Message from the President

January 2020

Where did 2019 go?

In the new year, we are looking forward to taking all the success we garnered from last year and see where the winds of 2020 take us. If 2019 was any indication of what to expect in 2020, I cannot wait!

It was great to see so many of you at our holiday party at the Lutron Experience Center. The Membership Committee, under the leadership of Kacie Stigliano, planned a party that far exceeded our expectations. Everyone had a great time and we also raised money for Light Up The World Foundation. Congratulations to Kacie and her entire committee for making it all look so easy.

At the party, we also presented Rinkinson Gohel with our second presidential proclamation. Rinkinson has been working very hard on several of our committees. We can count on him to raise his hand to help, work tirelessly to sort it all out, and make our Section look amazing. Please make sure you congratulate him and thank him for all the hard work he has done for us. Megan Carroll, our first member to receive a presidential proclamation, was there to cheer him on.

Our Section has been very hard at work — even during the holiday break. A few years back, our History Committee produced a mesmerizing set of interviews with pioneers on our industry for their T.A.L.K series, short for Talk, Archive, Listen, Keep. If you haven’t seen these interviews, you have truly missed something amazing. You’ll have a chance on January 8 at New York Digital at Acuity Brands Center for Light + Space, to hear from some of our lighting industry luminaries such as Lesley Wheel, Howard Brandston, JoAnne Lindsley, Jules Fisher, and Paul Marantz, for the latest installment of this series. Personally, I’m looking forward to the evening, as the last was so memorable and impactful. Once again, we will have a capacity limit for the evening: I would suggest if you want to attend, sign up immediately, as our programs have been full not long after registration opens. Register Today! >

In addition, you can keep an eye on our calendar and check out some of our other upcoming events.

Our sponsorship campaign will soon wind down, and we have had great success with this year thanks to Colin Conroy’s leadership, which truly made the difference. We still have time for you to join, if you haven’t already. Learn more >

2020 is off to an impressive start, but we always have room for more people to volunteer and join a committee. Our section website helps you get matched to a committee in need of volunteers if there isn’t a committee you already have your eye on. Volunteer Today >

Welcome back from the break — it’s going to be a great year! Make sure you don’t miss out on all we have to offer, and I look forward to seeing you in 2020.

Best Regards,
Mike Barr, MIES
President, New York City Section of the IES