New York, January 6, 2016 — The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is proud to announce and welcome Brian Liebel as the new Technical Director of Standards, effective February 16, 2016. Liebel succeeds Rita Harrold, who retired June 30, 2015. While Liebel will primarily be responsible for overseeing the development and production of IES Standards, he will also play a key role in developing plans and implementing programs to meet the objectives of the 2014-2020 IES Strategic Plan specific to Educational, Consensus, Research and Advocacy objectives.
Liebel joined the IES as a student while attending the University of Kansas School of Architectural Engineering, then under the direction of Ron “Doc” Helms. Liebel attributes his dedication to lighting and the Society from his experience at KU, where he was a member of the first class of Besal Scholarship recipients in 1984. Throughout his 30-year career, Brian has been involved with the IES as an educator, committee chair, and for the last 2½ years, a member of the Board of Directors. His professional career path has always emphasized his belief in melding the art and science of lighting design and illuminating engineering; he has received awards for both innovative design and technical achievement, been a recognized advocate for quality lighting in energy codes, and provided design guidance in lighting research. He received the Presidential Award at this year’s Annual Conference for overseeing the IES Business Review that was conducted in 2015.
“Brian’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes him a key addition to the IES family,” said Tim Licitra, IES Executive Vice President. “We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to maintaining our position as leaders and an authoritative body in our industry. IES is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Brian’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that Brian will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality programs and solutions that will allow us to improve the value of membership and execute on our strategic plan.”
“This is an exciting and pivotal time in our industry, with rapid advances in lighting technologies and our understanding of how light affects vision and health,” Liebel said. “It’s particularly important that we reflect and assess our strength of membership knowledge, while we modernize our methods for delivering that same knowledge to a younger and broader audience. It’s also more important than ever to engage with university programs, advocate for improved lighting education through all industry sectors, and to participate with other organizations and government agencies to communicate the importance of quality lighting.”
Mark Roush, President of the IES commented, “We are very excited to see Brian assume this role. He has proven his professionalism and thoroughness time and again as a valued Board Member, has performed exemplary both as a volunteer task leader and hired consultant, and impressed the executive search committee with the preparedness and vision that is sure to help lead IES into a new era of standards, publications, and program development. With two new key staff positions now filled I am confident that both Tim and Brian will make a leadership team that forms the foundation of modernization needed in our headquarters operation.”
A five–member committee appointed by the IES Board worked in tandem with Tim Licitra to review potential candidates. IES retained the services of Sterling Martin Associates, a Washington, DC–based executive search firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Orange County, California, to help with the recruitment. In accordance with proper nonprofit governance, Brian’s current Board Member position will be filled according to the process outlined within the IES Bylaws.