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Shedding Light: Innovation & Adoption in the Dynamic World of Lighting

May 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm


Shedding Light: Innovation & Adoption in the Dynamic World of Lighting

Just when you think lighting tech has gone as far as it can, it blows you away…

The rapid evolution of Lighting technology continues to optimize energy use while enhancing work and life modalities. Shedding Light will bring together technology companies, financial experts, investors and adopters of all kinds to collaborate and educate on the advancements in lighting technology. And, as that applies, to opportunities and incentives in the adoption of “smart lighting”, IoT, big data and other energy efficient, sustainable and task-effective lighting strategies. An EXPO will accompany the Symposium.

Speaker biographies are located below the Agenda.


8:00     Registration / Breakfast Reception / EXPO

8:30     Welcome

8:40     LEDs and Integrated Systems: The Latest and the Future
Scott Tapia, Sales Manager Southern California, ABM Electrical & Lighting Solutions (moderator)
Chelsea Till, Sales Supervisor, Lutron Electronics
Nathan Reed, Regional Sales Manager, Lunera
Steve DeBlasi, Business Development Manager, Encelium

9:30     Lighting Controls and IoT
Greg Cavlovic, Manager Energy Sales, Performance Lighting Solutions
Joe Portera, Lighting Control Specialist, Performance Lighting Solutions

10:00   Break / EXPO

10:20   Financial Strategies and Incentives in Lighting: Edison LCR Program
Shiva Subramanya, Principal, Enpowered Solutions (moderator)
Alden Hathaway, SVP Business Development, Sterling Energy Assets
Ralph Futch, Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin Energy
Blake Freeman, Industrial Program Manager, Vice President, Onsite Energy Corporation

11:10   Rebates and Incentives in Lighting
Amrit Peck, Owner, Energy Outlet

11:30   Demystifying the California Energy Code
John Busch, Regional Sales Manager, Leviton; California Energy Alliance

12:00   Networking Lunch

12:30   Industry Trends in Lighting
Chris Smith, Director – Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales, Philips Lighting North America
David Theriault, Business Development Manager, Public Sector, Philips Lighting North America

1:00     Procurement and Integration: Challenges, Results and Opportunities
Mackenzie Crigger, Sustainability Manager, Chapman University
D. Scott Walker, Sr. Specialist, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision
Adam Feuerstein, Manager of Project Services, Facilities Management, UC Irvine
Erik Lidecis, Manager of Utilities and Operations, Hoag Hospital
Vernon Strickland, Former Construction Asset Manager, WNC

2:00     Future of Lighting – Conclusion of the Day
Michele Davidson, President & CEO, FTS Lighting Services

2:30     Adjourn / EXPO

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About Our Speakers:

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Scott Tapia, Sales Manager, ABM Electrical & Lighting

Scott Tapia has been in the lighting & electrical industry for 19 years and currently is the Sales Manager for ABM Electrical & Lighting. His focus has been on leveraging the latest in lighting technologies and strong customer service skills to work with our customers in reducing their owning and operating costs.

This is balanced with providing the right fit with our turnkey solutions so we can work within budget parameters while providing improved lighting quality, safety and overall customer satisfaction.

At ABM we are continually working at building value for our customers and have had great success with small to large projects as well as our planned lighting maintenance for over 30 years now.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shiva Subramanya, CEM, M.S.M.E., Co-founder, Enpowered Solutions

With over twenty three years of broad experience in the energy industry, Shiva Subramanya is a seasoned energy executive. His experience in the energy industry includes technical development, product development, energy engineering, and project/construction management of many projects. A highly regarded energy professional, Shiva co-founded EPS Corporation and Enpowered Solutions and is a frequent speaker on wide ranging energy and environmental issues across the country and has published papers in the energy industry. He also has a patent on “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING AND OPTIMIZING ENERGY USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT”. His technical expertise include lighting, cogeneration, refrigeration, boilers, HVAC, central plants, and controls.

Shiva’s impressive experience also includes responsibility for the design of software to control building management system response to real-time pricing signals from utilities, the development of an enterprise energy management software, and automated demand response software for EPS Corp. He has also taught graduate level energy courses at Portland State University.

Shiva earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Certified Energy Manager, and a member of ASHRAE, and the Association of Energy Engineers.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Greg Cavlovic, Manager, Energy Sales, Performance Lighting Systems

Greg Cavlovic serves as the Manager of Energy Sales for Performance Lighting Systems, the leading manufacturer’s representative agency in Southern California. Greg is responsible for managing a team that specifies and sells energy efficient technologies into multiple vertical markets, both locally and nationally, while also serving as an advisor to innovative IoT and M2M startup firms. Throughout his 18-year career in energy efficiency, Greg has successfully launched several energy management divisions and has personally consulted for numerous marquee accounts. A serial entrepreneur, he has a passion to build specialty teams, tackle cutting edge projects head on, and find new deployment vehicles for market adoption.

