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Arkansas Electrical Convention
Conference & Trade Show 2022

Arkansas Electrical
Convention

19 May 2022 | Little Rock, Arkansas

19 May 2022 | Little Rock, Arkansas

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Arkansas Electrical Convention Delayed until May 19, 2022

The Arkansas Electrical Convention, originally scheduled to take place on February 17, 2022, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the same location, the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, AR. We are extremely grateful to our partners at the Statehouse Convention Center who worked with us to find an alternate date available to accommodate our event so that we may deliver a successful event that provides value to all our sponsors, vendors, presenters, and attendees.

This decision made by our planning committee did not come easily as we put thoughtful consideration into our next steps. With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we understand and respect the health and safety concerns that some have. We are confident that delaying the event until May will deliver an environment more suitable for people to gather safely, and we hope to see you all then.

The Electrical League of Arkansas and Illuminating Engineering Society Little Rock Chapter are excited to bring the Arkansas Electrical Convention back for a second year. The convention consists of a conference, tradeshow, and social event to benefit specifiers, facility managers, contractors, distributors, utility representatives, manufacturers, and all those who take part in the electrical industry. AEC will still host multiple sessions of accredited continuing education classes with presenters from all around the country, a vendor tradeshow, banquet style luncheon with featured speaker, and an after-hours cocktail event. But the plan is to be bigger and better! So, what’s new for year two?

Event Speakers

Mike Preston

Arkansas, Secretary of Commerce & Executive Director At AEDC

Ian Hadden

Director of Energy Management Services at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Robin Sipes

Assistant Director of Energy Management at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Haley Robson

Principal / Project Manager of Lighting Design at Bernhard TME
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Tag B. Short

Director, South Region Operations at MISO

Chad Kennedy

Director, External Affairs and Government Relations at Schneider Electric

CJ Billera

Account Supervisor at Lutron Electronics

Jonah Ukpai

Business Development at Schneider Electric

Randall Robinette

Field Engineer At Schneider Electric
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Sara Schmidt

Specifications Consultant at Legrand

Jude Hernandez

Senior Specification Engineer at ABB Industrial Connections & Solutions

John P. Bethel

Director of Public Affairs at Entergy Arkansas

Event Speakers

We are requesting qualified presenters to submit programs they are familiar with and feel they provide an expertise on the subject. We are looking to provide a variety of presentations to cover many different topics within the electrical industry. Our target audiences include electrical engineers, electrical contractors, facilities and maintenance staff, electrical distributors, and lighting consultants. All presentations do are not required to qualify for continuing education units, but should be educational in nature and free of advertisement of specific brands.

Mike Preston

Arkansas, Secretary of Commerce & Executive Director At AEDC
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Jeff Aleksic

Sales Manager, Engineered Solutions at Kohler Co.
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Kent McLemore

Partner, Marketing and Development Manager, Power Temp Systems, Inc.
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Eric Foster

Services Sales Engineer at Square D by Schneider Electric
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Mike May

Business Development Specialist at Schneider Electric
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Randy Robinette

Sales Engineer Executive at Schneider Electric/Square D
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Tara Belloni

Architectural Sales Manager - Luminaire LED & Healthcare Lighting at Acuity Brands
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James Bruce McMath

Arkansas Natural Sky Association
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Charles Kaufmann

Vice President Sales and Business Development at Zevtron
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Robert P Sumner

Director Specification Sales - East at Hossley Lighting & Power Solutions
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Jaska Tarkka

Solar Application Engineer at Eaton Corporation
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Rob Evatt

VP / Distric Manager - Low Voltage at VSC Fire & Security, Inc.
Lindsey Long

Lindsey Long

Director of C&I at Hossley Lighting and Power Solutions

Convention Schedule

May 18, 2022 :
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Vendor Setup

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

All vendors should use the loading zone off La Harpe Blvd and use the freight elevator to level 3.

May 19, 2022 :
7:30am - 8:00am

Breakfast - Sponsored by Schneider Electric / Square D

  • Elevator Lobby

Breakfast buffet will be served on the second floor near check-in and classrooms.

8:00am - 9:00am

Electric Vehicle Chargers

  • Lindsey Long  
  • Drew

An introduction to the three pillars of the EVSE Industry as well as Electric Vehicle infrastucture solutions provided by Zevtron LLC.

8:00am - 9:00am

Maintaining a Safe and Reliable Electrical Distribution Center

  • Eric Foster  
  • Choctaw

The program would revolve around the following topics: Preventive Maintenance, Best Practices/Worst Practices, Test Report Data Interpretation, Methods Available to Extend the Life Cycle of the System, Migration to Predictive Maintenance, Impact on Safety

9:00am -

Trade Show Opens

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

The trade show will be open continuously from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm for those who are only attending the trade show portion of the event.

