James’ involvement with the Lighting Industry and IES span nearly 25+ years when he took his first ED50 course in 1993 as an Electrical Distributor. He has worked in several capacities related to lighting and the electrical industry; such as Contractor, Wholesaler, Agent and Manufacturer. His current role as Regional Specification Manager at Cooper Lighting Solutions has him directly interacting with Lighting Designers, Specifiers, Engineers and Architects to provide solutions related to Emerging Technologies, Codes, Standards and Connected Control Strategies. Through his involvement with IES, as a Volunteer, over the past 12+ years has exposed him to a community of people that are passionate about what they do and what the IES represents globally as a society. He has learned from his involvement, not only best practices but that there is truly something gained by volunteering within the IES organization – “You get back what you put in”. James has had prior experience serving as Section President, District Chair, Regional Director and At-Large Director.