June Lightovation: The Summer Destination for Inspiration 

DALLAS – May 14, 2018 – The summer edition of Lightovation – Dallas International Lighting Show will present an unmatched opportunity to discover new products, knowledge and inspiration inside the largest residential lighting marketplace in North America.
The centerpiece event at the global show welcoming buyers from around the world is the opening of The SMART Center, powered by Dallas Market Center and the American Lighting Association.
 
The SMART Center is a new, 6,000-square-foot education and activity center opening on Wednesday, June 20 in Trade Mart 4826. The Center includes a seminar suite, lounge space, and reception area that will be open to all registered attendees, exhibitors and guests throughout the show. The SMART Center replaces, expands, and upgrades ALA’s previous seminar location in the World Trade Center and will serve as a central hub for show and association information, networking, education and inspiration for all segments of lighting, uniting the mission of Dallas Market Center and the American Lighting Association to connect business leaders with the latest industry intelligence and one another in order to create better business.
 
As the entire lighting industry gathers for Lightovation, all are welcome to attend the Grand Opening celebration for The SMART Center at 9am on Wednesday, June 20, with a ribbon-cutting and toast, which will be followed by eight Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC®) accredited educational opportunities in the space during the course of market, including two top-notch keynotes. All sessions are complimentary, but pre-registration is recommended. All four sessions on Thursday, June 21, are National Kitchen and Bath Association-accredited and presented in partnership with NKBA.
 
The SMART Center Grand Opening Event Schedule
 
Wednesday, June 20
 
9:00 am - ribbon cutting and toast
 
10:00 am – Keynote: "The New Rules of Business Success: Capturing Today's Consumer as a Destination Business," Jon Schallert, popular past ALA Conference keynote speaker. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1044
 
11:00 am - Lighting Showroom Coalition meetup
Current members and curious retailers come learn more about joining this closed Facebook group for lighting retailers. Request to join by e-mailing lightingcoalition@gmail.com.
 
12:00 pm - Lunch & Learn with Peter Romaniello
Session on the subject of connected lighting with complimentary boxed lunch. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1045
 
3:00 pm – Keynote: “Social Media Tools Proven to Drive Store Traffic,” Leslie Carothers, the home furnishings industry’s leading social media expert. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1046
 
 
Thursday, June 21
 
A full day of NKBA-accredited educational sessions in partnership with National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
 
9:00 am -“Advanced Lighting for Kitchens & Baths,” Karyn Judd Reilly, CKD, NCIDQ, designer and educator, Lights My Soul. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1047
 
11:00 am - “Rewriting the Rules on Kitchen Lighting,” Doug Walter, owner, Doug Walter Architects. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1048
 
2:00 pm -“Designing Lighting Aesthetics for the Kitchen and Bathroom,” Patricia Davis Brown, CKBD, owner, Patricia Davis Brown Design, LLC. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1049
 
4:00 pm - “How to Elevate Your Designs With Thoughtful Lighting,” Tammy Mackay, AKBD, interior designer, Design Eye. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1055
 
5:00 pm - Beers With Peers
For ALA's Young Executives and ART’s Under 40 groups.
 
 
Friday, June 22
11:00 am - Introduction of the new ALA/IES Residential Lighting Standard for Interior and Exterior Residential Environments, by Terry McGowan, ALA's Director of Engineering. Register: https://alamembers.com/Professional-Education/Course/CourseId/1051
 
 
Showroom of the Year Awards
The 9th annual Showroom of the Year Awards program, open to all attendees with no tickets or additional registration required, is co-sponsored by Lighting & Decor magazine and Lightovation and honors exceptional lighting retailers. One Showroom of the Year will be named in each of three dollar-volume categories: Revenue Under $2 Million, Revenue Under $5 Million, and Revenue $5 Million and Over; and three specialty awards will also be presented. Lighting & Decor magazine profiled the 15 finalists in their May 2018 issue. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 20 at 6pm in the Trade Mart 4 Loft area.
 
Market Choice Awards
Sponsored by enLIGHTenment magazine, the Market Choice Awards recognize new product introductions in six categories and serve as an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations to top lighting retailers. One winner will be named in each of the six product categories – Bath, Ceiling Fans, Chandeliers and Pendants, Outdoor, Portable Lamps and Technology – based on popular vote. Winning products will be announced at Lightovation after voting closes at noon on Thursday, June 21. Attendees can vote at marketchoiceawards.com, via the Lightovation app and at voting kiosks located near the north escalators on Trade Mart 3 and 4. Nearly 50 companies are participating and more than 100 products will be showcased online via the voting link, the Lightovation app, and in a convenient printed guide that can be picked up at the show. A bonus: if you show that you voted in the Market Choice Awards, you can get an extra drink ticket at Lighting After Dark.
 
Light Stars
Top retail salespeople from across North America will attend the show courtesy of the Light Stars program. Along with rewarding hard-working and talented showroom employees, the Light Stars program enhances the perspective of the next generation of lighting retailing by exposing salespeople to educational opportunities, display inspiration and a higher level of engagement with product introductions. Profiles of the 2018 Light Stars will be featured on an interactive touch screen in The SMART Center (TM 4826).
 
Lighting After Dark
On the opening night of the show at 8pm, all Lightovation attendees, exhibitors and reps are invited to Lighting After Dark. Celebrate a successful first day at the legendary all-industry party with a festive and Instagram-worthy Moroccan theme. Network with all facets of the lighting business; just bring your Lightovation badge for entry.
 
ALA Women in Lighting Reception
Savoy House (TM 4901) hosts a special reception for the American Lighting Association’s dynamic Women in Lighting group. Enjoy refreshments and mingle with other ladies who share your love for lighting from all experience levels and segments of the industry.
In addition to dynamic and fun events there will also be debuts of hundreds of new products focused on ever-changing lighting advances and trends. Notable for June is the new location for Justice Design Group (TM 3920), exclusive landscape lighting technology launch from Kichler, the debut of the mini version of the popular Sirius fixture from Kuzco, and celebration of the 80th anniversary for AFX and the 70th anniversary for Robert Abbey. Individual showroom hospitality will include an opening night party at Legrand on Wednesday, June 20, 5:00pm in TM 4727. Watch the Lightovation Facebook page for additional exhibitor highlights as they are announced.
 
Lightovation at Dallas Market Center offers lighting decision makers the unmatched opportunity to discover more new products and best-selling ceiling fans and lighting in all interior and exterior categories, along with home décor, gifts, holiday and floral, housewares and gourmet, and artisan products.
 
Dallas Market Center is located in the strongest economic zone in the U.S., and five of the 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S. are located within Texas. In addition, travel costs to Dallas are the lowest among all major market destination cities. In addition to two convenient airports and more than 8,000 free parking spaces, an efficient regional rail system offers a Dallas Market Center station directly behind the marketplace for easy access to downtown and other destinations.
 
Additional information about the next edition of Lightovation is available on the Lightovation page of the Dallas Market Center website. Keep up with the latest developments by downloading the Lightovation app, following the #Lightovation hashtag on social media or via the Lightovation Facebook page or Dallas Market Center’s own Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.
 
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.
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