Speakers and Sessions


Ownership At Work: Creating an “I Make It Happen” Culture

Eric M. Papp, Agape Leadership, LLC

What would your business/team look like if you had an “I make it happen” culture? Many organizations breed a lack of accountability and a fear of failure. When people take ownership, they feel like they are winning. Their internal motivation is high and they value their work.

Better Thinking vs. More Effort

Eric M. Papp, Agape Leadership, LLC
 

With increasing competition and complexity at work, it’s hard for organizations to manage daily activities while delivering on long term goals. Being able to consistently identify priorities and think strategically is a skill many people can improve upon.

Since 2010, Eric Papp has successfully worked with thousands of managers and owners helping them be more productive at work. He has authored two books: Leadership By Choice and 3 Values of Being an Effective Person. Eric is also the creator of the podcast Ownership At Work available on iTunes.


The Fish was Thiiiiis Big – False Lifetime Claims & Expectations are a Real Issue

Erik Swenson, Nichia Corporation

Lifetime claims within the lighting industry have spiraled out of control, at both the LED level and the LED Luminaire level. The talk will focus on the realities of how an LED's lifetime is calculated and estimated, including the benefits of LM-80 / TM-21, but also the flaws in the current standards for defining LED lifetime and how it is being taken advantage of within the industry.

Erik Swenson is a seasoned professional with 11 years in the Solid-State Lighting industry.  As General Manager for Nichia America Corporation, Erik has helped lead the adoption of Nichia LEDs within the General Lighting industry.  Erik has been an active voice of Nichia within North America, having spoken at several industry and manufacturer’s conferences and trade shows, as well as guidance to Nichia's customers globally.  After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, Erik practiced various engineering facets within the Automotive Industry for 6 years before joining Nichia in 2007 in a commercial role.


Chaos and Change Management:  Become a Quick-Change Artist

Kit Welchlin, Welchlin Communication Strategies

Researchers claim that well over 80% of the world’s technological advances have occurred since 1900. More information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000 years. Either you take personal responsibility for continuing your education, or you will end up without the knowledge you need to protect your career.

Change is the norm and to resist it can ruin your career. Learn the strategies to develop the courage to invest energy in finding and seizing the opportunities brought by change. Emphasize action. Develop the reputation as one who pushes change along.

By attending this session, you will: 

  1. Learn the three key drivers of change
  2. Recognize the four stages of transition
  3. Identify the thirteen mistakes we make when facing transition
  4. Consider thirteen new work behaviors to become a quick-change artist


A born public speaker and trainer, Kit Welchlin began public speaking at the age of 9 in 4-H. By 16, he was organizing and facilitating presentations on leadership, citizenship, community service and motivation for the 4-H and Future Farmers of America Kit purchased his first manufacturing company at age 21, and by 26 was CEO and Chairman of the Board of three manufacturing companies in three states. He’s been an instructor with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, where he has been repeatedly nominated Outstanding Faculty. He is a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.


Discover Lighting as a Service (LaaS)

David E. Ingram, US Country Sales Manager, DLL Group
Bernie Erickson, LC, CLEP, CLMC, Executive Vice President, Facility Solutions Group
Paul Chamberlin, President/CEO, Linmore LED Labs


This panel-style session will include NALMCO members representing different parts of the lighting channel, who are in the midst of and/or completed LaaS projects, some with and some without the added benefit of financing. We will share our experiences—successes and challenges, advice and observations of how LaaS is evolving and will look in the future.

Dave Ingram is the Country Sales Manager for DLL’s Clean Technology Business Unit in the US. He was the first member of the Clean Tech Business Unit in 2008, and since then he has been actively engaged in developing and positioning DLL as the premier financial solution provider for lighting and energy efficiency project financing in North America.  

Dave has been with DLL for over 19 years in a variety of Business Development and Relationship Management roles. He has over 30 years of experience in the equipment leasing industry in executive positions with DLL, Sanwa Bank, Bank of America and Canon Financial Services, and is an active member in the Equipment Leasing & Financing Association, a national trade group for the banking and leasing industry. Prior to his career in finance, Dave was employed by Motorola Communications & Electronics as a Regional Manager in upstate New York. In his 30 plus year career he’s been recognized by his employers for his many accomplishments and achievements in delivering sales results, and for his leadership and analytical skills.

Dave has a BS in Business Administration from Le Moyne College and an MBA from Syracuse University. He’s an avid golfer, motorcyclist and runner.

Bernie has over 38 years’ experience in the electrical industry. He has successfully re-lit many Fortune 500 company facilities throughout the United States, with projects in the public and private sector. Bernie also has design experience on low, medium and high voltage distribution and control equipment
including substations, switch gear and motor control. Bernie is a Past President and currently serves as Vice President and member of the board of NCQLP.

Paul is the President/CEO of Linmore LED Labs. Paul was previously the President of EnPro Group for 15 years, a general and electrical contractor specializing in energy projects for large facilities such as lighting upgrades, solar, motor controls, and HVAC control systems. Prior to EnPro Group, Paul was in senior management for 10 years with a billion-dollar Caterpillar dealer. Paul earned a Bachelors and MBA from Fresno State University.