ARVA Logo

Patron Sponsors

Hatch-LogoKeystoneLogoPhilips-logo          VEOLIA-logo

In Kind Sponsor

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NAILD Product Sprint Awards 

NAILD revealed the recipients of the 2016 NAILD Product Sprint Awards at the NAILD Annual Conference in La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas on April 12th.

The Product Sprint award recognizes excellence in new lighting manufacturing products. The awards are voted on by entrant's peers. Past recipients include lighting manufacturers from around the country.

Congratulations to our 2016 winners:

Best Luminaire

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Best Lamp

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Best Control

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Best Ballast/Driver

KeystoneLogo

Best Accessory/Service

VEOLIA-logo

Best Overall

KeystoneLogo

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