McClung Lighting Research Foundation
VP, Public Policy
Lighting Ideas, Inc.
Prior to Acuity Brands, Mr. Smith held accounting and financial positions at several organizations, including Scientific-Atlantic, Inc. (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.) and Ernst & Young LLP.
Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University and his M.B.A. from Georgia State University’s Executive M.B.A. program. He is a former Certified Public Accountant and Certified Cash Manager.
Prior to joining Acuity Brands in 2016, Sam began his career as an audit associate with Ernst and Young LLP and later worked as Manager of Financial Reporting at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
Sam received his bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as his Master of Accountancy from The University of Georgia. He is a practicing Certified Public Accountant.
Rich Westrick is the Vice President of Systems and Architecture for Acuity Brands Lighting. He has been with Acuity Brands since 1997, focusing on the lighting controls side of the business throughout his career. His leadership responsibilities have included product engineering, technical sales support, innovation, technology development, and system architecture. His teams’ designs are part of nearly every Acuity lighting controls system, including nLight, nLight AIR, JOT, Sensor Switch, Fresco, and Pathway Connectivity.
He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology and is a named inventor on over fifty U.S. and international patents.
VP, Systems and Architecture
Randy Burkett is the President and Design Principal of Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc. As Principal he establishes design direction and oversees the management of the firm’s projects. Since he began professional practice, he has been responsible for the lighting of numerous national and international commissions. His diverse portfolio comprises museums, retail malls and stores, corporate headquarters, offices, health care and laboratory facilities, urban parks, site developments and building exteriors. Before establishing his own firm in 1988, he was Director of Lighting Design at Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum.
Randy is an active member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is a past President and former Board member of the organization. He is engaged in Illuminating Engineering Society Technical and Design committees including the Color Metric Task Force, Quality of the Visual Environment, and Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces. He has authored design and technical articles appearing in publications in over 40 countries. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations on a variety of lighting design subjects and has served as an instructor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Maryville University in St. Louis. He is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Washington University’s Graduate School of Architecture.
President and Design Principal
Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc.
Technical Review Committee
David DiLaura, Kevin Leadford, Peter Ngai, David Ramer