Douglas Leonard has eighteen years of professional practice in the area of architectural lighting design. During his career, he has led projects of diverse scale and complexity, in the health, corporate, educational, commercial and hospitality sectors in Chile and other countries in the region, which add up to more than twenty million square feet.
Before getting involved in lighting design practice, he completed 10 years of experience in the field of interior design, corporate identity and organizational development, working as a consultant and helping the transformation of the image, communications and culture of corporate environments.
Leonard has been a co-founder of the local lighting design association (DIA), is part of the organizing committee of the Ibero-American Meeting of Lighting Design (EILD) and is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), where he currently serves as president. Prior to his current role, Douglas served as president’s selected director (2016 +17) and director at large (2018). He has a degree in architecture at the Central University of Chile and has a diploma in organizational development from the Catholic University of Chile.
Ron Kurtz has been with Randy Burkett Lighting Design since 1990. His responsibilities include the development of conceptual design, which involves the determination of both aesthetic and technical requirements, the preparation of contract documents and specifications, as well as construction phase coordination and field observation. Ron has been responsible for the design of public spaces and lobbies, hospitality and conference facilities, office environments, exterior landscape and building floodlighting, and themed entertainment parks and exhibits, many of which have received national and international recognition.
Kurtz is an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), currently sits on the IALD Board of Directors as the treasurer, and serves as the chair of the Finance Committee. He has participated in the IALD’s Energy and Sustainability Committee and the Nominations & Election Committee. He is also involved in the IESNA on both a local and national level, currently serving on the Distinguished Service Award Committee. He was a member of, and an IALD representative to, ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standards Committee from 2001 to 2011 and was a participant in the development of ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guidelines for Small Office Buildings. He has been a speaker on a number of lighting topics at educational conferences.
IALD Immediate Past President
David Ghatan is deeply involved in lighting design through professional and personal pursuits, as well as his work with associations. He attributes his passion and approach to his mentor, Candy Kling, with whom he worked directly for 14 years and succeeded as president of CM Kling + Associates.
His architectural lighting design portfolio includes national and international projects in hospitality, corporate, residential, government, religious, convention centers, and mixed-use. American Greeting HQ in Cleveland, OH and 2U HQ in Lanham, MD received 2018 IES DC Candela Awards.
Ghatan is currently immediate past president (2018-2019) of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and his previous roles include president elect (2017), treasurer (2013-2017), and director at large (2011-2013). He is also active with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) on the Hospitality Committee.
Ghatan continues to design scenery and lighting for local productions. He is a company member with the Rorschach Theatre, where his work has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.
Marsha Turner is CEO of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), a 50-year old international trade association for independent architectural lighting designers. She also serves as Executive Director of the IALD Education Trust, an educational, charitable foundation focused on supporting the next generation of lighting designers.
She is active in the association management profession, holding memberships in The Association Forum of Chicagoland and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 1986, and serving both organizations as a volunteer and speaker upon numerous occasions. She is a past chair of the CAE Commission, has served on the ASAE Board of Directors and on ASAE’s International Section Council.Turner holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in anthropology from the University of Florida and the University of Chicago, respectively. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management. In addition to these qualifications, she holds sixth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and teaches regular classes in Chicago as well as seminars throughout the USA. She is dojo-cho and chief instructor of the Chicago Aikikai, a 501(c)3 58-year old martial arts school in Chicago.
Antonio Garza has been a member of IES since 1998. He is a mechanical & electrical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in lighting, including a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in Lighting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Residing in Monterrey, Mexico, Garza is a partner in Iluminacion Total, a firm that does design, specification and sales work for all types of lighting projects. He teaches lighting at the College of Art, Architecture and Design of the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). He is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions). Garza is past President of the Mexico Section and sits on the Board of Directors of the IES since 2015.
IES Vice President
Susanne Seitinger leads State and Local Government and Education marketing in the Verizon Business Group. She works with her team to help civic leaders to solve key city challenges across transportation, public safety, and infrastructure. Prior to joining Verizon, Susanne led public sector marketing in the United States for Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) after holding various positions of increasing responsibility in R&D, innovation, and segment management and marketing. She worked on key projects like relighting the Zakim Bridge in Boston and smart cities messaging in the company’s fastest-growing segment.
