Annual Conference


Registration Agenda Exhibitors  
Product Sprint Sponsor Venue Spouse Program

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

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. 

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. 

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To register for the 40th Annual NAILD Conference, go to the NAILD website and click on the Annual Conference page. Registration rates are below.  

Primary Distributor Attendee – Member $495
Additional Distributor Attendee – Member $395
Primary Vendor Attendee – Member*  
Additional Vendor Attendee – Member  $395
Spouse Attendee – Member   $295
Full Registration – Non-member $795

*Primary Vendor registration is included in annual dues; also included is (1) 8’x10’ booth – Second booth – $500.00

40th Annual Conference Agenda

Sunday, February 19, 2017
9:00am NAILD Annual Garry Haverland Golf Outing
Join NAILD for the 2017 Garry Haverland Golf Outing at the newly redesigned, award-winning, Shingle Creek Golf Club.  Play this 18-hole Arnold Palmer course that will challenge both experienced and novice players.  Registration is $150 per person. (Separate registration is required)
1:00pm–5:00pm Registration Open / Exhibitor Setup
4:30-5:30pm Past Presidents Council Meeting

NAILD 40th Anniversary Feelin’ Groovy Kick-off Dinner

Revisit the past and celebrate the future at NAILD’s 40th Annual Conference Kick-off. Connect with industry colleagues, old and new, share memories and be transported back in time as we celebrate NAILD’s lasting legacy. 

9:00pm Hospitality
Monday, February 20, 2017
7:30-8:30am Continental Breakfast/Opening Remarks

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.

10:30-11:00am Coffee Break/Open Tradeshow Floor 

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.


Lunch/Exhibits/Open Floor Trade Show




Orlando Night Out: Dinner and Blue Man Group on Universal’s CityWalk (separate registration required)

Make your own dinner plans or join us for NAILD’s 2017 Orlando Night Out. Join fellow members for a night on Universal’s City Walk. Enjoy dinner at Vivo Italian Kitchen and then experience the famed Blue Man Group’s antics. Celebrating 25 years, Blue Man Group has captivated over 35 million people worldwide with their multi-sensory experience combing comedy, theater, rock concert and a dance party all rolled into one. NAILD’s Orlando Night is an optional event so make sure to sign up for during registration.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:30-8:30am Continental Breakfast / Committee Reports

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. 


Break/Open Tradeshow Floor


Product Sprint


Distributor Vendor Roundtables

12:30-1:30pm Lunch/Exhibits/Open Floor Trade Show
1:30-4:10pm OCCs

Life’s a Pitch then You Putt! / Exhibitor Breakdown

Join colleagues on the putting and pitching green for some friendly completion and cocktails.


NAILD’s Disco Fever Dinner and Awards Celebration

Join NAILD to celebrate its 40th Anniversary Disco style! Enjoy a great night of awards and recognition as well as remembrance as we look back at 40 years of innovation. Take a step back in time to the era of disco for some Tuesday Night Fever! 



Wednesday, February 22, 2017
8:00-8:30am  Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:15 am

Panel Discussion: How are Technologies Changing within the Industry?

As technologies change so do the generation that is leading the industry. Hear what manufacturing leaders under 40 have to say about the changing technologies, replacement markets and more.


Coffee Break


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. 


Closing Board of Directors Meeting

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NAILD 40th Annual Conference Exhibition

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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2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

Premiere Sponsor

Supporter Sponsor

Patron Sponsors


Sponsorships Available – Secure Today for Top Visibility

The NAILD 40th Annual Conference is attended by lighting distributors in the lighting industry. 

Want to reach new customers? Sponsorships are the best way to receive enhanced visibility among the lighting distributor audience at the Conference. Each sponsorship comes with a variety of beneficial extras, even FREE registrations if applicable. Email Anna Cifelli at or call (609) 297-2216 for more information. 


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NAILD Product Sprint Awards 

NAILD will announce LIVE the Recipients of the Product Sprint awards at the our 40th Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration on Tuesday, February 21st. 

(Dinner is included with registration fees.) 

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. 

NAILD will be accepting member entries for this prestigious competition in December. Get to know new companies and meet new contacts all while being able to showcase your product and company in a dedicated session. The entry fee is included in all conference sponsorships otherwise, the fee for entry is $400. Contact Anna Cifelli for more information at or call (609) 297-2216. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

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Have you seen our location?
Join us at the Rosen Shingle Creek, February 19-22, 2017 for NAILD’s 40th Annual Conference. Just minutes away from Walt Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld, great shopping and more, this hotel boasts four pools, a PGA rated golf course, four outstanding restaurants and more. For more information about the location, click here.

Additional rooms are available at the Rosen Pointe Orlando, a 3 mile drive from the Rosen Shingle Creek.  To book your room please call 1-800-999-8585 and say you are with NAILD.

Rosen Pointe Orlando: $119.00 plus tax

Orlando Information / Travel Tips

The Rosen Shingle Creek is located approximately 11 miles from the Orlando International Airport. Estimated taxi fare per person from the airport one-way is $50.00 USD. There are three super shuttles from the airport to the hotel with an estimated per person price of $18-21.00 USD one-way. For more information on the shuttle service, please click here

On-site self-parking is included in your fee; however valet parking is also available for $24.00 USD per day.         

Weather in Orlando during February averages around 73 degrees. 

The NAILD dress code of the Conference is business casual during the day and evening (slacks and collared shirts for men and the equivalent for women). Also, please be sure to bring a sweater or jacket to the meeting rooms each day as it is difficult to keep the air conditioning at a comfortable level for all attendees.

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Be sure to register your spouse or partner for this year’s event so they can enjoy our beautiful venue.

Included in the spouse registration will be:

  • Sunday evening NAILD 40th Anniversary Feelin’ Groovy Kick-off Dinner
  • Spouse program: An Interactive Cooking Demonstration*
  • Tuesday afternoon networking Life’s a Pitch then You Putt!
  • Tuesday evening NAILD’s Disco Fever Dinner and Awards Celebration
  • All breakfast meals

*Join us at the Rosen Shingle Creek for a fun and interactive cooking demonstration. Join the Rosen’s executive chef as he walks you through step-by-step preparing an entree, side dish and dessert perfect for your next dinner party meal! 

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