September 13, 2023   

5 Big Questions: Acuity Brands | Trevor Palmer

We catch up with the President of Acuity Brands Lighting to explore how North America's largest lighting manufacturer is successfully navigating uncertain markets


Trevor Palmer is President of Acuity Brands' Lighting and Lighting Controls Business. He has over 25 years of experience in the building technology industry. He joined Acuity in 2015 with the acquisition of Distech Controls® and has positioned Acuity Brands Lighting (ABL) as an industry leader in lighting and controls. In addition, he guides ABL's strategic development, market expansion, and product line diversification.

Trevor is on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He is a former Board Member of BACnet International and LonMARK International.


Topics we explore:

  1. What can Trevor tell us about the fiscal year Acuity Brands just wrapped up? (1:00)
  2. With lighting-related economic factors seeming to be a jumbled bag of mixed signals, how does Acuity Brands view the C&I markets right now and where are the opportunities? (3:25)

  3. As President of Acuity Brands Lighting and Lighting Controls for 3+ years, what are a couple of things Trevor knows now that he didn't fully appreciate when he first stepped into the role?  (5:00)

  4. What is Acuity Brands’ stance on lighting agents expanding territory into adjacent markets?  (6:28)

  5. What makes Acuity Brands’ Design Select more than just a quick ship program?  (8:39)

  6. BONUS QUESTIONAre big streetlight orders now frequently occurring with advanced lighting controls and sensors?  (11:28)



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