The IES Norfolk/Virginia Beach Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Webinar: A New Sales Pitch
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lighting projects are often evaluated on an energy-based ROI even though the value of non-energy benefits (NEBs) may be far more important. Networked lighting systems, coupled with quality lighting design, can achieve deeper energy savings while improving the productivity and comfort of the people occupying commercial spaces. By shifting marketing tactics, the industry can help customers look beyond just the ‘energy story’ of networked lighting controls to include some of the less obvious but highly valuable benefits. This webinar will discuss how networked lighting systems achieve multiple building goals that enhance the space, achieve maximum energy savings, provide an economical solution, and above all deliver quality lighting for the people within the space.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Dan MellingerDan Mellinger
Dan Mellinger is a Principal with Energy Futures Group, a Vermont-based firm that works to advance clean energy policies. Dan specializes in the design, planning and administration of energy efficiency programs, with an emphasis on commercial and industrial sectors. He provides technical consultative services on efficient technology capabilities, market analysis, technology adoption, energy savings potential, industry standards, training, and financing. He is experienced in the policy and regulation of goal setting, budgets, annual reporting, and performance incentives. Dan has consulted on hundreds of commercial efficiency projects across many jurisdictions nationwide and has designed and administered industry-leading commercial lighting programs. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, is a Certified Energy Manager, and is Lighting Certified.

Liesel Whitney-SchulteLiesel Whitney-Schulte
Liesel Whitney-Schulte, LC, is the program director for the DLC, where her responsibilities include oversight of stakeholder outreach and engagement; program design, development and management; and providing support for the Solid-State Lighting Qualified Product List and Networked Lighting Controls programs to help advance quality lighting products in the market.

Aluz Lighting

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ALUZ Architectural Lighting


IES Annual Award Social @ The Shack
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Let’s get together with our fellow Emerging Professionals and IES members in the Tidewater area! This year’s IES Annual Award Social will be held at The Shack in Virginia Beach, Thursday, May 12th at 5:00-8:00pm. 

RSVP hereDeadline to RSVP is May 11th at 12 pm. RSVP is required.

About this event

Please join us in-person to celebrate the end of the Tidewater IES 2021-2022 season as we recognize the achievements of the members of the Tidewater Section of the IES as well as others in the Hampton Roads lighting community. Come out and socialize at The Shack, Thursday, May 12th at 5pm. On this night, we will recognize our board of managers for the past year as well as acknowledge individuals who have made considerable contribution to our society.

The officers and Board of Managers would like to thank all the members of the Tidewater Section of the IES and the members of the local lighting community for your participation and attendance in the monthly programs over the past year.

This year registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring a guest, but registration is also required for them.

  • Members, Emerging Professionals and Students – $10
  • Non-members – $15
RSVP hereDeadline to RSVP is May 11th at 12 pm. RSVP is required.
Webinar: Taming Controls Complexity
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is pleased to offer a special five-part free webinar series, “Taming Complexity.” Presented by PNNL experts and partners, this series will explore ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce the ever-growing complexity of advanced lighting systems.

Webinar: Taming Controls Complexity

September 1, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Challenges with configuration, commissioning, and maintaining control settings over time have slowed progress towards integrated lighting and building system controls. Overcoming such challenges can enable energy savings, adaptive lighting for occupant alertness and wellbeing, and better space management in buildings. This webinar will explore some practical solutions to address controls complexity, including development of a clear and concise sequence of operations, the use of controls narratives, and online tools and templates to make these solutions more accessible.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Ruth Taylor
Ruth Taylor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ruth Taylor currently serves as a project manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where she has managed the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) Program for the U.S. Department of Energy since 2008. She spends much of her time sharing the results and recommendations from the ongoing evaluations at the indoor and outdoor NGLS living labs where connected lighting systems are installed in realistic settings and evaluated by team of lighting experts from around the country.

