Lithonia Lighting® has been the Best Value in Lighting® for 75 years, providing the industry’s broadest line of commercial, industrial, and residential lighting. Join us for an informative and fun event as we focus on the Distributor and Contractor needs in lighting products. Connect with us over relevant topics such as renovation and retrofit, controls and new products to stock your shelves and trucks. We are excited to celebrate our first 75 years of product, customer service and delivery with you and we look forward to continuing innovating our industry for years to come!
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Join BJ Brooks and Janet Cecchettini as they discuss LEDs, their comparison to legacy light sources and why “It’s Time to Make the Change” to LEDs in your retrofit and renovation projects.
BJ Brooks joined Acuity Brands in 2019 after spending more than 15 years in the theatre industry as a stage and production manager. His love of complex technical challenges has translated to the Training world where he currently works with the team to help all of Acuity’s customers and associates be brilliant! He earned a B.S. in Stage Management from the University of Evansville, and holds a variety of theatrical certifications. When he’s not rambling about new technologies and data protocols, you can find him in the kitchen or playing fetch with the cats.
Janet Cecchettini is a 35+ year veteran of the lighting industry with wide experience in lighting design and applications, project management, and lighting education.
Janet has spent the past 16 years committed to bringing the wonder of lighting to a broad audience of industry professionals, facility owners and managers, industry novices and colleagues through the development and implementation of instructor-led and electronic coursework designed to educate and inspire.
Currently Senior Manager of Lighting and Lighting Controls Education at Acuity Brands Center for Light & Space in Conyers, Georgia, Janet holds the Lighting Certified credential from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, and is a longtime member of the Illuminating Engineering Society.
1:00PM – 2:00PM
LED lighting has largely replaced HID lighting for new construction, and, at this point is the "the new normal". Still, the technology continues to evolve, creating products that that have greater efficacy and optical efficiency, solving lighting problems that were not previously addressed with HID lighting. There is also a trend towards visual comfort at lower mounting heights, overcoming the sometimes blinding effects of bright refractive optics. And while LED lighting is "the new normal", the "next new normal" is the use of embedded wireless controls. The cost-effective controls will allow an additional 50% in energy savings while meeting the specific needs of the site and new Code requirements such as IECC 2015.
Eric Gibson is the Director for Commercial Outdoor Products at Acuity Brands Lighting. Eric received his B.S. degree in Illumination Engineering at the University of Colorado and his M.B.A. at Mercer University in Atlanta.
Eric has been in the lighting industry for 33 years in sales, engineering, marketing, product development and management roles. After working for other manufacturers for thirteen years, he began his career with Lithonia Lighting in 2000 helping to launch the Visual lighting software program. Eric then moved to sales for Peerless and eventually to Lithonia Outdoor as product manager and then Director.
Eric has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society since 1988 with involvement in several different committees including the Education Committee, the Lighting Software Committee and was involved in the drafting of the IESNA / IDA Joint Model Lighting Ordinance. Eric is currently a member of the Environmental Outdoor Committee and in involved in the planning committee for the TM-15 update.
2:30PM – 3:30PM
General overview of the SensorSwitch standard product line, stand-alone controls, and the new SensorSwitch JOT solution.
Dennis Hoskins have been in Product Management for over 20 years with different positions mainly with Schneider Electric Ingersoll Rand, and Acuity. He started with Acuity in 2015 as a Product Manager for Commercial Outdoor. Between 2016-2018 he held positions of Senior Product Manager of Residential Indoor and Senior Manager of Training and Education, managing the Conyers Lighting Center. And from 2019 to present, he served as the Senior Product Manager for SensorSwitch and Legacy Controls.
Mark is the Product Director for nLight. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his career at GE over 20 years ago and joined Acuity almost 5 years ago in the Commercial Outdoor Group. Since then he spent 2 years managing the ROAM product line and in 2018 started managing nLight AIR.
4:00PM – 4:30PM
Join Andrew Banovic as he discusses Switchable and Adjustable Technology in LED Luminaires.
Andrew Banovic is a 7 year veteran of the lighting industry and has held roles in almost every function. Andrew began as a mechanical engineer and the moved into continuous improvement and plant operations. After business school Andrew joined Acuity in 2017 as a product manager in the Industrial group. For the past 2 years he has been a Product Director on the commercial indoor team and currently manages all Lithonia Lay Ins. Andrew currently lives in Gulf Shores Alabama with his wife and two young kids. Hobbies include exercise, spending time with family at the beach and on the boat, and college football.
Decades of research and history demonstrate that UV light can be highly effective at inactivating pathogens…but is it safe? Properly applied, UV light disinfection can balance safety with pathogen reduction. Join us to investigate the safety protocols and design techniques that enable a holistic approach to designing a UV light disinfection system that protects occupants.
With 30 years of experience, Jeannine currently holds the position of Director Technology Solutions for Acuity Brands where she has a leading role in accelerating market adoption of cutting-edge design platforms such as OLED Lighting, Circadian and Dynamic Lighting, and UV Light Disinfection Technology.
Colin recently joined the Digital lighting network Group at Acuity Brands as Senior Product Manager of Embedded solutions, bringing with him nearly 10 years of lighting and lighting controls experience with roles such as Applications Engineer, Controls Training Program manager and most recently Connected Buildings Product manager.
David Sliney holds a Ph.D. in biophysics and medical physics from University College London (Institute of Ophthalmology), an MS in physics and radiological health from Emory University and a BS in physics from Virginia Tech. He served as Program Manager, Laser/Optical Radiation Program for the US Army Medical Department for 42 years until retirement.
Gary is currently the VP of Technology Commercialization where he is leading the implementation of new technologies across the business, starting with UV disinfection. During his 25- year career and he has been the team leader or marketing lead of some the most significant new product releases in the past two decades.
With over 35 years of experience in lighting design and manufacturing, Ron is currently Vice President Technology Solutions for Acuity Brands where he leads a diverse team responsible for custom architectural lighting solutions as well as technology innovation and market transformation.