NAILD Innovation


NAILD Innovation 2018
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Presentations are Available on the NAILD Member's Only Site

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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.

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.

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.


NAILD Innovation 2018 Agenda 

Monday, February 12, 2018

NAILD Executive Committee Meeting — Hospitality 1019


NAILD Board of Directors Meeting — Hospitality 1019


NAILD Board of Directors Dinner

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

NAILD 3rd Annual Garry Haverland Golf Outing (separate registration required – see information listed above) — Pete Dye Golf Course (located behind Las Brias Pool) 
Breakfast available beginning at 8:00am


Registration Open / Exhibitor Set Up — Ambassador Ballroom

4:30-5:30pm Past Presidents Council Meeting — Hospitality 1019
6:30-8:30pm Under the Starts Kick-Off Party — Masters Plaza
8:30pm Hospitality — Hospitality 1019

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

All educational sessions, table top exhibits and meals are being held in the Ambassador Ballroom

7:30-8:30am Breakfast and Meet Our Exhibitors
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 
Michael Colligan, Atlas Lighting
10:30-11:00am Networking Breakd and Table Top Exhibits
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
9:00pm Hospitality — Hospitality 1019
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00-8:15am 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 Andrew Myers, 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.

2:30-3:45pm OCCs

It's Netwlrking Time! Cornhole and Brews — Ambassador Patio East

Join fellow attendees for a fun and relaxing networking event. Engage in a friendly game of cornhold and other outdoor games while enjoying some local brews from the Coachella Valley Brewing Company. 

6:00-9:15pm 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 — Hospitality 1019
Friday, February 16, 2018
8:00-9:30am Breakfast
8:00-9:30am 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, Innovative Lighting

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.

11:00-11:45am 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 — Thank You to All of Our Exhibitors!

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:

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.

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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. 

Stay Tuned for the 2018 Product Sprint Winners!

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