Greg is graduate of the University of California Long Beach where he received his bachelor’s degree Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning. He is married to his wife Heather and resides in Temecula, CA.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Erik Lidecis, CHFM, Manager of Utilities and Operations, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Hoag Hospital Irvine

Erik Lidecis is currently the Manager of Utilities and Operations at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Hoag Hospital Irvine. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the facilities, and the enterprise-wide energy and utilities management. Erik started with Hoag in 2005, where he supervised the startup and operation of a 4.5 MW cogeneration power plant. Prior to Hoag, He spent six years as a manufacturing manager for Oakley, Inc. He is a Certified Health Care Manager who holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. Erik and his wife Georgina have three boys and reside in Huntington Beach, California.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Michele Davidson, President/ CEO, FTS Lighting Services Inc.

Michele Davidson is President and CEO of FTS Lighting Services Inc. Michele has been leading the company for more than 38 years with the family business that originates back over 70 years.

FTS Lighting Services, Inc. provides energy efficient and cost-effective lighting solutions as an electrical wholesale distributor providing LED products, fixtures, Title 24 & 20 products as well as providing turnkey solutions in lighting retrofits, utility rebate assistance and e-waste recycling services.

The company’s family business was started in the late 1940’s by family patriarchs Dorothy and Bernard Patton as Fluorescent Tube Service and Exchange Company (Now “FTS” in memory and devotion to Michele’s grandparents). Bernard invented the rejuvenation machine that brought old fluorescent light bulbs back to life, accomplishing what many considered then to be “impossible.” In the 1950’s Dorothy, Michele’s grandmother, took over as President of the company becoming a leading lighting distributor for GE, Sylvania and Westinghouse at the time as one of the first Woman Owned Businesses in the electrical industry. Michele grew up in the businesses wrapping light bulbs for delivery and making collection calls at age 10. Michele later took the reins from her grandmother bringing the concept and progress of the business into the future.
Michele is Forum Chairperson at WBEC (Women’s Business Enterprise Council) West – San Diego and is the recipient of the Vendor Platinum Award for 2016 and 2018. She is also a member of WOSB (Women-Owned Small Business), helping mentoring women in business.

With dedication to energy sustainability, Michele takes honor in being part of the Board of Directors of Sustain OC and keeping with our mission statement of: Shining our light to protect our planet for future generations. Help save the earth…it’s the only planet with chocolate.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Amrit Peck, Founder & Owner, Energy Outlet Inc.

Amrit Peck is the Founder and Owner of Energy Outlet Inc., an energy consulting firm focusing on solutions for contractors. Amrit is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and has worked in the energy industry for over 12 years. She has a background in various sectors within the energy industry, including solar, energy efficiency and automated demand response solutions. She earned a B.A. in Marketing from California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to working in the energy industry, Amrit worked as a District Sales Manager and has held various leadership positions throughout her sales career.

Amrit is now dedicated to promoting sustainable strategies and expanding efficient solutions with her work at Energy Outlet. Her team is specialized in the area of energy and utility incentives. Energy Outlet offers a clear and simple administrative rebate processing solution for utility programs nationwide; assisting contractors in navigating the nuances of the many different utility rules and requirements. She expresses a great passion for her work, both within the energy industry and her community.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Nathan Reed, Regional Sales Manager and Energy Consultant, Lunera

Nathan manages sales for Lunera in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii.
Prior to working at Lunera, Nathan was a Lighting Consultant at Grainger, and National Account Manager for LED Lamps and Systems at Philips Lighting, focusing on Retail vertical and later ESCOs.

Over the past 8 years Nathan has helped accelerate the adoption of LED technologies into existing buildings. Nathan now views LED as a baseline for efficiency and is excited to be a part of an industry driving value above and beyond nominal LED wattage savings, by leveraging existing infrastructure and via networked controls on premise and to the cloud.

Lunera is a Smart Building Services company that uses innovative Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology to optimize energy, property and resource management for the commercial and industrial buildings market. Lunera’s unique invention embeds IoT-edge technology, sensors, controls, modems and microprocessors, into an LED lamp.

Nathan holds Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA, and a Marketing Certificate from Northwestern University.

.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Ralph E. Futch, Senior Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin Energy

Ralph Futch joined Lockheed Martin Energy to help Commercial and Industrial customers achieve sustainability goals through the deployment of advanced technologies. He is currently focused on business development for Lockheed Martin’s GridStarTM energy storage solution, as well as, fulfillment of utility contracts in Southern California, including traditional energy efficiency programs and the new Local Capacity Resource (LCR) program. Before Lockheed Martin, Mr. Futch spent more than a decade as CEO of various entrepreneurial pursuits involving manufacturing energy efficiency controls and Industrial IOT technology solutions. His career has included management positions at Rockwell International, Motorola and ARCO.