Lyn Gomes
Lyn Gomes, DPR Construction
Lyn Gomes, PE, LEED-AP, is a MEP Coordinator for DPR Construction, where she draws on 20+ years of experience in integrated systems for HVAC, electrical/lighting, control systems, fire protection, backup power, and technology. In her spare time (lol), she’s on the board of the Building Commissioning Association as well as co-chair of its annual conference, co-chair for the new standard on control sequences for lighting control systems (LP-16), teaches classes on lighting controls, and supports Techbridge, an afterschool STEM program.


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Webinar: Tidewater IES Update: What’s New?
Sep 14 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Welcome back Becky Stuart Connor – previously our District 3 Chair, but now as the new IES South Regional Director! Learn about her new role and responsibilities for the Southern region. Also, catch up on what’s new with the IES on a national, regional and local level. What are other Sections doing to stay active? What are benefits of IES membership? What new programs has the IES added? How has COVID-19 changed IES sections? …and more.


  • State of the IES – What’s New
  • Benefits of IES Membership
  • Programming Ideas
  • …and more!


Becky Stuart ConnerBecky Stuart Conner has been involved in the lighting industry for 22 years. She is currently an electrical designer for WSP in Richmond, VA, but over the years she has held many positions including lighting sales rep and project manager for a lighting distributor. She is skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, and Architectural Engineering. Becky has been involved in the design of a variety of different projects including medical, retail, educational, hospitality and recreational facilities. Becky completed two years of architecture school at Virginia Tech, gaining a special appreciation for the design process and aesthetics, while her experience and education in the field of engineering keeps her in tune with practical and efficient design solutions.

Becky’s affiliation with the Illuminating Engineering Society has been a constant since she started in the industry – she was elected Secretary of her local Section in 2004 and served in that position for 2 years, then took on the role of President and remained in that position for 10 years before being approached to serve as District 3 Vice Chair. Upon resignation of the District 3 Chair in 2016, Becky stepped into that role and served 2.5 terms. She wrapped up her second full term as District Chair in 2021 and as of July 1, 2022, she is serving as Regional Director for the South, giving her a seat at the IES Board of Directors table.

IES Members and those interested in learning about the mission of the IES and member’s benefits.

FREE Virtual meeting, but please Register for meeting link and meeting reminder.

September 14th, 12:00pm. RSVP here!

2022 Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Hyatt Regency Dallas
Oct 10 – Oct 13 all-day
2022 Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Hyatt Regency Dallas

Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

The IES Street and Area Lighting Conference is the only forum of its kind specific to the interests and challenges facing outdoor lighting professionals, with attendees gathering from across the globe to represent utilities, municipalities, DOTs, research firms, and more. This year, we are delighted to welcome Mark Lien as our keynote speaker.

The IES is excited to announce that registration is officially open for the 2022 IES Street and Area Lighting Conference, taking place in Dallas, Texas! As always, the Society’s priority is the health and safety of the lighting community, and we have enhanced our safety guidelines to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Visit our website for program updates, registration rates and travel details.

We can’t wait to reconnect with you, and look forward to providing a top-notch educational experience filled with training classes, seminars, networking sessions, and more dedicated to the improvement of outdoor lighting.

Declare 2.0 Presentation and Dinner @ Virginia Beach National Golf Club
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the IES for an AIA Presentation and Dinner

Tidewater IES is excited to present an AIA accredited presentation on Declare 2.0, Wednesday, October 12th at the Virginia Beach National Golf Club. IES and non-IES members are welcome to join us for dinner, drinks, and design education.

Do You Know About Declare 2.0?

Product transparency and sustainable design is a green building initiative gaining momentum with specifiers and building owners requesting materials free of harmful chemical toxins in an effort to create healthier, high performing environments.

Speaker, Chad Coyne, of Finelite Lighting, will present this AIA accredited seminar. He will discuss why project teams should be seeking out product transparency documentation to achieve material ingredient transparency and optimization goals. There will be a dive into recent green building standards with an emphasis on the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, Red List, and Declare 2.0 program. There will also be an explanation as to how project teams can use this information to make more informed decisions and achieve various credits, features, and imperatives within the LEED, WELL and Living Building Challenge. Declare initiatives as they pertain to the lighting will be discussed.

