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NLB Names Tom Butters as New Executive Director

NLB Names Tom Butters as New Executive Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Lighting Bureau welcomes Tom Butters, of Lighting Agora, as the new Executive Director. Tom’s extensive 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 says: While we eagerly anticipate Butters joining the NLB, it’s essential to acknowledge the bittersweet moment as we bid farewell to Randy Reid after his impressive five-year tenure with our organization.

“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 National Lighting Bureau Chair, Mary Beth Gotti.

Tom Butters will step into the role of Executive Director on January 3rd, 2024 and 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 over three decades of experience to The National Lighting Bureau. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Tom’s wealth of knowledge, leadership acumen, and track record of success make him a highly sought-after addition to our organization. While awards such as IES Section Service Award, IES Toronto Section’s prestigious G.G. Cousins Award stands as a testament to his professional prowess, Butters was the director of the winning team for 2020 Lightfair Innovation Judge’s Citation Awards. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in the lives of hundreds of former education attendees, leaving an indelible mark on their journeys.

The NLB looks to 2024 in excitement of the positive impact Tom Butters will bring to the organization. As we prepare to achieve new goals together we equally extend our heartfelt gratitude to Randy Reid for his invaluable contributions. 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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