Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Era of Smart Buildings

The Era of Smart Buildings: The Internet of Things and the Adoption of Power over Ethernet

James Pirot, Cresa; Peter Jacobson, Con Edison; Mitchell Bloomberg, International Lights, Inc.; Ronald Zeccardi, The Monian Group; Carol Jones, Axis Lighting; Dario Gristina, CPL Group USA

Wednesday, March 13
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Room: Gibson
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU


Power Over Ethernet has evolved beyond a mainstream topic of conversation for commercial properties. Customer demand for PoE lighting platforms is increasing as products, software, installation and service costs offer a dramatic competitive value compared to traditional lighting solutions. Combined with cumulative energy cost savings and incentive programs, end-users and property owners are embracing the implementation and integration of PoE technology as it gains momentum throughout commercial real estate.

Key Focus Points of this Panel Discussion will Include:
• Flexibility and capability of these systems to potential new tenants.
• Incentives to upgrade vs code (Con Ed initial incentive, on-going energy savings ability to enter Demand Response program)
• Value-add creation to lease space


James A. Pirot, Managing Principal – Cresa
James Pirot leads the Integrated Control Solutions Team and Project Management Services for the New York office of Cresa. For the past 30 years Jim has operated and managed commercial, residential, industrial, retail and hotel properties here in New York and throughout the United States. Jim’s experience provides occupiers with project advisory and management solutions that meet their ever-changing needs. He approaches his role as a full-service project advisor integrated into the client’s operating culture. With a diversified client base, Jim has experience in working through project management challenges faced by occupiers in within today’s vast array of businesses.

Prior to Cresa, Jim gained served as the Executive Director of Facilities and Real Estate at the School for Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. He was a Principal of Design & Construction Consulting Services for The Staubach Company and also served as a Senior Vice President of Property Management and Operations, Helmsley Organization

Jim has a strong foundation in the world of commercial real estate, as he is a current member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Building Owners and Managers Association, CoreNet and a former member of the Real Advisory Board on Labor Relations.

Carol Jones, LC, VP, Integrated Systems Development - Axis Lighting
Carol Jones is the VP of Integrated Systems Development at Axis Lighting. Her role is to proactively engage with multiple lighting control and sensor manufacturers to support thoughtful and functional integration with luminaires and applications. She is especially committed to supporting quality lighting along with high value IoT apps that benefit customers and occupants in commercial environments.

One of her highest values and goals is simplicity and ease of use, and she leverages change in many directions to that end. She has been a leader in the transformation of the lighting industry with experience in lighting applications, emerging technologies, lighting quality, human factors research, best practices, energy efficiency, customer insights, system innovation, and most recently, the Internet of Things.

Carol has long been at the forefront of bringing higher value intelligent lighting into reality,and is enthusiastic about how it will change our world for the better. Prior to joining Axis, she worked at Enlighted, Philips Lighting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and HLB Lighting Design.

Carol has 30 years of experience in lighting and has been committed to the progress and development of the industry through intensive professional association work as well as conference presentations and publications.

Peter Jacobson, Lighting Specialist – Con Edison
Con Edison's lighting specialist, subject matter expert and liaison to the lighting industry since 1991, his responsibilities include support for their Energy Efficiency programs, Facility Management and Research & Development projects.

He is on the Board of Managers for the Illuminating Engineering Society New York section and member of the (IES) Progress Report & Energy Efficiency Programs Committees.

Ronald S. Zeccardi, President - BOMA New York and General Manager - The Moinian Group
Ron is the current president of BOMA New York. Ron has a Bachelor of Arts from Suffolk University in Boston, and he has been a member of BOMA New York for 12 years.

He is currently the Chair of the Personnel Committee and the Finance & Oversight Committee. He also is a member of the BOMA New York Codes & Regulations/Government Affairs, Preparedness and Energy/Sustainability and Professional Development Committees.

Ron has served as the Chair of the BOMA New York Advocacy Response Committee since 2011, Co-Chair of Codes and Regulation Committee.

Ron was named the 2012-13 Outstanding Local Member of the Year and a two-time recipient of the Presidents’ Award in 2011 and 2013.

Ron and his wife Elaine have two children and reside in Long Island.

Mitchell Bloomberg, Principal - International Lights, Inc.
Mitchell Bloomberg has over 35 years of experience in the lighting industry. He is currently the Principal of International Lights, a New York City based lighting sales agency. Throughout his career, Mitchell has extensively collaborated with architects, lighting designers, contractors, developers and electrical distributors locally, nationally and globally.

Mitchell is one of the founders of Picasso Lighting, an architectural lighting company that creates state of the art LED luminaries. Prior to International Lights, he was the President of The Lighting Group in New York City and served as a Vice President of Lightolier for 20 years

He is involved with IBEW Local 3 and has been member of the IES for over 25 years.

Dario Gristina, Chairman & CEO – CPL Group USA
Dario Gristina’s entrepreneurial and engineering abilities have allowed him to build, operate and successfully exit several businesses over the past 30 years. Over the course of his career he has acquired extensive experience in all aspects of business enterprises including, but not limited to corporate governance, financial reporting, service and technology business operations, establishing and maintaining intellectual property, marketing and sales, coupled with overall management strategies as applicable to all facets of business operations.

Early in Mr. Gristina’s career he endeavored in mastering several engineering and computer programming disciplines, which coupled with his passion for physics, astronomy and quantum mechanics, and a keen business perspicacity, has served as a foundation for his creative efforts, embodied in several patent applications on file with the USP&TO.

Dario’s experience in the commercial real estate service sector spans 3 decades and, while more focused on electrical infrastructure and systems, it has given him a thorough understanding and a good degree of knowledge on all aspects of construction disciplines. Having worked in the industry for a large part of his life he has a vast number of contacts and continues to enjoy solid professional relationships with several major real estate companies in the NY metro Area.