9:00am - 9:30am

Break

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

9:30am - 10:30am

Pathogen Reduction for the Modern Age: UV and Near UV as Disinfection Aids

  • Tara Belloni  
  • Choctaw

This presentation will discuss the use of Germicidal UV (and some non-UV) technologies that may be deployed to reduce pathogens in public spaces. Various technological solutions will be explored – reviewing their history of use, discussing how they work and their effectiveness for typical commercial applications that we see today.

9:30am - 10:30am

Buildings as a Grid

  • Jaska Tarkka  
  • Drew

Expanding the functional use of building infrastructure to unlock a low-carbon energy future. The energy transition creates new opportunities for building owners and industrial customers to manage power far more effectively, improve performance by optimizing the use of Distributed Energy.

9:30am - 10:30am

Review of NEC 2020 Code Changes

  • Randy Robinette  
  • Yell

Refresh audience on some of the major code changes that are in the 2020 NEC.

10:30am - 11:30am

Break

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch and Keynote Presentation - Sponsored by Bernhard

  • Mike Preston  
  • Ballrooms A/E & B/C

Mike Preston the Secretary of Commerce & Executive Director At Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be presenting an overview of economic development, outlook for 2022, what the commission is doing, and how it could effect our industry.

1:00pm - 1:30am

Break

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Intro To Quick Connects and NEC 700.3(F)

  • Kent McLemore  
  • Choctaw

Introduction to various types of generator and load bank quick connects (docking stations) as well as different applications, and how NEC 700.3(F) impacts their increased use.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Fire Alarm: Networking & Interconnecting Multiple Panels & Buildings

  • Rob Evatt  
  • Yell

This session will cover how to design a fire alarm system using a combination of new and existing fire alarm control units, and when the facility may contain both new and existing construction. How to determine the difference between a “Network” fire alarm system and an “Interconnected” fire alarm system. We will cover different types of fire alarm manufacturers and how they both Network and Interconnect with other manufacturer panels. We will take a look at different communication mediums between panels. NFPA definitions and clarifications of Fire Alarm Control Units will be discussed. Pros and Cons will be looked at with regards to multiple panel installations.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Break

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

3:00pm -

Vendor Break Down

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

Vendor break down can begin in preparation for Social Event.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Digitizing Electric Distribution

  • Mike May  
  • Choctaw

A seminar on understanding the basics around electric metering as a first step to move toward a more advanced, digital architecture for electric distribution systems. Emphasis placed around understanding how power quality events can affect systems and how advanced electric metering can be used to identify these issues. Additionally, we will cover topics around how this equipment can be leveraged within a larger monitoring system to provide further insights, at scale, into the health of your electrical distribution system.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Fundamentals of Emergency Lighting

  • Robert P Sumner  
  • Yell

Review the NFPA101 Life Safety Code Requirements. Understanding the four primary types of emergency lighting systems, including the advantages and disadvantages of each. The latest LED emergency lighting technology advancements.

4:00pm - 4:15pm

Break

  • Wally Allen Ballroom Area D

4:15pm - 5:15pm

The Need for and Content of a Basic Municipal Lighting Ordinance

  • James Bruce McMath  
  • Yell

The use of artificial outdoor lighting has exploded in recent decades, much of it poorly designed or unnecessary. The result is a great deal of wasted energy, needless carbon emissions, impacts to community esthetics, safety, human health, and wildlife in addition to removing nature at night from our skies and daily life. Public education, while useful, is not able to generate the necessary changes toward responsible and efficient lighting. Outdoor Lighting ordinances serve to educate and guide lighting practices, preserving the benefits of artificial light when and where needed while reducing the adverse impacts and saving money.

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Automatic Transfer Switch 102: Withstand Ratings and Selective Coordination Implications

  • Jeff Aleksic  
  • Choctaw

Automatic transfer switches are often required to withstand a fault and connect the load to an emergency generator source afterwards. Due to selective coordination, some switches may be subject to a fault current for an extended period. In this course we will dive into the basics of both and explore how we can optimize the design for safety, economy, and performance.

5:00pm -

Cocktail Event - Sponsored by CED Arkansas

  • Ballrooms A/E

Join us after the convention for drinks, games, and appetizers in Ballrooms A/E.

5:30pm -

Casino Games Open - Sponsored by VSC Fire & Security

  • Ballrooms A/E

6:00pm -

Baggo Tournament Begins - Sponsored by Premier Lighting Group

  • Ballrooms A/E

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Little Rock, Arkansas

Statehouse Convention Center
100 E Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

14 Speakers

presenting on different topics within the electrical industry.

50 Vendors

exhibiting their latest products and services.

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