5:30-6pm – Registration and Social
6-7:30pm – Dinner and Presentation

RSVP here! Deadline to RSVP is 10/11 at 12 pm. RSVP is required.

Webinar: Tear Down This Wall: The Renaissance Pioneer or the Specialist?
Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Industry leaders, in a variety of lighting design specialties, discuss ways in which the training of young professionals can be pioneered for the field’s inevitable changes. Can existing programs create a larger, more qualified pool of young professionals via a “renaissance-like” approach to the lighting industry? Panelists will respond to audience engagement.

Webinar participants are eligible for one and a half (1.5) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Stan Kaye MODERATOR: Stan Kaye, SK Design and Consulting LLC Stan Kaye is the founder and principal consultant of SKD. Throughout his 35 years of experience as a designer, educator, and consultant, projects have taken him to nearly all fifty states as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He has served as the director of the graduate design program at the University of Florida from 1999-2003 and 2011-present. He held membership in United Scenic Artists local 829, the Illuminating Engineers Society, and the International Association of Lighting Designers. Combining an interest in photography, the human visual system, entertainment design, and museum artifact illumination, he has developed a deep knowledge and expertise in lighting design and technology for performance facilities of all types as well as architecture and museums.

Scott Rosenfeld PANELIST: Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer at Smithsonian Institution Scott Rosenfeld designs lighting for museums. Originally trained as a theatrical lighting designer, since 1997 Scott has worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. The advent of LED lighting has led Scott to research new possibilities for manipulating the spectrum of light to enhance vision and slow the degradation of light sensitive materials. Scott frequently lectures about how lighting can allow visitors to better see and appreciate artwork at conferences including: DOE, AIA, IALD, IES, PACCIN and LFI. Scott is chair of the IES’s Museum and Art Gallery Committee.

Kathy Perkins PANELIST: Kathy Perkins Kathy has designed lighting for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatres such as American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Baltimore Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New Federal Theatre, Mark Taper, Yale Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, People’s Light, and Playmakers Repertory. Kathy is the recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Ford Foundation, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, an NAACP Image Award and Henry Hewes Design Award. In 2007 she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She received her BFA from Howard University and M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Kathy is faculty Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dennis Size PANELIST: Dennis Size, The Lighting Design Group In his 40+ year career Dennis has designed the lighting for shows on every major television Broadcast and cable Network. His international design repertoire includes theatre, dance, live events, soap operas, talk shows, news magazines, government projects, corporate facilities, concerts, sporting events, political conventions, Presidential debates, award shows, and the latest ‘craze’ – home studios and podcasts. He’s written for trade journals and taught at several Universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, and the University of Scranton. He has been nominated for the EMMY Award 12 times, and has won five. Dennis is an Executive Vice-President of the LIGHTING DESIGN GROUP—an international Broadcast lighting design company headquartered in New York City.

Chip Israel PANELIST: Chip Israel, Lighting Design Alliance Chip Israel has been a lighting designer for over 38 years. In 1992, he founded LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE, a full-service architectural lighting design firm, where he built a highly-select team of lighting design professionals who now serve a variety of clients worldwide. As Co-CEO and Founder, Chip works closely with the owner, design team, and manufacturers to ensure lighting systems are fully integrated with the architectural design and enhance the designer’s concepts. His list of credentials includes being elected as a Fellow in both the IALD, the International Association of Lighting Designers, and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Lighting Design Alliance has also been recognized by winning over 300 National and International design awards, including multiple awards for sustainable lighting design.

Naomi Miller PANELIST: Naomi Miller, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Naomi Miller straddles the line between design and engineering at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Portland OR. By bridging the gap between technology and application, she promotes the wise use of LEDs, working with industry to overcome hurdles and celebrate the opportunities. She recently served on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors, and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD. Her current research interests are flicker, glare, and light and health. She recently served on the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Board of Directors and is both a Fellow of the IES and the IALD.

