NAILD Innovation

NAILD Innovation 2018
Join Us February 13-16, 2018 at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California

What is NAILD Innovation?

It’s not just our Annual Conference, it’s a movement! A movement towards educating attendees on innovative technologies, lighting advancements, business practices and more.

What will it offer? 

NAILD Innovation creates an atmosphere for distributors and manufacturers to come together and create lasting business relationships and friendships.

We are expanding our educational agenda to offer the best lighting education in the industry. For 40 years, NAILD has given members access to industry leaders and tools to grow your business. As the lighting industry continues to evolve and change with emerging technologies, new equipment, efficient processes and more, NAILD is here to provide the education and resources that you can immediately apply to your business.



Register today for NAILD Innovation 2018. 

NAILD Innovation 2018 Hotel

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa
Rancho Mirage, California

The 2018 venue is located in Rancho Mirage, California right outside of Palm Springs surrounded by 36 holes of championship golf, picturesque mountain views and a secluded location. Lounge by the pool or unwind at the spa during your desert retreat. Listed as one of Golf Digest’s® Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America. Click here to see what the hotel has to offer.

Group Rate: $219.00 USD

Book your room by January 12, 2018 for the guaranteed group rate by calling 1-877-253-0041 and request the NAILD 2018 Annual Conference. Or you can click here to book your room with our easy reservation system. 

3rd Annual Garry Haverland Golf Outing

Join us as we tee off on Tuesday, February 13th for the 3rd Annual Garry Haverland Golf Outing. Named to honor 

NAILD Past President and long-time NAILD member Garry Haverland, the outing brings together members and non-members to play in a fun, non-competitive networking environment.

Rate: $135.00 USD
Club rentals are available

The award winning Pete Dye course at the Westin Mission Hills features hidden pin placements, carries over water, pot bunkers, elevated tees and railroad ties. It plays to 6,706 yards at a par 70, is designed for all skill levels, and is just steps away from the resort and as such shares the same majestic mountain views. (Note: collared shirt, slacks, shorts required. No metal spikes.)

NAILD Innovation 2018 Agenda 

Monday, February 12, 2018

NAILD Executive Committee Meeting


NAILD Board of Directors Meeting


NAILD Board of Directors Dinner

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NAILD 3rd Annual Garry Haverland Golf Outing (separate registration required – see information listed above)


Registration Open / Exhibitor Set Up

4:30-5:30pm Past Presidents Council Meeting
6:30-8:30pm Under the Starts Kick-Off Party
8:30pm Hospitality
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:30-8:30am Breakfast / Exhibits Open
8:30am Opening Remarks
8:45-10:30am Who Moved My Light Bulb: Adapting Your Business for the Future
Four industry practitioners lead an interactive workshop to share how they have adapted their business to face the new realities of lighting and controls.
Presented by Paul Hafner
Randy Johnson, U.S. Lamp
Cory Schneider, Lighting Unlimited
Craig Meadows, CTI Energy Group 
Steven Spitzer, Monterey Lighting
10:30-11:00am Break / Exhibits Open
11:00am-12:45pm Who Moved My Light Bulb: Adapting Your Business for the Future
12:45-1:45pm Lunch / Exhibits Open
1:45-2:45pm Product Sprint
2:45-3:15pm Break / Exhibits Open

Light and Health: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What We Need to Know
Presented by Mariana Figueiro, Director, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lighting isn’t just for vision. Lighting helps to synchronize our natural circadian rhythms. When lighting throws off our circadian rhythms, the effects can be detrimental to our health. Attendees will learn about how the latest research into this field can be applied and how to improve our modern living environments with healthy lighting.

4:15-5:30pm OCCs
7:00pm A Desert Paradise White Party – NAILD Innovation 2018 Awards Dinner
Join NAILD as we announce LIVE the recipients of the 2018 Product Sprint awards
9:00pm Hospitality
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00-8:00am OCCs
6:45-8:30am Breakfast

Lumens as a Service
Presented by Iain Campbell, Rocky Mountain Institute

Service-based lighting models accelerate the deployment of smart LED technology and provide incremental revenue streams for installers and contractors. Learn how distributors can develop relationships with the specialized financiers behind this innovative new model to deliver significant value to clients and secure market advantage.