Susanne holds a BA from Princeton University as well as a Master’s in City Planning and a PhD from MIT. Her dissertation Liberated Pixels: Alternative Narratives for Lighting Future Cities explored the aesthetic and interactive potential for future lighting and display infrastructures. Susanne is a sought-after subject-matter expert on the future of light and smart cities. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the premier professional society for lighting in the Americas. When she isn’t out learning from cities, she lives with her husband and twins in Brookline, MA.
IES Past President
Jennifer joined the lighting industry in 1995 through employment at the Wide-Lite Corporation, then founded her own company, Lighting Application Sciences, LLC in 2000. In 2007 she became LC certified through National Council of Qualified Lighting Professionals and is the Authorized Texas instructor for all levels of the Lighting Analysts’ AGi32 lighting software.
She has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society since 1995, initially as a member of the IES Austin section. She was IES Annual Conference Steering Committee Chair twice and South Regional Director for two, two-year terms. In 2013 and August 2018, she received the IES Presidential Award for her work in efforts to promote the society. Most recently she has served as IES Society President 2019-2020 and is currently IES Past President.
IES Executive Director
As Executive Director of the IES, Licitra is responsible for the overall management of IES, implementing organizational strategy, leading IES staff and volunteers, managing operational priorities and programs, and developing and implementing IES’s relevant plans and policies, all designed to meet the needs of the Society’s members. Licitra comes to IES from the Market Technicians Association, Inc. (MTA), where he served in a variety of capacities for over a decade, most recently as Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Licitra received an MBA in Marketing and Management from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
IMC Chief Customer & Marketing Officer
Dorothy Belshaw has 20+ years in the home and gift tradeshow industry. Prior to IMC, she was SVP at George Little Management (GLM) serving as Director of NY Int’l Gift Fair. From 2001-2007, she supervised GLM’s Los Angeles office & West Coast gift shows. She graduated from Hamilton College.
IMC Chief Accounting Officer
Brian Archer is the Chief Accounting Officer at IMC. He has been at IMC since April 2014 and his responsibilities include oversight of the accounting, treasury, risk management, payroll and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining IMC, he was a finance executive for publicly-traded gaming and hospitality companies for 11 years and an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for eight years. Over the course of Archer’s career, he has helped lead several mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public and private financing transactions and equity offerings.
Archer resides in Las Vegas and is a certified public accountant. Archer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
IMC / LightFair Senior Vice President / Show Director
Dan Darby is senior vice president and show director of LightFair, leading exhibitor and sponsorship sales, show development and design, event production and Conference.
With more than three decades of experience in the trade show industry, he has worked on some of the largest, market-leading events including the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, NY NOW, Surf Expo and The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Most recently he was Vice President of Marketing at Informa North America overseeing centralized marketing services for the company’s Infrastructure, Construction and Real Estate portfolio which includes The International Surface Event and The World of Concrete.
Darby is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), serving as a member of the Southeast Chapter Board of Directors (2011-2020), chairman of the Southeast Chapter (2017), an IAEE CEM Faculty Member (2013-2017) and an IAEE National Education Committee Member (2018-2019). He is a 2018 IAEE Chapter Merit Award recipient.
IMC / LightFair Vice President
As Vice President of Conference, Michelle Moore is responsible for the overall direction, implementation and management of LightFair’s conference program. She works closely with the Conference Advisory Committee to manage the process of vetting and selecting keynote speakers, course speakers, conference tracks and educational sessions. In the wake of Covid-19, Michelle successfully led the transition to LightFair’s first virtual conference and on-demand offering, LightFair Connect, with 50 sessions. Additionally, she manages event registration and the annual LightFair Innovation Awards—a prestigious recognition of exhibitors and their latest products. She serves as the liaison with the judges committee and manages the well-attended awards program at the show.
Michelle has over twenty years’ experience in hospitality, meeting and trade show management, and has been with LightFair since 2010. In 2007, she received her CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) by IAEE and earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation by the Events Industry Council in 2014.
Michelle is originally from North Carolina and a die-hard UNC Tar Heel fan. In her spare time she likes to travel and spend time with family.
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV USA
Conference schedule will be announced in January 2020.