Jeff Ravitz PANELIST: Jeff Ravitz, Intensity Advisors, LLC Jeff Ravitz is a Primetime Emmy®-winning lighting designer, lecturer, and writer specializing in live entertainment being captured for multi-camera television. He is the co-author of the book, Lighting For Televised Live Events. Jeff has designed TV specials, from awards shows, concerts and stand-up comedy to debates, interviews and entertainment scenes in films. He is the broadcast lighting advisor to the Coachella festival. His concert credits include world tours for Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, John Mellencamp, Styx and Ringo Starr. Jeff was named a Parnelli Lighting Designer of the Year. His design firm, Intensity Advisors, is based in Los Angeles.

Anne Militello PANELIST: Anne Militello, Vortex Lighting Anne Militello is an internationally recognized lighting designer and fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. Noted theater work includes original productions directed by Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes, and David Lynch; the Broadway production of ‘Cuba and His Teddy Bear;’ and Christopher Alden’s opera production of ‘The Flying Dutchman.’ She has designed touring concert productions for Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, KD Lang, Lou Reed, The Decemberists, Neil Young and Pearl Jam. Numerous architectural projects include the façade of the New 42nd Street Studios and original integrated light art and media installations that continue to grace buildings in NYC. She designed Disneyland attractions with Walt Disney Imagineering and worked with Universal Studios on ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.’ Anne is the Principal and Founder of Vortex Lighting.

Webinar: Community Friendly Lighting and Best Practices
Nov 17 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Ecological lighting designer Bob Parks discusses what designers can do to improve the quality of LED outdoor lighting installations and protect the environment. Learn how proper color temperature and visual comfort maximizes visibility, while maintaining community ambiance and character.

Bob ParksBob Parks, Executive Director at Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance
Bob Parks is an IES member, Lighting Certified (LC), Community Friendly Lighting Certified (CFLC) and an ecological lighting designer/consultant. He currently serves as chair of the of the IES outdoor environmental lighting committee, and is a former member of the IDA/IES Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) committee.

Mr. Parks is the founder of the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT), an all-volunteer, non-profit, grassroots advocacy group working for safe and efficient outdoor lighting since 2000.

He joined the International Dark-Sky Association in 2009 promoting night sky preservation issues and served as the Executive Director from 2010 to 2014.

In 2014 Mr. Parks left IDA to form the non-profit Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) to promote Smart Urban Lighting and ecologically responsible lighting design. SOLA works with cities to encourage the use of adaptive controls that maximize energy reduction while saving money, reducing CO2, and improving visibility & visual comfort.

Emerging Professionals Winter Social @ Roll With It
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emerging Professionals Winter Social @ Roll With It

Calling All Emerging Professionals!
What is an Emerging Professional (EP)?? It is someone who has been in the lighting industry for 5 years or less. If that’s you, come on out to socialize with your fellow Tidewater EP’s at Roll With It, in Virginia Beach, Thursday, December 1st at 6:00pm. EP’s have a chance to win gift cards and an IES EP membership. Registration is required.

Food, play and 2 drinks provided for EP’s.

RSVP here! Deadline to RSVP is 12/1 at 12 pm. RSVP is required.

Webinar: Managing Influencers of Commercial Lighting Design
Feb 17 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Lighting tends to become a challenging portion of new construction projects without the right people working together in concert. The construction process comprising the lighting equipment sales channel, is highly segmented with many influencers participating. Understanding how these influencers differ and interact is valuable to understand the dynamics of the sales channel. This course shares real world stories from these influencers on the challenges and opportunities for how we can move forward to streamline the process for creating the best value in lighting for owners and occupants of the space.

Bob Cook has over 35 years of being a results-driven sales and marketing leader, and retired from JLC-Tech in 2019. He currently follows his passion of teaching business in higher education. Over the years, Bob has been committed to strong coaching and mentoring through specialized training programs such as Toastmasters International. No stranger to teaching, Bob has been proactive as an educator for more than 20 years.

This is a FREE Virtual meeting, but please RSVP so we can have an understanding of our audience.

Friday, February 17, 2022 | RSVP here! Deadline to RSVP is the event time. The link for the event will be in the Eventbrite online event page.