Mr. Futch served in the U.S. Navy as a Submarine Navigation Electronics technician. He obtained his B.S. degree in Management from Pepperdine University and MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. His passions include sustainability, responsible government, and wilderness camping.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Mackenzie Crigger, Energy and Sustainability Manager, Chapman University

Ms. Mackenzie Crigger is the Energy and Sustainability Manager at Chapman University and a lecturer in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. She holds a BA from Transylvania University, an MBA from Duquesne University, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Chapman University.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Christopher Smith, Director of Sales for Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales, Philips Lighting

Chris Smith is the Director of Sales for Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales at Philips Lighting. Chris delivers solutions for global clients so they may achieve their smart building goals with connected lighting technologies and LaaS. In the last several years, Chris has been responsible for leading both hardware and software business development efforts for access control and connected building applications in the commercial real estate, multifamily and single family verticals for Ingersoll Rand, Allegion and now Signify.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]David Theriault, Business Development Manager, Public Sector, Philips Lighting

Nearing 40 years in the industry David has broad lighting and energy experience.

He is a:
• Certified Energy Manager
• Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional
• Certified Demand Side Manager
• Certified Sustainability Development Professional

(All certifications are from the Association of Energy Engineers)

He has worked for most of the major investor owned utilities in CA including SDG&E and PG&E. He was the Energy Manager for Wells Fargo Bank controlling a $60 million energy budget. He has worked for Chevron Energy Solutions, Noresco, AECOM, BP as well as Philips Lighting for the past 5 years.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]Chelsea Till, Sales Supervisor, Lutron Electronics

Chelsea Till has been with Lutron Electronics for 6 years. Chelsea’s career has specialized on lighting controls for energy retrofits and Title 24 compliance. During her first role in California, she managed Lutron’s electrical distribution channel in Southern California and focused on energy contractors to specify innovative energy retrofit solutions. Chelsea’s current role supports campus customers, such as universities and corporations, by maintaining and upgrading existing systems, standardizing control specifications, and providing end user training. Chelsea Till is a Civil Engineering graduate from Arizona State University.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][vc_column_text]John Busch, Regional Sales Manager – Southwest, Leviton Manufacturing, Energy Management Controls and Automation Group

John Busch has held a variety of positions over his 30-year career including: electrical designer, design build estimator, project manager, field applications engineer, and even holds a C-10 Electrical Contractors license in the State of California. These positions have shaped his skills to evaluate electrical design challenges with a solutions-oriented perspective. He currently serves as the Regional Sales Manager – Southwest, for the Energy Management Controls and Automation Group of Leviton Manufacturing. John also teaches classes on the California Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards, LEED, lighting controls, the Big 3 Energy Codes, measurement and verification metering or successful power management and other energy management related topics.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Alden Hathaway, PE, CEM, Senior VP, Business Development, Sterling Energy Assets and Sterling Analytics

Alden Hathaway manages Sterling Energy Assets solar development and Sterling Analytics energy efficiency programs for national accounts and utility load reduction needs. He works with customers to integrate energy technologies to help them achieve carbon neutral goals while maximizing savings and return on investment. Simultaneously, he works the same integrated technology approach to help utilities meet their own demand reduction and load shaping goals. Prior to these duties, Mr. Hathaway, coordinated for Sterling Planet new customer accounts in the non-residential sector, providing customized solutions for carbon neutrality that combine White Tags™ Energy Efficiency Certificates, renewable energy and direct carbon offsets.

A visionary with unparalleled dedication to practical, economical and meaningful applications of clean energy technologies, Mr. Hathaway has extensive experience in clean energy policy, market development and application of leading-edge technology. As Manager of Energy Programs for GTE Sylvania, Mr. Hathaway led the utility rebate market development and implementation for EPA’s Green Lights Program. As ICF’s consultant for the USEPA’s Energy Star Programs, Mr. Hathaway led the marketing efforts for EPA Green Lights, Energy Star Buildings and Energy Star Buildings Allies Programs. As Director of EcoPower® Programs for the Environmental Resources Trust (ERT), Mr. Hathaway coordinated renewable energy certification, as well as energy and environmental consulting services for national accounts, utilities and government agencies. He also provided input for development of EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program.

Throughout his 35 year energy career, Mr. Hathaway’s dedication to sustainability and environmentally sound yet practical energy solutions has extended to his personal life. Along with his wife Carol and his father, Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh (retired), Mr. Hathaway founded and serves on the board of a 20-year-old operation called Solar Light for Africa, www.solarlightforafrica.com. This not-for-profit organization installs solar power in rural villages across sub-Saharan Africa, bringing light, power and solar-pumped water to some of the poorest regions of the world. Over the past two decades, the organization has installed more than 2,500 lighting systems in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Congo under the banner “Let There be Light”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][/vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][/vc_column]


May 31, 2018
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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