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The NLB Welcomes New 2024 Board of Directors

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The National Lighting Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of the following individuals to its leadership team, reinforcing its commitment to advancing the lighting industry. The newly appointed team comprises seasoned professionals who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their respective roles.

“A big thank you to all of our newest NLB Executive Board members for their dedication to the goals of our organization. I look forward to a very productive 2024,” says NLB Chair, Mary Beth Gotti.

Board of Directors

  • Chair – Mary Beth Gotti
  • Vice Chair – Paul Pompeo, President, Pompeo Group
  • Secretary – Karen Willis, NEMA
  • Treasurer – Jeremy Yon, Industry Relations Leader, Current
  • Executive Director – Tom Butters, Lighting Agora


  • Mark Lien, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
  • Howard Lewis, Specification Sales, Spectro Lume, LLC.
  • Terry McGowan, American Lighting Association (ALA)
  • Cary Mendelson, Chief Executive Officer, Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company
  • Jim Yorgey

Each year the Chair of the NLB awards two significant Directors with The John Bachner Chairman’s Award. This award recognizes above and beyond contributions to the organization. “I am pleased to recognize Howard Lewis and Jim Yorgey who have spent decades supporting NLB efforts, and they continue to do so by serving again on the NLB Board for 2024. Congratulations to them both, with sincerest appreciation for all that they do,” said Gotti.

“As the curtains draw to a close on this remarkable year, The National Lighting Bureau is filled with exhilaration and anticipation for the journey that lies ahead in the coming year. The collective enthusiasm within the organization is palpable, reflecting a shared commitment to pushing boundaries and achieving new heights. As we bid farewell to the achievements of the past, we eagerly embrace the opportunities and challenges that the future holds, confident that under the guidance of our new leaders, The National Lighting Bureau will shine even brighter on its path of excellence. Here’s to a year of exciting endeavors, meaningful milestones, and a flourishing future for our lighting industry.”

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