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Tom Butters Named New Executive Director of NLB

The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) welcomes Tom Butters of Lighting Agora as its new Executive Director. Butters’ background in lighting offers valuable insights and guidance to continue growing the NLB membership and make strides to reach goals and efforts to unite the lighting industry with outside organizations. The NLB acknowledged a bittersweet moment of bidding farewell to Randy Reid after his impressive five-year tenure as Executive Director.

“On behalf of the NLB Board, I want to extend a warm welcome to Tom Butters as our new Executive Director. His credentials, energy and passion for lighting excellence make him a perfect fit for our organization,” says NLB Chair Mary Beth Gotti.

Butters, who will step into the role on January 3, states, “I am simultaneously honored, humbled, and excited about the opportunity to work with the wonderful and passionate people at the National Lighting Bureau. We all share a common desire and goal of advancing best lighting practices to create an inviting, healthier, and more sustainable future for everyone. I look forward to reaching out to like-minded organizations to develop synergistic programs to benefit the lighting industry and the general public. Finally, I have had the privilege and the challenge to follow in the footsteps of many impressive leaders, and this situation is precisely that. Randy Reid has done a phenomenal job as Executive Director of the NLB and I will work diligently to meet the high bar he has set.”

Butters brings more than 30 years of experience with a wealth of knowledge, leadership acumen, and  a track record of success that make him a highly sought-after addition to the NLB organization. In addition to past recognition such as an IES Section Service Award and an IES Toronto Section’s prestigious G.G. Cousins Award, Butters was the director of the winning team for 2020 Lightfair Innovation Judge’s Citation Awards.

The transition represents both the end of a noteworthy era and the beginning of an exciting new phase for NLB, enriched by the experiences of both departing and incoming professionals.

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