Indoor Horticulture: Learn How to Navigate This Budding Market
Presented by Dave Inman, ProGrowTech

Learn about the growing market for indoor horticulture lighting— from biofuel to row crops to vertical farming and cannabis. Discover lighting design differences for greenhouse and warehouse cultivation, what makes a quality horticulture fixture and tips for effectively selling to the cannabis market. 

10:00-10:45am Break / Exhibits Open

The Lighting Industry: Today’s Landscape and Tomorrow’s War for the Ceiling
Presented by John W. Curran, U.S. Department of Energy

Changes have rocked the lighting industry over the past decade and yet there is still a revolution on the horizon. Lumens and watts will take a back seat to productivity, health, and mood effects. Big data analysis skills will be critical. A look at today’s trends and the future of the lighting business.

12:00-1:30pm Lunch / Exhibits Open
1:30-2:30pm The Rise of Autonomous Buildings: How AI & Sensors are Transforming Buildings
Presented by Dan Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO, VergeSense

A combination of technologies – from intelligent sensors, to connected IoT devices, to edge computing and artificial intelligence is coming together to lay the foundation for the buildings of the future – autonomous, collaborative, and more efficient than ever. Learn about the impact that sensors and AI are having on building management— from HVAC to LED lighting to space utilization and beyond.

2:30-4:00pm OCCs
4:00-5:00pm Networking Event
5:30pm Dinner and Villagefest Off-Site Event (Separate Registration Required)

Join your NAILD colleagues for an optional networking dinner that will get you out into beautiful Palm Springs. After dinner stroll around Villagefest. Started more than 20 years ago, Villagefest offers more than 200 booths offering beautiful art, handcrafted items, free admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum, music and unique food.

9:00pm Hospitality
Friday, February 16, 2018
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
8:30-9:30am OCCs

DesignLights Consortium – Removing Barriers to Market Adoption
Presented by Brady Nemeth, Project Manager, DesignLights Consortium (DLC)

Learn about the DLC’s efforts to provide greater transparency and predictability for future requirements and specifications. Projects under review include: color tuning, field adjustable products, replacement lamp form factors, horticultural lighting, networked lighting controls, DC and put systems and flicker. 


Demystifying PoE Lighting
Presented by Wendell Strong, PoE Lighting Manager, GENISYS

Learn how IP-based PoE uses networking equipment to power and control LED-lighting systems to deliver up to 90 percent energy savings compared to today’s installed lighting base. Stand-alone lighting systems are becoming a thing of the past in favor of networked systems that enable IoT. Learn why a net-zero building is limited in its ability to maximize value to other cost centers and the 3-30-300 Rule. See how PoE is a gateway to intelligent buildings and how networking is becoming a player in the lighting world.

11:00-11:45 Who Moved My Light Bulb: Adapting Your Business for the Future (cont.)
Presented by Paul Hafner, Consultant
11:45am Closing Remarks
12:00pm Closing Board of Directors Meeting

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NAILD Innovation Exhibition

NAILD is moving away from the traditional pipe and drape tradeshow set up and into an interactive table top experience. Vendor table tops will now be in general session room allowing manufacturers the opportunity to have much greater interaction with attendees as well as learn from the expanded educational sessions. The price for the 2018 Table Top Station is as follows:

2018 Vendor Table Top Station only (includes the table top station as well as one attendee registration – members only): $1,550

Vendors are able to receive a 5% discount off the exhibit fee if the dues and exhibit fee is paid by January 12, 2018!

Take advantage of this great discount by renewing and purchasing your exhibit space early!

The Exhibition portion of NAILD Innovation features leading industry manufacturers whose target customers are lighting distributors and will offer the latest product innovations and equipment advances. This 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. NAILD Innovation offers you and your company tremendous networking opportunities and education that will lead you on the road to success.

For more information contact NAILD Headquarters at (609) 297-2216 or email at

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 Become a Sponsor for NAILD Innovation 2018

NAILD has opportunities to showcase your company! Want to reach new customers? Through sponsorship, your brand will be in front of leading  Distributors in the lighting industry. The exposure is tremendous – and we can find the perfect partnership with your business to make the experience with NAILD truly successful.

Please note: Click here for a variety of standardized options. We are happy to customize a program to match your interests and budget level.

For more information please contact Anna Cifelli at (609) 297-2216 or email

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NAILD Product Sprint Awards 

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. 

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

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