Dallas Market Center Announces SMART Center's Event Lineup

The new 6,000 square-foot space will host seminars and industry events at the 2018 summer edition of Lightovation this June.


Dallas Market Center today announced the event lineup for its new SMART Center.

Powered by DMC and the American Lighting Assn., the SMART Center is a new, 6,000-square-foot education and activity center opening on Wednesday, June 20 in Trade Mart 4826. The Center includes a seminar suite, lounge space, and reception area that will be open to all registered attendees, exhibitors and guests throughout the show.

The SMART Center replaces, expands, and upgrades ALA’s previous seminar location in the World Trade Center and will serve as a central hub for show and association information, networking, education and inspiration for all segments of lighting, uniting the mission of Dallas Market Center and the American Lighting Association to connect business leaders with the latest industry intelligence and one another in order to create better business.

As the entire lighting industry gathers for Lightovation, all are welcome to attend the Grand Opening celebration for The SMART Center at 9am on Wednesday, June 20, with a ribbon-cutting and toast, which will be followed by eight Certified Lighting Consultant (CLC®) accredited educational opportunities in the space during the course of market, including two top-notch keynotes. All sessions are complimentary, but pre-registration is recommended. All four sessions on Thursday, June 21, are National Kitchen and Bath Association-accredited and presented in partnership with NKBA.

The SMART Center Grand Opening Event Schedule

Wednesday, June 20

9:00 a.m. – Ribbon cutting and toast

10:00 a.m. – Keynote: "The New Rules of Business Success: Capturing Today's Consumer as a Destination Business," Jon Schallert, popular past ALA Conference keynote speaker. Register here.

11:00 a.m. – Lighting Showroom Coalition meetup

Current members and curious retailers come learn more about joining this closed Facebook group for lighting retailers. Request to join by emailing [email protected]

12:00 p.m. – Lunch & Learn with Peter Romaniello

Session on the subject of connected lighting with complimentary boxed lunch. Register here.

3:00 p.m. – Keynote: “Social Media Tools Proven to Drive Store Traffic,” Leslie Carothers, the home furnishings industry’s leading social media expert. Register here.

Thursday, June 21

A full day of NKBA-accredited educational sessions in partnership with National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

9:00 a.m. – “Advanced Lighting for Kitchens & Baths,” Karyn Judd Reilly, CKD, NCIDQ, designer and educator, Lights My Soul. Register here

11:00 a.m. “Rewriting the Rules on Kitchen Lighting,” Doug Walter, owner, Doug Walter Architects. Register here.

2:00 p.m. – “Designing Lighting Aesthetics for the Kitchen and Bathroom,” Patricia Davis Brown, CKBD, owner, Patricia Davis Brown Design, LLC. Register here.

4:00 p.m. - “How to Elevate Your Designs With Thoughtful Lighting,” Tammy Mackay, AKBD, interior designer, Design Eye. Register here.

5:00 p.m. – Beers With Peers

For ALA's Young Executives and ART’s Under 40 groups.

Friday, June 22

11:00 a.m. – Introduction of the new ALA/IES Residential Lighting Standard for Interior and Exterior Residential Environments, by Terry McGowan, ALA's Director of Engineering. Register here.

Stay tuned for more updates on Lightovation and the Total Home & Gift Market.

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